(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. You will be matched with a personal NCLEX success coach to support you, provide feedback, and advise you when you are ready to take the exam. In the 2018-19 school year, the NCLEX-RN® first-time pass rate of Immaculata University’s nursing students was 96.67%, which surpassed both the state (91.61%) and national (88.07%) averages.
- 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.
- 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.)
Individuals applying to this program must have an earned non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
2nd Degree Accelerated BSN Info Session
Join us for an information session on March 21, 2020 to learn more about our new Accelerated Second Degree B.S.N. Program.
Faculty from the Division of Nursing will provide details about this exciting program during this information session. In addition to faculty, admissions counselors will be available to answer questions after the presentation.
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 to enter the Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program, you will complete prerequisites and Division of Nursing requirements as a Pre-Nursing student. During this stage, you will have an advisor who will evaluate your transcript and provide you with a checklist of coursework that you must complete prior to applying for the ABSN program. If you choose to take your prerequisites at IU, you will receive 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.)
Acceptance into the Pre-Nursing program at Immaculata does not imply or guarantee that you will be accepted into the Accelerated BSN program.
- *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)
- Foundations in Psychology (3)
- Introduction to 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.
- Bachelor’s degree in non-nursing field.
- All official transcripts must be submitted.
- GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. Specific prerequisites science courses (see above list) must be completed within the past 5 years with a grade of C+ or higher.
- Two letters of recommendations from faculty, employers, or supervisors are required.
- If you are an international student, please review these additional admission requirements.
Your application to the Accelerated BSN program is evaluated in 2 stages.
Stage 1 – Rolling Admission to Pre-Nursing:
- Complete an online application to Immaculata’s College of Adult Professional Studies.
- Submit all prior transcripts – official transcripts are preferred but unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage.
- Your application and transcripts will then be reviewed for acceptance into Pre-Nursing. If you are accepted as a Pre-Nursing student, you will have the opportunity to take any remaining pre-requisites at the reduced cost of $250 per credit at Immaculata University.
(You may take prerequisite courses elsewhere as well; please make sure the outside courses will transfer to Immaculata).
Acceptance into the Pre-Nursing program does not guarantee acceptance into the Accelerated BSN program.
Stage 2 – Admission to the Accelerated BSN January Cohort
- If you have not done so, 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 start of the fall semester. 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.
- Provide evidence of legal authorization to work for any employer in the United States.
- All steps must be completed by July 15th. Failure to complete all of the above requirements will preclude students from beginning the nursing program. Such individuals would be required to re-apply the following August.
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 minimum composite score of 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 courses within five years of admission.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Total cost for 15-month ABSN program is approximately $35,240, including tuition and fees (listed below).
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.
COURSE RELATED FEE
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application deadline?
Admission to the Pre-Nursing program is rolling. The admission deadline for the ABSN program is July 15th.
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 96.67% in 2018-2019, which surpasses both the national average of 88.07% and PA state average of 91.61%.
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 2018-2019