(Accelerated Second Degree)
Adult Professional Studies
If you are a college graduate who wants to change careers and become a nurse, you can earn a second bachelor’s degree in nursing in just 15 months.
You will take 55 credits of courses, including theoretical and clinical content, designed to be completed in an accelerated timeframe. Once you graduate from this program, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), and you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Individuals applying to this program must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
You will prepare to take the NCLEX-RN through study resources, practice tests, remediation and enrichment. You will be matched with a personal NCLEX success coach to support you, provide feedback, and tell you when you are ready to take the test. In the 2017-18 school year, 93.1 percent of Immaculata University’s nursing students passed the NCLEX-RN, a higher pass rate than both the state and national averages.
- 15 months accelerated program!
- Take your prerequisite courses at IU to get a discounted rate of $250 per credit! Science courses include additional lab fees.
- High NCLEX first-time pass rates – a personal NCLEX success coach will support you, provide feedback, and tell you when you are ready to take the exam.
- Get an award-winning holistic nursing education, as recognized by the American Holistic Nurses Association.
- Practice and hone your clinical skills in the nursing simulation lab.
- Complete a program that provides a strong foundation for graduate studies.
CCNE accredited in fall 2011, the bachelor’s degree in nursing was granted 10-year re-accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.
The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
As part of the B.S.N. program, you will apply theory and practice your skills through working in a nursing simulation lab and participating in clinical experiences. The simulation lab replicates clinical events in a realistic setting, allowing you to problem solve and “think on your feet” in critical situations.
You will gain clinical experiences through clinical rotations that provide hands-on experiences in a variety of nursing specialties including medical-surgical; long-term and hospice care; gerontology; intensive care; pediatrics; maternity care; emergency care; psychiatric care; rehabilitation; community health; and drug and alcohol detoxification.
Where Can I Work?
Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary for nurses is $68,450.
As a nurse, you will have diverse employment opportunities in settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, home health care services, long-term care facilities, schools, correctional facilities, and the military.
To prepare for entering the accelerated second-degree B.S.N. program, you can begin taking prerequisites as an allied health pre-nursing student. Acceptance into the allied health pre-nursing program at Immaculata does not imply or guarantee that you will be accepted into the accelerated second-degree B.S.N. You will be given an advisor who will evaluate your transcript and provide you with a checklist of coursework that you must complete prior to applying for the B.S.N. program. If you choose to take your prerequisites at IU, you will get a discounted rate of $250 per credit for these courses! Please note that this discounted tuition does not include the lab fees that will apply for science courses.
- *Genetics (3)
- *Microbiology for Health Science (4)
- *Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
- *Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
- *Survey of Chemistry (4)
*You must have completed the above science courses within the past five years with a C+ or better.
- Math (3)
- Lifespan Development (3)
- Statistics (3)
- Medical Ethics (3)
- Logic and Knowledge (3)
- Introduction to Psychology (3)
- Principles of Sociology (3)
- Normal Nutrition (3)
- Composition (6)
- Theology (3)
- Philosophy (3)
- History (3)
- Foreign Language/Cultures (3)
- Humanities (3)
- Electives (9)
Total Credits: 73
This is an intense, full-time program that prepares graduates for the nursing licensure exam. Due to the rigorous nature of this full-time program, we strongly discourage you from working while you are in the program.
Spring 1st Year
- NUR 200 Nursing Concepts (3)
- NUR 202 Fundamentals of Holistic Nursing Practice (5)
- NUR 307 Holistic Health Assessment (4)
- NUR Elective (e.g, 333 Pathophysiology) (3)
Summer 1st Year
- NUR 304 Pharmacology (3)
- NUR 308 Holistic Nursing Care I (5)
- NUR 311 Holistic Nursing Care II (5)
Fall 2nd Year
- NUR 314 Holistic Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (5)
- NUR 405 Holistic Nursing Care III (6)
- NUR 410 Concepts in Nursing Leadership and Management (3)
Spring 2nd Year
- NUR 404 Nursing Research (3)
- NUR 408 Concepts of Public Health Nursing (5)
- NUR 435 Preparation for Professional Practice (5)
All nursing requirements must be completed at Immaculata University.
Cohorts begin each January. The application deadline is August 1.
- Complete an online application to Immaculata’s College of Adult Professional Studies.
- Successfully complete a minimum of 61 credits of the 73 credits of prerequisites prior to the August 1 application deadline. You may complete the remaining 12 credits during the fall semester.
- Submit two recommendations from faculty, employers or supervisors.
- Submit all official transcripts to Immaculata University.
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
- Provide evidence of legal authorization to work for any employer in the United States.
- If you are an international student, please review these additional admission requirements.
Decision letters will be mailed by September 30. Prior to beginning any nursing coursework in January, you must complete the following during the fall semester:
- Pass the HESI A2 Entrance Examination with a composite score of at least 75.
- Complete all clearances required by Immaculata’s Division of Nursing.
- Complete a physical and all immunizations required by the Division of Nursing.
- Successfully complete the remaining 12 credits of your 73 credits of prerequisites, with a minimum of a C+ in all prerequisite science within five years of admission courses.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition is billed per credit hour. Since the accelerated B.S.N. is a second degree, the exact number of credits you take—and therefore your tuition costs—will vary depending on the number of credits you transfer into the program.
COURSE RELATED FEE
Federal financial aid may be available to students who qualify. You will need to submit your FAFSA form, preferably as early as possible, each year you are in the program in order to apply for aid.
Please be advised that as a second bachelor’s degree student, you do not qualify for Pell Grant funding. You may have to seek private, credit-based sources of funding to cover tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, uniforms, transportation to clinical experiences, and other expenses.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application deadline?
Am I required to take SAT or GRE tests for admission?
Applicants are not required to complete the SAT or GRE.
My GPA is less than 3.0, should I still apply?
If you have a lower GPA, you can still apply, but a GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. Your application materials will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
When will I know if I’ve been accepted to the program?
All students accepted into the program will receive notification no later than September 30.
What support do students receive to help prepare them for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®)?
Students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN through the ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) learning, testing, remediation and enrichment program in conjunction with course examinations. The ABSN program provides an NCLEX Success Champion and additional strategies to guide and support students’ success.
Immaculata University’s first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate was 93.1% in 2017-2018 – a higher pass rate than both the state and national averages.
Will I need my own transportation for clinical experiences?
Students will need to ensure that they have transportation to their clinicals.
I’m still completing my undergraduate degree. May I apply to the program or do I need to wait until I’ve earned my bachelor’s degree first?
Individuals must have earned their undergraduate degree prior to applying to the Accelerated BSN program
Just the Facts
First-time NCLEX pass rate for 2017-2018
Rated as the number four BSN program in Pennsylvania for 2018