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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.

*Applications for the May 2021 Cohort are now being accepted through December 31, 2020.


Admission Requirements

  • Submission of a university application (does not apply to students currently enrolled at AU)
  • Completion of a bachelor degree from an accredited and recognized college or university with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher.
  • Submission of a resume, two recommendations, and an interview.

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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Becki Cox

Administrative Assistant/Recruitment Coordinator

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Becki Cox

A.S., B.S., Anderson University

Sarah Cox

Sarah Cox

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Sarah Cox
Sarah Cox

Professor Cox teaches Obstetrical and Pediatric nursing, focusing on family centered nursing care. She completed her BSN from Grand Canyon University and her MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of St. Francis. Previous undergraduate work includes a BA in Business Management from Warner Southern University. She has worked in Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Postpartum Care as well as supervisory and management roles in these units. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau; Nu Upsilon and Upsilon Delta Chapters.

Prior to coming to Anderson University she taught  courses in Pediatric Nursing, Maternal-Newborn Nursing, Community Nursing, and Leadership in Nursing at Fortis College in Indianapolis.

Contact Sarah:
Hartung 377
Ext. 4382 (765) 641-4382

Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.A., Warner Southern College
B.S.N., Grand Canyon University
M.S.N., University of St. Francis

Nina Eaton

Nina Eaton

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Nina Eaton
Nina Eaton

Nina Eaton is an assistant professor of nursing in the BSN pre-licensure program. She graduated with her BSN from Anderson University in 2009 and MSNEd from Anderson University in 2015. Nina’s clinical background is cardiac and intensive care at Hancock Regional Hospital. Before moving to full time teaching, Nina acted as charge nurse, nurse preceptor, and staff nurse. While full time at Hancock, Nina sat on the ethics committee, the unit counsel, and was nominated for the Daisy Award twice and recipient once. Nina is the faculty mentor for and member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing and is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She also holds certificates in basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), & teaching certificates for both BLS & ACLS courses. In 2009, Nina went to Uganda with Tri-S, in 2014 studied Culturally Competent Care of the Islamic Patient & Family in Chicago, and in 2015 led a nursing Tri-S trip to Belize. Her research interests include critical thinking development in pre-licensure nursing students and persistence/completion of minority students in pre-licensure nursing.

Nina and her husband, Michael, live in Greenfield, Indiana with their “fur baby” Abby. Nina and Michael enjoy traveling and visiting family in Michigan as much as possible. One of Nina’s favorite bible verses is Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”.

Nina Eaton has been at Anderson University since 2013.

Contact Nina:
Hartung 369
Ext. 4379 (765) 641-4379

Assistant Professor of Nursing
M.S.N., Anderson University
B.S.N., Anderson University

Molly Frakes

Molly Frakes

Office Assistant/Recruiter

Molly Frakes
Molly Frakes

B.S. University of Evansville

Randall Gray

Instructor of Nursing

Randall Gray

B.S.N., Anderson University

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Anderson University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (