Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway

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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.

The preprofessional component must be completed prior to admission to the professional component in nursing. The professional component of the curriculum, which normally takes 5 semesters to complete, can be completed in 12 months of full-time study. The curriculum and contact hours are the same as required for the traditionally taught BSN degree, except that the course schedule is accelerated and is not confined by the traditional academic calendar.

Students in the first 12 months of the Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway follow the same promotion/progression policies as students in the Traditional BSN Pathway.

At the end of the 12-months of study, students are awarded the BSN degree and are prepared for the NCLEX-RN certification exam. During the Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway, students are given the opportunity to complete pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment across the lifespan taught at the graduate level.

▼   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".

Prerequisite Courses

  • English Composition I or Literature
  • English Composition II or Literature
  • Biology with Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Statistics
  • Chemistry with Lab
  • General Psychology

3. Submission of completed application by March 15 for Fall admission (July) and July 15 for Spring admission (January) .
4. Payment of $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
5. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of health insurance.
6. Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable 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.

▼   Accelerated BSN Curriculum – Fall Admission
Fall Semester Credits
Fall Semester Long courses (13 weeks)  
NU 325 Health Assessment 3
NU 327 Pathophysiological Basis Nsg 3
HSC 343 Clinical Pharmacology 3
Fall 1 (3 weeks) 3
Nu 311 Clinical Nursing Skills 3
NU 312 Clinical Skills Immersion 1
HSC 342 Admin of Meds 1
 Fall 2 (3 weeks)  
CMN 350 Psych/Mental Health Nsg 2
CMN 351 Clinical 2
Fall 3 (7 weeks)  
NU 300 Foundations Prof Nsg 5
NU 301 Founstions Prof Nsg Clinical 3
Semester Credits 26
Spring Semester Credits
Spring Semester Long course (13 weeks)  
NU 304 Evidence Based Practice 3
Spring 1 (7 weeks)  
MCN 347 Childbearing/Rearing 4
MCN 348 Childbearing Rearing Clin 4
Spring 1 (7 weeks)  
AHN 447 Adult-Geron Nsg 4
AHN 448 Adult-Geron Nsg Clinical 4
Spring 2 (3 weeks)  
CMN 420 Community Hlth Nsg 3
CMN 421 Comm Hlth Nsg Clinical 1
Semester Credits 23
Summer Semester Credits
Summer Semester Long Course (13 weeks)  
NU 414 Issues/Trends Healthcare 3
NU 332 Clinical Nutrition 2
Summer 3 (7 weeks)  
NU 412 Nsg Decision Making & Delegation 3
NU 460 Practicum 5
Semester Credits 13

TOTAL CREDITS: 62

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree is awarded upon completion of this component.

Students are required to apply for registered nurse licensure upon completion of the nursing foundation component of the curriculum. Prior to enrolling in the specialty component of the curriculum students must possess their RN licenses or hold a temporary registered nurse license. Any student failing the licensure examination or allowing their temporary permit to expire will be withdrawn from the program.

▼   Accelerated BSN Curriculum – Spring Admission
Spring Semester Credits
Spring Semester Long course (13 weeks)  
NU 325 Health Assessment 3
NU 327 Pathophysiological Basis Nsg 3
HSC 343 Clinical Pharmacology 3
Spring 1 (3 weeks)  
Nu 311 Clinical Nursing Skills 3
HSC 342 Admin of Meds 1
NU 312 Clinical Skills Immersion 1
Spring 2 (3 weeks)  
CMN 350 Psych/Mental Health Nsg 2
CMN 351 Clinical 2
Spring 3 (7 weeks)  
NU 300 foundations Prof Nsg 5
NU 301 Founstions Prof Nsg Clinical 3
Semester Credits 26
Summer Semester Credits
Summer Semester Long Course (13 weeks)  
NU 304 Evidence Based Practice 3
Summer 1 (7 weeks)  
MCN 347 Childbearing/Rearing 4
MCN 348 Childbearing Rearing Clin 4
Semester Credits 11
Fall Semester Credits
Fall Semester Long courses (13 weeks)  
NU 414 Issues/Trends Healthcare 3
NU 332 Clinical Nutrition 2
Fall 1 (7 weeks)  
AHN 447 Adult-Geron Nsg 4
AHN 448 Adult-Geron Nsg Clinical 4
Fall 2 (3 weeks)  
CMN 420 Community Hlth Nsg 3
CMN 421 Comm Hlth Nsg Clinical Fall 3 (7 weeks) 1
Fall 3 (7 weeks)  
NU 412 Nsg Decision Making & Delegation 4
NU 460 Practicum 5
Semester Credits 25

TOTAL CREDITS: 62

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree is awarded upon completion of this component.

Students are required to apply for registered nurse licensure upon completion of the nursing foundation component of the curriculum. Prior to enrolling in the specialty component of the curriculum students must possess their RN licenses or hold a temporary registered nurse license. Any student failing the licensure examination or allowing their temporary permit to expire will be withdrawn from the program.

▼   Health Requirements

Please note the following test, titers, and immunizations are required for admission into the Nursing Program. It is very important to start working on these requirements early to allow time to complete all of them by the deadline that will be included in admission packets.

  • Hepatitis B Titer* or initiation of vaccine series with titer upon completion of the second semester
  • MMR Titer or proof of adult immunization
  • Varicella Titer or proof of adult immunization
  • Flu Vaccine
  • TB Test (2-step PPD test, Quantiferon Gold test, or T-spot)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccine

(Titers are required as proof of immunity for Hepatitis B, MMR, and Varicella)

*Hepatitis B immunizations may take up to 6 months to obtain the full adult series of immunizations as well as another month after the last immunization to have the titer completed. As defined by the CDC, adult immunization schedules refer to adults aged 19 years or older.

Students accepted into this BSN program in the College of Nursing are required to complete all requirements under Medical Documents Manager as listed on the Health Requirements Webpage at http://www.southalabama. edu/colleges/con/clinical/ healthrequirements.html.  All requirements should be completed no later than one month prior to the first day of classes for the professional component.  Students are not required to order a Castle Branch account until they have been accepted into the professional component.

▼   Additional Information for Accelerated BSN/MSN

Students are admitted as undergraduates during the foundation component of the curriculum (first 12 months). Financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which an undergraduate student is eligible.

Upon satisfactory completion of the foundation 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:

  • March 15 for classes starting at the end of July each year.
  • July 15 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.

Accelerated BSN with Prior Degree - Admissions and Prerequisites

 

 

Application for Professional Component