Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program
Whether you have always dreamed of becoming a nurse or you are taking a leap to change careers, Edgewood College is ready to support your goals. If you already have your bachelor’s degree, our Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program will fast-track your education to complete your BSN in just 12 months.
This intensive, hands-on program equips students to be capable and self-sufficient nurses. Your education will be founded on theory and applied in an array of experiential learning settings. With one of the best clinical student to faculty ratios in the nation, at 7:1, and clinical experiences at highly respected regional hospitals, the learning experience at Edgewood College is exceptional.
Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared with the ability to practice holistic nursing care in a variety of health care settings. Fulfill your desire to begin a rewarding career in the nation’s largest health care profession.
- Program Highlights
Our accelerated nursing program is an intensive and comprehensive program comprised of 52 Nursing credit hours and 900 clinical hours. The program supports one cohort each year, comprised of 36 individuals who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a passion for the nursing profession.
Our program consists of seven sessions within one year:
- Two Fall Sessions (8 weeks each)
- Winterim (4 weeks)
- Two Spring Sessions (8 weeks each)
- May Session (4 weeks)
- Summer Session (8 weeks)
Edgewood College is known for its exceptional clinical structure and experience.
Student to faculty ratio is one of the lowest in the nation at 7:1.
- Students are taught by clinical faculty rather than preceptors.
- Students will gain experience nursing at up to 8 different clinical sites.
- State-of-the-art simulation labs provide students with interactive practice.
- Clinical hours are approximately 90 percent onsite at well-respected settings and 10 percent in simulation lab.
At Edgewood College, it is our priority to produce well-rounded, capable, and experienced nurses in the short timeframe of one year for the Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate program. NCLEX passage rate for first time test takers graduating from Edgewood College’s nursing program is 97%.
- Degree Requirements
ANRS 210 FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING 4 cr
Nurses play a significant role in promoting health across the life span at the individual, group, and societal level. The knowledge and skills necessary to assess psychosocial and physical health status and facilitate the development of therapeutic and collaborating relationships are explored. Beginning exploration of the fundamentals of professional nursing practice, information management, and evidence-based practice are introduced. (Fall Session 1)
ANRS 211 CARING: NURSING ASSESSMENT & INTERVENTION 3 cr
Clinical and laboratory application of basic concepts discussed in RNRS 210. Emphasis is on assessment and health promotion. Interventions include comfort and safety, interviewing, basic concepts related to teaching/learning, and development of nurse/client relationships. Fundamentals of professionalism and the development of professional values are introduced. (Fall Session 1)
ANRS 315 CARING: ADULT HEALTH NURSING LAB 1 cr
Presents the knowledge of psychomotor skills, unique to professional nursing practice, used to meet the therapeutic, physiologic, comfort, and safety needs of adult clients in a variety of settings. Beginning scholarship for evidence-based practice is addressed in the context of quality and safety measures. Skills are practiced and evaluated in the laboratory environment prior to application in the clinical setting. (Fall Session 1)
ABIO 410 PATHOLOGY 3 cr
Course for nursing students. Basic concepts and principles of disease processes. (Fall Session 1)
ANRS 310 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: ADULT HEALTH 4 cr
Nursing content addressing the management of psychosocial and physiological care of hospitalized adults is discussed within a framework of acute illness. Integration of behavioral science, pathophysiology, and pharmacology into nursing care is emphasized. (Fall Session 2)
ANRS 311 CARING: ADULT HEALTH NURSING 4 cr
Clinical course focused on nursing care of adult clients in an acute care setting. The course is designed to further develop the necessary skills for baccalaureate generalist nursing practice including an introduction to patient safety, quality improvement, and information management. Continued development and application of professional practice standards are addressed. (Fall Session 2)
ANRS 312 PHARMACOLOGY 2 cr
Nurses play a significant role in assisting individuals and families in the pharmacological management of health and illness. This course includes a study of the major drug classes addressing the principles of evidence-based practice, which is necessary for understanding drug effects across the lifespan. Issues related to safety, cost, compliance, and therapeutic outcomes are emphasized. (Fall Session 2)
ANRS 342 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: OLDER ADULT 2cr
The complex interaction of acute and chronic health conditions experienced by older adults is addressed within the context of health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration. Provision of holistic care is examined using principles of interdisciplinary team management. (Winterim)
ANRS 340 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: LONG TERM ISSUES 4 cr
Nursing content addressing the management of psychosocialspiritual and physiological care of adults and families is discussed within a framework of chronic illness management. Integration of behavioral science, pathophysiology, and pharmacology into nursing care is emphasized along with concepts related to wellness and health promotion while living a life with chronic illness. (Spring Session 1)
ANRS 341 COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE-LONG TERM 4 cr
Managing nursing care with individuals and families experiencing complex, long-term health problems. Development of interprofessional team skills, collaborative planning, and leadership skills are emphasized. (Spring Session 1)
ANRS 390 RESEARCH IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING 3 cr
Introduction to methods of inquiry including interpretive and empirical approaches. Basic statistical measurements are studied in relation to understanding nursing research. Topics include critiquing nursing research, exploring application of research to practice, and identifying researchable problems and appropriate methodologies. (Spring Session 1)
ANRS 410 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: FAMILIES IN TRANSITION 4 cr
Nursing care with families experiencing transition such as pregnancy and parenting. Issues related to environmental contexts, political awareness, health care systems, family dynamics, children and adolescents, and women’s health are examined. (Spring Session 2)
ANRS 411 CARING: FAMILIES IN TRANSITION 4 cr
Nursing care with families, young children, adolescents, and women in a variety of settings. The major focus is on health promotion and health maintenance. (May Session)
ANRS 412 LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 3 cr
This course overviews the study of the health care system in the United States, including healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments. Leadership approaches to care management, systems leadership for improved client outcomes and effective use of resources are explored. Professional nursing roles, responsibilities, and issues in a rapidly changing sociopolitical environment are examined.(Spring Session 2)
ANRS 440 ADULT HEALTH: ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN ACUTE CARE 2 cr
Theory course addressing nursing care of adults in high acuity settings experiencing multisystem illnesses. Integration and application of biological sciences is emphasized to advance baccalaureate generalist nursing knowledge. (Summer Session)
ANRS 460 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: HEALTH OF COMMUNITIES 4 cr
Nursing concepts are integrated with those of public health science to promote the health of aggregates in the community. The role of nursing in affecting health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments is examined. (Summer Session)
ANRS 461 NURSING CARE WITH AGGREGATES 4 cr
Clinical course addressing the nursing care of culturally diverse families, aggregates, and communities. Nursing skills in health assessment, education, and health promotion are extended to include groups in communities. Developing and maintaining community partnerships is emphasized. (Summer Session)
- Tuition and Financial Aid
The tuition Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate Program is charged as a complete program package cost at $64,500.
Program Cost includes:
- Tuition (50 credits of nursing courses and a 2 cr. pharmacology course)
- Complete book bundles
- ATI Testing (most comprehensive package for NCLEX prep)
- Lab fees
- Clinical fees
- Student Segregated Fees
Additional courses required for degree conferral (pathology 3 cr. and religious studies 4 cr.) are $927 per credit if taken through Edgewood College.
Students are eligible for federal and private loans to assist in financing their education.
Federal Financial Aid
Complete a FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Students may be eligible for a maximum of $12,000 from the Stafford Loan Program.
- Subsidized – the federal government pays the interest while the student is in school at least half time. You may receive a maximum of $5500 per academic year.
- Unsubsidized – interest begins to accumulate as soon as the loan is disbursed.
Federal, state, and institutional scholarships and grants are reserved for students receiving their first bachelor’s degree, and therefore, post-baccalaureate students are not eligible.
Edgewood College keeps a record of outside scholarships that students may apply for. That list can be found at http://registrar.edgewood.edu/outside-scholarships.
For additional questions about financial aid and financing your education, contact our Financial Aid Specialist, Katie Sprunger at (608) 663-2306 or KSprunger@edgewood.edu.
- Admission Requirements
Completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and a minimum 2.75 in all required math and science courses. *
Prior to the program start date, you must complete the following eight courses and three certifications.
Life Span Psychology
Foreign Language (two semesters in college or two years of high school with a C average)
4 credits of college-level, lab-based Chemistry*
Anatomy and Physiology I*
Anatomy and Physiology II*
Microbiology with Laboratory*
*All Math and Science courses must have been completed within the last five years or have been taken while earning a degree that was conferred within the last five years.
Course Transfer Equivalency Tables
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Madison College (MATC)
University of New England
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Winona State University
Certification and Licenses
All certifications and licenses must be completed by August 1st before the start date of the program.
- Certified Nurse Assistant
Students must take a required training/courseand obtain state licensure.
Students may obtain a license from any state for eligibility.
CPR CertificationCPR Certification must be Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers. A few suggestions include:
- Center for Health Education and Simulation-combined BLS for Healthcare Providers/First Aid
Advanced Professional Healthcare Education (offers combined CPR/First Aid) https://www.aphed.com/
- American Red Cross or American Heart Association-BLS for Healthcare Providers
- Basic First Aid Certification
Courses must be offered in-person. Online courses are not accepted.
We suggest the Red Cross Basic First Aid Certification.
For questions regarding requirements, prerequisite fulfillment, or certifications, contact Kate Leverich at (608) 663-6739 or KLeverich@edgewood.edu
- Application Cycle and Candidate Selection
- Application Cycle for Fall 2019 Start Date
Application Opens: August 24th, 2018
Priority Deadline: January 15th, 2019
Final Deadline: June 15th, 2019
Applicants who apply by January 15th will receive priority consideration. Priority candidates will be reviewed first and the admissions committee will fill seats in the program. If space permits, eligible candidates who submitted after January 15th will be reviewed in a timely manner up to June 15th.
Due to the high volume of applicants, it is highly recommended that students submit applications by the January 15th Priority Deadline for primary consideration.
Edgewood College accepts 36 candidates each year for the completion of the program.
Edgewood utilizes a very holistic approach for candidate selection. Your transcripts, personal statement, resume/CV, references are evaluated for fitness and character. At this point, candidates will be deemed eligible or ineligible.
All students who are eligible for the program are invited to interview on-campus with nursing faculty members. Faculty members conducting interviews evaluate candidates strictly on interview performance.
Following the completion of interviews, the School of Nursing Admissions Committee (composed of faculty) will review complete application materials and interview reviews. Based on the strength of qualifications, the Committee selects applicants for admission. The Committee reserves the right to evaluate and modify the selection criteria and admission procedures each year.
Students admitted into the program must accept admission by the date specified in the Offer of Admission Letter or forfeit admittance to other qualified candidates.
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.
Admission Cycle Snapshots
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2010 Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2011 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2012 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2013 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2014 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2015 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2016 Admission Cycle)
- Apply Now
To apply, create an account and submit an application through NursingCAS at https://nursingcas.org.
What is NursingCAS?
NursingCAS short for the Nursing Centralized Application Service, is a site that collects information from your application, verifies it, and disseminates it to each school to which you apply.
To complete your application on NursingCAS, you will need to upload several documents.
- Personal Statement one to two pages in length describing your motivation to pursue nursing
- High School Transcripts (if applies for Foreign Language requirement)
You will also need to request third parties to send in documents
- Two References (each reference will need to send their letter into NursingCAS)
- All previous institutions must send in Official Transcripts to NursingCAS
Your transcript history is a critical component of your application. To ensure your transcript information is complete and verified you will need to:
- enter your full transcript history into the NursingCAS application. If this is not complete, your application will not be eligible for review.
- contact all previous institutions to request Official Transcripts be mailed to NursingCAS using the appropriate form provided by NursingCAS.
Multiple Program Interest
If you are interested in both our Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate and Traditional BSN programs, you do not need to submit two applications on NursingCAS. If you would like to be considered for both programs, please contact Kate Leverich at KLeverich@edgewood.edu.
For questions regarding requirements, eligibility, or the application process, please contact Kate Leverich at KLeverich@edgewood.edu or (608) 663-6739.
- Ask an Advisor
- We are happy to provide tailored support to all students, current and prospective. If you have any questions regarding the program, requirements, or application process please feel free to reach out to our Program Specialist via email, phone, or even a scheduled meeting in person.
Program Specialist/Outreach Coordinator