Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Details
This is an accelerated program for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and wish to pursue a career in professional nursing. The curriculum is designed to be completed in one calendar year. Upon successful completion of the program, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is conferred.
There is also a two year curriculum plan available for those individuals for whom the one year plan is not feasible.
Program Admission Requirements
- All applicants must apply through the centralized application service, Nursing CAS. Please visit www.nursingcas.org to complete your application. The application fee is $45.
- Upon admission to the program, a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit will be due to reserve entrance to the May 2013 class.
- Because students cannot be enrolled in prerequisite courses while enrolled in the Accelerated BSN program, you must provide proof that you have completed all academic requirements by 7:00 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013. An unofficial transcript or grade report will be acceptable. However, you must have all final, official transcript(s) mailed directly from your previous institution(s) to our Office of Admission by May 31, 2013. Nursing CAS does not provide your official transcript(s) to Bellarmine University.
- Complete a bachelors degree or higher in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
- Grade of B- or better in all prerequisite natural science and nutrition courses
- Grade of C or better in all other prerequisites courses
- Applicants who do not have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA will be reviewed for admission if they meet the following requirements: prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher; grades of B or higher in Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology and Nutrition; and no prerequisite grade below a C.
- Submit a personal statement which describes experiences which have led you to consider nursing as a career.
- The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request additional information or a personal interview.
- Provide to Bellarmine proof of successful completion of a Medicaid approved Certified Nurse Aide course prior to March 15 of the program year. Students do not need to complete the state certification examination.
- If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation to Nursing CAS and Bellarmine University. The following organizations offer this service and information regarding processes and fees are available at: www.aacrao.org, www.wes.org, and www.ece.org. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
- Upon admission, you must have ALL final, official transcripts mailed directly from any institution in which you were ever enrolled to our Office of Graduate Admission. Official transcripts are not marked “Issued to Student”. Nursing CAS does not provide your official transcript(s) to Bellarmine University.
- If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the United States, or English is your second language, you will be required to take the TOEFLiBT (internet-based test) and receive a total score of 83 or higher and a 26 or higher on the speaking test. The Nursing Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to require a TOEFL from any applicant. The official TOEFL score should be sent directly to Bellarmine University.
Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:
U.S. law requires financial statements from a bank or other financial institution certifying the student’s ability to fund the cost of attendance for one academic year minus the amount of any scholarship dollars received. Figures should be in U.S. dollars and must be certified as an official document by the bank or financial institution. A sponsor may be used if the sponsor attaches a signed affidavit stating that he/she will financially support the student until completion of a degree at Bellarmine University. If a sponsor is used, the sponsor’s bank statement should accompany the letter. The amount that would need to be shown is $48,802. This amount includes tuition and fees associated with the program and an average cost for living expenses, books, supplies, health insurance, transportation and personal expenses.
BSN Accelerated Program Tuition and Fees for 2012
For information on financial aid, click here.
Bellarmine University was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide scholarships to members of groups underrepresented in the nursing profession including: men, members of ethnic minority groups, and financially disadvantaged students. Five students will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship for the May 2012 accelerated second degree one year BSN program.
Office of Graduate Admission
Allen Hall, 4th Floor
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205