Accelerated BSN Track Admissions Process

To apply for the University of the Incarnate Word Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing track, there are a few steps you’ll need to take as part of our admissions process. 

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1. Talk to an Admissions Counselor

Before anything else, we need to ensure our Accelerated BSN track is the right fit for you, starting with talking to an admissions counselor. Once you complete the form to get started, you’ll receive a call from an admissions counselor, who will be your main point of contact throughout the admissions process.

During your conversation, you will discuss your reasons for wanting to become a nurse, previous academic experiences, career goals, financial considerations, background and more. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions about the accelerated nursing track.

 At the end of this call, if we determine the UIW Accelerated BSN track is the right fit for you, you will be asked to send over copies of your unofficial transcript. (It’s also helpful to have your unofficial transcripts handy when you call.)

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2. Develop an Academic Success Plan

Once your admissions counselor has reviewed your transcript, they will contact you for a follow-up conversation. During this conversation, you’ll develop a target start date and a detailed plan for meeting outstanding program requirements.

However, only some students will need to take all the prerequisite courses. Depending on your previous area of study, you may have already taken one or more of them.

3. Fulfill the Prerequisite Requirements

For most applicants, the largest component of their academic success plan is completing any outstanding prerequisite courses. Because these courses provide the academic foundation for your nursing studies, a minimum 3.0 GPA is required in each to apply.

Transfer students seeking their first degree must also complete UIW Undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements in addition to outstanding prerequisite requirements.

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4. Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

A common requirement of many nursing programs, the Test of Essential Academic Skills gauges your reading, math and science comprehension and your English and language usage to determine your preparedness for entering the health sciences fields. You must achieve a proficient score to be eligible for acceptance into the ABSN track at UIW.

Transfer students seeking to earn their first degree with UIW must first fill out the GoUIW application before taking the TEAS.

Remember that the biggest mistake people make when taking the TEAS is not studying. Before sitting for the exam, we highly recommend taking a few weeks to prepare. There are even several free test prep resources available online.

5. Complete Your Nursing School Application

Once you receive the go-ahead from your admissions counselor, it’s time to apply. Submit your application with any necessary documentation, like your official transcripts. You should expect to hear back in around 10 business days, although it could take longer depending on holidays.

If you are a transfer student seeking to earn your first degree, you will apply via NursingCAS, a centralized application for nursing programs once you have completed or nearly completed the UIW Undergraduate Core Curriculum and are enrolled in your final semester of prerequisite course requirements.

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Apply to the Accelerated BSN via NursingCAS

  • Visit NursingCAS.
  • Click “Apply Here” to initiate the application.
  • Click on “Create Account”.
  • Complete the required fields to start your application.
  • Select UIW’s program in the “Full Programs List” section of the NursingCAS application.
  • All coursework and letter grades must be entered as part of the application for an overall GPA calculation.
  • Applicants are charged $55 for the first school they apply to and $40 for the second school. Applicants MUST pay the application fee at the time of submission.

Monitor the Status of Your Application

Any messages from NursingCAS or the school will be sent to the “View My Notifications” inbox and your personal email address used to create your account.

Use the “Manage My Programs” option to check the status of your application including Transcripts, References and Programs Selected. You can access your “Program Status” page in the “Manage My Programs” section of NursingCAS when logged into your account at NursingCAS Program Status.

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For More Information

Ready to take the first step toward a career helping people? Fill out the contact form to have an admissions counselor contact you.