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Accelerated BSN

The one-year accelerated second degree BSN program is designed for the individual holding a bachelor’s degree in another field, who is drawn to the rich and diverse experience that nursing offers. This intensive 12-month program allows students to master clinical skills and the theoretical knowledge needed to assume nursing’s vital role in today’s dynamic healthcare environment

This program consists of three semesters with each semester divided into two sessions of approximately eight weeks. There is also a two-year accelerated option and a three-year part-time option. Space is limited in these special formats. 


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  • Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure through their state board of Nursing and register for the NCLEX examination.

  • Bellarmine graduates are consistently above national, regional and local pass rates with a 93% first time pass rate over the last five years (Kentucky Board of Nursing).

Open Seats for January 2022 Program

Apply now for the January 2022 12-month Accelerated Second-Degree BSN. 

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May 2022 Application Now Open

Apply now for the May 2022 12-month Accelerated Second-Degree BSN

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APPLICATION TIP: It takes 4-6 weeks for Nursing CAS to verify your application and submit it to us after you submit it to them with all required materials. We offer rolling admission so complete your application today!

There is not a supplemental Bellarmine application.

FREE SUMMER SEMESTER HOUSING

We offer free summer semester on-campus housing for students enrolled in the Accelerated Second-Degree BSN program.  There is limited first-come, first-served paid fall and spring semester on-campus housing.

 

Application Deadlines

The priority application deadline is November 1, 2021. All applicants must apply through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (CAS) at www.nursingcas.org. Applicants must complete the entire application, including entry of all previous coursework. The CAS application fee is $55.

It takes Nursing CAS 4-6 weeks to verify your application and submit it to Bellarmine University after you submit it to Nursing CAS.

You must submit all official transcripts (even if coursework is “In Progress”) directly to Nursing CAS. They will not verify an application without all transcripts. 

You may apply before enrolling in pre-reqs or while enrolled in pre-requisite courses.  

You may apply if you will earn your bachelor’s degree in the spring semester of the program year. 

We do not require a supplemental application or fee. 

Upon admission to the program, students must submit a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit to confirm their position in the program.

Curriculum

One Year
Semester 1  May - August 
Session 1 10 credit hours 
NURA 205  Foundations of Nursing (4) 
NURA  206  Transcultural Communication in Health Care (3) 
NURA  311 Health Assessment (3) 

Session 2 10 credit hours 
NURA  221 Gen. Principles of Drug Classification I (2) 
NURA  230 Nursing Process with Adults I (5) 
BIOL  300 Pathophysiology (3) 

Semester 2August - December 
Session 3 10 credit hours 
NURA  310 Nursing Process with Adults II (5) 
NURA  312 Health Care Research (3) 
NURA  321 General Principles of Drug Classification II (2) 

Session 4 12 credit hours 
NURA  330 Nursing Process with Women & Their Families (4.5) 
NURA  401 Mental Health Nursing (4.5) 
THEO  200 Ultimate Questions (3) 

Semester 3  January - May 
Session 5 9.5 credit hours 
NURA  430  Complex Health Problems (5) 
NURA  455 Leadership and Management in Health Care (4.5) 
NURA  498  NCLEX Review I (0) 

Session 6 10.5 credit hours 
NURA  305 Nursing Process with Children (4.5) 
NURA  415 Community and Public Health Nursing (4) 
NURA  499  NCLEX Review II (2) 

*Planned course sequence subject to change. 
**Students will receive their individual schedules approximately 2 weeks prior to the first day of class. Students will then self-register for the fall and spring semesters once enrolled. 
Two Year
Option 1

This five-semester delivery option is a blend of the accelerated and traditional formats. The first semester is in the accelerated format.  The remaining four semesters are in the traditional format.  Planned course sequence subject to change. 

Semester 1 - May - August 
Session 1 10 credit hours 
NURA  205 Foundations of Nursing (4) 
NURA  206 Transcultural Communication in Health Care (3) 
NURA  311 Health Assessment (3) 

Session 2 10 credit hours 
NURA  221 General Principles of Drug Classification I (2) 
NURA  230 Nursing Process with Adults I (5) 
BIOL  300 Pathophysiology (3) 

Semester 2  - Fall  10 credit hours 
NURS  310 Nursing Process with Adults II (5) 
NURS  312 Health Care Research (3) 
NURS  321 General Principles of Drug Classification II (2) 

Semester 3  -  Spring  12 credit hours 
NURS  330 Nursing Process with Women & Their Families (4.5) 
NURS  401 Mental Health Nursing (4.5)  
THEO  200 Ultimate Questions (3)** 

Semester 4 - Fall  9.5 credit hours 
NURS  430 Complex Health Problems (5) 
NURS  455 Leadership and Management in Health Care (4.5) 
NURS  498 NCLEX Review I (0) 

Semester 5 - Spring 10.5 credit hours 
NURS  305 Nursing Process with Children (4.5) 
NURS  415 Community and Public Health Nursing (4) 
NURS  499 NCLEX Review II (2) 

**THEO 200 may be taken in any semester. 

Option 2

This five-semester delivery option is a blend of the accelerated and traditional formats. The first three semesters are traditional format courses.  The final two semesters are accelerated format courses.  Students must earn grades of B- or higher in the first three traditional format semesters to enter the accelerated format fourth semester.  Students who do not earn a grade of B- or better in any nursing or natural science course during the first three semesters may continue in the BSN program, but must remain in traditional format courses.  Planned course sequence subject to change. 

Semester 1 – Summer  3 credit hours 
NURS  110 Introduction to Nursing (3) (This course is required prior to entering the fall semester.) 
 
Semester 2 – Fall  10 credit hours  
NURS  205  Foundations of Nursing (4)   
NURS  206  Transcultural Communication in Healthcare (3)  
NURS  311  Health Assessment  (3)  
 
Semester 3 – Spring  10 credit hours 
NURS  230  Nursing Process with Adults I (5) 
NURS  221  General Principles of Drug Classification I (2) 
BIOL  300  Pathophysiology (3) 
 
*Semester 4 – Fall   
Session 3 10 credit hours 
NURA  310 Nursing Process with Adults II (5) 
NURA 312 Health Care Research (3) 
NURA  321 General Principles of Drug Classification II (2) 
 
Session 4 12 credit hours 
NURA  330 Nursing Process with Women & Their Families (4.5) 
NURA  401 Mental Health Nursing (4.5) 
THEO  200 Ultimate Questions (3) 
 
*Semester 5 - Spring 
Session 5 9.5 credit hours 
NURA  430 Complex Health Problems (5) 
NURA  455 Leadership and Management in Health Care (4.5) 
NURA  498 NCLEX Review I (0) 
 
Session 6 10.5 credit hours 
NURA  305 Nursing Process with Children (4.5) 
NURA  415 Community and Public Health Nursing (4) 
NURA  499 NCLEX Review II (2) 
Three Year

This seven-semester delivery option is offered in the traditional format.  Planned course sequence subject to change. 

Semester 1 – Summer  3 credit hours 
NURS  110 Introduction to Nursing (3) (This course is required prior to entering the fall semester.) 

Semester 2 – Fall  10 credit hours  
NURS  205  Foundations of Nursing (4)   
NURS  206  Transcultural Communication in Healthcare (3)  
NURS  311  Health Assessment  (3)  

Semester 3 – Spring  10 credit hours 
NURS  230  Nursing Process with Adults I (5) 
NURS  221  General Principles of Drug Classification I (2) 
BIOL  300  Pathophysiology (3) 

Semester 4 – Fall  10 credit hours  
NURS  310 Nursing Process with Adults II (5) 
NURS  312 Health Care Research (3) 
NURS 321 General Principles of Drug Classification II (2) 

Semester 5 – Spring  12 credit hours 
NURS  330 Nursing Process with Women & Their Families (4.5) 
NURS  401 Mental Health Nursing (4.5) 
THEO  200 Ultimate Questions (3) 

Semester 6 – Fall  9.5 credit hours 
NURS  305 Nursing Process with Children (4.5) 
NURS  415 Community and Public Health Nursing (4) 
NURS 498 NCLEX Review I (0) 

Semester 7 – Spring  10.5 credit hours 
NURS  430 Complex Health Problems (5) 
NURS  455 Leadership and Management in Health Care (4.5) 
NURS  499 NCLEX Review II (2) 

       

Schedules

Summer

First 7 Weeks 
Monday 
Simulation labs/open labs as assigned by Clinical Instructors  

Tuesday 
NURA 206 8:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. 
NURA  205 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. 
NURA 311 3:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. 

Wednesday 
NURA  206 8:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. 
NURA  205 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. 
NURA  311 3:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. 

Thursday 
NURA  205 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (clinical) 
NURA  311 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (clinical) 

Friday 
NURA  205 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (clinical) 
NURA  311 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (clinical) 

Second 7 Weeks 
Monday 
NURA  230 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (clinical) 

Tuesday 
NURA  230         6:30 a.m.-7:00p.m (clinical) 

Wednesday 
BIO  300 3:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. 

Thursday 
NURA  230 8:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.  
NURA  221 12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. 
BIO  300 3:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. 

Friday 
NURA  230 8:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 
NURA 221 12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. 

Fall

First 7 Weeks 
Monday 
NURA  321 8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 
NURA  310  11:00 a.m.-2:50 p.m. 

Tuesday 
NURA  312 9:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 
NURA  310 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. 

Wednesday 
NURA  321 8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 
NURA  312 10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. 

Thursday 
NURA  312 9:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.  
NURA  310 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

Friday 
NURA  310 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (clinical) 

Second 7 Weeks 
Monday or Saturday 
NURA  401 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (clinical - Monday or Saturday) 

Tuesday 
THEO  200 8:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 
NURA  330 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. 
NURA  401 4:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. 

Wednesday 
NURA  330 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (clinical) 

Thursday 
NURA  330 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. 
NURA  401 4:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. 

Friday 
THEO  200 8:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. 
NURA  330 12:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. 

Spring

First 7 Weeks 
Monday 
NURA  455  7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Tuesday 
NURA  430  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
NURA  455 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Wednesday or Saturday 
NURA  430  6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (clinical-Wednesday or Saturday) 

Thursday 
NURA  430  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
NURA  498 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
NURA  455 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Friday 
NURA  498 Selected dates 

Second 7 Weeks 
Monday 
NURA  415 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (clinical) 

Tuesday 
NURA  305 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
NURA  415 1:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 

Wednesday 
NURA  305 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Thursday 
NURA  305 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
NURA  499  11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
NURA  415 1:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 

Friday  
NURA  499* 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (clinical) 
*Also includes a selected weekend clinical date. 

Course Descriptions

Biology 300, Pathophysiology (3)

This course will introduce the biological underpinnings of human disease from a molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ-system perspective. Both the structural and functional changes that cause or are caused by disease processes will be emphasized. This course is designed for Nursing and other health science majors. It may not be used as a BIOL elective by majors. Three hours lecture. PREREQUISITES: BIOL 108 and 109, or similar background in anatomy and physiology.

Nursing 205 Foundations of Nursing (4)

This course is designed to introduce the nursing process, knowledge, concepts, and skills of nursing care. The nursing process is used to examine alterations in health status and functioning. The skills lab and acute care facilities provide the setting for clinical experiences. (4 hours of class per week; 90 hours of laboratory/clinical per semester. PREREQUISITE: admission to the BSN Accel track.) 

Nursing 206 Transcultural Communication in Healthcare (3)

This course provides theory and practice using culturally competent communication as a foundation for nursing care. This course introduces the IOM core competencies and examines the role of the professional nurse in today’s global healthcare environment. The course introduces world health and federal policies to guide practice. (6 hours of class per week.) PREREQUISITE: admission to the BSN Accel track. 

Nursing 221 General Principles of Drug Classification I (2)

This is the first of two related courses focusing on the action and therapeutic use of medication and application of medication therapy in nursing care of adults experiencing fluid and electrolyte imbalance; cardiac, respiratory, hematologic, and neoplastic disorders; HIV/ AIDS; and peri/post-operative care will be examined. (2 hours of class per week. PREREQUISITES: NURS 205, 206, 311.) 

Nursing 230 Nursing Process with Adults, I (5)

This course focuses on implementation of the nursing process with ill adults who are experiencing fluid and electrolyte, cardiac, respiratory, hematologic, and neoplastic disorders. Perioperative care and HIV/AIDS are also examined. The skills lab and acute care facilities provide the setting for clinical experiences. (6 hours class per week; 90 hours clinical per semester.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 205, 206, 311; Corequisites: BIOL 300; NURS 221.

Nursing 305 Nursing Process with Children (4.5)

This course provides application of the nursing process to the care of children. The focus is on family centered nursing care with a goal of health promotion, injury and disease prevention, and illness management. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of settings. (3 hours of class per week; and 67.5 hours of clinical.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 330, 401.

Nursing 310 Nursing Process with Adults II (5)

This course offers a continued focus on the nursing process with ill adults. Emphasis is placed on the nursing care of adults experiencing disorders of gastrointestinal, renal, neurological, musculoskeletal, sensory (eye and ear), urinary, renal, prostate, and endocrine function. Further opportunity is provided for the application of nursing concepts and skills in the clinical setting. (6 hours of class per week; and 90 hours of clinical per semester.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 230, 311, 321; BIOL 300.

Nursing 311 Health Assessment (3)

This course focuses on health assessment of the adult client. Students will develop skills for obtaining health histories and performing physical examinations and documentation. (4 hours of class per week; and 45 hours of laboratory per semester.) PREREQUISITE: admission to the BSN Accel track.

Nursing 312 Health Care Research (3)

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of evidence-based practice. It includes examination of selected health care research for applicability to clinical practice. Critical analysis of health care research studies is emphasized. PRE/COREQUISITE: MATH 205.

Nursing 321 Gen. Principles of Drug Classification II (2)

This is the second of two related courses focusing on the action and therapeutic use of medications and application of medication therapy in nursing care of adults experiencing disorders of gastrointestinal, renal, neurological, musculoskeletal, sensory (eye and ear), urinary, renal, prostate, and endocrine function. (4 hours of class per week.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 221, 230; BIOL 300. 

Nursing 330 Nursing Process with Women and Their Families (4.5)

This course focuses on a wellness approach to the developmental changes women experience. The nursing process will be used to meet the health care needs of childbearing families and women throughout the lifespan. (6 hours of class per week; and 67.5 hours of clinical per semester.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 310, 312, 321; BIOL 300.

Nursing 401 Mental Health Nursing (5)

The focus of this course is on the theory and practice of psychiatric mental health nursing in the hospital and community. Emphasis is on the development of therapeutic relationships with individuals using the nursing process. Course content includes nursing care provided to people with major psychiatric disorders as well as to people who are victims of violence. (3 hours class per week; 67.5 hours clinical per semester.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 310, 312, 321.

Nursing 415 Community and Public Health Nursing (4.5)

This course provides an overview of community and public health nursing and practice, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan.  The development, provision, and management of care for individuals, families, and groups within community settings are emphasized.  (2.5 hours class per week; 67.5 hours clinical per semester.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 330, 401; PSYC 218. 

Nursing 430 Complex Health Problems (5)

This course focuses on the provision of professional nursing care to clients with complex health problems. Emphasis is placed on use of the nursing process with individuals and families in secondary or tertiary settings. (6 hours of class per week; and 90 hours of clinical per semester.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 330, 401.

Nursing 455 Leadership and Management in Health Care (4.5)

This course addresses trends, issues, and the economic and political aspects of health care organizations. The role of the nurse as a leader and manager in the provision of nursing care within health care organizations is emphasized. (6 hours of class per week; and 45 hours of clinical per semester.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 330, 401. 

Nursing 498 NCLEX Review I

The course is designed to assist students in reviewing critical concepts covered throughout the nursing program. Using the results of standardized tests students develop a personalized study plan for NCELX-RN, complete an online review course, simulation, and case studies which will assist students in prioritizing care, developing critical thinking skills, and review for NCLEX-RN. (1 hour of class per week and 45 hours of clinical per semester.) This 0 credit, Pass/Fail course continues over to the next session with NURA 499 in which 2 credits and an A to F letter grade will be awarded. 

Nursing 499 NCLEX Review II

The course is designed to assist students in reviewing critical concepts covered throughout the nursing program. Using the results of standardized tests students develop a personalized study plan for NCELX-RN, complete an online review course, simulation, and case studies which will assist students in prioritizing care, developing critical thinking skills, and review for NCLEX-RN. (1 hour of class per week, online study, and 45 hours of clinical per semester.) PREREQUISITES: NURS 305, 415. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  4. Grade of B- or better in all prerequisite natural science and nutrition courses.
  5. Grade of C or better in all other pre-requisite courses.
  6. 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.
  7. Submit a personal statement which describes experiences which have led you to consider nursing as a career.
  8. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request additional information or a personal interview. The admission decision will be made following receipt of additional information or the personal interview.
  9. Successful completion of a Medicaid approved Certified Nurse Aide course by May 1 of the program year. Students do not need to complete the state certification examination. 
  10. Completion of an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR course by May 1 of the program year. You can find a provider at www.heart.org. We do not accept other forms of CPR training.
  11. Satisfactory completion of all required criminal background and immunization documents by May 1 of the program year.
  12. Mandatory drug testing by May 1 of the program year.
  13. Admitted students must attend the mandatory Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Orientation on March 27, 2021.
  14. If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, applicants must provide an official copy of a World Education Services (www.wes.org) course-by-course credential evaluation to Nursing CAS.  Applicants should use for the evaluation. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
Prerequisite Courses
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • Nutrition 
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (6-8 hours) 
  • Microbiology  
  • Ethics  
  • Statistics
Proof of Pre-Requisite Completion
  • Because students cannot be enrolled in any other academic coursework while enrolled in the Accelerated BSN program, you must provide proof that you have successfully completed all courses by Thursday, April 29, 2021.
  • An email from the professor including the final grade, an unofficial transcript, or credit-by-exam printed grade report including the final letter grade will be acceptable for proof of course completion.  
  • If you are completing your bachelor’s degree in the spring semester of your program year, you should provide proof of course completion for all spring semester courses. 
  • Students who do not provide proof of successful completion of all academic coursework by the deadlines included in the admission notification will not be allowed to start the program.  

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $905 per credit hour ($905 x 62 credit hours = $56,110)
Total estimated course fees: $2,327
Total estimated tuition and course fees: $58,437
Tuition rates do not include any books, supplies, or additional expenses.

*Tuition and fee rates for students who select the one year Accelerated BSN program will remain at the above rate for the duration of their three-semester enrollment. Rates for students who select a part-time special format or who leave the one year format are subject to tuition increases.

Additional expenses

Additional expenses will include books, uniforms, transportation, uniforms. Course fees are required in most nursing courses and cover the cost of maintaining the supplies for the nursing skills lab and physical assessment lab. Student insurance is also covered by the fee. Other outside personal expenses include obtaining proof for the required health records, immunizations, and nurse aide training, CPR certification, drug screening, and electronic device. Clinical assignments involve a variety of facilities and agencies in the Kentuckiana area. You are responsible for your own transportation, parking, and meals.

Financial Assistance

We are committed to providing you with a high quality education at a reasonable cost. Our staff will work closely with you to explore all of the resources and funding options available. Our goal is to ensure that every student receives our best offer of financial assistance and that your affordable investment in a Bellarmine education is a reality. Qualified Accelerated Second-Degree BSN students are eligible for federal student loans and may also choose to apply to local hospital scholarship-to-work programs. For more information on how to fund your Bellarmine education, please visit www.bellarmine.edu/financialaid and www.fafsa.gov. The Bellarmine school code is 001954.

 
 
 
 

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members. Read profiles of all of our distinguished faculty.

Ta'Neka Vaden LindsayDNP, APRN, WHANP-BC

Ta'Neka Vaden LindsayDNP, APRN, WHANP-BC

Interests: Minority adolescent pregnancy prevention; general women’s health concerns.

Bev BoneMSN, RN

Bev BoneMSN, RN

Interests: Leadership; Management.

Britt A. SchloemerDNP, APRN, CPNP

Britt A. SchloemerDNP, APRN, CPNP

Interests: Pediatric health; developmental care in the neonatal intensive care unit; dietary therapy to treat epilepsy; patient education.

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Accelerated Second Degree program like?

Students attend classes two to three days a week and are in clinical (hospitals, clinics, and other health-care settings) two to three days a week, Monday through Friday; the exact schedule varies each semester. It is possible that you could have a clinical rotation on a weekend, however students who may be assigned to a weekend clinical would have a day off during the week so that they would only have class/clinical five days per week. Students complete courses and clinicals in all the major sub-specialty areas including adult health, women’s health, pediatrics, psychiatric-mental health, critical care, and community health nursing. Because of the intense nature of the program students are strongly advised not to work while in the program.

What are students in the program like?

Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and majors. They enter this program either because they always wanted to be a nurse but were unable to find a program they could finish in a reasonable amount of time or because they wanted a career with better advancement opportunities, salaries, and benefits. Bellarmine attracts students from areas across the country including California, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New York. Students range in age from 21-65+ and the average age is 32. About 10% to 15% of students are men. Generally, half the students are married and many have children. Students in the program tend to be close-knit and supportive of each other, and they enjoy a close working relationship with the faculty.

What could I do with this degree?

There are many opportunities for full and part-time work in nursing. While the greatest numbers of opportunities are in critical care, medical-surgical, surgery, emergency room, and long-term care settings,there are also many opportunities in psychiatric-mental health, forensics, women’s health, pediatrics, community health, case management, and administration. There is also a need for nurses with advanced degrees to teach in schools of nursing, work as nurse practitioners, work as nurse anesthetists, and work as administrators.

This program prepares students for graduate school, including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Bellarmine. Bellarmine’s MSN program offers three tracks of study: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner. We also offer a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program with tracks in Advanced Practice Nursing or Executive Leadership.

Where do Bellarmine students complete clinical experiences?

Louisville is fortunate to have a diverse array of clinical sites. Our students are assigned to clinicals with the goal of exposing them to a variety of experiences and opportunities within nursing. We have clinical agreements with all the major metropolitan acute care hospitals as well as other community settings. You are responsible for your own transportation, parking, and meals.

Do I need previous health care experience?

While work or volunteer experience is advantageous, it is not required. However, because students begin clinical skills the first day of the program we do require completion of the Certified Nurse Aide course. If you are interested in getting a job or volunteer experience in the healthcare field, talk with an advisor.

What is the NCLEX-RN (licensure exam)?

Students graduate with a baccalaureate degree in nursing, but to become a registered nurse you must pass the RN licensure exam. The national licensure exam for registered nurses is called the NCLEX-RN. Bellarmine students complete a semester long NCLEX preparation class in the spring semester before graduation.

What is Bellarmine’s NCLEX-RN pass rate?

The 2019 First Time Pass Rate was 90%.   
Over the last 5 years, Bellarmine graduates have averaged a 93.2% First Time Pass Rate.   
(Data from Kentucky Board of Nursing website).

When should I submit my application?

We offer rolling admission and you may apply while still enrolled in pre-requisite courses.  We encourage students to apply by November 1.

May I apply while enrolled in prerequisite courses?

Yes, we strongly encourage you to apply before you complete the prerequisite courses. We will consider your application for conditional admission pending successful completion of all outstanding requirements.

Is there funding assistance available for this program?

Independent second degree students are eligible to borrow up to $12,500 each academic year for tuition and related expenses. Dependent second degree students are eligible to borrow up to $7,500 each academic year for tuition and related expenses. The accelerated BSN program is considered two academic years (even though it is one calendar year) because the summer semester is an extension of the previous academic year. Therefore, you are eligible to borrow up to $25,000 as an independent student or $15,000 as a dependent student for the Accelerated BSN. To apply for federal direct loans, visit www.fafsa.gov.

Please note if you have used loan eligibility while completing prerequisite courses during the fall and spring semesters prior to starting the program, it could affect the amount for which you are eligible to borrow the first semester (summer) of the program.

You can also apply for alternative loans. Alternative loans have a slightly higher interest rate than the federal Stafford loans and are based on credit worthiness. Students can borrow up to the cost of attendance in alternative loans.  Visit the Bellarmine Financial Aid website for information about applying for alternative loans as well as comprehensive advice about financial aid.

Some hospitals also offer scholarship-to-work opportunities that will help you finance your nursing education. Visit your local hospitals’ website(s) or contact their Human Resources departments to learn about opportunities in your area.

How can I get more information about the program?

Contact Julie Armstrong-Binnix, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admission at accel@bellarmine.edu or call her at 502.272.8364 if you would like to set up an appointment or to have your transcript(s) reviewed.

Bellarmine University admits qualified students of any age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. Bellarmine University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, sexual exploitation, rape or retaliation arising out of any of the above acts, as more fully defined in the Bellarmine Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct Policy in the Student and Employee Handbooks. Bellarmine University is an equal opportunity employer.

Transcript Review Action

  • Applicants must submit all final, official transcripts to Nursing CAS at the time of your application or they will not process your application. Any final, official transcripts submitted to Nursing CAS are considered official and you do not need to submit those to Bellarmine University.
  • Applicants must submit any official transcripts including “In Progress” coursework at the time of application as well.
  • Applicants who apply prior to fall semester grade posting must submit final, official transcripts showing fall semester grades to Nursing CAS by February 1 of your program year.
  • Any transcripts which include “In Progress” coursework or degree requirements at the time you submit the Nursing CAS application are not considered official.
  • All final, official transcripts for any course completed in the spring semester must be submitted directly from the college or university directly to Bellarmine University by June 17, 2021.  Final, official transcripts cannot be stamped “Issued to Student.”

International Applicants

Please complete the items under procedure for admission and submit the following: 

The Nursing Program requires an official TOEFL iBT (Test of English as Foreign Language internet-based test) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score for verification of language proficiency for applicants who possess any of these criteria: 

  1. Born outside the US. 
  2. English is not primary language. 
  3. Obtained a degree or required admission pre-requisites from a non-US institution.

For consideration of admission, the Nursing Department requires the following evidence of language proficiency:  

  • TOEFL-iBT total score of 83 or higher AND a speaking score of 26 or higher OR  
  • IELTS total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher 

Only official score reports will be accepted, and score reports must be sent directly to Bellarmine University Admissions. 

The Nursing Program reserves the right to require a TOEFL or IELTS from any applicant.   

Alternatively, students may petition to use one of the following requirements to document English-language proficiency:  

  • Degree completion from a TOEFL exempt country OR 
  • Successful completion of Language training at an approved center  

Bellarmine University recognizes the following standards and centers:

The Nursing Admissions, Progression & Graduation Committee may use discretion and approve other centers.  

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information. 

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program. 


  

Kentucky Board Of Nursing Information

An applicant for an RN license in Kentucky must report and submit documentation of felonies and/or misdemeanors. The applicant is required to report and submit the following documentation on the RN license application under Criminal History: 

  • All felonies: Certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation. 
  • All misdemeanors received within 5 years of the date of application: certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation. 
  • All DUIs (Driving Under the Influence): certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation. 
  • All misdemeanors received prior to 5 years of the date of application: no documentation required. 
  • Traffic offenses, other than DUIs, do not have to be reported. 

 “The statute [KRS 314.091(1)(b)] states that the Kentucky Board of Nursing may take action on any felony or a misdemeanor that involved drugs, alcohol, fraud, deceit, falsification of records, a breach of trust, physical harm or endangerment to others, dishonesty, or sexual offenses. The Kentucky Board of Nursing can deny an application for a license for criminal convictions(s). Denial of licensure is a formal disciplinary action.”

If you have questions about your particular situation, contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing at 800.305.2042. 

 
 
CCNE Accrediation

The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing, Master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bellarmine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Contact Us

Julie Armstrong-Binnix
MEd, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200
accel@bellarmine.edu

Lori Minton
EdD, Accelerated Second Degree BSN Director
502.272.7967
lminton@bellarmine.edu

 

Disclosure for Students who Reside outside of Kentucky

  • Bellarmine University cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than Kentucky. Prior to enrolling in a Bellarmine program, a student who does not reside in Kentucky should contact applicable licensing board(s) in the student’s home state to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides.
  • Nursing licensure contacts: https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm