Nursing (Accelerated BSN)

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Cindy Brubaker
Department Chair
cindyb@bradley.edu

To apply to the Accelerated Nursing Program, complete the Online Application for Transfer Students.

The Degree in Nursing 

Bradley’s Department of Nursing offers an accelerated undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. The full-time, 15-month program begins each May and runs through the next August.

The 15- month program is designed to provide an intensive nursing preparation for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline but would like to pursue a career in nursing. Nurses are increasingly at the forefront of innovative medical developments, and must cultivate new knowledge. At Bradley, the study of nursing blends theory and practice to prepare graduates to successfully complete the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s NCLEX-RN examination to become a registered nurse. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education (ACEN). Graduates of the program will be prepared for the beginning practice of professional nursing in a variety of settings.

Candidates for the program must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, have a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) or above for the last 60 hours of college coursework, meet the General Education requirements for a Bradley Bachelor’s degree and have completed all prerequisite courses listed below prior to the start of the program in May. 

• Fundamentals of Chemistry (with lab)

• Anatomy and Physiology

• Microbiology

• Pathophysiology

• Introduction to Psychology

• Developmental Psychology

• Abnormal Psychology

• Nutrition

• Introduction to Sociology

• Statistics

Students begin their clinical experiences during their first semester. Clinical experiences include:

  • Emergency nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Adult medical-surgical nursing
  • Perioperative observations
  • Skilled care nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Community health nursing
  • Maternal-child nursing
  • Pediatric nursing

Interested students should apply online.  This link will take you to the appropriate transfer student application site. Scroll to the bottom of that page to create an account & log in. Choose the May transfer application for the appropriate year. On the application, choose Nursing (Accelerated BSN) as your major.

Applications must be completed no later than September 1 of each year.  The Nursing Department’s Committee for Admission to Special Programs will review completed applications and invite selected students for interviews during October with offers of admission made thereafter.