Accelerated Track Nursing

For people with a bachelor’s degree in a different field who want to earn their BSN as a second degree.

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Nursing Accelerated Track


If you already hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Jewell can be done in a fraction of the time and cost of a four-year degree.

Highlights include:

  • You will be more than a number. Our program recognizes and supports your strengths.
  • Enjoy your learning environment. Jewell’s beautiful campus is a great place to do your best work.
  • Take the lead. Learn critical thinking and leadership skills that will last your entire career.
  • Have the most competitive clinical experiences. Attend clinicals in the best hospitals and care facilities in the region.

Program selection is based upon:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Completion of your application to William Jewell College
  • Submission of official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions at which you have been enrolled in courses or have received financial aid, even if credit was not awarded
  • Applicants normally present a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Prerequisite courses completed prior to the beginning of nursing classes with a minimum grade of C- in all courses. Preference is given to candidates with B- or better in prerequisite courses.
  • Any nursing courses, such as Nutrition, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, must transfer with a B- or better
  • Two references, preferably one from an employer and one from a faculty member
  • A selective interview with members of the Nursing Department
  • A résumé detailing any community, volunteer and health-related experiences
  • Completion of a pre-nursing admission exam (fee required)

Application Process

Please complete the following steps in order to be considered for Jewell's Nursing AT Program.

  • Step 1: Complete The Free Online Application

    You may begin your application here

    NursingCAS users: you must also complete this step to be considered for admission. 

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  • Step 2: Request Official Transcripts

    Request that official copies of transcripts for all colleges at which you’ve enrolled be sent to Jewell's Office of Admission. Please also remember to request transcripts from colleges that sponsored dual-credit courses you may have taken during high school. In order for your transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the reporting institution to our Office of Admission.

    NursingCAS users: You may send all transcripts and application items to NursingCAS. You do not need to send duplicate copies of all materials to Jewell if you have already submitted them as part of your NursingCAS application.

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  • Step 3: Submit The Following Materials For Evaluation

    • Two Letters of Recommendation. Please have both of your references type a letter, print it, sign it by hand and mail it directly to the Office of Admission. Recommendations must come from a person who has served in a supervisory or professorial capacity in relationship to you. Personal references from family and friends will not be accepted.
    • Involvement Résumé. Maximum length allowed is two pages. As applicable, focus on areas of professional healthcare experience, community service/volunteering, mentoring/leadership and education.
    • Nursing Essay. Maximum length allowed is 500 words, with a minimum of 250 words. Please answer both of the following prompts: Why do you want to become a nurse? Why is Jewell the place for you to earn your BSN? You may submit your essay as part of your online application, or you can leave the essay portion of the application blank, and submit your essay at a later time by e-mailing it as an attachment to the Office of Admission.
    • Entrance Exam Scoresheet. Submit an official scoresheet from a proctored test taken at a licensed testing facility less than one year ago from one of the entrance exams listed below. Please request that your testing provider deliver an official score report directly to the Office of Admission:
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  • Step 4: Review Background Check Policy

    Review the Department of Nursing’s Background Check Policy.

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  • Next Steps

    A formal interview is required to determine admission status. All official college transcripts and application submissions must be received by the Office of Admission before an interview will be granted. Interviews are granted based on the merits of application submissions as determined by the Director of Nursing Admission and Department of Nursing. As such, not all applicants will be selected for interview. If you are selected for a formal interview, you will be notified by a member of the Department of Nursing in order to coordinate a time and date for your interview.

    If you are interested in applying to Jewell as an Accelerated Track student, we encourage you to create a Next Steps Meeting with the Director of Nursing Admission.

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Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses must be complete prior to beginning Jewell's Nursing AT Program. The following prerequisite rules apply to students who have not worked as a registered nurse during the 24-month period prior to beginning their education at Jewell. Appropriate courses in Pathophysiology and Nutrition can be transferred to meet requirements of the nursing major if they were completed within 5 years before matriculation at Jewell. Any nursing courses, such as Nutrition, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, must transfer with a B- or better. Other prerequisite science courses and nursing courses must have been completed within 10 years of the beginning of the program.

  • Prerequisites At Jewell

    Basic Psychology [PSY 101]
    Pathophysiology [NUR 221]
    Nutrition [NUR 211]
    Microbiology with a lab [BMS 126/L]
    Chemistry with a lab [CHE 113/L]
    Anatomy with a lab [BMS 243/L]
    Physiology with a lab [BMS 250/L]

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  • Prerequisites At Metropolitan Community College

    PSYC 140 – General Psychology
    BIOL 137 – Intro to Pathology
    BIOL 132 – Human Nutrition
    BIOL 208 – Microbiology
    CHEM 105 – Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences
    BIOL 110 – Human Anatomy
    BIOL 210 – Human Physiology

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  • Prerequisites At Johnson County Community College

    PSYC 130 – Intro to Psychology
    BIOL 227 – Human Pathophysiology
    BIOL 235 – General Nutrition
    BIOL 230 & 231 – Microbiology
    CHEM 122 – Principles of Chemistry
    BIOL 140 – Human Anatomy
    BIOL 225 – Human Physiology

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  • Prerequisites At Kansas City Kansas Community College

    PSYC 101 – Psychology
    BIOL 285 – Introduction to Pathophysiology
    BIOL 145 – Nutrition
    BIOL 261 & 262 – Microbiology & Lab
    CHEM 109 – General Chemistry
    BIOL 141 – Human Anatomy & Lab
    BIOL 271 & 272 – Physiology & Lab

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  • Check Other College Coursework

    If you have completed, or plan to complete, college-level coursework not listed above, you can see how this would transfer to Jewell. Before beginning, please prepare the name of the institution in which you took courses, as well as the specific course numbers (for example, “BIO 101”) from that institution. You may request an evaluation if this course information has not yet been evaluated.

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  • Jewell's Core Curriculum

    Students holding a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution who enter the AT program in nursing are exempt from all Core Curriculum requirements at Jewell if at least 90 semester hours of previous undergraduate work is applicable toward a bachelor’s degree at William Jewell. (For an explanation of what transfer work can count toward a degree at Jewell, refer to the Course Catalog section on “Requirements for Transfer Admission.” Note that credit transferred from a community college can be included only in the first 64 hours of the 90 hours needed to be exempt from Jewell’s Core Curriculum.)

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Summer Program Entry Timeline

The 12-month Summer Program typically begins in late May. Graduates who successfully complete the requirements of the program will participate in May graduation the following year. Recommended milestones for applicants, year prior to start of intended program:

  • April 1

    Online Application Submitted

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  • May 1

    All college transcripts documenting current or previous college-level coursework submitted

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  • June 1

    All supplemental items for nursing application submitted (file complete)

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Spring Program Entry Timeline

Applicants admitted to the Spring Program will begin in January at the start of the spring semester. Coursework for transfer students beginning in the spring is structured over the length of five academic semesters, which may include summer coursework. Recommended milestones for applicants, year prior to start of intended program:

  • February 1

    Online Application Submitted

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  • March 1

    All college transcripts documenting current or previous college-level coursework submitted

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  • April 1

    All supplemental items for nursing application submitted (file complete)

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