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Accelerated BSN Program for Second Degree Students

The Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College offers an accelerated degree program for second-degree students. The Accelerated BSN degree option is designed for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in another major and who are interested in pursuing a degree in nursing. The program includes all the courses of a fully approved and accredited traditional BSN program, but they are offered in a concentrated period of time. After successful completion of the program students receive a BSN degree and are eligible to sit for the RN licensing exam (NCLEX). Ursuline College currently has NCLEX first time pass rates well above state and national averages.

Initially, classes are held on campus four week days, usually about 8-4:30. After the nonclinical classes are completed, two 9 - 12 hour days are then spent in clinicals at various hospitals around the city and two in the classroom setting. Clinicals may be held morning or evening depending on placement.


Did You Know That our Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program Offers:

    • A 15 month program  
    • Smaller class sizes and clinical groups offering more personal attention  
    • Dedicated education units for clinical experiences 
    • A curriculum that integrates communication, problem-solving, and values-based decision making 
    • Cutting-edge education in healthcare economics and leadership practice leading to 
      100% job placement  
    • Opportunities for employment at top area hospitals with magnet status who are anxious to 
      recruit Ursuline Students  
    • A tuition discount for all nursing courses taken in the program 
      (about 20% off of the regular traditional student rate) 


Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program Minimum Admission Requirements:

    • At least a 2.5 GPA in first undergraduate degree for application consideration   
    • A grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses (anatomy & physiology, microbiology, chemistry, math, nutrition, sociology, psychology, lifespan)
    • At least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in the lab sciences. [anatomy & physiology (8 credits), chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry), microbiology and math].
    • Sciences are to be no older than seven years; if older, must be retaken.
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed before the start of the ABSN program PH 260 and US 401 will be completed at Ursuline College concurrent with the nursing course of study.
    • All prerequisites can be taken off campus, and official transcripts must be received before starting nursing courses.


Second Degree Accelerated BSN applicants must:

    • clearly meet all Ursuline College admission criteria
    • supply proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • have earned at least a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the first degree program
    • provide a letter of recommendation, personal statement, or resume.  


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for cohorts that begin in January and May of each year. Cohorts generally fill a year ahead of time. Applications will be considered for the open cohort regardless of desired start date. A minimum of 8 credits of prerequisite laboratory science must be completed at the time of application to Ursuline College. Prerequisite science courses are: *Anatomy & Physiology I and II, *Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry), *Microbiology

Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into The Breen School of Nursing. The strongest candidates will have an academic history of successful course completion with no repeated courses or multiple withdrawals.

Limited seats available; a $250 nonrefundable deposit is required to secure a seat in the cohort.



**Required Prerequisite Courses

Courses

Credits

Anatomy and Physiology

4, 4

Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry)

4, 4

Microbiology

4

Math

3

Human Nutrition

3

General Psychology

3

Intro. to Sociology

3

Lifespan Development

3


**Ursuline Studies courses (Ursuline College Core Curriculum) must be taken at Ursuline College.

Courses

Credits

US 401: Culminating Seminar

3

PH 260: Bioethics

3


**This is a fifteen month program. Nursing courses are scheduled and completed in a cohort fashion.

Sophomore Courses

Credits

NR 215: Foundations of Holistic Nursing Practice

3

NR 235: HNP: Health Assessment

2

NR 245: Holistic Nursing Practice

4

BI 310: Pathophysiology

3

NR 255: Prof. Nursing Practice with Adults (I)

NR 265: Evidenced Based Prof. Nursing Practice

NR 275: Pharmacology and Therapeutics

5

2

3



Junior Courses



Credits

NR 325: Prof. Nursing Practice with Adults (II)

6

NR 335: Clinical PNP with Adults (II)

4

NR 345: PNP: Family -Child-bearing/Child-rearing

4

NR 355: Clinical PNP: Family

BI 220: Human Genetics and Genomics

4

3



Senior Courses



Credits

NR 435: Health Care Policy and Global Health

3

NR 445: Complex Psychiatric PNP

3

NR 455: Prof. Nursing Practice with Adults (III)

4

NR 465: Prof. Nursing Leadership: Theory

3

NR 404: Integrative Clinical Experience

5