Nursing Student Profile - Hailey Thomas
The College of Nursing has a special Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway for academically-qualified and highly-motivated individuals that have a bachelor's degree in another field. Students are admitted twice each year: January and July.
Meridian, Mississippi native Hailey Thomas had a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Mississippi but felt limited on where her degree could take her. "Having a bachelor’s degree in biology is rewarding, but there are also limitations to face when discovering a career path. Soon after graduation, I searched the internet hoping for answers when I stumbled upon the University of South Alabama’s accelerated nursing program for bachelor degree students", said Thomas.
What was most appealing about USA's Accelerated BSN/MSN program was the ability to pursue a career in nursing in 12-months. "The idea of cramming the two traditional nursing school years into one was overwhelming at first, but I soon realized that it was all well deserved and a satisfying answer to my prayers for my future. I have always wanted to be in the medical field, but the route to get there has not always been opportunistic, until now."
Thomas chose the accelerated program at South to jumpstart her medical career path to becoming a certified nurse anesthetist. So far, she says the program has opened her eyes since beginning in July of 2016. "I have such wonderful teachers/clinical instructors to help guide the way to becoming an RN, BSN. The workload is tough and the days and nights are long, but I now, without a shadow of a doubt, know that this program is one of the best decisions I have ever made." Thomas says she's laying the foundation for a new career with this challenging but rewarding one-year program. "I cannot thank my instructors enough for mentoring and molding us into nurses that we, ourselves, can be proud of one day."
If you would like to learn more about South's Accelerated Nursing program click here or contact an advisor today. Freshman early admission application forms are due by August 1, 2017.
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