Accelerated Nursing Program

Accelerated BSN Program

Are you looking to re-start your career and move into the in-demand field of Nursing?
Or, are you a recent grad who wants to move into this challenging and rewarding profession?

The Accelerated BSN is designed for people with non-Nursing degrees to move into a career where they make a difference both in the lives of others and their own.

How you learn

The ABSN is a specially designed, accelerated curriculum for non-nurse college graduates (U.S. bachelor’s degree or its equivalent) who wish to study nursing in a first professional degree program (BSN) combined with the option of an advanced professional degree program (MS). As a student in the ABSN, you may progress according to a one-year full-time plan or a two-year plan. All students must complete prerequisites before entering the one-year or two-year program.

Career outcomes

After completing study, the student receives a BSN and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The ABSN consists of 50 or 52 credits in the nursing major that includes an opportunity to take a 3 credit undergraduate or graduate nursing elective course. The graduate course would be double-counted for the MS degree, should you continue into an LSN graduate program. 

Admission to the graduate program is in the fall semester.  If you do choose to go on for the master’s degree, you must submit an application to change to this graduate program by March 1.

The ABSN Curriculum Worksheet can be found here.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses may be taken at Pace or transferred; for transfer credit to be granted, a grade of C or better must be earned. Check with the Office of Graduate Admission for details.

General Psychology (Any PSY 100-Level Course)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab
Microbiology with lab

Note: Computer Science 3 credits (or) evidence of word processing & data entry skills is pre- or co-requisite to graduate nursing courses. It is the student’s responsibility to have all transcripts sent directly to The Graduate Admissions office for all pre-requisite courses completed at other colleges. Students cannot graduate from the ABSN without complete documentation showing completion of all pre-requisite courses.

Semester I

Building a Foundation for Nursing Practice
Communication for Professional Nursing
Clinical Management in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Foundational Study in Pathophysiology
Concepts of Evidence-Based Practice for Practice Improvement

Semester II

Clinical Management in Adult Medical and Surgical Nursing
Clinical Management in Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women’s Health
Pharmacology for Professional Nursing
Pathophysiology: Concepts of Multisystem Alteration
Clinical Management in Child Health Nursing

Semester III

Clinical Management of Population Health
Organizational and Systems Leadership in Nursing
Evolution to Professional Nursing
Ethics and Excellence in Professional Nursing

Important Information About the ABSN (formerly Combined Degree Program)

• Students who previously failed a nursing course or who were academically dismissed from a nursing program are not eligible for admission to the ABSN.

• Admission of students who have attended other nursing programs (without failing a class or being academically dismissed) will be considered on a case by case basis.  These students may be required to provide additional application materials e.g., letter(s) of reference from didactic and clinical faculty.

• The ABSN is an intensive, rigorous program, so students must plan to consistently study to be successful. The full time program requires students to dedicate as many as 36 hours of weekly class and clinical hours not including study hours.  We encourage students to think about personal and professional commitments and the significant amount of time necessary to devote to the program on a daily basis.  Students taking 12 or more credits (one and two year programs) should not work.

• Students who matriculated into the CDP program must maintain a CQPA of 3.0 for progression (see CDP curriculum worksheet).

• ABSN students must maintain a minimum of a C+ average (77% and higher) in their undergraduate nursing courses and (effective September 1, 2014) an overall CQPA of 2.75. For graduate courses, the passing grade is a B.

• Once admitted to Pace, students must attend a mandatory ABSN clinical calculation exam session.  Students must pass the clinical calculation exam that is given prior to each semester in order to take clinical courses.

• Once admitted to Pace, students must attend a mandatory Orientation session.

• Nursing students are required to undergo background checks and a 10 panel drug screen as part of the clinical clearance process.

• ABSN applications are not reviewed until all pre-requisites have been completed.  Applications will not be considered for admission until all required documents have been submitted to the Admission Office.

• The application deadline for January entry is September 15.  The application deadline for September entry is March 1.

• Admission to the ABSN is competitive, and class size is limited to a maximum of 64 students per class.  Applications will be processed on a space available basis until the 64 seats are filled.  To guarantee a seat, students must deposit within two weeks of admission.  Students who do not deposit within two weeks of admission are NOT guaranteed a seat. Deposits received after all 64 seats are filled will be returned.

• A checklist of the documents required for a completed application  can be found here.

Please refer to the Lienhard School of Nursing website under clinical clearance for further updates and any additional requirements.


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