Bachelor of Science in Nursing—Accelerated

How to Get In

Students apply to enter the Accelerated BSN program after completing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, and fulfilling all the necessary nursing prerequisite courses and general education requirements. Students will apply to the School of Nursing between July and September and receive their admission decision in December for the accelerated BSN program starting in May.

All prospective accelerated students will also need to submit an additional application to UWMadison’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Candidates who were previously enrolled at UW-Madison (whether or not a degree was earned), as well as candidates who are applying to enter UW-Madison for the first time, must complete the UW System application for second-degree seeking students in addition to the School of Nursing application. Click here for more information.

*Applying to the accelerated BSN program disqualifies a candidate from also applying to the traditional BSN program during the same calendar year.*

Quick Facts about Program

  • Accelerated pace: Instruction will be intense, with students completing approximately 1 credit a week, for a total of 49 credits over 12 months. This equates to at least 50 hours of in-class, clinical, and out-of-class work each week. It will not be possible for students to work while in the program.
  • How many students: 48 (May 2020)

School of Nursing Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field from an accredited institution, completed by the program start date. Students anticipating spring graduation can apply the prior fall; proof of timely progress is required. We do not accept applications from students previously enrolled in a professional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at another institution.
  • Admission to UWMadison as a post-undergraduate degree-seeking student (separate application required)
  • Minimum college-level cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Completion of the prerequisites listed below with a grade of C or better in each course and a minimum combined GPA of 2.75
  • The first four prerequisites (science courses) must be completed by the application deadline and within seven years of the program start date. All other prerequisites must be complete before the program start date.
  • Prerequisite equivalency information is available on the BSN Prerequisite Course Equivalencies page. Prerequisite equivalencies can be requested by submitting the Prerequisite and General Education Course Evaluation Request Form.
  1. Chemistry (4/5 credits, including lab)
  2. Microbiology (3 credits)
  3. Anatomy (3 credits)
  4. Physiology (5 credits, including lab)
  5. Psychology (3 credits)
  6. Sociology (3 credits)
  7. Human Growth & Development (3 credits)

Note: Anatomy and Physiology may be satisfied by one semester of Anatomy and one semester of Physiology or by A&P I and II. With the latter option, students must complete both courses at the same institution.

UW–Madison General Education Requirements

  • Applicants must also complete the following university-wide General Education Requirements. At least two must be completed by the application deadline, and all prerequisites must be completed before the program start date.
  • Course equivalencies can be requested by submitting the Prerequisite and General Education Course Evaluation Request Form.
    1. Communications Part A: Literacy Proficiency
    2. Communications Part B: Enhancing Literacy Proficiency
    3. Quantitative Reasoning Part A: QR Proficiency
    4. Quantitative Reasoning Part B: Enhanced QR Proficiency
    5. Ethnic Studies

Note: The Communications Part B requirement must be satisfied prior to enrollment for eligible applicants applying to start the program in May 2022 and beyond.

An unofficial transfer credit evaluation to check for completion of the nursing prerequisite courses and the university’s General Education Requirements will be completed by the School of Nursing prior to the decision release date. Admission is contingent upon official verification by the UWMadison Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Applicants will be required to submit Proof of Enrollment at the time of application for any prerequisites not yet completed. If enrollment has not opened for a particular course, students will be asked to submit a statement of Intent to Register that lists the course, institution, dates of instruction, and enrollment date.

Tuition: Flat rate of $45,000 for Wisconsin residents (including reciprocity for MN residents), $60,000 for nonresidents. Some financial aid will be available, but federal and state aid is limited for second degrees.


To be considered, you must complete two application forms:

  1. UW-Madison Application: Candidates who were previously enrolled at UW-Madison (whether or not a degree was earned), as well as candidates who are applying to enter UW-Madison for the first time, must complete the UW System application for second-degree seeking students in addition to the School of Nursing application by September 15.
    • Major: Nursing (Accelerated)
    • Start term: Summer 2020
  2. School of Nursing Supplemental Application for the Accelerated BSN ProgramClick here for the official application. All eligible applicants must participate in an interview in order to be considered for this program.
    • Application period open: July 15
    • Application deadline: September 15 @ 11:59pm (CT)
    • In-Person Interview: November 7-8, 2019. Interview dates and times will be assigned by the School of Nursing.
    • Notification of decisions: End of December

Applications are accepted once a year to start the program in May.

Review of Applications

Successful applicants have strong academic ability as well as leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, service, and healthcare experience. We also consider professional goals and diversity in experience and background. Admission is highly competitive and based on a thorough and holistic evaluation of each application.

About the Application

Applications are submitted online here (only live during the annual application period). There is no fee to complete the nursing application. There is no lifetime limit to the number of times a prospective candidate may apply to the Accelerated BSN program.

The online application has four main sections:

  1. Applicant Information: Name, contact information, etc.
  2. Academic Information and Educational History: Provide a list all the colleges and universities you’ve attended to date, including dates of attendance, total credits received, and degree(s) earned (if applicable). Complete a table indicating how and where you completed the seven prerequisite and general education courses.
  3. Work Experience and Involvement Table: List up to five of your most notable activities or accomplishments (leadership roles, community service, employment, other activities, honors, awards), with the amount of time you dedicated to each and a description of your impact, participation or accomplishments.
  4. Personal Statements (Essays): Answers to three personal statement questions will be required in the preliminary application; an additional “on-demand” essay response will be required in-person and on-site. Questions are subject to change each year.

The School of Nursing sends admission decisions via email in December. Admitted students must accept the offer of admission and confirm intent to enroll by January 20, as detailed in the admission letter.

Appealing a Decision

Every application denied has already been through an extensive faculty review. For an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new compelling academic and/or personal information, as well as details pertaining to extenuating circumstances, that were not addressed in the initial application. Essentially, the appeal must present information that clearly shows the student to be stronger than had been earlier evidenced.

While all appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the percentage of decisions that are reversed based on an appeal is historically very low.

There is no special form. Appeals should include a letter outlining the argument for an appeal. Supporting documentation may also be included. The following rules apply:

  • Applicants can only appeal once and decisions resulting from an appeal are final.
  • Appeal letters must be written and submitted by the applicant, along with supporting documentation as appropriate, within 10 business days of the deny decision.
  • Waitlist decisions cannot be appealed.
Submitting Your Appeal

Appeals must be submitted to the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. Email and regular mail are both acceptable formats for submission. It is our usual practice to respond to appeals within 10 business days of the receipt date.



Program Plans


Students in the Accelerated BSN program must complete a bachelor’s degree, prerequisite, and general education courses prior to entry. There are at least 49 required credits in the nursing curriculum.

Program Learning Outcome

Each academic program at UW-Madison has student learning outcomes that describe what students are expected to know or be able to do upon completion of the program. The BSN program’s learning outcomes are listed in The Guide.

Concept-Based Curriculum

Our innovative, concept-based educational model builds critical thinking skills and cultivates an understanding of issues that cut across cultures, lifespans, illnesses, and care settings. We provide you with a “toolbox” to use in real-life situations of all kinds, helping you to navigate, manage and apply the latest evidence and information to your practice. Read More…

What Can I do with My Degree?


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares students to become general registered nurses (RNs) as a basis for progressing to leadership roles and graduate study.

Students who successfully complete the program are able to apply for their RN license when they sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX).


The nursing program will prepare you for a career by and beyond the bedside. Our graduates manage hospitals, deliver babies, organize disaster relief efforts, conduct health education seminars, serve in the military and conduct research.

The national nurse shortage means our graduates can find career options wherever they live. Nursing school graduates are more than twice as likely to have jobs at the time of graduation as those entering the workforce in other fields.

Nursing is consistently ranked as the profession with the highest standards for honesty and ethics. This is a challenging, satisfying, secure and rewarding profession.

Connect with an Advisor

To make an appointment, call 608-263-5202.

Current UW-Madison students can make an appointment via the WiscCal Scheduling Assistant. Visit the Student Site for additional advising information.

Darby Sugar

Director of Advising and Student Services


Brent Fisher

Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator, Off-Campus Prospective Students


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.