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. Students have the option of enrolling in three fully-online MSN level courses - NU 578: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses, NU 545: Physio-Pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing, and NU 518: Advanced Nursing Assessment.

At the end of the 12-months of study, students are awarded the BSN degree and are prepared for the NCLEX-RN certification exam. 

▼   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 nursing program.

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".

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.

▼   Prerequisites for the Accelerated BSN program

(To be successfully completed before admission to the Professional Component)

Course Credit Hours
BLY 101 & BLY 101L Life Sciences & Lab (or higher) 4

BLY 213 & BLY 214 Microbiology & Lab OR 

BMD 210 & BMD 210L Microbiology in Healthcare & Lab
4
BMD 251 Human Anatomy & Physiology I Includes Lab 4
BMD 252 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Includes Lab 4
CH 101 & CH 101L Chemistry & Lab (or higher) 4
PSY 120 Introduction to Psychology 3
ST 210 / ST 305 / BUS 245 / PSY 220 (Select one) 3
Total Prerequisite Credits 26  

*Must have one history elective and one literature elective. In addition, you must choose a second history or second literature to complete a two-part sequence (e.g. US History I, US History II or American Literature I, American Literature II)

This evaluation by the College of Nursing is valid for only one year. It is contingent upon the Transfer Credit Articulation completed by the Office of Admissions at the time of acceptance to USA.

Students can use the USA Transfer Evaluation System to assess which credits earned at their current or former school may transfer to the University of South Alabama.  This is an unofficial course evaluation. 

Transfer Students can locate information on admission requirements, Pathway USA Program, Transfer Center, General Education/Core Curriculum, and STARS Guide on the USA Transfer Student page.

▼   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 Foundations 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.

BSN Accelerated Fall Admission Schedule Revised June 2019

▼   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 Foundations 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.

BSN Accelerated Spring Admission Schedule_Revised June 2019

▼   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.

▼   Admission to MSN Program

Students in the Accelerated BSN/MSN program are welcome to continue their studies at USA as a graduate student. As the student nears completion of their BSN degree at USA, they may submit the College of Nursing Supplemental Application by the posted MSN application deadline. Please contact the Graduate Advisors at congradapp@southalabama.edu for additional information regarding this application process.

During this phase of the curriculum, financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which a graduate student is eligible.

MSN Specialties

Students may pursue the following specialties: Nursing Informatics, Executive Nursing Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult/Gerontological Nursing or Nurse Practitioner specialty options. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning the specialty courses and have a competitive overall undergraduate GPA to compete for a seat in the NP program. All courses for the MSN degree are offered online. Clinical requirements are completed in facilities following an approval process.

  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Administration
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist-AG
  • Adult-Geron Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Geron Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric (Family) Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Dual Role (Family NP/Adult-Geron Acute Care NP)
  • Dual Role (Family NP/Emergency NP)

To preview all the specialties for the MSN degree, please see the MSN Specialties webpage.

MSN Graduation

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is awarded at the successful completion of al program requirements. Students MUST apply for graduation to be awarded their MSN degree. Applications for Graduation are found on the Registrar’s website.