The accelerated BSN program is offered at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. It is designed for those who have already earned their baccalaureate degree in any field other than nursing. It is considered a “limited access program,” which means the school receives many more qualified qualifications than spaces. This means it will take high test scores and GPA to get in.
The program lasts 12 months beginning with the summer session that starts in May. Students complete 16 credits during the two summer sessions, 19 credits during fall, and 20 credits during spring. In addition, there will be between 20-40 nursing practice hours as well. Because of the very intense nature of the program, student should refrain from working during the entire program.
The admission process involves two application. One of them involves apply to FAU itself via the FAU Undergraduate Online application. Acceptance to FAU does not mean you are accepted to the nursing program. Make sure that you indicate that you are seeking a second bachelor’s degree with a start date of May and a major of nursing. The second application involves applying to the FAU College of Nursing.
Prerequisite Course Requirements for FAU BSN Accelerated Program
All prerequisites need to be completed by the program’s start date in May. The following courses are required prior to beginning the program:
- Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
- Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
- Microbiology with lab
- Chemistry with lab
- College Algebra (or equivalent)
- Introductory Sociology
- Introductory Psychology
- Human Growth and Development through the Life Span
There are no expiration dates or time limits on any courses, unlike many other nursing schools which have instituted a five or seven year time limit. All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
It is MANDATORY that applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.0 with their bachelor’s degree. The GPA calculated by the school that awarded the baccalaureate degree will be the official GPA used. Post-baccalaureate and graduate classes do not count towards the GPA. Once you have graduated with a GPA below a 3.0, there is no way to improve it and you will not be eligible for the accelerated program.
Tuition and Fees for FAU ABSN Program
The cost of the program is based upon the number of credit hours completed. The accelerated BSN at FAU will require 55-60 credit hours. The cost per credit hour for 2010-2011 is $159.81 for Florida residents and $604.39 for non-Florida residents.
FAU Accelerated Nursing HESI Exam
You will need to take the HESI Entrance Exam as well. Scores on the reading, vocabulary, grammar, and math must be a minimum of 80%. This is not an easy test. However, there are a number of HESI exam preparation guides available that can help you raise your score significantly.
FAU Accelerated BSN Nursing Admissions Statistics
There are no detailed official published numbers. However, one student that applied to the May 2010 start date had a GPA of 3.8 and a 92% on the HESI. Another student with a low undergraduate GPA (but above 3.0), prerequisite GPA of 4.0, and HESI in the 90s did not get in.
These anecdotal results are more than enough to show that the GPA earned during the previous undergrad degree is critical to getting accepted. There isn’t any room for second chances when it comes to FAU’s ABSN program.