Nursing (Accelerated BSN)

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Cindy Brubaker
Department Chair
cindyb@bradley.edu

To apply to the Accelerated Nursing Program, complete the Online Application for Transfer Students.

The Degree in Nursing
Bradley’s Department of Nursing offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. The full-time 15-month program begins each May and runs through the next August.

The fifteen month program is designed to provide an intensive nursing preparation for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline but would like to pursue a career in nursing. Graduates of the program will be prepared for the beginning practice of professional nursing in a variety of settings.

Candidates for the program should hold a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than nursing and have completed all 34 hours in prerequisite courses including:

• Fundamentals of Chemistry (with lab)
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Microbiology
• Pathophysiology
• Introduction to Psychology
• Developmental Psychology
• Abnormal Psychology
• Nutrition
• Introduction to Sociology
• Math Statistics

At Bradley, the study of nursing blends theory and practice to prepare graduates to successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination to become a registered nurse. The program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Nurses are increasingly at the forefront of innovative medical developments, and must cultivate new knowledge about what works in a situation and why. Bradley’s nursing program incorporates a study of liberal arts – which offers a rich and valuable background through foundation, elective, and supporting courses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Students begin their clinical experiences during their first semester. The program includes options in:

• Level I trauma center experience/ critical care experience
• Acute care experiences at four different hospitals
• Perioperative experiences at both inpatient and outpatient facilities
• Skilled care experiences at selected nursing home sites
• Psychiatric care experiences in adult, pediatric, and chemical dependency
• Community health care experiences at various facilities including schools, shelters, outpatient clinics, home health care, VNA, and public health departments
• Maternal- child health care experience at a children’s hospital and selected sites
• Rural health care experience

Some of the specialized interests of Bradley’s Nursing faculty include:

• Maternal child nursing
• Men’s and women’s health
• Health care to minority and underserved populations
• Cardiovascular medicine
• Critical care

Beyond Bradley
The placement rate for BSN’s has been 100 percent within six months of graduation. Many graduates of the program have held or currently hold nationally significant positions in organizations including:
• The Veterans Administration
• The Armed Services
• U.S. Public Health Service