Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs
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How long does it take to complete my BSN?
The Accelerated BSN is 52+ weeks in length. The winter cohort starts in February and ends the following February. The spring cohort starts in May and ends the following May. The fall cohort starts in October and ends the following October. The Intro to Professional Nursing course starts approximately six weeks before the start of each cohort. Additionally, each cohort has a weekend-long orientation that is typically held about two weeks before the program begins.
May I work during the program?
The rapid pace of coursework and the flexibility needed for clinical rotations require full-time commitment; therefore, it is recommended that students forgo all employment during the program. Students are also advised to limit other non-academic involvements throughout the year. Most importantly, work or other commitments cannot interfere with any clinical or theory course requirements.
What is the most difficult aspect of the program?
The Accel program is rigorous. Students can expect to spend 8-10 hours each day reading and studying. The reading is intensive—typically 100 pages or more per day. During the eight months when students are completing both online coursework and clinical rotations, students may experience 60- to 70-hour work weeks.
How many students are admitted into the program?
Each cohort—February, May and October—admits 30 students. Between 15 and 20 students end up enrolling.
How difficult is it to be admitted into the Accelerated BSN Option?
- Prerequisite course GPA
- CNA experience
- Professional resume
- Geographic area (clinical site availability)
- Review of written statements and phone interviews of eligible applicants
Are there additional factors that strengthen an application?
Articulate oral and written communication during the application process strengthens an application. The admissions committee seeks mature, academically strong students who can work both independently and collaboratively; have the ability to be flexible with clinical assignments; and have a strong desire to attain a high level of professional skill in an accelerated—not abbreviated—learning environment.
Will my credits transfer to the Accelerated BSN Option?
If you completed courses at any UW System school or Wisconsin Technical College school, visit the Wisconsin Transfer Information System and compare your courses to the UW Oshkosh courses. Credits from technical schools may also transfer.
What if I took credits at an out-of-state school or a private university?
If you completed courses at a private university in Wisconsin, or within the University of Minnesota system, visit the Oshkosh Transfer Information site. If you completed courses at a different out-of-state institution, you may compare your course to the course requirements at UW Oshkosh by comparing course catalog descriptions from each institution*.
* This is for exploratory purposes only and is in no way a guarantee that credits will be accepted as a prerequisite by the College of Nursing.
What if I have a question about the transferability of a course completed outside the UW System?
Submit the course title, course number and the name of the college/university to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask how the course will transfer to UW Oshkosh.
What if I’m still not sure my credits will transfer even after I checked the Transfer Information System and compared course descriptions?
You must apply to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to receive an official credit evaluation.
Do my prerequisites need to be taken within a certain number of years of the program start date?
No. Credits never expire.
How many prerequisites do I need to complete before I am eligible to apply to the Accelerated BSN Option?
At the time of application, at least four of the science prerequisites must be completed. Proof of registration in all remaining prerequisites must be included in the application. All other prerequisite coursework must be completed.
How far will I have to travel for my clinical rotations?
The goal is for students to complete clinical rotations in (or within an hour of) their home communities, though this is not always possible. Several factors influence the distance a student will need to travel for clinical rotations, including the student’s geographic location, the availability of appropriate clinical sites and nurse preceptors, the number of students in a given geographical area, etc.
Can I focus my clinical rotations to a particular area of interest?
No. The focus of a baccalaureate nursing program is to educate nurse generalists by offering a broad base of nursing theory and a range of clinical experiences.
Are international students able to apply?
All applicants must be permanent residents of the U.S.