Nursing (Accelerated BSN)

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Note: Applications for the Accelerated Program are not being accepted at this time.

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 Create an account and log in. Choose the May transfer application for the appropriate year and choose Nursing (Accelerated BSN) as the major. Completed  applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and students will be accepted for admission until the cohort is filled.

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.

Applicants 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, 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.

Transfer students enrolled in a second baccalaureate program will be automatically granted credit for all Bradley Core Curriculum requirements upon verification that their first baccalaureate was completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Students begin their clinical experiences during the first semester. Clinical experiences include:

  • emergency nursing
  • critical 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.

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.