BSN - Accelerated Program
The accelerated program prepares students to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the RN licensure examination, and for entry-level nursing positions in all health care settings. The program provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing. The curriculum is the same as the traditional BSN in a compressed format. A new class of students will begin in May and finish in June of the following year. Instruction is intense with courses offered full time with few breaks between sessions. There may be weekend clinical time. Students will receive the same number of clinical hours as their counterparts in the traditional program.
The rigorous 13-month curriculum recognizes each person’s past experiences and success and is geared toward students who are capable of undertaking this course of study. This program is recommended for students who have senior standing (90+ credits) or have a previous bachelor’s degree or higher.
Tuition and fees for the accelerated program are approximately double of the cost of the traditional four-semester program.
Applying to the Accelerated BSN Program
Application requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher; minimum passing scores on the standardized entrance test; completion of all nursing prerequisites with a grade of 2.000 or higher prior to entering the program; and admission to Wichita State University before the application deadline of February 1.
Students applying for admission to the School of Nursing must have completed the following courses. Students should consider taking 16 credit hours per semester or attending summer session.
|MATH 111||College Algebra||3|
|or MATH 112||Precalculus Mathematics|
|ENGL 101||College English I||3|
|ENGL 102||College English II||3|
|COMM 111||Public Speaking||3|
|Humanities and Fine Arts|
|Fine arts appreciation||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Meaning of Philosophy|
|Introductory course in humanities||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|PSY 111||General Psychology||3|
|PSY 325||Developmental Psychology||3|
|SOC 111||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Natural Sciences and Mathematics|
|BIOL 220||Introduction to Microbiology (applies as introductory general education course for the BSN degree only)||4|
|CHEM 103||Introductory General, Organic and Biochemistry||5|
|or CHEM 211||General Chemistry I|
|BIOL 223||Human Anatomy and Physiology||5|
|or HS 290||Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology|
|HS 301||Clinical Pharmacology||3|
|HS 400||Introduction to Pathophysiology||4|
|Statistics with approval||3|
|Total Credit Hours||56-59|
Admission to School of Nursing
Students should request application materials from the School of Nursing, or obtain application materials online, prior to enrolling in their last semester of prerequisite courses. Applications for fall semester admission are required by February 1. To qualify as a candidate for admission to the School of Nursing, students must:
- Be enrolled in, or admitted to, WSU;
- Have completed, or have plans to complete, the prerequisite requirements prior to beginning the professional curriculum;
- Have an overall grade point average of at least 3.000 in all courses completed and no grade lower than a 2.000 in any of the specified required courses;
- Submit application materials including expected semester of enrollment; and
- Complete the standardized TEAS test with a minimum percentage score, or achieve an ACT score ≥ 27 points, or an SAT score ≥ 1125.
GPA requirements to finalize admission and prior to starting BSN courses:
- Cumulative GPA for all science classes (chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology) must be ≥ 3.000
- Cumulative GPA must remain ≥ 3.000
- All prerequisites must be successfully completed with a grade of C (2.000) or higher.
Uniforms are required for all applied learning. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from health care agencies used for these experiences. Students are required to purchase professional and general liability insurance in the amount of $1 million per single claim/$3 million aggregate per year. The insurance must be renewed annually.
Students must successfully complete a background check prior to beginning any nursing course.
Students must provide evidence of personal health insurance and evidence of a completed physical examination prior to clinical laboratory experiences each academic year. Additional costs for instructional materials, testing and lab experiences may be required throughout the program. CPR certification is required. Information related to these requirements is available from the School of Nursing.
Accelerated Program Progression
|Summer Semester||Credit Hours|
|NURS 302||Professional Nursing Practice||3|
|NURS 309 |
& NURS 312
|Fundamentals of Nursing Care |
and Fundamentals of Nursing Lab
|NURS 325||Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice||2|
|NURS 344 |
& NURS 347
|Health Assessment |
and Health Assessment Lab
|NURS 349||Therapeutic Nutrition||1|
|NURS 362||Clinical Care Lab||1|
|NURS 375||Health Care Informatics||1|
|NURS 320||Nursing Care of Adults I||4|
|NURS 341 |
& NURS 343
|Mental Health Nursing Care |
and Mental Health Practicum
|NURS 361||Care of Adults I Practicum||2|
|NURS 366||Health Care of Older Adults||2|
|NURS 380 |
& NURS 381
|Maternal/Newborn Nursing Care |
and Maternal/Newborn Practicum
|NURS 401||Nursing Care of Adults II||4|
|NURS 431 |
& NURS 432
|Pediatric Nursing |
and Pediatric Nursing Practicum
|NURS 407||Foundations of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety||1|
|NURS 412||Care of Adults II Praticum||2|
|NURS 452||Nursing Care of Populations||2|
|NURS 462||Nursing Leadership Management||3|
|NURS 479 |
& NURS 471
|Complex Care of Adults |
and Complex Care of Adults Practicum
|NURS 498||Senior Seminar||2|
|Total Credit Hours||54|
Students in the accelerated nursing program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing all required coursework culminating with the NURS 499 Clinical Capstone course.