Nursing, B.S.N.
(Accelerated Second Degree)
Adult Professional Studies

If you are a college graduate who wants to become a nurse, you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in just 15 months.

You will complete 55 credits of theoretical and clinical coursework designed to be completed in an accelerated timeframe. Upon graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).

Individuals applying to this Division of Nursing program must have an earned non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

You will prepare to take the NCLEX-RN® through study resources, practice tests, remediation and enrichment. In the 2020-21 school year, the NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rate of Immaculata University’s nursing students was 88.89%.

Program Highlights

  • 15-month accelerated program with cohorts starting each January.
  • High NCLEX first-time pass rates – a personal NCLEX success coach will support you, provide feedback, and advise you when you are ready to take the exam.
  • Award-winning holistic nursing education, as recognized by the American Holistic Nurses Association.
  • New nursing simulation lab to practice and enhance clinical skills.
  • Strong foundation for graduate studies.
  • Prerequisite courses at discounted rate of $250 per credit when taken at Immaculata! (Science courses include additional lab fees.)

 

Cohort Dates and Deadlines
Cohort Start Completion Application Period* Decision Notification
Spring 2022 Jan. 2022 May 2023 Mar. 1 – Jul. 15, 2021 Rolling after April 1, 2021
Spring 2023 Jan. 2023 May 2024 Mar. 1 – Jul. 15, 2022 Rolling after April 1, 2022
Spring 2024 Jan. 2024 May 2025 Mar. 1 – Jul. 15, 2023 Rolling after April 1, 2023
*Note: Students can apply to complete pre-requisite coursework through the Pre-Nursing program at any time during the year.

Nursing Simulation Lab Virtual Tour

Hone your skills in this brand-new facility consisting of a four-bed hospital room and separate spaces for observing and debriefing. The new lab uses human patient simulators and standardized patients to facilitate the learning of several hands-on skills as well as communication, which are necessary for students to be safe and proficient in the clinical area.

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Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation SealThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Immaculata University is accredited 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.

Opportunities

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?

According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow seven percent from 2019 to 2029. The median annual wage for nurses is $73,300.

As a nurse, you will have diverse employment opportunities in settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, home health care, long-term care facilities, schools, correctional facilities, the military and many other areas.

Program Prerequisites

Students are not required to complete the program prerequisites with Immaculata University; however, students are strongly encouraged to do so through our Pre-Nursing program.

  • All prerequisite courses are completed at a discounted rate of $250/credit. (Please note that this discounted tuition does not include lab fees for science courses.)
  • Personalized support and academic advising available to all Pre-Nursing students.
  • An excellent opportunity to strengthen your application for the ABSN cohort!

If you choose to complete your prerequisites outside of Immaculata, please note that not all outside courses will transfer. Before committing time and money towards completing your prerequisites elsewhere, make sure to verify that they will be accepted by Immaculata.

Prerequisite Coursework
(You must have completed the above science courses within the past five years with a C+ or higher. No more than two attempts permitted.)

  • Human Genetics (3)
  • Microbiology for Health Science (4)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • Survey of Chemistry (4) – must include an organic component

Additional Required Coursework
(The majority of this coursework, with a grade of C or higher, will transfer in from your Bachelor’s Degree. Required science courses must be completed with a grade of C+ or higher.)

  • Math for Nurses (3)
  • Lifespan Development (3)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Medical Ethics (3)
  • Normal Nutrition (3) must be taught by a Registered Dietician
  • Logic and Knowledge (3)
  • Foundations in Psychology (3)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Composition (6)
  • Theology (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • History (3)
  • Foreign Language/Cultures (3)
  • Creativity (3)

 

Application Process

There are two ways to apply to the Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program with Immaculata.   Please see the above chart for important application deadlines and program start dates.

  • Apply to Pre-Nursing to complete any remaining pre-requisites at a discounted rate of $250 per credit.
  • Apply directly to ABSN if you have 12 or fewer pre-requisite credits left to complete and are applying within specified deadlines in chart above.

Pre-Nursing Rolling Admission

(Fall, Spring, or Summer start options)

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    (you can apply to the Pre-Nursing option while still finishing your Bachelor’s degree, but your degree must be conferred before you can be accepted to the ABSN program*)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
  • If you are an international student, please review these additional admission requirements.

Admission Process

  1. Complete an online application to Immaculata’s College of Adult and Professional Studies.
  2. Select Pre-Nursing/ABSN as the program option. Select the entry term in which you would like to begin taking your prerequisite courses.
  3. Submit all prior transcripts – official transcripts are preferred but unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage.
  4. Your application and transcripts will then be reviewed for acceptance into Pre-Nursing. An admissions counselor will perform a preliminary transfer credit evaluation for you.
  5. If you are accepted as a Pre-Nursing student, you will pay a $50 deposit.
  6. You will have the opportunity to take any remaining prerequisites or required courses at Immaculata University for a discounted rate of $250 per credit.
  7. You will be emailed instructions to complete your application to the next available Accelerated BSN cohort once you are eligible. At this point, you will be required to submit all official transcripts, two recommendation letters from supervisors, faculty, or employers and a 750-word essay on why you want a career in nursing.
  8. Once your application is complete, your materials will be reviewed for acceptance into the next Accelerated BSN cohort.

Prior to beginning any nursing coursework in January, you must complete the following during the fall semester:

  1. Pass the TEAS with a minimum performance level of Proficient.
  2. Complete all clearances required by Immaculata’s Division of Nursing.
  3. Confirm health insurance plan (required for clinical coursework).
  4. Complete a physical, all immunizations, and other pre-clinical compliances required by the Division of Nursing.
  5. Successfully complete the remaining 12 credits of your prerequisite coursework, with a minimum of C+ in all prerequisite science courses within five years of admission.

*Note: Admission at the Pre-Nursing phase does not guarantee eventual admission into the Accelerated BSN cohort.

Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Cohort Based

(option to begin January of each year)

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
  • No more than 12 outstanding prerequisite credits by Fall term
  • Human Genetics, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, and Chemistry completed within the past 5 years with a grade of C+ or higher. A required science course may only be repeated once. At least 2 of these science courses must be successfully completed in conjunction with grades submitted by July 15.
  • If you are an international student, please review these additional admission requirements.

Admission Process

  1. Complete an online application to Immaculata’s College of Adult and Professional Studies.
  2. Select ABSN as your program option.
  3. Submit all prior transcripts.
  4. Submit two recommendation letters from faculty, employers, or supervisors.
  5. Submit a 750-word essay discussing why you want a career in nursing.
  6. Once your application is complete, your materials will be reviewed for acceptance into the next ABSN cohort.

Prior to beginning any nursing coursework in January, you must complete the following during the fall semester:

  1. Pass the TEAS with a minimum performance level of Proficient.
  2. Complete all clearances required by Immaculata’s Division of Nursing.
  3. Complete a physical, all immunizations, and other pre-clinical compliances required by the Division of Nursing.
  4. Confirm health insurance plan (required for clinical coursework).
  5. Successfully complete the remaining 12 credits of your prerequisite coursework, with a minimum of C+ in all prerequisite science courses within five years of admission.
  6. Submit a $150 ABSN deposit.

 

Curriculum

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?

Admission to the Pre-Nursing program is rolling. The admission deadline for the Accelerated BSN program is July 15th. See above chart for additional dates and deadlines.

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 Accelerated BSN cohort will receive notification no later than August 1.

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.

Will I need my own transportation for clinical experiences?

Students will need to ensure that they have transportation to their clinical training.

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 can apply to the program while they are completing their first degree. The degree must be conferred prior to the start of the fall semester preceding the January cohort start.

Why should I consider the Pre-Nursing Program?

The Pre-Nursing program is a great first step in joining the prestigious nursing community with Immaculata. As a Pre-Nursing student you will receive personalized academic support from the time you apply to the time you enroll. An Admissions Counselor will perform a free preliminary credit evaluation for you as soon as you submit your application and transcripts. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester, while you are a pre-nursing student. An Academic Advisor will assist you through the process of planning your schedule and registering for courses as you work towards completing your prerequisites and finishing your application to the ABSN program.

We have a variety of course formats available for your prerequisite and required courses including face-to-face, online, and accelerated. This flexibility can be helpful as you balance work and other commitments with completing your required courses. Additionally, all courses completed through the Pre-Nursing Program are significantly discounted at a rate of $250/credit.

While acceptance into the Pre-Nursing Program does not guarantee acceptance into the Accelerated BSN program, your involvement with the Pre-Nursing community at Immaculata can help you make your application more competitive.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Total cost for 15-month Accelerated BSN program is approximately $35,240, including tuition and fees. A breakdown of fees is provided below.

The cost of the Accelerated BSN program at Immaculata is significantly less expensive than most other Second Degree Nursing programs in the area.

Program Cost Additional Fees
Immaculata University $35,240  
Holy Family University $36,000 $580
Eastern University $46,437 $3,933
Villanova University $47,600  
Desales University $48,200  
Widener University $48,000  
Thomas Jefferson University $48,410 $2,990
Drexel University $52,144 $3,700
Gwynedd Mercy University $54,270 $1,900
University of Pennsylvania 139,084  
Costs are estimated based on information published on institutional websites for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.

Pre-requisite coursework (separate from above tuition) can be taken at a rate of $250 per credit if you are accepted as a Pre-Nursing student.

Federal financial aid may be available to students who qualify. You will need to submit your FAFSA form 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.

COURSE COURSE RELATED FEE
NUR 200 $200
NUR 202 $435
NUR 304 $200
NUR 307 $545
NUR 308 $545
NUR 311 $545
NUR 314 $545
NUR 405 $775
NUR 408 $775
NUR 410 $200
NUR 435 $775

 

By the Numbers

#4

Rated as the #4 BSN program in Pennsylvania for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

(College Factual)

88.89%

First-time NCLEX pass rate for 2020-21

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