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Accelerated BSN Option

The Accelerated Online Bachelor’s to BSN Option at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh began with a pilot cohort in May 2003 after two years of planning. As of fall 2019, there have been 37 cohorts admitted, representing over 1100 students. Admission to the program is highly competitive.  Admitted individuals represent a strong cadre of nursing students with varied backgrounds. This innovative option was the first of its kind in the country. It allows individuals who already have a Bachelor’s Degree and who have met rigorous admission criteria, to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 12 months. It is available to applicants who live in one of the 12 approved states (Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota,
North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming).

There are three components to the Accelerated Option; theory courses, clinical courses, and on-campus residencies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. There are three residencies during the program. Orientation weekend is a three-day residency that occurs just prior to the program starting. The second residency is two weeks in length and occurs approximately 12 weeks after the program begins and consists of a skills lab and clinical component. The third and final residency is the capstone experience. It is one week in length and is the final week of the program. Theory courses throughout the program are offered online at a one credit per week pace. Clinical courses are completed at health care agencies in or near the student’s home community while being mentored by nurse preceptors and overseen by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh clinical faculty. Clinical rotations are secured by our Clinical Coordinators.  Clinical courses also have an online component in which students interact with their peers and the instructor.

The Accelerated option is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The curriculum objectives are identical to the Traditional Undergraduate BSN Option at UW Oshkosh, but as mentioned previously, courses are offered at the accelerated pace of one credit per week, with few days off during the year.  

Interested in Getting Started?

All applicants are required to complete a course credit transfer evaluation by sending their unofficial transcripts to the Accelerated Pre-Nursing Advisor at, as well as submitting an initial Assessment of Eligibility form.  Upon completion of the course credit evaluation and submission of the Assessment of Eligibility form our Accelerated Pre-Nursing Advisor will contact you.

*We are now accepting applications for our October 2020 cohort (you will receive the College of Nursing Accelerated Option’s  application when you are admitted to the University and an official transcript evaluation has been completed by the University, which can take up to approximately one month).  

When applying to the University for the October 2020 cohort, apply to the Fall 2020 semester.  

Deadlines: Admitted to UWO by: Application to Accelerated Nursing Program Postmarked by:
February Cohort July 1st July 15th
May Cohort October 1st October 15th
October Cohort March 1st March 15th

Courses are completed at the rate of one credit hour per week with few scheduled breaks throughout the year. Clinical rotations are completed via the preceptor model, secured by Clinical Placement Coordinators (for more information please reference the clinical rotations tab). The Accelerated Option currently has three cohorts: February to February, May to May and October to October; with the introductory course starting approximately 6 weeks prior to orientation.


  • It is suggested that students forgo all employment while completing the Accelerated Option. Students are also advised to limit other non-student commitments during the year. Most importantly, work or other commitments cannot interfere with any clinical or theory course requirements.
  • Central Standard Time (CST) is the time zone the Accelerated Online Option operates.  

The Accelerated Option IS:

  • Rigorous: Courses are completed at the rate of one credit per week with few days off throughout the year.  Students must meet high academic standards.
  • Successful: The attrition rate is less than 1%; the NCLEX first-attempt pass rate consistently exceeds the national average. The Accelerated Option graduates are well-prepared and are able to assume the role of a professional nurse.
  • Accredited: The Undergraduate Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Accelerated Option IS NOT:

  • Self-paced: The entire cohort progresses through the curriculum together.  Students must adhere to strict due dates.
  • Self-directed: Although the coursework requires a significant amount of independent work, courses are closely guided by the course instructor in a highly structured online class.
  • Easy: Coursework is rigorous to best prepare competent new nurses.  Students typically spend 8-12 hours on coursework each day.