Wilkes University

Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree

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Our Accelerated BSN is designed for adult students who hold bachelor's degrees and wish to pursue careers in nursing. The program prepares a beginning, self-directed practitioner who can initiate, implement and revise nursing care in a variety of settings. New graduates are employed in staff positions in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, psychiatric/mental health or community-based facilities.

The 48-credit program can be completed in three full-time semesters. Practice and application of classroom knowledge takes place in clinical nursing courses. In addition, the on-campus Clinical Nursing Simulation Center is equipped with audio-visual and computer-assisted instructional materials.

Students who complete the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which must be successfully completed for registration as a professional nurse.

*Applicants who were previously enrolled in a nursing program at another institution must provide a letter from the institution stating he or she was in good academic standing at the time they left the nursing program. Students who cannot provide this letter are ineligible to apply.

** DEADLINE: All applications and supplemental materials must be received in our office by March 1, 2018.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts showing minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in bachelor's degree program
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam (offered through ATI) with a score of 70% or greater.
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two current and relevant letters of recommendation
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who hail from non-English-speaking countries must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
  • International applicants need a financial support document and official TOEFL/IELTS score


  • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology with a related laboratory experience in each course (4 credits each totaling 8 credits) with a grade of C+ or greater.
  • One semester of microbiology with a related laboratory experience (4 credits) with a grade of C+ or greater.
  • One semester of elementary statistics with a grade of C or greater
  • One semester of chemistry with a related laboratory experience with a grade of C+ or greater. 

You are still eligible to apply if you are currently enrolled in these prerequisites and/or will be completing them before the program begins in August 2018.  These prerequisites must be completed at an accredited institution and it is strongly encouraged that these courses are in a traditional classroom setting as opposed to an online format, as they may be less likely to be acceptable.

* A co-requisite course in nutrition must be completed by the end of the first semester if the applicant has not already completed a nutrition course in during their undergraduate degree.

Upcoming On-Campus Testing Dates for TEAS exam :

September 11, 2017 @ 10AM;    October 11, 2017 @ 10AM;    November 22, 2017 @ 9AM;    December 8, 2017 @ 10AM. Testing will take place in Stark Learning Center, Room 25 on the lower level, Wilkes University. 

Go to www.atitesting.com for more details and to register. Click here for TEAS testing dates and locations off the Wilkes campus.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) is a national standardized test that provides assessment data regarding a student's overall academic preparedness for nursing related content. The Assessment measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The test is intended for use with adult nursing program applicant populations. The objectives assessed on TEAS® are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level academic readiness of nursing program applicants.

The Assessment is four-option multiple-choice, and students have a total time of 209 minutes to complete all four Sections.

• Reading = 58 minutes
• Mathematics = 51 minutes
• Science = 66 minutes
• English = 34 minutes

The Reading subtest covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, inferences and conclusions. The Math subtest covers whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages and ratio/proportion. The English subtest measures knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, words and spelling. The Science portion of the test covers scientific reasoning, human body science, life science, earth and physical science, and general science knowledge.

The TEAS exam is required for all students wishing to be considered for admission in the Fall 2018 semester. A minimum score of 70% is required to be eligible for the program.  Learn more about the TEAS Assessment and helpful study tools.


Each student's program will be tailored to meet individual professional goals and program requirements.

NSG 330 Nursing Practice I - 12 credits
NSG 211 Physical Assessment - 3 credits
NSG 200 Principles of Normal Nutrition - 3 credits (unless student had already completed a Nutrition course)

NSG 331 Nursing Practice II - 12 credits
NSG 224 Pharmacotherapeutics and Decision-Making in Nursing - 3 credits
NSG 346 Contemporary Issues & Trends in Nursing - 3 credits

NSG 332 Nursing Practice III - 12 credits
NSG 342 Introduction to Nursing Research - 3 credits

- Clinical hours will be distributed among acute, chronic and community settings.

Tuition for the Accelerated Nursing program is $16,604 per semester for the 2017-18 academic year. There is an additional $844/semester general university fee and $550/semester nursing fee.

Information Sessions are currently scheduled for the following dates:

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10AM

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 1PM

Check back for updates and possible additional dates. Email kristin.donati@wilkes.edu to RSVP and to receive more details on location, parking, etc.

Kristin Donati
Admissions Counselor
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 3338