Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (Second-degree BSN)
Build upon your academic experience and expand your career prospects with the University of Mount Union’s post-baccalaureate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for adults who hold a previous bachelor’s degree in any subject. This accelerated BSN program uses state-of-the-art nursing facilities and hands-on clinical environments to equip you for a nursing career in just 15 months.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Mount Union is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( http://www.ccneaccreditation.org) and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN).
The application deadline for the May 2024 start date is April 12, 2024.
Quick Facts about the Accelerated BSN Program
Extend your education by completing a second degree in nursing. Our fast-paced program allows you to:
- Complete the accelerated BSN program in as little as 15 months.
- Invest in one of the most affordable accelerated BSN programs in Northeast Ohio.
- Learn from outstanding faculty who are also active nursing professionals.
- Use our new health and medical sciences facility equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms.
- Complete simulations integrated into all lab and clinical courses.
- Gain experience with electronic medical records systems.
- Benefit from Mount Union’s strong clinical affiliation agreements.
- Class of 2020 completion rate: 86%.
- Class of 2020 NCLEX-RN pass rate: 100%.
ABSN Program Courses
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) curriculum is a 64-credit-hour, 15-month program that includes a sequence of clinical and non-clinical courses (excluding any prerequisite courses needed).
We base our BSN curriculum upon standards of nursing education from professional organizations, accreditation standards, state boards of nursing, and changing societal needs related to health care. The curriculum reflects a commitment to evidence-based nursing practice for individuals, families, and communities that is grounded in an understanding of societal factors that influence health status and the delivery of health care.
Courses in the ABSN program prioritize the student experience with small class sizes and intensive one-on-one instruction led by highly qualified faculty in both classroom and healthcare environments.
Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program Learning Outcomes
The University of Mount Union’s undergraduate nursing major is a comprehensive program that will culminate in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and allow you to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The accelerated BSN program prepares graduates to practice as registered nurses in a variety of healthcare agencies.
Graduates of the BSN program will:
- Integrate knowledge from nursing, the sciences, and liberal arts to make nursing judgments based on evidence.
- Prioritize quality, safe, and holistic care for diverse patient populations using clinical judgment.
- Collaborate and communicate effectively to deliver holistic patient-centered care.
- Manage population health for the improvement of equitable health outcomes.
- Analyze organizational and system leadership factors impacting the nursing profession and practice.
- Integrate professional and ethical standards into practice.
Careers with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
The accelerated nursing program prepares you for a thriving professional career in nursing. Nurses are highly sought after, and the field is expanding: the Bureau for Labor Statistics projects 194,500 new nursing jobs per year, with nursing careers increasing 9%. Nursing is also a stable, lucrative career, with an average national salary of $75,000.
A BSN is the fastest-growing degree for a career in nursing, recommended by both the American Nurses Association and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Learn More About the Accelerated BSN Program
The accelerated BSN at Mount Union is tailored for bachelor’s degree holders seeking a second degree in nursing. Through this 15-month, career-focused program, you will gain hands-on practical experience, use cutting edge medical technology and learn from dedicated professional faculty.
Accelerated BSN Admission Requirements
Applicants need to meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:
- Hold a Baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited higher education institution.
- Complete the following courses or equivalent courses withing the last five years*
BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab BIO 200 Microbiology with Lab CHE 110 Foundations of Chemistry with Lab CHE 115 Organic and Biochemistry with Lab MTH 123 Elementary Statistics
- Earned a 2.75 or better in the following courses BIO 210, BIO 211, CHE 110, CHE 115 and have earned a grade of “C” or higher in all courses above.
*Exceptions to the prerequisite timeframe of longer than five (5) years will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Nursing Program Administrator/Designee.
- 6.5 on IELTS/ 80 on TOEFL/105 on Duolingo: Direct Entry Admission with no required English as a Second Language courses required. Highly recommend a two-credit medical terminology course during the first semester
- 6.0 on IELTS (IELTS scores are in .5 increments, so the next level up is 6.5; no range needed here)/ 70 – 78 on TOEFL/ 95-100 on Duolingo (Duolingo scores are in 5 point increments, so the next level up is 105): Provisional nursing student and required to complete two English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and a two-credit medical terminology course. No nursing courses or prerequisite science courses can be taken until both ESL courses or the medical terminology are/is completed with a grade of C or higher.
- 5.5 on IELTS/ 61 – 69 on TOEFL/ 85-90 on Duolingo (minimum university requirements): Provisional nursing student and required to complete two English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and a two-credit medical terminology course. No nursing courses or prerequisite science courses can be taken until both ESL courses and the medical terminology are completed with a grade of C or higher.
Services for International Students
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Accelerated BSN Cost and Tuition
Accelerated BSN Cost and Tuition
Mount Union’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers a comprehensive nursing education at an affordable cost—and its 64 credit hours can be completed in as little as 15 months (excluding any co/prerequisite courses needed).
2023 Entering Cohort (subject to change annually)
Cost per credit hour $490
2023 Entering Cohort (subject to change annually)
Technology fee (per term/session*) $200
Program fee (per term/session*) $300
Parking fee (per year in terms 1, 4 and 7) $100
Graduation fee (one time in fall term prior to graduation) $100
Other expenses to be considered include housing and travel. Students are responsible for costs associated with housing, as well as housing and travel while involved in clinical education affiliations. Programs and/or courses may require additional fees.
The current cost of attendance figures are displayed under the Cost of Attendance section of our website.
*The summer term consists of two sessions. Students will be billed a technology fee and program fee in each summer session.
Baccalaureate Nursing Program Accreditation
The baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( http://www.ccneaccrediation.org). The program’s last site visit was November 2020. CCNE granted accreditation to the BSN program at the University of Mount Union for ten years. The next site visit will be Fall 2030.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) program at the University of Mount Union is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) in accordance with Rule 4723.06 (A)(5), of the Ohio Revised Code for a period of five years effective May 25, 2022. The next site visit will be in the spring of 2027. Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South High St., Suite 400, Columbus, OH 43215-7410, (614) 466-3947. http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/