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Academic Program Guide

Nursing Accelerated BSN

College: Nursing
Degree: BSN
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Nikki Davis
Address: 103 Duxbury Hall, 98 Varsity Way Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-3296

Description of Major
Nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing are in high demand for a variety of positions within hospitals and other health care agencies in communities. These nurses advance rapidly into positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in nursing. Courses in the nursing curriculum are based on concepts and principles from liberal studies, the supporting biological and behavioral science and nursing theory. This theoretical base is used with the nursing process to provide nursing care to individuals and groups in a variety of health care setting.

The College of Nursing offers an Accelerated BSN (ABSN) curriculum for qualified and highly motivated students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field. The full-time campus-based 12-month ABSN program incorporates all of the components of a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. The rapid pace of the ABSN curriculum demands a full-time commitment to academics. Graduates from accelerated nursing programs are highly valued by employers who recognize the additional skills and education these graduates bring to the workplace.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework:
The required prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Summer for admission the following Spring semester.

** Science prerequisites MUST be completed within the last 10 years of application; NO credits by exam will be accepted for ANY science courses (AP, IB, etc.) **

BSC X085, X085L (3, 1) Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, or acceptable alternative
BSC X086, X085L (3, 1) Anatomy & Physiology II with lab, or acceptable alternative
CHM XXXX (3) Chemistry or acceptable alternative (CHM X045 preferred)
BSC XXXX (3) Biology (BSC X010 preferred) OR PHY XXXX (3/4) Physics
DEP X004 (3) Developmental Psychology or acceptable alternative (FAD 3220 at FSU)
HUN X201 (3) Science of Nutrition or acceptable alternative
MCB X010C (4) Microbiology with lab or acceptable alternative (MCB 2004 and lab at FSU)
* PSY XXXX (3) Psychology or SOP XXXX (3) Social Psychology or SYG XXXX (3) Sociology
STA X023 (3) Statistics or acceptable alternative
NUR 3125 (4) Pathophysiological Concepts of Nursing (taken at an approved institution)

* The Nursing program strongly recommends that applicants complete BOTH a Psychology and Sociology course.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of

Admission Requirements to the Major:
The Florida State University College of Nursing admits students to the ABSN program for the spring semester only and requires a special application with a deadline of July 15. All prerequisites must be completed with a final grade of B minus or higher prior to enrollment. The College of Nursing admits students based on the quality of the applicant’s previous academic achievement and the number of students who can be accommodated in the program.

Students will be selected based on the following criteria:
(1) Completion of a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college or university.
(2) Achieve at least a 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA on all college work attempted.
(3) Meet the Florida State University admission requirements for second degree seeking students.
(4) Achieve at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA on all science prerequisite courses taken in the last 10 years and a final grade of B minus or better in all Nursing prerequisite courses.
(5) Only one (1) prerequisite course is allowed to have been repeated and only one (1) time.

Availability of faculty and clinical resources will determine the number of students to be admitted. If admitted to the ABSN program, Nursing students are required to submit results of a health examination, immunization record, a two-year certification in CPR, criminal background check, and drug screening. For more information please visit: .


All required prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Summer term for admission to the following Spring semester.

As part of the admissions process, applicants that meet the minimum criteria will be required to attend a face-to-face, group interview during the Fall semester prior to Spring admission.

Major Program of Studies for the Accelerated Nursing (ABSN) program: (53 hours)
Expenses (subject to change): uniforms, lab coat, shoes, stethoscope and other accessories - $250; standardized testing program - $400; textbooks - $700 per semester average; clinical laboratory fee per credit hour - $100. Nursing majors are responsible for transportation expenses related to clinical experiences. They are also required to carry University health and accident insurance. Students may have scheduled clinical experiences outside the Tallahassee area, either during the week or on weekends. If the agency is located far enough away to require overnight accommodations, the cost of these arrangements is the responsibility of the student, as is the travel to and from the agency.

Semester I: Spring (17 hours)
NUR 3056 (3) Foundations of Nursing Practice
NUR 3056L (2) Foundations of Nursing Practice Lab
NUR 3065 (3) Health Assessment, Wellness & Prevention Across the Lifespan
NUR 3065L (1) Health Assessment, Wellness & Prevention Across the Lifespan Lab
NUR 3145 (2) Pharmacological Concepts in Nursing
NUR 3816 (2) Professional Perspectives in Nursing
NUR 4169 (2) Evidence Based Nursing
NUR 4667 (1) Population Health in Nursing
NUR 3026L (1) Integrated Skills Lab

Semester II: Summer (20 hours)
NUR 3225 (3) Nursing Care of Adults with Acute & Chronic Health Disorders
NUR 3225L (3) Nursing Care of Adults with Acute & Chronic Health Disorders Lab
NUR 4445 (4) Nursing Care of Women, Children & Families
NUR 4445L (3) Nursing Care of Women, Children & Families Lab
NUR 3678 (4) Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations
NUR 3678L (3) Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations Lab

Semester III: Fall (16 hours)
NUR 4766 (4) Nursing Care of Adults & Populations with Complex Health Disorders
NUR 4766L (3) Nursing Care of Adults & Populations with Complex Health Disorders Lab
NUR 4837C (3) Nursing Leadership in Systems of Care
NUR 4945 (6) Professional Nursing Internship

Computer Skills Competency: (0 hours)
As this is a second baccalaureate degree, this requirement does not apply.

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours)
As this is a second baccalaureate degree, this requirement does not apply.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary (Accelerated Program)
Total Hrs. Required: 53 beyond first baccalaureate degree
General Education: N/A
Prerequisite Coursework: 31-37
Major Coursework: 53
Computer Skills: N/A
Oral Competency: N/A
Electives: 0

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. However, because this is a second baccalaureate degree it is not mapped. Students should register for coursework as outlined in the program description and work closely with the College of Nursing in monitoring their progress.

1. This is a second baccalaureate degree.
2. At least 30 hours must be completed in residence at FSU after completion of the first baccalaureate degree.
3. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Staff Nurse, Team Leader, School Nurse, Head Nurse, Office Nurse, Private Duty Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Clinic Nurse, Emergency Room Nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Community Mental Health Nurse.

Representative Employers: Medical Centers, Community Hospitals, Specialty Hospital, Nursing and Convalescent Homes, Armed Services, Extended Care Facilities, VISTA/Peace Corps, Visiting Nurse Associations, Public School Systems, Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation.

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