Accelerated Nursing (ABSN 2nd Degree)

Designed for those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree and the prerequisites, the accelerated nursing program prepares you for the nursing licensure exam and careers in any health care setting after you’re licensed. The 15-month program (May to August of the following year) is taught by dedicated full-time nursing faculty.

Preparing You for Success

Because nurses play critical roles in health care, your classes and clinical hours expose you to community health, critical care (ICU), mental health skilled care, surgeries, pediatrics and other settings. You begin clinical experiences immediately, which allows you extra time to explore nursing settings. When completed, you’re ready for the nursing licensure exam.

Peoria is an ideal place to learn nursing because of its growing medical community and blend of urban and rural health care. The city boasts three major hospitals, including a Level 1 trauma center and a children’s hospital affiliated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Peoria also has nursing homes, social service agencies and county health organizations. Rural health organizations are in communities a few minutes from Bradley.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Networking and professional development through the Bradley Nursing Student Association, Sigma Theta Tau honor society, Nurses Christian Fellowship and other student organizations
  • Participating on small clinical teams
  • Opportunities to be mentored by faculty through one-on-one advising, research and campus organizations

Making Your Mark

As health care expands, nurses are in great demand. Nursing is a diverse field that allows you flexibility to choose which age demographics and types of health issues you want to serve. Almost all recent Bradley graduates passed the NCLEX licensure exam on their first try and found jobs within six months of graduation.

Graduates are working in outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, schools, public health departments, military bases, research facilities and religious health care organizations. Graduates interested in pursuing graduate nursing degrees for careers in health care administration or education can seek a graduate degree at Bradley, too.

Major Requirements

Prerequisites - 31 hrs.

  • BIO 202: Microbiology and Immunology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 231: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab - 1 hr.
  • BIO 232: Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHEM 100: Fundamentals of General Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHEM 101: Fundamentals of General Chemistry Lab - 1 hr.
  • CHEM 162: Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 301: Nutrition Today - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 111: Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 303 Lifespan Development Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 311 Principles of Abnormal Psychology - 3 hrs.

Required Courses - 56.5 hrs.

  • NUR 204: Health Assessment - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 200: Fundamentals of Nursing (Theory) - 4 hrs.
  • NUR 203: Fundamentals of Nursing (Practicum) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 206: Adult Health I (T) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 207: Adult Health I (P) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 306: Maternal-Newborn Nursing (T) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 307: Maternal-Newborn Nursing (P) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 308: Nursing Care of Children (T) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 309: Nursing Care of Children (P) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 303: Nursing Research - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 318: Pharmacology and Nursing - 1 hr.
  • NUR 314: Psych/Mental Health Nursing (T) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 315: Psych/Mental Health Nursing (P) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 316: Adult Health II (T) - 4 hrs.
  • NUR 317: Adult Health II (P) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 404: Community Health Nursing (T) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 418: Nursing Leadership - 1 hr.
  • NUR 403: Community Health (P) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 414: Senior Seminar - 1 hr.
  • NUR 408: Adult Health III (T) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 409: Adult Health III (P) - 2.5 hrs.
  • NUR 410: Adult Health IV (T) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 413: Leadership Practicum - 2.5 hrs.
  • NUR 417: Senior Practicum II - 2.5 hrs.
Program Outcomes