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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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Patricia Kline

Patricia Kline

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Patricia Kline
Patricia Kline

Patricia Kline teaches Obstetrics and Pediatric Nursing, including concepts related to family-centered nursing based on care of the pregnant woman, newborn and child in both normal and compromised paradigms. She collaborates with health organizations to provide clinical experiences for students in which they care for low and high risk perinatal women as well as transitional newborns. She also coordinates pediatric learning experiences through acute and outpatient child care settings. Prof. Kline also mentors senior nursing students through the intercultural nursing experience.  Recently, she led a trip to Nicaragua and Uganda.

Professor Kline earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Anderson University and continued her education by earning a BSN from Ball State University. At the beginning of her nursing career, she and her husband, Will, served as career Missionaries for the Church of God in Brazil. Upon returning to the states, she felt a definite call to practice obstetrical nursing with a focus in labor, birth, newborn transition, and lactation. After ten years of working as a labor and delivery nurse, she earned her CNM from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and her MSN from Case Western Reserve University. One of her passions is understanding and promoting human lactation. She has maintained her certification with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) since 1993. She comes to Anderson University with almost 30 years of nursing experience and continues clinical practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife through IU Health in Indianapolis working with the interurban underserved and Hispanic population.
Professor Kline is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, ACNM (American College of Nurse Midwives), and ILCA (International Lactation Consultants Association). Her research interests focus on the benefits of physiologic labor and birth and the barriers to understanding and maintaining human lactation within our culture.

Pat and her husband, Will, live in Indianapolis, Ind. Three of their four children (Stephanie Mabry, Jonathan Kline, and Joshua Kline) are AU graduates. Pat and Will enjoy traveling and visiting their four granddaughters as much as possible. Pat’s life verse is Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ-yes to know the power of his resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like him-”

Patricia Kline has been at Anderson University since 2014.

Contact Pat:
Hartung 374
Ext. 4387 (765) 641-4387

Assistant Professor of Nursing
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
D.N.P., Indiana University

Toya Lutterman

Toya Lutterman

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Toya Lutterman
Toya Lutterman

Toya Lutterman is a full-time assistant professor in the school of nursing BSN pre-licensure program. Toya earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Anderson University and has experience in OB, Pediatrics, and Community Health. For the past eight years, she has worked as the corporation nurse for Alexandria Community Schools, where she precepted nursing students, provided primary care to pediatric population, and managed staff education and state reporting. Toya and her husband, Nathan, have five children and live in Summitville. She enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.

Contact Toya:
Hartung 372
Ext. 4389 (765) 641-4389

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

Kari Miller

Kari Miller

Simulation Director and Assistant Professor

Kari Miller
Kari Miller

Kari Miller serves as Simulation Director and Assistant Professor. She collaborates with nursing faculty to facilitate hands-on learning of fundamental nursing skills and life-like clinical experiences. Professor Miller is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.  She is experienced in high-fidelity simulation management and scenario writing.

Before coming to Anderson University, Professor Miller was adjunct nursing faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University. Her previous academic nursing experience includes six years at IWU Fortune Simulation Lab for the School of Nursing, clinical instructor, professor of Physical Assessment and Pharmacology, and substitute professor for many additional nursing classes.

Prof. Miller’s nursing experience and passion is working with babies. Previously, she worked as a primary NICU nurse and maternal newborn nurse. While working in this role, Professor Miller  was part of the PMAD committee and was essential in changing hospital policies for the safety of mothers in Grant County. Among her nursing responsibilities, Professor Miller also worked as a charge nurse and primary nurse preceptor for new hires.

Kari, lives in Anderson, Indiana. She has two wonderful children, who are currently students at Anderson University. A favorite Bible verse and guide in troubling times is Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (New International Version).

Simulation Director and Assistant Professor
B.S., Evangel College
B.S.N., Indiana Wesleyan University
M.S.N., Indiana Wesleyan University

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Dama O’Keefe

Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Dama O’Keefe

Dr. Dama O’Keefe is an assistant professor in the BSN pre-licensure program. She graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2001 with a BSN. Dama worked for St. Vincent Carmel in intensive care and progressive care and would function as the charge nurse in these areas. She transitioned to Community Surgery Center Hamilton and worked for seven years in pre-op, post-op, and PACU. During her time there, she was also a CPR instructor. Since completing her Master’s in Primary Care Nursing in 2013, Dr. O’Keefe has worked as a family nurse practitioner for IU Health Business Solutions providing primary care and occupational health to various populations in central Indiana. The past four years, Dama has divided her time between nursing education teaching in the BSN pre-licensure program at Indiana Wesleyan and continuing her practice with IU Health.

Most recently, in 2020, Dama completed her DNP with a focus in leadership. Her project concentrated on the importance of self-care in nursing, which demonstrated an improvement in the emotional intelligence of the participants in her project. She developed a curriculum, The O’Keefe Approach to Self-care, for nursing students to use during their education and beyond.

Dama is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners). She holds a certification with NRCME (National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners).

Dama and her husband, Jeff, live near Lapel with their two daughters. They enjoy gardening, beekeeping, tending to their chickens, and spending time with family and friends. 

B.S.N. University of Saint Francis
M.S.N. Indiana Wesleyan University
F.N.P.-C Indiana Wesleyan University

Dr. Sarah Neal

Professor of Nursing

Dr. Sarah Neal

Dr. Sarah Neal teaches Community Health Nursing at Anderson University in the School of Nursing, where she teaches concepts related to population health and global health issues. She collaborates with local health and social service organizations to provide clinical experiences for students in which they care for aggregates facing disparities in health. She coordinates Service Learning activities to meet critical health care needs of the community, including mass vaccination clinics and targeted health promotion programs in schools, churches, and community agencies. Prof. Neal routinely takes senior nursing students to the Jewish communities in Indianapolis, IN and Skokie, Il for a 2-week intercultural trip focusing on the religious and cultural traditions that affect nursing care given to patients in the Jewish culture.

Professor Neal has presented at State and National conferences on areas related to public health, nursing education, and Service Learning. Dr. Neal recently graduated from Indiana State University from their Doctor of Nursing Practice program with a focus on public health.

Sarah Neal has been at Anderson University since 2000.

Contact Sarah:
Hartung 371
Ext. 4386 (765) 641-4386

Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., B.S.W., Anderson University;
M.S.N., Indiana University
D.N.P., Indiana State University

Lynn Schmidt

Dean, School of Nursing & Kinesiology

Lynn Schmidt

Dr. Lynn Schmidt received her RN degree from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, a BSN and MSN from Ball State University, and a PhD from Indiana University. Following her initial clinical career in Medical/Surgical, and later in Outpatient Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, and School Nursing, Dr. Schmidt has been a nurse educator for the past eight years, teaching didactic courses in the area of nursing research, nursing theory, and diversity in healthcare to prelicensure and graduate students.

Her dissertation focused on an evaluation of the impact of an intercultural learning experience on the development of transcultural self-efficacy of senior level baccalaureate of science nursing students. She is certified as a nurse educator. Dr. Schmidt is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Kinesiology.

Lynn Schmidt has been at Anderson University since 2010.

Contact Lynn:
Hartung 380
Ext. 4388 (765) 641-4388

Dean, School of Nursing & Kinesiology
A.S.N., Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing
B.S.N., M.S.N., Ball State University
Ph.D., Indiana University

Denna Thompson

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Denna Thompson

Denna Thompson is a full-time instructor of nursing in the BSN pre-licensure program.  Denna earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ball State University and is currently working on a Master’s in Nursing Education.  Her professional experience includes emergency nurse for 16 years at Saint Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital where she served as mentor for new staff and instructor for department education days.  Teaching and mentoring future nurses has become her passion.

Denna currently works in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital Anderson.  She has worked for Anderson University as an adjunct faculty member teaching junior and senior clinical during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Denna is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Trauma Nursing Core Course.

Denna and her husband Tony live in Anderson with their four daughters Tadessa, Danna, Shaelyn, and Alana.  She enjoys hunting, outdoor activities, crafts and spending time with family.

Denna Thompson has been at Anderson University since 2015.

B.S.N., Ball State University
M.S.N., Anderson University

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