Nursing – Accelerated Option, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
You are eligible for this option if you already have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. After completing this intensive 12 month plan, you are eligible to take the national licensing exam for registered nurses (NLCEX-RN).
This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
To receive a bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
- All of Northern Arizona University’s diversity, liberal studies, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
- At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
- At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
The full policy can be viewed here.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 27 units of preprofessional requirements
- At least 52 units of major requirements
Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion||79|
|Highest Mathematics Required||STA 270|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||Not Available|
The philosophy of the School of Nursing at Northern Arizona University is based on an ethic of caring that embraces students, faculty and staff, and the university community and the global community within which we live and work. We also believe that caring is a conscious, intentional discipline that is part of nursing’s unique body of knowledge and is practiced in interdisciplinary contexts. Caring includes the creation and nurturing of an environment that recognizes that students, staff and faculty have unique ways of viewing the world. This philosophy promotes excellence for nursing education and practice in an environment of constant change and emerging healthcare trends.
The faculty believes the transition to the role of competent professional nurse is a major developmental achievement. We believe that nursing is an art and science that is an integral component of health care. Applying the discipline of nursing to practice depends on a foundation of natural and human sciences, humanities and arts, the application of research, and the diverse backgrounds of learners. Societal influences in the evolving healthcare system challenge all involved in nursing education.
Education is a dynamic, life-long collaborative process by which an individual pursues life goals, broadens human potential, develops thinking and clarifies values. The faculty believes that learning is the intentional acquisition, application, and integration of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning is shaped by the environment and developmental level of the learner, and is ultimately the responsibility of the learner. Faculty plan, guide, and facilitate learning while supporting the learning needs of a diverse community of students. We believe that learning-centered experiences with rigorous expectations and actively-engaged students result in higher-level thinkers and graduates prepared for real world practice. We value incorporating rural and global healthcare into a variety of educational experiences. Thus education not only expands the thinking of the learner, but increases opportunities for application.
The faculty has developed a philosophy that values diverse persons, environment, health, and nursing, and their inter-relatedness. The following meta-paradigm concepts guide the implementation of the organizing framework for the curriculum.
If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree and want to make a career change to nursing, consider our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Program. The program is an intensive, year-round accelerated program of learning on the Flagstaff campus only. To be eligible for this option, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and have met our pre-professional prerequisite courses. This rigorous program is designed to be completed over 12 months, and courses are sequential and must be completed as listed in program materials. We admit 30 students per year to the program.
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes align with Standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Clinical Practice and Prevention: Integrates theory, evidence, professional perspectives, and patient preferences into clinical judgment to provide holistic patient-centered care across the lifespan and healthcare continuum, and in healthcare environments.
- Communication: Incorporates effective communication into professional nursing practice.
- Critical reasoning:
- Synthesizes evidence and nursing knowledge to evaluate and modify clinical nursing practice, in order to provide holistic, safe, comprehensive, patient-centered care.
- Integrates reliable evidence from multiple ways of knowing to inform practice and make clinical judgments.
- Leadership: Integrates knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, health care policy and patient safety into practice to provide high quality care.
- Professionalism and Professional Values
- Integrates professional values and their associated behaviors into the practice of nursing.
- Incorporates ethical and legal principles and professional standards into nursing practice.
- Integrates caring’s affective characteristics into patient-centered care and with other healthcare professionals.
- Global Health
- Global Engagement: Promotes safety and quality of health care outcomes for diverse populations incorporating principles of advocacy, leadership and collaboration.
- Diversity Education: Advocates for health equity and social justice for vulnerable populations and the elimination of health disparities both locally and globally.
- Environmental Sustainability: Participates in collaborative efforts to improve aspects of the environment that negatively impacts health both locally and globally.
Additional Admission Requirements
Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
This major requires 79 units and for students to complete a Bachelor’s degree prior to taking this program.
- Preprofessional Requirements: 27 units
- Nursing Common Course Requirements: 52 units
Take the following 79 units:
- Preprofessional Requirements (27 units)
Prerequisite courses before being admitted to the nursing program (27 units):
Nursing Common Course Requirements (52 units)
Take the following 52 units of sequenced nursing coursework in 12 months:
Additional coursework is required if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any of the academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. You may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren’t used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.
We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Program is for the students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree who want to make a career change to nursing. The program is an intensive, year-round accelerated program of learning on the Flagstaff and North Valley campuses. This rigorous program is designed to be completed over 12 months, and courses are sequential.
Graduates of the Accelerated BSN program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure.
- Completion of all prerequisite courses with a C or higher (you may have the courses in progress in the semester you are applying). All prerequisite courses must be completed by the first day of the program.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in prerequisite courses. Please note, the minimum GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission to the program. Most successful applicants have a GPA well above 3.0.
- Proctored HESI A2 Exam. The exam results will be used as part of the process of screening and ranking applicants (results will be downloaded by the School of Nursing).
Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
Accelerated means a full-time commitment
Because of its accelerated format, the program requires a full-time commitment. While you are enrolled in this program, we expect that you will not work more than 16 hours per week and that you will refrain from work commitments at least 8 hours prior to class or clinicals.
You are required to travel to sites throughout the state for clinical coursework and will be responsible for travel and lodging expenses. Be aware that clinical experiences may involve several weeks of 3–5 days per week at statewide sites. You will need to plan your family and work commitments accordingly.
Tuition scholarships may be available to individuals pursuing the accelerated BSN. This scholarship applies to outstanding tuition and fees after all federal, state, institutional, and private grants and scholarships are awarded. Students who choose to accept the scholarship will also agree to a four-year work commitment in Arizona, working at least 30 hours per week in the capacity of a registered nurse.