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 Accelerated Nursing Degree for Non-Nurses 
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Post Accelerated Nursing Degree for Non-Nurses
by: Kevin Wynn





Non-nursing college graduates can become registered nurses in just 12 months. With some universities and colleges offering seven-month accelerated nursing degree programs, 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 a year’s time.

How is the RN degree completion and licensure possible in a short time? The accelerated nursing degree program builds on the college graduate's bachelor's degree by requiring the prospective nursing student to complete prerequisite science courses and then providing generalist nursing courses and clinical hands-on practice.

To provide a clearer view of accelerated nursing degree programs, some representative programs are described here. Features that make them unique from similar programs are also highlighted.

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 Texas University’s 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.

Prospective nurse degree students should keep in mind that the nursing departments of many universities and colleges have different and separate admission procedures and requirements from the general college admission systems. In many instances, nursing applicants need to pass the college admission tests and then later the nursing department tests.


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For more information about various Accelerated Nursing Degree programs available, please pay a visit to http://www.acceleratednursingdegreeonline.com.




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