The College of Nursing has a special Accelerated BSN/MSN track for academically qualified and highly motivated individuals that have a bachelor's degree in another field. This track is taught on the USA Baldwin County campus. This 24 month program is divided into a foundational component (year 1) and a specialty component (year 2). The foundational component of the curriculum can be completed in 12 months of full-time study. The curriculum and contact hours during the foundational component are the same as required for the traditionally taught BSN degree offered by the College, except that the course schedule is accelerated and is not confined by the traditional academic calendar. At the end of the 12-months of study, students are awarded the BSN degree and are prepared for the RN licensure (NCLEX) examination. During the first 12 months of the accelerated BSN/MSN track students complete 5 graduate bridge courses that are not applied towards completion of the BSN degree. These 5 graduate courses "bridge" undergraduate and graduate knowledge in pharmacology, pathophysiology, nursing research, health assessment and nursing roles and leadership. These courses may be applied towards a graduate degree if grades received in the course comply with graduate progression policies.
Students then begin the specialty component of the curriculum to prepare for a career in nursing administration, as a clinical nurse leader, or clinical nurse specialist. Subspecialty courses in Nursing Education may also be taken. Within the clinical nurse specialist track students further select one of the following clinical concentration areas: Adult-Gerontological Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, or Women's Health Nursing. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning clinical nurse practitioner specialty courses. Courses for the specialty component of the curriculum are offered online. Clinical requirements are completed in faculty-facilitated preceptorships.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE ACCELERATED BSN/MSN TRACK
Admission is selective and competitive. The curriculum is intensive and fast paced. The College of Nursing reserves the right to select students determined to be the best qualified and most likely to succeed in this challenging graduate program in nursing.
1. Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
2. Applicants must have completed all prerequisite course work as listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("A"=4.0) and no grade less than a "C".
Biology with Lab
Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
Microbiology or Infectious Disease
Finite Math or Precalculus algebra (or higher)
Chemistry and Lab
3. Submission of completed application by April 1 for classes starting in July, August 1 for classes starting in January.
4. Payment of $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
5. Submission of health data form.
6. Submission of a negative drug test and no adverse findings on a background check.
7. Submission of a resume.
8. Interview - after initial review of applications a limited number of applicants may be invited for a personal interview. Verbal and written communication skills will be assessed during the interview.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ACCELERATED BSN/MSN
Students are admitted as undergraduates during the foundation component of the curriculum (first 12 months). During the first twelve months of the program, tuition is charged at the undergraduate rate for undergraduate courses and at the graduate rate for the five graduate level bridge courses. Financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which an undergraduate student is eligible.
Upon satisfactory completion of the foundational component of the curriculum, the student will complete all necessary paperwork for reclassification as a graduate student and will continue through the remainder of the program. During this phase of the curriculum, financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which a graduate student is eligible.
Application Deadline: April 1 for classes starting at the end of July each year. August 1 for classes starting in January each year.
If the application deadline has passed, please contact the College of Nursing. We accept late applications if seats are available in the class. If progression in the program is interrupted for any reason, the student must apply for readmission. Applications for readmission are available in the Office of Student Services. Readmission to clinical courses is on a space available basis.
Office of Student Services
USA College of Nursing - HAHN 3082
5721 USA Drive N.
Mobile AL 36688-0002
FAX: (251) 445-9416
The entry level baccalaureate program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing
and the BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, D.C. 20036-1120