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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Accelerated

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The Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program allows students who already have an earned bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to earn a BSN in 16 months, following completion of required prerequisites. The ABSN builds on the student's foundation in the arts and sciences to form self-directed nurse generalists prepared to assume leadership roles in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care. The ABSN program develops professional nurses within an educational climate of honesty, respect, inquiry, service, and collaboration.

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Applicants to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must complete an application specific to the BSN clinical program. Applications are due on or before January 15 for fall admission.


Program Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the ABSN program should meet the following minimum admission criteria:

  • Be in good academic standing at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.
  • Have an earned bachelor’s degree in any field.
  • Complete at least 12 hours of the following required pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better prior to application to the clinical nursing program.
    • BIOL 2310: Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hours)
    • BIOL 2311: Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hours)
    • BIOL 2325: Microbiology (3 hours)
    • Science lab (1 hour)
    • PSYC 2330: Developmental Psych (3 hours)
    • PHIL or RELS: Ethics elective (3 hours)
    • MATH 2315: Statistics (3 hours)
    • BIOL 2320: Nutrition (3 hours)
    • NURS 2410: Pathophysiology (4 hours)
    • THEO 1310: Introduction to Theology (3)
  • Have earned a grade point average of 3.0 on the combination of any completed required pre-requisite coursework and all previous coursework (Elective Arts/Sciences courses) applied to the BSN program
  • Have completed with a grade of C or better, have in progress, or plan to complete all remaining prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the clinical program. Students must earn a grade of C or better in NURS 2410 (Pathophysiology) within 3 years of admission. Students may only attempt NURS 2410 twice within a 3 year period. Any grade, including a W, constitutes an attempt.
  • Have earned a grade of C or better in all courses applied to the ABSN program
  • Additional factors may influence acceptance into the ABSN program. The committee may require an interview and/or proctored completion of a written statement.

Students who will enroll in this option already have earned a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and will only need to complete the courses required for completion of the BSN degree. The entire degree requires completion of 120 credit hours. Students will complete the nursing courses full time in 16 months.

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs build on a foundation of the arts and sciences to form self-directed, nurse generalists prepared to assume leadership roles in the delivery of evidence-based nursing care. The nursing programs develop professional nurses within an educational climate of honesty, respect, inquiry, service, and collaboration.

Program Goals

  1. At least 80% of graduates who test will pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on the first attempt.
  2. At least 65% of students admitted to the pre-licensure BSN program will complete the program within 150% of program length (7 semesters).
  3. At least 90% of graduates will be employed within 12 months of graduation.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and populations across the lifespan, the health continuum, and healthcare contexts.
  2. Integrate knowledge from the arts, sciences, and nursing in the delivery of high-quality nursing care.
  3. Translate existing evidence into safe nursing practice.
  4. Communicate and collaborate in respectful partnerships to optimize health.
  5. Function as a leader and change agent within dynamic healthcare systems using knowledge of health policies and legal principles.
  6. Apply ethical principles while serving as an advocate and a caring healthcare provider.
  7. Demonstrate reflective practice to support continuous personal and professional growth.

FAQ

How can I find out which courses will transfer in from another university?

Contact the Office of Admissions for an evaluation of your transcript

When should I apply? When does the Accelerated BSN option begin?

The clinical courses in the ABSN program begin in the fall. You should plan to submit your application by January 15th. All pre-requisite courses must be completed before you can begin the clinical courses. Pathophysiology must be completed at FranU before entering the clinical courses.

What kind of baccalaureate degree do I need to be considered for admission?

You need a baccalaureate degree in any other field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Can I work while I am going through this program?

Once you start taking the nursing clinical courses, you will complete this program in 16 months. Due to the rigorous, fast-paced nature of this program, you are strongly encouraged not to have outside employment while enrolled in the ABSN program.

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is Continuing Accreditation

— View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

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