BSN - Accelerated Program

Significant curriculum revisions are in process that affect requirements for the following degree. Contact the School of Nursing for the latest information.

The accelerated program prepares students to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the RN licensure examination, and for entry-level nursing positions in all health care settings. The program provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing. The curriculum is the same as the traditional BSN in a compressed format. A new class of students will begin in May and finish in June of the following year. Instruction is intense with courses offered full time with few breaks between sessions. There will be evening and weekend class and clinical time. Students will receive the same number of clinical hours as their counterparts in the traditional program.

The rigorous 13-month curriculum recognizes each person’s past experiences and success and is geared toward students who are capable of undertaking this course of study. This program is recommended for students who have senior standing (90+ credits) or have a previous bachelor’s degree or higher.

Tuition and fees for the accelerated program are approximately double of the cost of the traditional four-semester program.

Preprofessional Curriculum

Students applying for admission to the School of Nursing must have completed the following courses. Students should consider taking 16 credit hours per semester or attending summer session.

Foundation Courses
MATH 111College Algebra3
or MATH 112 Precalculus Mathematics
ENGL 101College English I3
ENGL 102College English II3
COMM 111Public Speaking3
Humanities and Fine Arts
Fine arts appreciation3
Select one of the following:3
Meaning of Philosophy
Introductory Logic
Moral Issues
Introductory course in humanities3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
PSY 111General Psychology3
PSY 325Developmental Psychology3
SOC 111Introduction to Sociology3
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
BIOL 220Introduction to Microbiology4
CHEM 103Introductory Chemistry5
or CHEM 211 General Chemistry I
Other Prerequisites
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology5
or HS 290 Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
HS 301Clinical Pharmacology3
HS 400Introduction to Pathophysiology4
HS 331Principles of Dietetics & Nutrition3
Medical terminology1-3
Statistics with approval3
Total Credit Hours59-62

Admission to School of Nursing

Students should request application materials from the School of Nursing, or obtain application materials online, prior to enrolling in their last semester of prerequisite courses. Applications for summer semester admission are required by February 1. To qualify as a candidate for admission to the School of Nursing, students must:

  1. Be enrolled in, or admitted to, WSU;
  2. Have completed, or have plans to complete, the prerequisite requirements prior to beginning the professional curriculum;
  3. Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 in all courses completed and no grade lower than a 2.000 in any of the specified required courses;
  4. Submit application materials including expected semester of enrollment; and
  5. Complete the standardized TEAS test with a minimum percentage score, or achieve an ACT score ≥ 27 points, or an SAT score ≥ 1125.

GPA requirements to finalize admission and prior to starting BSN courses:

  • Cumulative GPA for all science classes (chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology) must be ≥ 3.000
  • Cumulative GPA must remain ≥ 3.00
  • All prerequisites must be successfully completed with a grade of C (2.000) or higher.

Other Requirements:

Uniforms are required for all clinical laboratory experiences. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from health care agencies used for these experiences. Students are required to purchase professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million per single claim/$3 million aggregate per year. The insurance must be renewed annually.

Students must successfully complete a background check prior to beginning any nursing course.

Students must provide evidence of personal health insurance and evidence of a completed physical examination prior to clinical laboratory experiences each academic year. Additional costs for instructional materials, testing and lab experiences may be required throughout the program. CPR certification is required. Information related to these requirements is available from the School of Nursing.

Accelerated Program Progression

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredit Hours
NURS 302 Professional Nursing Practice 3
NURS 310 Fundamentals of Nursing Care 4
NURS 340 Mental Health Nursing Care 4
NURS 345 Health Assessment 4
 Credit Hours15
Fall Semester
NURS 320 Nursing Care of Adults I 4
NURS 325 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice 2
NURS 360 Clinical Care of Adults I 4
NURS 365 Nursing Care of Older Adults 2
NURS 370 Nursing Care of Adults II 4
NURS 430 Pediatric Nursing Care 3
NURS 440 Maternal/Newborn Nursing Care 3
 Credit Hours22
Spring Semester
NURS 410 Clinical Care Adults II 4
NURS 450 Nursing Care of Populations 3
NURS 460 Leadership and Clinical Decision Making 4
NURS 470 Nursing Care of Clients with Critical Illness 5
NURS 499 Clinical Capstone 4
 Credit Hours20
 Total Credit Hours57

Applied Learning

Students in the accelerated nursing program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing all required coursework culminating with the NURS 499 Clinical Capstone course.

Significant curriculum revisions are in process that affect requirements for the above degree. Contact the School of Nursing for the latest information.