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Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree

Breiseth Hall 570-408-4234 (T) 570-408-7846 (F) • Email


Considering nursing as a second career?
Request More InfoWilkes University’s Accelerated Baccalaureate degree is a 48-credit program that can be completed in three full-time semesters. Practice and application of classroom knowledge takes place in clinical nursing courses. In addition, the on-campus Clinical Nursing Simulation Center is equipped with audio-visual and computer-assisted instructional materials. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which must be successfully completed for registration as a professional nurse.
This program is designed for the adult student who already holds a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. The program prepares a beginning, self-directed practitioner who can initiate, implement and revise nursing care in a variety of settings. New graduates are employed in staff positions in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, psychiatric/mental health or community-based facilities.

  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • official transcripts showing minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • The Kaplan Admissions Exam must be completed with a score within the 60th percentile or higher in each of the following categories: reading, writing and mathematics.
  • statement of professional goals
  • two letters of recommendation (click here to download form)
  • high school transcript
  • personal interview
  • All applicants whose native language is not English and who hail from non-English-speaking countries must take the TOEFL.
  • Application deadline for Fall 2014 - March 1, 2014
  • All International applicants need a financial bank statement, financial support letter, and the official TOEFL score.
  • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology with a related laboratory experience in each course (4 credits each totaling 8 credits)
  • One semester of microbiology with a related laboratory experience (4 credits)
  • One semester of elementary statistics
* A co-requisite course in nutrition must be completed by the end of the first semester.

Each student’s program will be tailored to meet individual professional goals and program requirements.
NSG 330   Nursing Practice I 12 credits
NSG 211   Physical Assessment 3 credits
NSG 200   Principles of Normal Nutrition 3 credits
NSG 331   Nursing Practice II 12 credits
NSG 224   Pharmacotherapeutics and Decision-Making in Nursing 3 credits
NSG 234   Contemporary Issues & Trends in Nursing         3 credits
NSG 332   Nursing Practice III 12 credits
NSG 232   Introduction to Nursing Research  3 credits

- Clinical hours will be distributed among acute, chronic and community settings.

Kaplan Admissions Exam:
The Kaplan Admissions Exam must be completed with a score within the 60th percentile or higher in each of the following categories: reading, writing and mathematics.

Reservations must be made with Lori Drozdis 570-408-4092570-408-4092 or lori.drozdis@wilkes.edu at least 1 week prior to the date of the exam. The cost of the exam for any non-nursing Wilkes student is $50 made payable by cash or check only. Attendees are required to bring with them a number 2 pencil and a valid picture ID in order to sit for the exam. 

In the event of inclement weather, students should check the Wilkes SNOW line for further details 1-570-408-SNOW1-570-408-SNOW.

There is a suggested text for preparation for the exam - Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams: Your complete Guide to Getting into Nursing School (Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam). The book is available at various bookstores or through Amazon.com for approximately $13-$15.

Testing Dates for Fall 2015 Applicants:  
The Kaplan admissions exam for accelerated baccalaureate degree candidates will be held in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center Computer Room on the following dates and times:

  • September 3 - 10am 
  • October 8 - 12pm 
  • November 10 - 10am
  • November 26 - 10am
  • December 12 - 10am  

Tuition - Tuition for the Accelerated Nursing program is $15,631 per semester for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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