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Donna Johnson

Accelerated BSN Option
Undergraduate Nursing Office

Kim Calmes
Accelerated BSN Option Advisor
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Admission Requirements

 Detailed information for specific admission requirements can be found on the application process page.

Due to the competitive nature of the admission process, applicants should understand that meeting the minimum required criteria does not guarantee admission into the Accelerated BSN Option.

View Admission Policy here.

Required Criteria

    • Admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    • Completion of non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5. In cases of a lower GPA the TEAS test must be completed, and the applicant must demonstrate proficiency in all categories at or above the national BSN program mean scores before being considered eligible to apply.
    •  Minimum pre-nursing GPA of 3.0 on the completed College of Nursing prerequisites
    • All of the required pre-requisite courses must be completed with a minimum “C” grade, (CD or C- are not acceptable).
    • Clear results of a criminal background check for clinical placement. Criminal background check completed through service specified in application (cost assumed by applicant).
    • Completion of nursing assistant course with clinical component and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
      certification (all states’ certifications are accepted for admission purposes).
    • Residence is required in an approved state while completing both theory and clinical components of the program. (Please note, the Accel option staff must be able to secure clinical rotations for the student in the community identified on their admission application to be officially accepted). Students’ residency listed on admission will be used to find clinical placements for the program.


    • Credential Evaluation: If any credentials come from outside the United States a course-by-course credential evaluator report (grades, credits, and degree assessment) of foreign undergraduate and graduate academic records to be used for admission is required. Go to either the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at or to the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. (AICE) at to find an appropriate evaluator.
    • Students educated outside of the United States must submit evidence that the instruction was presented in the English language or evidence of English language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieving a minimum score of 71 iBT. The report must be submitted directly to UW Oshkosh (institution code: 1916) from the testing agency.

Preferred Criteria

  • Current hospital employment maintained for the duration of the program.
  • Pre-nursing GPA of 3.25 or above on the completed College of Nursing prerequisites.
  • CNA work experience or other approved direct patient care experience totaling at least 240 hours
  • Activities reflecting service orientation [campus and/or community volunteer] totaling 20 hours.
  • All prerequisite coursework completed.

Appeal Form

This form is not required unless an exception is needed for one or more admission requirements.  

Required Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisite courses must be included on the GPA calculation form when applying to the Accelerated BSN Option.

Science (minimum 4 out of 6 courses must be completed at time of application)
All science courses must include lecture and laboratory. If more than four science courses have been completed, GPA will be calculated using the best four grades.

Science Prerequisites UW Oshkosh Course Equivalent
Biological Concepts Bio 105 or 230
*Anatomy Bio Bio 211
*Physiology Bio Bio 212 OR 319
Microbiology Bio 233 or 309
Chemistry I Chem 101 or 105
Biochemistry or Chemistry II Chem 102 or 106

*Two semester combined Anatomy and Physiology sequences (A&P 1/A&P 2) must be completed at the same institution.

*Other Prerequisites must be completed at time of application.

*Other Prerequisites UW Oshkosh Course Equivalent
English Composition ENG 101 or WRT 188 or 287 or 288 or 310
General or Introductory Psychology Psych 101 or 102
Growth, Development and Health Across the Lifespan
(Must cover entire lifespan)
Nursing 200, Psych 391 or Ed Foundation 377
General education from first bachelor’s degree Considered on individual basis (6 credits)Courses may be in any University Studies Program or General Education area –   HU, ES, SS, NW, PE, MA, GE, NS, EN, XX, XK, XM, XC, XS, XL or any nursing elective
Additional Nursing Prerequisite Courses

The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher but are not calculated as part of the admission GPA:

*Additional Nursing Prerequisite Courses UW Oshkosh Course Equivalent
College Level Math Math 104 (College Algebra) or higher level or statistics
Speech (Public Speaking) Comm 111 or experience in public speaking


Other Requirements

Health Requirements

Once admitted into the Accelerated BSN Option, students are required to fulfill several health requirements including immunizations in order to participate in clinical rotations.  Specific requirements are provided upon admission.

Technology Requirements

A computer with camera is required. Cable, broadband or satellite internet access is imperative.  High speed internet access is imperative. Slower internet connections will impede downloading of course materials and timely exam completion.

Students are also required to view PDF forms and documents. Several other technologies are used throughout the curriculum, including Zoom.

Approved states for out-of-state students

Higher Learning Commission and State Board of Nursing approval is necessary for any program delivered in a state other than the state in which it originates. Students must reside in an approved state for the entire length of the program for both theory courses and clinical placements.

Click here to see list of approved states

The Accelerated Option is approved for individuals living in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • North Carolina 
  • Oregon *Limited capacity  - October Cohort only
  • Washington * The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the Accelerated BSN program.
  • Wisconsin

College of Nursing

Clow Social Science Center
Room C210
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901