Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program

Program Highlights:

  • Complete in 12 months
  • Extremely competitive 2.75 GPA requirement
  • Only 7 prerequisites
  • Earn 3 graduate credits as part of program
  • Graduate with a 3.0 or higher and be automatically accepted into our graduate program
  • NCLEX pass rate (2021) of 96.85%, higher than the national average of 82.5%
  • 7:1 clinical student to faculty ratio, one of the best in the nation

Program Description:

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.

Cohort beginning every August and January.

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Program Highlights

Our accelerated nursing program is an intensive and comprehensive program comprised of 53 Nursing credit hours and 900 clinical hours. The program supports two cohorts each year, comprised of 21 individuals who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a passion for the nursing profession. 

Program Structure
Our program consists of seven sessions within one year: 

  •  Two Fall Sessions (8 weeks each)
  • Winterim (2 weeks)
  • Two Spring Sessions (8 weeks each)
  • May Session (4 weeks)
  • Summer Session (8 weeks)

Clinical Experience 
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.  

Student Success 
At Edgewood College, it is our priority to produce well-rounded, capable, and experienced nurses in the short timeframe of one year for the Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated program. NCLEX passage rate for first time test takers graduating from Edgewood College’s nursing program remains above 95% for 3 consecutive years. 

Degree Requirements

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. 

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.

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.

Course for nursing students. Basic concepts and principles of disease processes.


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.

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.

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.

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. 


Nursing content addressing the management of psycho, social, spiritual, 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.

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.

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.

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. 

Nursing care with families, young children, adolescents, and women in a variety of settings. The major focus is on health promotion and health maintenance.

Introductory course leading to the preparation of professional nurses to assume leadership roles in a variety of health care settings. Content areas include Principles of Leadership, Quality Improvement and Safety, Health Policy and Advocacy, and Organizational Systems Leadership.

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.

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.

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.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the accelerated nursing program is charged as a complete program package cost of $64,600 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Program Cost includes:

  • Tuition (50 credits of nursing courses and a 3 cr. pharmacology course)
  • Complete book bundles
  • Parking
  • ATI Testing (most comprehensive package for NCLEX prep)
  • Lab fees
  • Clinical fees
  • Student Segregated Fees

Additional courses required for degree conferral (pathology $1500 and Religious Studies $1110) for the 2022-23 school year if taken through Edgewood College. These courses may be completed prior to the start of the program.

Financial Aid
Students may be eligible for federal and private loans to assist in financing their education.

Federal Financial Aid

         Complete a FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

         Students may be eligible for a maximum of $12,500 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.

Outside Scholarships

Edgewood College keeps a record of outside scholarships that students may apply for. That list can be found at https://www.edgewood.edu/admissions/tuition-and-financial-aid/outside-scholarships-list

Income Share Agreements

An Income Share Agreement, or ISA, provides an alternative funding option to supplement student’s financial aid and federal loans. ISAs provide funding for certified tuition and fees in exchange for a student’s promise to pay a fixed percentage of his or her future income for 5 years following graduation. Stride Funding currently provides ISA funding options to students enrolled in the ABSN programs at Edgewood College. With an ISA from Stride Funding, you do not need a cosigner or current income, as they look at where you’re going (future income), not where you’ve been. Plus, all Stride students automatically become a member of the Stride Community, giving you access to career support (e.g., monthly content, exam prep, interview guidance) and a broader community of peers who can support you as you begin your professional journey.

Students interested in learning more and getting a quote, should visit Stride Funding.

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.

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Admission Requirements


  • Completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • 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.

Course Prerequisites

College-level Statistics*
General/Introductory Psychology
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. 

Certification and Licenses
All certifications and licenses must be completed by August 1st for fall start or January 1st for spring start.          

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
    Students must take a required training/course and obtain state licensure.
    Students may obtain a license from any state for eligibility.  
  • CPR Certification
    CPR 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

Online courses with in person skills checkoff are acceptable.
We suggest the Red Cross Basic First Aid Certification.

Application Cycle and Candidate Selection

Application Cycle for Fall 2022 Start Date
Application is now open!
Priority Deadline: January 15th, 2022
Final Deadline: June 15th, 2022

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.

Application Cycle for Spring 2023 Start Date

Application is now open!
Priority Deadline: June 15th, 2022
Final Deadline: November 15th, 2022

Applicants who apply by June 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 June 15th will be reviewed in a timely manner up to November 15th.

Due to the high volume of applicants, it is highly recommended that students submit applications by the Priority Deadline for primary consideration.

Candidate Selection
Edgewood College accepts 21 candidates each cohort for the completion of the program. 

Edgewood utilizes a holistic approach for candidate selection. Your transcripts, personal statement, and resume/CV 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

Apply Now

Nursing CAS 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.

Required Documents
To complete your application on NursingCAS, you will need to upload several documents.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement one to two pages in length describing your motivation to pursue nursing
  • High School Transcripts (unofficial HS transcripts are acceptable)

You will also need to request third parties to send in documents

  • 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 Savana Meo at  smeo@edgewood.edu

Goals for our Graduates

At the end of the program, graduates will:

AACN Essential I - Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • SoN Program Goal:  Integrate the liberal arts into the practice of nursing

AACN Essential II - Basic Organization and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety

  • SoN Program Goal: Apply skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to provide high quality health care in a systems environment

AACN Essential III - Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

  • SoN Program Goal: Translate current evidence into the practice of nursing

  AACN Essential IV - Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology

  • SoN Program Goal: Demonstrate knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology

AACN Essential V - Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments

  • SoN Program Goal: Integrate knowledge of healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory influences, on the healthcare system as they relate to quality care

AACN Essential VI - Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient    Health Outcomes  

  • SoN Program Goal: Perform communication and collaboration skills consistent with professional standards when working in interprofessional settings to improve health services

AACN Essential VII - Clinical Prevention and Population Health

  • SoN Program Goal: Assimilate health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual and population level.

AACN Essential VIII - Professionalism and Professional Values

  • SoN Program Goal: Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct in nursing practice.
  • SoN Program Goal: Formulate a personal professional practice model that addresses accountability, continuous professional engagement & lifelong learning.

AACN Essential IX - Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • SoN Program Goal: Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the care of patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments. 

Resources for Current Students

Resources for Prospective Students


The baccalaureate, master’s degree in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at Edgewood College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Links of Interest
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