A severe demand for new nurses in the medical field has now made it possible for non-nurses to become a registered nurse (RN) in as little time as a year. Today, several universities and colleges are also offering a seven-month accelerated nursing degree program. In fact, people with a bachelor's degree or, a non-nurse holder of a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree can complete the required BSN degree to be able to take the NCLEX-RN exam and get the RN license in just 12 short months.
So you’re probably asking yourself how it is possible to get licensed in such a short period of time. The answer is in the bachelor’s degree that you already hold. The accelerated nursing degree program builds on this degree and mandates that the candidate has taken the required science courses at the undergraduate level. The program then builds on this knowledge with general nursing courses and the all-important hands-on training in a clinical setting.
There are many accelerated programs available around the country. While they all provide top-level training and an accelerated degree, they do vary somewhat in the types of programs they offer. To follow is a brief description of some of the more popular accelerated programs around the country.
The program of the University of Rochester's School of Nursing is called Accelerated Bachelor's Program for Non-Nurses (ABPNN). The program uses an immersion scheme where students focus on one clinical specialty at a time. Students complete 750 hours of clinical experiences, including 660 hours of actual patient care. The program also includes Internet-based content acquisition, NCLEX-RN review and other test taking workshops.
The Medical University of South Carolina's accelerated nursing degree program can be completed in 16 months of full time study. In addition to the GPA score requirement, the program also requires a SAT Reasoning Test score of 1000 or an ACT Test score of 22. MUSC's program also accepts college students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. They only have to complete a total of 60 semester hours of prerequisite courses that include general electives and science courses.
Concordia University's degree is called Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program, which can be completed in three semesters. It includes 90 hours of clinical work in a public health facility to make them ready for their California Public Health Certificate application and clinical work in medical-surgical nursing, maternal-child nursing, pediatric nursing and psychiatric nursing.
The program of the University of Massachusetts in Boston takes 15 months and requires applicants to commit full time to the program. It combines online learning and classroom sessions and uses adult learning styles.
The University of North Dakota's nurse degree program, called Baccalaureate Accelerated Curriculum, is offered in 4 academic terms and equals curriculum courses and credits offered under the conventional BSN program.
The nursing program offered at the University of Texas Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences takes 15 months or about 4 consecutive semesters. It includes a nursing residency during the last semester of the program.
One important thing to keep in mind while evaluating different accelerated nursing degree programs is that all vary a bit with respect to the admissions process. And this process is typically separate from the general admissions of the university. This will, in many cases, require the applicant to pass both the general college entrance exams as well as the specialized exams for the nursing program.
The nursing profession wide open, and there is a greater demand than ever before for qualified medical professionals. The accelerated nursing degree is a great way to quickly put your dreams and passions to use in the exciting industry.
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