In summer 2010, SDSU (San Diego State University) started admitting the first class for it’s newest accelerated and online BSN nursing program. With this ABSN program, students can earn a bachelor of science in nursing within 12 months. This is a fully accredited nursing program and graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN in preparation to get licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in California.
Employment and Financial Aid During the Accelerated BSN Nursing Program
Students are strongly advised not to pursue any employment while enrolled in this full-time, accelerated program. There are financial aid options for those who qualify such as grants, scholarships, and student loans so that participants do not have to work while attending school.
As of early 2010, the estimated cost of the accelerated BSN nursing program for the 12 months is around $44,460 (This is $684 per unit for the 65 required units. Price subject to change later on). Because of the heavy workload to complete the entire degree in one year, it’s important for students to utilize personal savings and financial aid since employment during the ABSN will not be possible.
Of course there are many good ADN community college nursing programs in California that can be had in California for less than $5,000, but there is a strong possibility of waiting one to two years on a waiting list. Is bypassing a two year wait worth the savings? Only you can decide what is best.
Online Accelerated Courses in Nursing
The accelerated BSN program at SDSU has an online classroom that’s similar to a traditional brick and mortar class. Students interact with faculty and other fellow students. There is homework, tests, and projects. However, the work can be done at any time as long as completed before the due date. Faculty still hold office hours and are available for advisement or extra help. All classes are available 24×7 within this program.
On-Site Clinical Requirements
Although a large part of the program is online, the clinical requirements are still done in-person to maximize the learning experience. Unlike many other nursing schools, the SDSU ABSN program does not have waiting lists to complete the clinical rotations. Some of the clinical rotations include obstetrics, medical surgical, pediatrics, psychiatric / mental health, gerontology, and leadership / management.
The program has two sites, one in San Diego and the other in Glendale, which is near Los Angeles.
Admissions to SDSU’s Online Accelerated BSN Nursing Program
Currently, there is no waiting list for admissions. To be eligible for the ABSN program, students need to complete the following:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree
- Admission to San Diego State University
- Admission to the SDSU School of Nursing
- Satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework
- Satisfactory completion of the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)
With respect to the specific courses, they are identical to the SDSU nursing prerequisite course requirements. The same is true for the TEAS score, which must be a minimum of 75%. The minimum grade point average for the previous baccalaureate degree as well as the nursing prerequisite courses is a GPA 2.5.
Because this program is just starting, the competition to get in is not as difficult as other accelerated nursing programs such as those at Mount St. Mary (accepts only 40 students per group) and Concordia University in Irvine since it’s not yet well known yet. That will change over time, but 2010 is a good year to enter.