Accelerated (Second Degree) Program

Nursing Program Students

Applications Accepted

Acceptance Cohort Application Period Classes Begin
Fall January 1 - May 31 August

NOTE: It is strongly advised that new applicants apply to the University AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR to submitting an application for the program. This will allow the University time to fully evaluate the student’s application/supporting documentation and perform any necessary transfer articulations. 

Background

The Accelerated (or “Second Degree”) BSN Program is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing and have graduated with at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA but who also desire to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, albeit at a faster pace than the generic track. Students are admitted into this program during the Fall semester. Courses within this program are primarily taken on-campus (that is, on Albany State University’s East and West Campuses) with the potential for some courses to be offered as online or hybridized, but this is not guaranteed. Clinical experiences are held in our clinical skills lab(s), Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, and other facilities in the surrounding area as needed.

Program Format

This accelerated track comprises five (5) consecutive semesters beginning in the Fall semester (including Summer), during which students are exposed to the various fields and specializations within the field, including Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and many others. This program culminates with the student earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which, following successful completion of the state licensing exam for Registered Nurses (the NCLEX), prepares students with the knowledge and clinical skills to function as a beginning nurse, nurse manager, or leader within various healthcare settings. Additionally, our BSN graduates are prepared to enter graduate nursing programs in order to advance their careers, two of which are offered at this institution!

 Admission Criteria

Applicants must:

  1. FIRST, submit an application to Albany State University and be admitted in good standing.
  2. AFTER being accepted as a student at Albany State University, submit the completed application, the $20.00 application fee money order, and an official copy of their TEAS exam scores by the application deadline.
    • Applicants who take the TEAS exam at Albany State University’s West Campus Testing Center may submit a printed copy of their results page with the application and money order.
    • Applicants who take the TEAS exam at a testing site other than ASU’s West Campus Testing Center will need to purchase the “TEAS transcript” through ATI Testing’s online store and indicate that they wish to have their scores transferred to Albany State University.
  3. Successfully complete and exit all learning support courses.
  4. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited program in a field other than nursing with a graduating cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Courses taken and degrees earned after obtaining the first bachelor’s degree will not factor into the 3.0 required graduating GPA for admission consideration.
  5. Complete 31 hours of the baccalaureate Core Curriculum prior to the Fall admission with a minimum grade of “C” in the following courses: Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Microbiology, two (2) sequential courses in an Area D science (which can be either Biology I & II or Chemistry I & II), English Composition I & II, Human Growth & Development, and Pre-Nursing Seminar.
    • Pre-Nursing Seminar is an ASU-exclusive course. Applicants transferring from other institutions who have taken a medical terminology course at a non-ASU institution may be able to waive the Pre-Nursing seminar requirement; however, this waiver is given on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.
  6. Complete all required science courses with a grade of “C” or higher in each course. Only one (1) science course failure is allowed, and this course must be repeated prior to entry into the nursing program. If the science failure(s) occurred more than 5 years ago, the student has the opportunity to repeat the course(s) one (1) time.
  7. Successfully complete Anatomy and Physiology course(s) that are less than 6 years old at the time of potential admission to the nursing program. If the Anatomy and Physiology course(s) is/are older than 6 years, the student must retake the course(s) and pass with a “C” or better.
  8. Must have passed the standardized entrance exam for admission to nursing at or above the established percentage rate within no more than two (2) attempts within the past 12-month period. Students who have taken the entrance exam within the last year must present official scores to the admission committee prior to being admitted to the program. Currently, the entrance exam is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), and the minimum qualifying score is 70.0.
  9. Following acceptance into the nursing program, students must submit the following documentation prior to the last date to add courses for the semester (“Schedule Adjustment Days”). Students who do not meet this requirement will be dropped from the clinical nursing course.
    • Certificate of immunization: Must be on file in Student Health Services indicating that all immunizations are current based on his/her age. Immunizations include Hepatitis B (or waiver), MMR, tetanus, varicella, flu, tuberculosis, and any other immunization(s) deemed necessary by the University and/or the clinical site.
    • BLS card: A current CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) basic life support (BLS) card. All students must be certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) in child and adult BLS for health care providers. This certification must be maintained throughout the program (renewed every 2 years). An outdated CPR certification will prohibit the student from attending clinical practice experiences.
  10. Following admission to the nursing program, students must submit the following documentation prior to the course’s established pre-clinical deadline: malpractice insurance, proof of active health insurance (or enrollment into the student health insurance plan), a complete criminal background check, and a drug test at the expense of the student. The criminal background check will be completed utilizing PreCheck.com.
    • Students are subjected to compulsory background checks per clinical agency requirements and may also be required to submit to random tests for illegal use of controlled substance as a provided by the law or regulations of the contracting agency. If the site refuses to allow a student to attend clinical experiences, the nursing program is not obligated to find another clinical site. The student may not be able to complete the nursing program at ASU. Therefore, it is important to conduct personal record checks prior to admission to the nursing program.
  11. NOTE: A student who has failed (D, F, or WF) two (2) nursing courses, whether at a 2-year or 4-year institution (including ASU) will not be eligible for admission or continuation in the nursing program at ASU. Students with no more than two (2) nursing failures may be considered for entry (or reentry) into the nursing program on a case-by-case basis only after a 5-year period has passed from the most recently-earned failure. Only one (1) nursing failure may be forgiven.

 Program of Study

  • *NOTE: Regarding the Core curriculum, please be aware of the following:
    • Area A2: For this Area, only MATH 1001 (Quantitative Reasoning) or MATH 1111 (College Algebra) will satisfy this Area for Nursing majors, with College Algebra being the recommended course
    • Area D: For the sequential science portion of this Area, only BIOL 1111K & 1112K (Intro to Biological Science), BIOL 2107K & 2108K (Principles of Biology), CHEM 1151K & 1152K (Survey of Chemistry), or CHEM 1211K & 1212K (Principles of Chemistry) will satisfy this Area for Nursing major. PHYS courses will not satisfy this area.
    • Area D: For the math/computer science elective portion of this Area, only MATH 2411 (Introduction to Statistics) will satisfy this area for Nursing majors.
    • Area E: For the social science elective portion of this Area (which includes various ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, and SOCI courses), one of the electives taken must be PSYC 1101 (General Psychology) for Nursing majors, with SOCI 1101 (Introduction to Sociology) being the recommended second elective.

 Curriculum Pattern

FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
NURS 1232: Pre-Nursing Seminar 2.00
NURS 2210: Pharmacology 3.00
NURS 2231: Fundamental Concepts of Professional Nursing 5.00
NURS 3510: Assessment in Health Care 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 13.00

 

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
NURS 2331: Adult Health Nursing I 5.00
NURS 3134: Pediatric Nursing 5.00
NURS 3320: Pathophysiology 3.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 13.00

 

Summer Semester

Course Credit Hours
NURS 2601: Introduction to Geriatrics 3.00
NURS 4131: Research 3.00
NURS 4240: Community Health Nursing 5.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 11.00

SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR

Fall Semester

Course Credit Hours
NURS 3335: Mental Health Nursing 5.00
NURS 4140: Principles of Leadership and Management 2.00
NURS 4342: Adult Health Nursing II 5.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 12.00

 

Spring Semester

Course Credit Hours
NURS 3136: Women's Health Nursing 5.00
NURS 4111: Directed Study (NCLEX Prep) 3.00
NURS 4345: Senior Comprehensive Nursing 5.00
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS 13.00