As college graduates, students may enter the College seeking to complete nursing requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in an accelerated manner.

We are currently accepting applications for the 16-month program beginning in January of 2016, as well as the 12-month program beginning in May of 2016.

Students already holding a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution who enter the Accelerated Track program in nursing are exempt from all Core Curriculum requirements at the College if at least 90 semester hours of their 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 earlier 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 for a student to be exempted from Jewell’s Core Curriculum.)

Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the BSN program. Prospective students are encouraged to apply while in the process of completing prerequisite coursework.

  • Anatomy with a lab [BMS 243/L]
  • Basic Psychology [PSY 211]
  • Chemistry with a lab [CHE 113/L]
  • Microbiology with a lab [BMS 126/L]
  • Nutrition [NUR 311]
  • Physiology with a lab [BMS 250/L]
  • Pathophysiology [NUR 301]

Selection is based on submission and/or documentation of the following items, to be evaluated by the Assistant Director of Admission for Nursing, the Department of Nursing, and the Office of the Registrar:

  • BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completion of application to William Jewell College
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Applicants must normally present a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Prerequisite courses completed prior to the beginning of nursing classes with a grade of C- or better in all courses
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (academic or professional) that address the candidate’s character and ability to complete an intensive course of study
  • An Involvement Résumé detailing any community service/volunteering, healthcare experience, and/or employment experience
  • Submission of an official scoresheet from a test date less than one year old from one of the following entrance exams:
  • A formal interview performed by the Department of Nursing following submission of all application materials (see the BSN Accelerated Track Application Checklist for details)

Before they begin classes at William Jewell, students in this program must submit official copies of final transcripts from all post-secondary institutions at which they have been enrolled in courses or received financial aid, even if credit was not awarded.

In order to comply with terms of affiliating agreements between William Jewell College and clinical agencies, any student who has contact with patients (or residents) must disclose any criminal convictions and agree to be subject to criminal background check and drug screening by state or private investigative agencies. The College has implemented a background check policy that does not allow acceptance of applications from individuals for whom any or all of the following apply: criminal convictions, pending charges, and/or negative information on a Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) report from the State of Missouri. Please see the Nursing Program website for the background check and drug screen policies.

BSN-AT Application Checklist

Step One: Complete the free, online application for admission. To begin, click here.

Step Two: Request that separate and official copies of your transcripts for all college institutions at which you’ve enrolled be sent to the Office of Admission at the address listed below. Please remember to request transcripts from colleges that sponsored dual-credit courses you have taken during high school. In order for your transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the reporting institution to the Office of Admission at William Jewell College.

Step Three: Complete your application packet by submitting the following materials for evaluation:

  • Two Letters of Recommendation. Please have your reference 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 length 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 Assistant Director of Admission for Nursing.
  • 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:

Step Four: Review the Department of Nursing’s Background Check Policy by clicking here.

Students interested in applying to Jewell as an Accelerated Track student are encouraged to create a Next Steps Meeting with the Assistant Director of Admission for Nursing. To schedule a visit, please direct your web browser to or call 816-415-7511.

A formal interview is required to determine admission status. All official college transcripts and application packet 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 Assistant Director of Admission for Nursing and the Department of Nursing. As such, not all applicants will be selected for interview. If a candidate is selected for a formal interview, they will be notified by a member of the Department of Nursing so as to coordinate a time and date for the interview.