Nurses assess health problems, develop plans for patient care and educate patients on disease prevention. With an expected shortfall of 1 million nurses by 2020, and nurses absorbing more responsibilities, career opportunities have never been greater. Nurses are in demand not only in medical offices, on surgical teams and in assisted-living centers, but also in new and growing fields, such as nursing informatics, which involves using patient data to improve the quality of care.
Our program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, who are interested in pursuing nursing as a second bachelor’s degree. The curriculum builds on your prior educational preparation, and the degree is completed in one calendar year, starting in August with students concentrating solely on nursing courses.
Our program prepares you to be an integral member of the health care team and a transformational leader in the field. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and expertise to advance your education with a master’s or doctor of nursing practice degree.
Curriculum and Requirements
Accelerated BSN Curriculum
The BSN degree under this track is 127 credits, including: prerequisites, general education requirements and nursing courses, which are distributed as follows:
|Nursing Course Prerequisites:||15|
Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
Microbiology with lab
|General Education Courses||51|
|Total Nursing Credits||61|
Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® examination, and qualify for entry-level nursing positions or graduate study. Those students contemplating applying for graduate study in nursing at Quinnipiac should refer to the Graduate Studies section of the catalog.
Admission requirements include graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and completion of prerequisite course work. All prerequisite courses must be taken within the last five years with a grade of C or better and must be completed prior to entering the accelerated track.
Please note that admission is competitive and that meeting the minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission.
The application worksheet offers guidance on the application process, including helping to collect and organize the information required for a complete application. The worksheet is not the application, nor is it part of the application. It is merely a guide to help you complete Accelerated BSN for Second Degree online application.
Quinnipiac's bachelor's degree in nursing offers theoretical and clinical education as well as preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The BSN program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
Quinnipiac's nursing program is also endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation.
Graduates are eligible to take a national exam to become Board Certified as a Holistic Nurse.