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Accelerated Online – Admission Requirements


Applicants must complete the equivalent of all of the UW Oshkosh courses listed below.  Matching course descriptions does not ensure course equivalency.  Upon application to the University a transfer credit evaluation is completed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.  Please refer to our FAQ page for more details regarding the transfer course process.

Prerequisite Coursework

All applicants are required to complete a course credit transfer evaluation by sending their unofficial transcripts to the Accelerated Pre-Nursing Advisor.  Please send unofficial transcripts to  Once a course credit evaluation is completed, applicants will be eligible to apply.

As part of the evaluation, applicants must have the following:

  • A minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses
  • An associated laboratory component with all natural science prerequisites
  • 4  of the 6 required natural science courses completed at the time of application
English Composition English 101, 110 Honors, 188 WBIS, 202, 300, or 312
Intro or General Psychology Psychology 101 or 104
Growth, Development, and Health across the Lifespan [must cover entire lifespan] Nursing 200 or Psychology 391 or Educational Foundations 377
Science (Biological Concepts) Biology 105 or 230
Science (Human Anatomy) Biology 211
Science (Physiology) Biology 212 or 319
Science (Microbiology) Biology 233 or 309
Science (Chemistry I) Chemistry 101 or 105
Science (Biochemistry or Chemistry II ) Chemistry 102 or 106
General Education from first degree Considered on individual basis (6 credits)

The application GPA is calculated using the courses listed above.

The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher but are not calculated as part of the admission GPA: College Level Math and Speech (Public Speaking)  Prerequisite courses do not expire.

Required Criteria

  • Admission to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited University with a minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Current Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA)
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA calculated using prerequisite courses, with no prerequisite grade less than C  (C- and CD are not acceptable)
  • Must reside in an approved state
  • Completed Criminal Background Check as required by Caregiver Law processed through Castle Branch (cost assumed by applicant)  See Step 4 of the Application Process

Preferred Criteria

  • Pre-nursing GPA of 3.25 or above
  • Certified Nursing Assistant work experience or other direct patient care experience
  • Activities reflecting service orientation [campus and/or community volunteer]
  • Experience with diverse populations (e.g. various age, ethnic, racial, or religious groups, working with individuals with special needs or individuals with physical disabilities)
  • All prerequisite coursework and bachelor’s degree completed