Nursing (Accelerated BSN)

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Cindy Brubaker
Department Chair

The Degree

Bradley’s Department of Nursing offers an accelerated undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. The full-time, 15-month program begins each May and runs through August of the following year.

To apply to the Accelerated Nursing Program, complete the online application for transfer students Scroll to the bottom of the page to create an account and log in. Choose the May transfer application for the appropriate year and choose Nursing (Accelerated BSN) as the major. Applications must be completed no later than June 1 of each year. The Nursing Department’s Committee for Admission to Special Programs will review completed applications and invite selected students for interviews with offers of admission following.

Nurses are increasingly at the forefront of innovative medical developments and must cultivate new knowledge. At Bradley, the study of nursing blends theory and practice to prepare graduates to successfully complete the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s NCLEX-RN examination to become a registered nurse. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduates of the program will be prepared for the beginning practice of professional nursing in a variety of settings.

Candidates for the program must hold a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing, have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA for at least the last 60 hours of college coursework, meet the general education requirements for a Bradley Bachelor’s degree and have completed all of the following prerequisite courses prior to starting the program: Fundamentals of Chemistry (with lab), Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Nutrition, Introduction to Sociology and Statistics.

During their first semester, students begin their clinical experiences in areas such as:

  • emergency nursing
  • clinical care nursing
  • adult medical-surgical nursing
  • perioperative observations
  • skilled care nursing
  • mental health nursing
  • community health nursing
  • maternal-child nursing
  • pediatric nursing

Opportunities at Bradley University

Students may be invited to become members of the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing during their junior or senior year.

During their senior year, students may choose to participate in the role exploration program, which places students in clinical areas of interest where they are assigned to follow a nurse mentor.

Beyond Bradley University

Bradley is an ideal location for nursing employment, as Peoria has three major medical centers.

The placement rate for Bradley Nursing graduates seeking employment or enrolling in graduate education is typically 100 percent within six months of graduation.