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Accelerated BSN

The Accelerated BSN clinical nursing program, formerly Postbaccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program (PBCNP), is a full-time, 12-month upper-division clinical nursing program designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who wish to become a Registered Nurse (RN) by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Current Edson College first-bachelor’s degree seeking students who meet eligibility requirements may also be considered for the Accelerated BSN.

The Accelerated BSN starts twice per year – once in the spring (January) at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus and once in the fall (August) at ASU@Lake Havasu. Admission is competitive and space is limited. Note: The Accelerated BSN at ASU@Lake Havasu is Pending Arizona State Board of Nursing Approval

Students in the Downtown Phoenix campus cohort start the program in January and graduate with their BSN in December. Students in the ASU@Lake Havasu cohort start the program in August and graduate with their BSN the following August. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN to gain licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring cohort – Downtown Phoenix campus: September 1
  • Fall cohort – ASU@Lake Havasu: February 1
Students interested in the Accelerated BSN should also consider the Master of Science in Nursing (Entry to Nursing Practice Program).

 

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring cohort – Downtown Phoenix campus: September 1
  • Fall cohort – ASU@Lake Havasu: February 1

Enrollment in the Accelerated BSN clinical nursing program occurs twice per year in the spring and fall semesters.

All steps below must be completed by the application deadline. These steps are listed in the typical order of completion; however, in some cases, students will complete in a different sequence.

  • Attend a Nursing Information Session.
    Interested students are required to attend a Nursing Information Session. The information session will review admission criteria, prerequisites, selection process, curriculum and more. Watch the online information session or sign-up for one of our in-person sessions.
  • Gain admission to ASU.
    To be considered for advancement to the clinical nursing program, students must be admitted to ASU by the application deadline for the semester in which they wish to start the clinical nursing program. Students not admitted as an undergraduate, students not currently attending ASU as an undergraduate, and students who do not meet the Quick Re-Entry criteria must apply to ASU and follow all steps required by Admission Services. It is recommended to apply to ASU 3-5 months prior to the Accelerated BSN clinical nursing program application deadline. All applicants will initially be admitted to our community health program. If selected for advancement into the Accelerated BSN clinical nursing program, the student’s major will be changed to nursing.
  • Complete remaining prerequisites.
    Requirements for postbaccalaureate applicants and current Edson College first-bachelor’s degree seeking applicants vary. Refer to the Nursing Information Packet for details on prerequisites and in-progress courses.
  • Determine eligibility for the Accelerated BSN.
    Prior to applying to the Accelerated BSN clinical nursing program, students should refer to the Nursing Information Packet for minimum admission requirements. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for advancement into the program.
  • Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
    The TEAS measures essential skills in reading, mathematics, science, and English language and usage. It is strongly recommended that applicants take the exam through ASU’s University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness. For tests taken outside of ASU, applicants must contact ATI Testing to request that an official transcript be sent to ASU. Registration, information regarding cost, special accommodations, parking, and more can be found here. When registering for the exam, note that Arizona State University is listed as “AZ State U.” TEAS preparation materials can be found here.
  • Submit the Clinical Nursing Advancement Application.
    Approximately one month prior to the deadline, the Clinical Nursing Advancement Application will be available. All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered on a space available basis.
  • Bachelor’s degree
    Postbaccalaureate applicants must have a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university on file with ASU by the application deadline.

    Current ASU students graduating in the fall semester prior to starting the Accelerated BSN in the spring and current ASU students graduating in the spring semester prior to starting the Accelerated BSN in the fall may apply for advancement if the following requirements are met:
    1. Student must apply for graduation by the application deadline.
    2. Student’s degree audit (DARS) must show all degree requirements in progress or completed by the application deadline.
  • Current Edson College students who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree (and won’t complete before the clinical nursing program begins) can also be considered for the Accelerated BSN, but must meet additional credit hour and general studies requirements. For more information, refer to the Nursing Information Packet or schedule an appointment with your advisor.

  • Prerequisites
    Prerequisites for the Accelerated BSN vary based on applicant type – postbaccalaureate applicant or current Edson College first-bachelor’s degree seeking applicant. Refer to the Nursing Information Packet for details on prerequisites.

    Prerequisites may be completed at ASU or another regionally accredited institution. Use ASU’s Transfer Guide to determine equivalency for transfer courses. If your transfer courses are not listed in the Transfer Guide, click “Submit Course for Evaluation” from the Transfer Guide main menu.

  • Minimum GPA Requirements (Select GPA and Prerequisite GPA)
    There are two GPA calculations used to determine selection and eligibility for advancement into the Accelerated BSN. Both the Select GPA and Prerequisite GPA must meet or exceed the minimum required GPA. The minimum required GPA varies based on applicant type. Refer to the Nursing Information Packet for details on GPA requirements. 

    Plus (+)/Minus (-) grades are not used for calculation.

    There are limited opportunities to replace a course to improve your select GPA. Per university policy, students may not repeat an undergraduate course for credit when a grade of “C” or higher is earned. All replacement courses must be approved by Edson College Student Services. Prospective students (not admitted to ASU) may contact the recruitment office at (602) 496-0937 and current students may contact the advising office at (602) 496-0888 for assistance with replacement courses. 
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
    Applicants are allowed one attempt at the TEAS per application cycle, unless a failing score below 58.7% is earned. If a student earns less than 58.7%, one retest is permitted but the student must wait a minimum of 30 days between tests. Refer to the Nursing Information Packet for details on the TEAS. 
     
  • Health and Safety Requirements
    If selected for advancement, each student must submit proof they meet the following health and safety requirements. While Edson College strives to give students as much notice as possible regarding changes to health and safety standards, these requirements are subject to change to ensure compliance with our clinical partners.
  • Required Titer

    Vaccinations OR Positive Titer

    Other Requirements

    Measles/Rubeola (MMR) (lab report required)
    (if negative, nonreactive, or equivocal, proof of immunization series required - See details in Application Guide)

    Hepatitis B
    (Vaccination series or positive titer)

    Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card
    (unrestricted and unexpired)

    Mumps (MMR) (lab report required)
    (if negative, nonreactive, or equivocal, proof of immunization series required - See details in Application Guide)

    Influenza (Flu) Vaccination
    Influenza vaccine administered within the current flu season (specific dates will be provided to advanced students)

    CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Professional from American Heart Association
    (current within last 2 years)

    Rubella (MMR) (lab report required)
    (if negative, nonreactive, or equivocal, proof of immunization series required - See details in Application Guide)

    Tdap or Dtap Vaccination
    (current within last 10 years)

    Must include Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis

    Tuburculin Test
    1. Negative IGRA blood test (lab report required). Note: A skin test will not be accepted.
    or
    2. If positive results, Annual ASU TB Screening Questionnaire signed by a licensed healthcare provider.

    (current within last 12 months)

    Varicella (Chicken Pox) (lab report required)
    (if negative, nonreactive, or equivocal, proof of immunization series required - See details in Application Guide)

     

     

In addition, selected students must:

  • Pass a drug and alcohol screening
  • Provide a statement of health clearance
  • Pass an extensive criminal background check
  • Provide proof of Health Insurance Coverage
  • Provide proof of Annual Influenza Vaccine
  • Provide proof of lawful presence in the United States (if necessary)
  • Meet any other Health and Safety Requirements required

Selection for the Accelerated BSN clinical nursing program is competitive and placement is not guaranteed. Approximately 70 students are advanced each spring to the Downtown Phoenix cohort and approximately 30 students are advanced each fall to the ASU@Lake Havasu cohort.

To determine which applicants are selected to advance into the program, we utilize academic merit to calculate an Advancement Score. The Advancement Score is 50% based on Select GPA and 50% based on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score.

Students with ASU degrees in the following majors will receive preference for up to 50% of the available seats in each advancement cycle: community health, health care coordination, health entrepreneurship and innovation, and integrative health. At the discretion of the college, postbaccalaureate applicants may receive priority consideration.

At this time, no other academic, professional or philanthropic items are considered.

For additional details on the advancement score calculation and selection process, refer to the Nursing Information Packet.

Historical Data for Students Advanced into the Accelerated BSN clinical nursing program

 

Location

Average Select GPA

Average TEAS

Lowest Advancement Score

Spring 2020

Downtown Phoenix

3.10716

72.70%

1.52610

Spring 2019

Downtown Phoenix

3.95164

88.60%

1.79300

Spring 2018

Downtown Phoenix

3.91395

89.53%

1.80429

Spring 2017

Downtown Phoenix

3.88305

84.53%

1.55842


 

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