Wilkes University

Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree

Considering a career in nursing? Earn your B.S.N. in just one year!

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Thinking about a career change? Registered nurses are close to the top of the list when it comes to career growth. Whether you're a recent college graduate or a seasoned professional looking for a change, our nursing program will prepare you for a rewarding career in the nursing profession.

Our Accelerated Bachelor's Degree in Nursing program is designed for individuals who hold bachelor's degree in other discipline, but wish to pursue a nursing career. With one year of intensive study, you will leave our program prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), and become a Registered Nurse.

Recent graduates of our program achieved a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. Learn more here.

Passan School of NursingAccelerated Nursing Information Session

Prospective graduate students can learn more about accelerated nursing program by attending our  information session. Join us at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 to chat with faculty and staff, and to learn about our student services and financial aid.

  • WHEN: 3 p.m. | Friday, Feb. 15
  • WHERE: University Center on Main, room 126 | 169 S Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18 (Directions)

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Questions? Contact Lauren Leighton at (570) 408-4465.

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Apply now for our fall 2019 cohort. Classes start in August. 
Click here to start the application for "Accelerated Programs."

Our program will prepare you to be a nurse in a variety of health care settings. New graduates find careers in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, psychiatric/mental health centers or community-based facilities.

The 48-credit program can be completed in just one year of study (three consecutive semesters; fall, spring and summer). Practice and application of classroom knowledge takes place in the clinical practice component in nursing courses. In addition, Wilkes University's Clinical and Simulation Based Learning Center is equipped with patient models and technology to aid in hands-on skills and application.

Course Sequence

Your program of study will be tailored to meet program requirements and your individual professional goals. Clinical hours will be distributed among acute, chronic and community settings.

First semester 
NSG 330 Nursing Practice I - 12 credits
NSG 211 Physical Assessment - 3 credits
NSG 200 Principles of Normal Nutrition - 3 credits * (unless student had already completed a nutrition course)

Second semester 
NSG 331 Nursing Practice II - 12 credits
NSG 224 Pharmacotherapeutics and Decision-Making in Nursing - 3 credits
NSG 341 Nursing Informatics - 3 credits

Third semester 
NSG 332 Nursing Practice III - 12 credits
NSG 342 Introduction to Nursing Research - 3 credits

Admission Requirements

The application deadline is March 1. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, applicants must submit:

  • An online application
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two current and relevant letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts showing a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a bachelor's degree program
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam (offered through ATI) with a score of 70% or greater (see below for test dates)

Applicants whose native language is not English and who hail from non-English-speaking countries must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. International applicants must also submit a financial support document and official TOEFL/IELTS score.

Transfer Credits

Applicants who were previously enrolled in a nursing program at another institution must provide a letter from the institution stating he or she was in good academic standing at the time they left the program. Students who cannot provide this letter are ineligible to apply.


Costs represent tuition and fees and do not include books, living expenses, etc. Subject to change. 

Fall 2018: $18,697
Spring 2019: $18,697
Summer 2019: $18,903

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Lauren Leighton
Associate Director of Admissions
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 4465
(570) 408-4465

  • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology with a related laboratory experience in each course (4 credits each; totaling 8 credits) with a grade of C+ or greater
  • One semester of microbiology with a related laboratory experience (4 credits) with a grade of C+ or greater
  • One semester of elementary statistics with a grade of C or greater
  • One semester of chemistry with a related laboratory experience with a grade of C+ or greater

You are still eligible to apply if you will complete these prerequisites before the program begins in August. These prerequisites must be completed at an accredited institution. It is required that these courses are completed in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting as opposed to an online format. Statistics is the exception, which may be taken online.

* A co-requisite course in nutrition must be completed by the end of the first semester if the applicant has not already completed a nutrition course in during their undergraduate degree.

Upcoming On-Campus Testing Dates for TEAS exam:

Testing will take place in room 025 in the lower level of Stark Learning Center at Wilkes University.


  • 10 AM on 12/10/18
  • 10 AM on 1/3/19
  • 10 AM on 1/29/19
  • 10 AM on 2/19/19
  • 10 AM on 2/21/19
  • 10 AM on 3/5/19
  • 10 AM on 3/6/19
  • 10 AM on 5/22/19
  • 10 AM on 6/5/19

Seating is limited.  Go to www.atitesting.com for more details and to register. Click here for TEAS testing dates and locations off the Wilkes campus.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) is a national standardized test that provides assessment data regarding a student's overall academic preparedness for nursing related content. The Assessment measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The test is intended for use with adult nursing program applicant populations. The objectives assessed on TEAS® are those which nurse educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level academic readiness of nursing program applicants.

The assessment is four-option multiple-choice, and students have a total time of 209 minutes to complete all four sections.

  • Reading = 58 minutes
  • Mathematics = 51 minutes
  • Science = 66 minutes
  • English = 34 minutes

The reading subtest covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, inferences and conclusions. The math subtest covers whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages and ratio/proportion. The English subtest measures knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, words and spelling. The science portion of the test covers scientific reasoning, human body science, life science, earth and physical science, and general science knowledge.

The TEAS exam is required for all students wishing to be considered for admission. A minimum score of 70% is required to be eligible for the program.


Prospective graduate students can learn more about accelerated nursing program by attending our  information session. Join us at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 to chat with faculty and staff, and to learn about our student services and financial aid.

  • WHEN: 3 p.m. | Friday, Feb. 15
  • WHERE: University Center on Main, room 126 | 169 S Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18 (Directions)

To register, email Lauren.Leighton@wilkes.edu. Location and parking details will be included in a reply confirmation.

Can't make it? Contact our admissions counselor anytime to learn more:

Lauren Leighton
Admissions Counselor
(800) WILKES-U Ext. 4465