Accelerated BSN for Second Degree Students


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The accelerated BSN track is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in another discipline interested in pursuing nursing as a second bachelor's degree. The curriculum builds on the individual's prior educational preparation and the degree is completed in one calendar year, starting in August, with students concentrating solely on nursing courses.

Accelerated BSN students begin the program in a traditional junior year from August to May and complete the remainder of the nursing major requirements in a 15-week intensive summer session, May to August. The accelerated BSN must be pursued on a full-time basis and consists of one full calendar year.

Graduates earn a BSN degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN© and qualify for entry-level nursing positions or graduate study. Students who are considering graduate nursing studies at Quinnipiac should review our doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program.

The BSN program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Questions? Go to frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Mandatory student orientation for the accelerated BSN class of 2015: June 2-3, 2014, North Haven Campus. 

Curriculum + Requirements

The BSN degree under this track is 127 credits, including: prerequisites, general education requirements and nursing courses. They are distributed as follows:

Nursing Course Prerequisites

Title Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs 8
Microbiology with lab 4
Statistics 3
Total 15


General Education Courses

Title Credits
English 6
Fine Arts 3
Social Science 6
Humanities 6
Science 7
Quantitative Literacy 3
UC and open electives 20
Total 51


Junior Year 2013-2014

Fall Semester

Course Title Credits
NUR 300 Core Concepts in Nursing 3
NUR 302 Nursing Science & Information Literacy 3
NUR 304 Health Promotion & Wellness 3
NUR 306 Health Assessment 3
NUR 330L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab ! 2
NUR 307 Core Nursing Practicum 2
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course Title Credits
NUR 322 Care of Women, Children & Families 4
NUR 323 Women, Children & Families Practicum 2
NUR 324 Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs I 4
NUR 325 Adult Care Practicum I 2
NUR 326 Pathophysiology & Pharmacotherapy I 2
NUR 408 Research & Evidence-Based Practice (7 week course after Spring Break) 2
NUR 340L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab II 2
Total 18

Accelerated Summer
Summer Session I 2014

Course Title Credits
NUR 400 Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing 3
NUR 401 Psychiatric & Mental Health Practicum 2
NUR 424 Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs II 3
NUR 425 Adult Care Practicum II 2
NUR 426 Pathophysiology & Pharmacotherapy II 2
NUR 430L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab III 2
Total 14

Summer Session II 2014

Course Title Credits
NUR 428 Community & Public Health Nursing 3
NUR 429 Community & Public Health Nursing Practicum 2
NUR 432 Contemporary Issues & Roles in Nursing 3
NUR 433 Capstone Practicum 2
NUR 434L Capstone Seminar Lab 1
NUR 440L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab IV 2
Total 13


Nursing Credits - 61
University Core & Electives - 51
Pre-Requisite Courses & Transfer Credits - 15
Grand Total - 127

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination and qualify for entry-level nursing positions, or graduate study.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and completion of prerequisite course work (may be taken at Quinnipiac). All prerequisite courses must be taken within the last five years with a grade of C or better and must be completed prior to entering the accelerated track.

Transfer credit is evaluated according to University policy. The application deadline is Jan. 2.

An electronic application is required for the accelerated BSN track. Apply online.

The application worksheet offers guidance on the application process, including helping to collect and organize the information required for a complete application. The worksheet is not the application, nor is it part of the application. It is merely a guide to help you complete Accelerated BSN for Second Degree online application.

Download the evaluator form (Adobe PDF)

Information Sessions

Information sessions for the accelerated track in nursing are offered several times a year on the North Haven Campus by Cory Ann Boyd, accelerated track coordinator.

Upcoming sessions:
April 2, 2014, 5-7 p.m., North Haven Campus, Room 280
June 4, 2014, 5-7 p.m., North Haven Campus, Room 280

The School of Nursing is located in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the University's North Haven Campus. Read more about the nursing facilities.

For more information, contact undergraduate admissions at admissions@quinnipiac.edu.

Other Accelerated Track Information

Transportation
Select learning experiences in hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics and community health agencies begin with the first nursing course and continue throughout the program. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from clinical agencies.

CPR Certification
CPR Certification for the Health Care Provider must be obtained before enrolling in any nursing course and kept current through graduation from the program.

Health Requirements
The school has several additional health requirements in addition to those specified by the admissions office. Submission of documentation of a physical examination and PPD on the form supplied by the nursing department is required of all students upon admission to the pre-professional component and annually thereafter. If the student has a positive PPD or has previously received BCG vaccine, a chest X-ray is required. Documentation of hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver declining immunization), proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, and current tetanus booster is required upon admission to the professional component. Some clinical sites may have additional health or clinical requirements.

Background Check
A completed criminal background check is now required of each student in the School of Nursing. This has become necessary as many agencies now require that students have a background check before beginning clinical experiences. Quinnipiac University currently uses a third-party vendor to conduct background checks for students in all of our health professional programs. Since background checks vary, all undergraduate and graduate nursing students must obtain the background check from the Quinnipiac University vendor regardless of whether they have had additional checks at their place of employment. Further details about cost and procedures will be provided by the nursing school's clinical coordinators and the criminal background check policy is posted on the Nursing Student Community Blackboard website. Students who do not pass the background check may not be able to fully matriculate into the clinical portion of the program.

Technical Standards
Given that nursing is a practice discipline, there are certain performance expectations that must be met. To that end, the faculty have developed a set of guidelines known as technical standards. They are intended to ensure the safety of the student and those who are entrusted to his/her care. The technical standards include: sensory, communication, motor, intellectual/conceptual abilities, and behavioral, social, and professional attributes.

Scholarship Support

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN) seeks to increase the number of professional nurses by recruiting and enrolling students into the profession from groups underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Since 2011, Quinnipiac School of Nursing has been selected to receive funds from the foundation. Thirteen Quinnipiac nursing students have each received $10,000 scholarships to support their studies in nursing.

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