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1. What are the Admission Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program?

All candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The degree can be in any field of study.

Candidates must meet minimum GPA requirements. Students are required to have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in their required math and science courses. All required math and science courses must have been completedwithin 5 years of admission unless these math and science courses were part of a degree earned within the last five years. A grade of C or better is necessary in each required science and math course.

2. What are the Prerequisites needed for admission to Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program?

The following courses (or transfer equivalents) must be completed or currently in progress at time of application to

  • College-level Statistics
  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • PSY 345 Lifespan Development
  • A Religious Studies Course that fulfills Edgewood College degree requirements
  • Foreign Language that fulfills Edgewood College degree requirements

The following science courses (or transfer equivalents):

  • 5 or more credits of college-level lab-based Chemistry
  • BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 312 Microbiology, including lab component

If admitted to the program, the following non-course requirements must also be completed by June 15th:

  • Certified nursing assistant course and certification examination
  • CPR Certification (American Heart Association – Health Care Providers)

Prospective students must meet the above criteria to be considered eligible to apply to the School of Nursing’s Accelerated BSN program.

3. How do I know if my prerequisites will transfer into Edgewood College?

Contact Joann Eastman if you have questions regarding course equivalencies - or 608-663-3250.

4. Can I take prerequisites at Edgewood College?

Yes. Apply to Edgewood's undergrad program as a post-baccalaureate, non-degree student by applying online at Once your prerequisites are completed, you will then be able to apply to the accelerated nursing program.

5. Can I take prerequisites at other colleges?

Yes, as long as the school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the courses are considered equivalent to the required courses at Edgewood College.

6. When is the application deadline for the school of nursing accelerated program?

Admission Cycle Dates:

  • January 15th
  • June 15th

The cycle in which applicants are reviewed is determined by the timeliness of their application. For example, if an applicant submits all required materials prior to January 15th, their application will be reviewed for eligibility during the January 15th admission cycle. If eligible, applicants will be scheduled for reviewed on a priority-decision basis (typically notified of admission decision by February 15th).

Any applications received after January 15th will be considered on a space-availability basis. If space permits, eligible applicants will be reviewed in a timely manner (typically notified of admission decision one month of the School of Nursing receiving the completed application). Any applications received after June 15th will be considered for January 15th for NEXT YEAR's program.

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements, however, does not imply admission.

7. I've submitted my applications and my transcripts, what happens next?

Applicants successfully submitting all application materials and meeting minimum admission requirements will be contacted by theSchoolof Nursing to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire.

The School of Nursing Admissions Committee is composed of nursing faculty. This Committee reviews applications, evaluates supplemental questionnaire responses, and assesses the relevance of experience. Based on the strength of their qualifications, this Committee selects the applicants for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program. The Committee reserves the right to evaluate and modify the selection criteria and admission procedures each year. Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate BSN program at Edgewood College will be offered to 28 students each academic year.

Studentsoffered admissioninto the program must accept admission by a specified date specified in their Offer of Admission Letter or forfeit their space to other qualified applicants.

Due to space availability, highly-qualified students may be denied admission. However, qualified students not initially offered admission may be offered admission at a later date if space becomes available.

8. What is the cost of the Program?

The cost of the program for the 2012-2013 cohort is $52,300 and includes all books, assessment and clinical fees. Costs for 2013-2014 are subject to change, but normally rise between 3% and 5%.

9. If I'm accepted to the program, what is the class schedule?

Participation in the program is an intensive, full-time commitment. Classes are Monday through Friday. Clinical and labs will meet days, evenings and/or weekends. Because of the time required to complete the program successfully, it is expected that you will not work outside of your class studies.

Nursing classes will begin in August and finish at the end of August the following year. A total of 55 credits are required to successfully complete the program.

10. Where are classes held?

All classes will be held at Edgewood's Deming Way Campus on Madison's westside 1255 Deming Way. Clinical courses will be held at healthcare facilities throughout south-central Wisconsin.

11. What are my chances of being admitted into Program?

The program will admit a maximum of 28 students. Admission will be highly competitive for these limited openings. Priority will be given to the most qualified applicants.

12. Will there be a waiting list if I'm not accepted into the program?

There is no waiting list for the accelerated program. If you are not accepted you may apply to the traditional program or consider re-applying to the accelerated program in the future.