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Accelerated Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

Curriculum Description


The compressed curriculum is designed to span over three semesters (equivalent to one calendar year) with each semester divided into two 7-week sessions. Two required courses will be taught during each session and require the equivalent of one day per week in-class commitment by the student. All Nursing Elective courses will be in an online format and students will have the option to choose the electives. The combination of the in-class, WEB-enhanced, and WEB-delivered courses allows for the compression of course content. The online courses (1-2 per semester) will span the entire semester (15 weeks) as does the final clinical capstone course (N475).

Bridge Courses: Two bridge courses will be provided during the first semester. The first bridge course, Nursing 390 (N390), is the first course offered in the ABS program. The course facilitates educational mobility by providing the framework for the transition to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice. The course emphasizes leadership, management, and issues influencing nursing education and practice. Students also will enhance their existing level of knowledge related to patient care responsibility and accountability while addressing current trends in health care policy and research. The second bridge course, Nursing 357 (N357), is an introduction to computing and nursing informatics with a focus on applications in the nursing profession. The course will assist students with the role of the professional nurse in application of computers in education and nursing practice and give them the computer skills to be successful. In addition, the course will reinforce the material presented in the orientation program that addressed delivery modes and the logistics associated with a compressed curriculum format.

Credit by Experience Documentation: Credit may be obtained by the process of documentation of expertise, which validates previous learning of the course content. Students may use this method for other courses if documentation of expertise is available.