Admission Requirements

Detailed information for specific admission requirements can be found on the application process page.

Due to the competitive nature of the admission process, applicants should understand that meeting the minimum required criteria does not guarantee admission into the Accelerated BSN Option.

View Admission Policy here.

Required Criteria

  • Admission to UW Oshkosh
  • Bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited university with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for required nursing prerequisite courses, with no course grade less than C
    (C- and CD are not acceptable)
  • Assessment of Eligibility form (see Application Process page)
  • Criminal background check
  • Current Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) in applicant’s home state
  • Proof of residence in an Accelerated-approved state

Preferred Criteria

  • 3.25 GPA or higher in nursing prerequisite courses
  • CNA work experience or other approved direct patient care experience totaling at least 240 hours
  • Activities reflecting service orientation (i.e. community volunteer work, etc.) totaling approximately 20 hours per year in the past two years
  • Experience working with diverse populations (i.e. age groups, individuals with disabilities or special needs, underrepresented ethnicities, etc.)
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses 

Appeal Form

This form is not required unless an exception is needed for one or more admission requirements.  

  • Submit completed appeal form to   You must attach the original appeal form with the statement of approval to the front of your written application. 


The following prerequisite courses must be included on the GPA calculation form when applying to the Accelerated BSN Option.

Science (minimum 4 out of 6 courses must be completed at time of application)
All science courses must include lecture and laboratory. If more than four science courses have been completed, GPA will be calculated using the best four grades.

Science Prerequisites UW Oshkosh Course Equivalent
Biological Concepts Bio 105 or 230
Anatomy Bio Bio 211
Physiology Bio Bio 212 or 319
Microbiology Bio 233 or 309
Chemistry I Chem 101 or 105
Biochemistry or Chemistry II Chem 102 or 106

*Other Prerequisites must be completed at time of application.

*Other Prerequisites UW Oshkosh Course Equivalent
English Composition WBIS 188 or English 101, 110, 202, 300 or 312
General or Introductory Psychology Psych 101 or 105
Growth, Development and Health Across the Lifespan
(Must cover entire lifespan)
Nursing 200, Psych 391 or Ed Foundation 377
General education from first bachelor’s degree Considered on individual basis (6 credits)
Additional Nursing Prerequisite Courses

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 
  • Speech (Public Speaking)

Other Requirements

CNA Requirements

Certification as a nursing assistant in one’s home state is a required for admission into the Accelerated BSN Option.  However—to be a competitive applicant—actual work experience as a CNA at time of application is strongly recommended.

Students with CNA experience exhibit a notably stronger performance in the clinical component of the program. CNA experience provides an opportunity to learn basic nursing skills in a healthcare setting and care for patients as part of a nurse-led team. Accelerated BSN graduates consistently support the value of prior CNA experience after completing their clinical rotations.

Health Requirements

Once admitted into the Accelerated BSN Option, students are required to fulfill several health requirements in order to participate in clinical rotations. Specific requirements are provided upon admission.

Technology Requirements

A laptop computer with wireless card, camera, headset and required software are included in the tuition. Cable, broadband or satellite internet access is imperative. Slower internet connections will impede downloading of course materials and submitting exams in a timely manner.

Students are also required to view PDF forms and documents. Several other technologies are used throughout the curriculum, including Collaborate Ultra and Skype. Software training for these programs is provided during orientation.

Approved states for out-of-state students

Higher Learning Commission and State Board of Nursing approval is necessary for any program delivered in a state other than the state in which it originates. Students must reside in an approved state for the entire length of the program for both theory courses and clinical placements.

Click here to see list of approved states

The AcceleratedOption is approved for individuals living in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

College of Nursing

Clow Social Science Center
Room C210
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901