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

Course Credit Hours
AREA A1: Communication Skills* 6.00 (total)
ENGL 1101: English Composition I (or ENGL 1101H) 3.00
ENGL 1102: English Composition II (or ENGL 1102H) 3.00
* Minimum grade of "C" required in each course.
AREA A2: Quantitative Skills* 3.00 (total)
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
MATH 1001: Quantitative Reasoning 3.00
MATH 1111: College Algebra 3.00
* STEM majors who take four (4) credit hours in Area A2 may apply the additional one (1) credit hour in Area F
AREA B: Institution Options 5.00 (total)
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
COMM 1000: Cultural Diversity in Communication 2.00
HIST 1002: Intro to African Diaspora 2.00
POLS 1105: Current World Problems 2.00
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
COMM 1100: Human Communication 3.00
COMM 1110: Public Speaking 3.00
AREA C: Humanities/Fine Arts 6.00 (total)
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
ENGL 2111: World Literature I (or ENGL 2111H) 3.00
ENGL 2112: World Literature II (or ENGL 2112H) 3.00
ENGL 2121: British Literature I 3.00
ENGL 2122: British Literature II 3.00
ENGL 2131: American Literature I 3.00
ENGL 2132: American Literature II 3.00
ENGL 2141: African American Literature I 3.00
ENGL 2142: African American Literature II 3.00
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
ARTS 1100: Art Appreciation 3.00
FREN 1001: Elementary French I 3.00
FREN 1002: Elementary French II 3.00
FREN 2001: Intermediate French I 3.00
FREN 2002: Intermediate French II 3.00
LATN 1001: Elementary Latin I 3.00
LATN 1002: Elementary Latin II 3.00
LATN 2001: Intermediate Latin I 3.00
LATN 2002: Intermediate Latin II 3.00
MUSC 1100: Music Appreciation 3.00
JAPN 1001: Elementary Japanese I 3.00
JAPN 1002: Elementary Japanese II 3.00
JAPN 2001: Intermediate Japanese I 3.00
JAPN 2002: Intermediate Japanese II 3.00
SPAN 1001: Elementary Spanish I 3.00
SPAN 1002: Elementary Spanish II 3.00
SPAN 2001: Intermediate Spanish I 3.00
SPAN 2002: Intermediate Spanish II 3.00
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation 3.00
AREA D: Science, Math, Technology 11.00 (total)
SELECT TWO (2) COURSES BELOW (MUST BE IN-SEQUENCE)
BIOL 1111K: Intro to Biological Science I, AND 4.00
BIOL 1112K: Intro to Biological Science II 4.00 
BIOL 2107K: Principles of Biology I, AND 4.00
BIOL 2108K: Principles of Biology II 4.00
CHEM 1151K: Survey of Chemistry I, AND 4.00
CHEM 1152K: Survey of Chemistry II 4.00
CHEM 1211K: Principles of Chemistry I, AND 4.00
CHEM 1211K: Principles of Chemistry II 4.00
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
MATH 2411: Introduction to Statistics (REQUIRED ELECTIVE) 3.00
AREA E: Social Sciences 12.00 (total)
POLS 1101: American Government* 3.00
* This course meets the legislative requirement that students complete coursework in the history of GA and the United States.
SELECT ONE (1) COURSE BELOW
HIST 1111: Survey of World History I 3.00
HIST 1112: Survey of World History II 3.00
HIST 2111: Survey of U.S. History I 3.00
HIST 2112: Survey of U.S. History II 3.00
SELECT TWO (2) COURSES BELOW
ECON 2105: Principles of Macroeconomics 3.00
GEOG 1101: Intro to Human Geography 3.00
HIST 1111: Survey of World History I 3.00
HIST 1112: Survey of World History II 3.00
HIST 2111: Survey of U.S. History I 3.00
HIST 2112: Survey of U.S. History II 3.00
POLS 2101: Introduction to Political Science 3.00
PSYC 1101: General Psychology (REQUIRED ELECTIVE) 3.00
SOCI 1101: Introduction to Sociology 3.00
SOCI 2031: Introduction to Anthropology 3.00
ABOVE THE CORE 3.00 (total)
ASU 1101: First Year Experience 1.00
HEDP, WELL: Health & Wellness Requirement 2.00
* The Health & Wellness Requirement may be fulfilled by taking one (1) 2-credit-hour heath or wellness course OR two (2) 1-credit-hour health or wellness activity courses.
AREA F: Course Related to Major 17.00 (total)
BIOL 2211K: Microbiology 4.00
BIOL 2411K: Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4.00 
BIOL 2412K: Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4.00 
NURS 1232: Pre-Nursing Seminar 2.00
PSYC 2103: Human Growth and Development, OR 3.00
COHP 2120: Growth and Development for Health Professions 3.00 
AREA G: Professional Nursing Courses 60.00 (total)
NURS 2210: Pharmacology 3.00
NURS 2231: Fundamental Concepts of Fundamental Nursing  5.00
NURS 2331: Adult Health Nursing I 5.00
NURS 2601: Introduction to Geriatric Nursing  3.00
NURS 3134: Pediatric Nursing  5.00
NURS 3136: Women's Health Nursing 5.00
NURS 3320: Pathophysiology 3.00
NURS 3335: Mental Health Nursing 5.00
NURS 3510: Assessment in Health Care 3.00
NURS 4111: Directed Study (NCLEX Prep) 3.00
NURS 4140: Principles of Leadership and Management 2.00
NURS 4240: Community Health Nursing 5.00
NURS 4342: Adult Health Nursing II 5.00
NURS 4345: Senior Comprehensive Nursing 5.00
ELECTIVES Varies
ALHE 1120: Medical Terminology 2.00
COHP 2110: Nutrition 3.00
NURS 3010: Junior Nursing Externship 3.00
NURS 4010: Senior Nursing Externship 3.00
NURS 4111: Directed Study 1.00 to 5.00

 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