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Accelerated BSN Program
Have you completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a non-nursing field, but desire to have a career in nursing? If yes, then this program is for you! Our Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program can be completed in as quickly as 20 months on a traditional-daytime or flexible online/hybrid schedule.
Our program consists of two separate tracks that students can elect to apply to for admission. Our daytime and flexible hybrid tracks consist of 5 consecutive semesters, or 20 months of coursework. Through strong partnerships with area health care systems, we immerse students in clinical work immediately— giving you hands-on patient experience in your first semester on campus.
Capital's reputation for excellence in nursing education fosters the growth of future nurse leaders. We take pride in graduating confident clinicians who are focused on holistic practice. To prepare you, we have designed our curriculum to include three master’s-level courses. These courses are the core of our Master's of Science in Nursing program and allow you to earn graduate credit while enrolled in a BSN program.
As accelerated nursing programs grow in popularity, the admission process comes with heightened competition. In order to establish yourself as a strong candidate, we encourage you to have the majority of science prerequisites completed so your grades are available for faculty review at the time of application. We require a C+ average (2.75 GPA) in your Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Chemistry courses; and a cumulative 3.0 GPA from all previous course work. While grades are important, we are looking for a well-rounded student with a strong passion for nursing and a comprehensive understanding of this program. As part of the admission process, we do offer an interview invitation to a select number of applicants each year.
Student cohorts begin every August and will finish five (5) semesters later that following May. Students should have their admission application and all required forms submitted by March 15 to be considered for admission for the fall semester. Anywhere between 25-50 students will make up the cohort each year.
Classes, labs, and clinicals will be offered during the day throughout the week (four days a week, usually). Each semester will consist of 12-14 credit hours, including clinical experiences which begin in the first semester.Completion of three graduate-level courses are required to be taken to graduate. These courses generally transfer to other graduate programs, including those that offer nurse practitioner and other specialty tracks that Capital does not offer.Clinical experiences will take place in clinical sites all over the Columbus region, including all major hospitals in the area.
Beginning in Fall 2021, our flexible hybrid option will be offered every fall and will finish in 5 semesters. Students should have their admission application and all required forms submitted by March 15 to be considered for admission for the fall semester. Up to 32 students will make up this cohort, as space permits. Lectures will be delivered in an online-hybrid format with some courses offered online, and other courses meeting face to face. Labs will be offered on campus during the evening throughout the week. Students can expect to be on campus on Wednesdays from 4-9 p.m. for class and lab.Clinicals are offered on Thursdays or Saturdays from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., (terms 5 and 6 may require weekday clinicals). Clinical experiences will take place in clinical sites all over the Columbus region, including all major hospitals in the area. Students will indicate preference of clinical day at the onset of the program.Completion of three graduate-level courses are required to be taken to graduate. These courses generally transfer to other graduate programs, including those that offer nurse practitioner and other specialty tracks that Capital does not offer.This track will allow students to work full time, if desired, and still go through the program on a full time basis. Students should have some flexibility with their schedules, as weekday commitments can be necessary at times during the program.
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Beth Pierson talks about her experience with the Capital Nursing Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program.