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School of Nursing and Kinesiology

Accelerated BSN

Anderson University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing second-degree program is one of only 10 in the state of Indiana. Candidates who have already completed a bachelor’s degree can earn a BSN in 21 months from the same excellent faculty who prepare nurses in our traditional four-year program.

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This full-time five-semester program requires 61 credit hours of nursing education. After completing all required prerequisites, the 14 credit hour clinical phase of the program will begin in May of each year. In the fall semester, the accelerated second-degree students will join the junior cohort of the traditional BSN program. Students should expect to attend class or participate in clinical activities five days a week. Courses are taught in a face-to-face format on campus, as well in designated clinical practicum sites. Simulation experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum.

As Anderson University works to prepare graduates for lives of service to society, we are uniquely positioned to meet this growing need. The School of Nursing is dedicated to preparing nurses to personally thrive in a complex healthcare environment. The curriculum focuses on critical thinking as well as emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and professionalism.


Admission Requirements

  • Submission of a university application (does not apply to students currently enrolled at AU)
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited and recognized college or university with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher.
  • Two recommendations filled out through this form.
  • Submit résumé.
  • Interviews will be scheduled after all application materials have been submitted

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Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Courses: must be completed with a grade of C or above, prior to the clinical phase of the program.

  • Anatomy/Physiology I
  • Anatomy/ Physiology II
  • General Psychology
  • Development Psychology
  • Intro to Chemistry
  • Microbes & Disease

Clinical Experiences

Nursing students apply their classroom learning in local hospitals:

  • St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital
  • Community Hospital Anderson

Students may also gain experience in home healthcare, schools, and long-term care facilities as well as experience in regional hospitals such as Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield, Indiana, and Community Hospital North, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Student Nurse Handbook [PDF]


Program Outcomes

The roles for the baccalaureate generalist nurse are derived from the discipline of nursing.  The roles of the baccalaureate generalist include:  provider of care, designer, manager, coordinator, and member of the profession.  Nursing generalist practice includes both direct and indirect care for patients, which includes individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008).

Upon completion of the BSN program, graduates will:

  1. Integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the liberal arts to provide safe, humanistic care as an advocate using the Anderson University School of Nursing conceptual model.
  2. Incorporate knowledge and skills in relational leadership, quality improvement and patient safety to provide high-quality health care.
  3. Evaluate and utilize research findings to facilitate critical thinking, clinical reasoning and clinical judgment in Evidence-Based Practice.
  4. Utilize technologies to deliver high-quality care within a variety of systems.
  5. Articulate knowledge of policy, finance, and regulatory environments including local, state, national and global healthcare trends.
  6. Facilitate collaboration/communication within an interprofessional system to improve patient outcomes.
  7. Utilize the Anderson University School of Nursing conceptual model for health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population levels.
  8. Embrace the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, dignity, integrity, and social justice through professional nursing practice.
  9. Provide appropriate patient care across the lifespan in complex environments using a variety of resources.
  10. Design nursing care within a Christian framework by integrating the mission and philosophy of Anderson University and the School of Nursing into individual practice.

(Language utilizes American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice, 08)  Revised 11/2009, Revised 8/2014, Revised 10/2018

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