Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Accelerated

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)- Accelerated

This unique and innovative full-time academic program was developed with funding through the HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program. The program,

1.is designed specifically for students with baccalaureate degrees in other fields (from a regionally accredited university/college) who seek to transition into nursing,

2.prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam,

3.is an intensive, accelerated 4 semester program with students graduating with a BSN,

4.Is a hybrid of on-campus and online courses,

5.includes 9 semester hours of graduate course work – dual credit to BSN students,

6.is committed to an integrated framework of health care delivery,

7.is paperless to reduce carbon footprint, and

8.is enriched through the integration of arts and culture via collaboration with the TAMUCC Department of Art and Design,

It is expected that students are not employed during enrollment in this intensive program


Application Deadlines

Entry Term Application Opening Date Deadline Date for all Credentials Mandatory Orientation Day Projected Graduation Date
Summer 2019 October 1, 2018 February 1, 2019 May 2019 August 2020

Admission criteria:

1. A baccalaureate degree in any field from a national/regional accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2. 75 on a 4.00 scale

2. All prerequisite coursework must be completed from a national/regional accredited institution.

3. The three prerequisite science courses listed below must be completed within seven years of the submission of the application for consideration. All science labs must be completed through on-campus instruction. Online lab credits will not be accepted. 

a) General Chemistry with lab

b) Microbiology with lab

c) Two semesters of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with labs - taken as two separate courses or as a sequence

4. Completion of a medical terminology course (for credit or certificate of completion) is encouraged.

5. A personal statement should be uploaded to the Personal Statement tab under program materials in the Nursing CAS application.

6. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in all prerequisite courses:

Principles of Microbiology + Lab  4 credits (example course: BIOL 2420)

General Chemistry + Lab  4 credits (example course: CHEM 1411)

Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology  3 credits

Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab  4 credits (example course: BIOL 2401)

Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab  4 credits (example course: BIOL 2402)

Human Growth & Development through Lifespan  3 credits

          PSYCH 2301 is a required pre-requisite

Statistics  3 credits

7. Students currently enrolled in their last semester of a non-nursing baccalaureate may apply for admission.

a) Students must verify degree conferment prior to the first day of Accelerated BSN coursework.

b) All in-progress and future coursework including outstanding prerequisite requirements must be documented in the Nursing CAS application and/or included on an official transcript verifying the intent to complete the requirement.

8. Paid or volunteer health care experience is encouraged. 

9. Meet Essential Qualifications for Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Students.  Click here to download.

 

10. Select candidates will participate in a face-to-face interview with admission committee. Professional attire is required for interview.

 

Students in the Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing program are subject to the following policies as listed elsewhere in this section:

1. Program Requirements for all Undergraduate Prelicensure Students

2. Grading Policies, Progression, Retention and Dismissal

3. Advising

4. Graduation Requirements

The application process is as follows:

  1. Students must complete an online application to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences using Nursing CAS. Students may only apply for one track into the program. The student’s choice must be designated on the Nursing CAS application.

  2. If the student is not already enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the student must also apply to the University for admission. Admission to the University DOES NOT constitute admission to the nursing program.

Notification of the results of the admission review is mailed to students. Admission to the program is conditional pending submission of the background check, proof of vaccination status, and possession of a current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) CPR card through the American Heart Association (AHA).

The Texas Department of State Health Services has specific immunization requirements for students involved with direct patient contact. These requirements, as stated in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Rule 97.64, include the following:

  1. “Students cannot be provisionally enrolled without at least one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine if direct patient contact will occur during the provisional enrollment period.”
  2. “Polio vaccine is not required. Students enrolled in health-related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis.”
  3. “One dose of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (Td) is required within the last ten years.”
  4. “Students who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of two doses of measles containing vaccine."
  5. “Students may be provisionally enrolled for up to one semester to allow students to attend classes while obtaining the required vaccines and acceptable evidence of vaccination administered since January 1, 1968.”
  6. “Students must show, prior to patient contact acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of rubella vaccine.”
  7. “Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of mumps vaccine.”
  8. “Students shall receive a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care or show serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus” (Additionally, the Nursing Program requires students to receive a complete series of hepatitis A vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care or show serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis A virus).
  9. “Students shall receive two doses of varicella vaccine unless the first dose was received prior to thirteen years of age.”

For additional information, please see the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter B.  Please note that some hospitals have stricter requirements than the state minimum standards.

Rule 97.65 lists the following exceptions to the immunization requirements: 

  1. “Serologic confirmations of immunity to measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or varicella, are acceptable. Evidence of measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis A, or hepatitis B, or varicella illness must consist of a laboratory report that indicates either confirmation of immunity or infection.”
  2. “A parent or physician validated history of varicella disease (chickenpox) or varicella immunity is acceptable in lieu of vaccine. A written statement from a physician, or the student’s parent or guardian, or school nurse, must support histories of varicella disease.”

(Immunizations are available for a nominal fee at the student health clinic for currently enrolled students and from the Public Health Department.)

  1. Results of tuberculosis screening are required annually.
  2. A copy of the student’s current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers is required annually.
  3. All Students are required to complete a criminal background check through the Texas Board of Nursing before acceptance into the program.
  4. Students are required to purchase professional liability coverage through the University. Fees for this coverage are included in the fees paid at the time of registration at the beginning of each academic year. (See College of Nursing & Health Sciences Student Handbook)
  5. Medical insurance coverage is strongly recommended. The University and affiliating clinical agencies accept no responsibility for medical care sought as a result of accidents/incidents occurring during the course of nursing instruction or clinical assignments (See College of Nursing & Health Sciences Student Handbook)
  6. Students forced to interrupt their regular rotation for personal or academic reasons may be reinstated on a “place available” basis. Students must write a letter asking for readmission to the program. The academic advisor is available for assistance with this process. The Admissions and Progression Committee may admit a student conditionally if there is evidence of extenuating circumstances.

NURS4155

Professional Nursing Planning and Licensure Preparation (1 SCH)

NURS4172

Biobehavioral Nursing Interventions II:  Population Health and Chronic Health Issues Across the Lifespan (1 SCH)

NURS4173

Biobehavioral Nursing Interventions III:  Family and Child Health and Complex Health Issues Across the Lifespan (1 SCH)

NURS4231

Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I (2 SCH)/

NURS4232

Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II (2 SCH)

NURS4233

Pathophysiology/Pharmacology III (2 SCH)

NURS4234

Pathophysiology/Pharmacology IV (2 SCH)

NURS4251

Professional Nursing Issues I (2 SCH)

NURS4252

Professional Nursing Issues II (2 SCH)

NURS4254

Professional Nursing Issues IV (2 SCH)

NURS4260

Wellness and Health Promotion Across the Lifespan (2 SCH)

NURS4281

Biobehavioral Care of Chronic Conditions Clinical (2 SCH)

NURS4282

Biobehavioral Health of Complex Conditions Clinical (2 SCH)

NURS4283

Biobehavioral Health of the Family and Child Clinical (2 SCH)

NURS4284

Biobehavioral Population Health Clinical (2 SCH)

NURS4353

Professional Nursing Issues III (3 SCH)

NURS4361

Biobehavioral Nursing Concepts I:  Health Assessment and Foundations of Nursing Across the Lifespan (3 SCH)

NURS4362

Biobehavioral Nursing Concepts II:  Population Health and Chronic Health Issues Across the Lifespan (3 SCH)

NURS4363

Biobehavioral Nursing Concepts III:  Family and Child Health and Complex Health  Issues Across the Lifespan (3 SCH)

NURS4365

Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge, Evidence and Practice (3 SCH)

NURS4371

Biobehavioral Nursing Interventions I:  Health Assessment and Foundations of Nursing Across the Lifespan (3 SCH)

NURS4686

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Clinical (6 SCH)

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The following requirements refer to grading policies.

  1. A scholastic grade point average of 2.25 is a minimum requirement in the upper division nursing courses designated for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in the nursing major.
  2. If a student earns a grade of D, F, or W (Withdrawal) in a nursing course, that course must be repeated. A course in which a grade of less than C (i.e., D, F, or W) was earned may be repeated only once.
  3. A student who has earned a grade of less than C (i.e., D, F, or W) in two nursing courses or who has earned a grade of less than C (D, F, or W) twice in the same nursing course will be dismissed from the nursing program.
  4. Students receiving a grade of D, F, or W (Withdrawal) or I (Incomplete) in a nursing course may not progress to courses for which that course is a prerequisite.
  5. Administration and faculty reserve the right to dismiss students without previous warning for unsafe and/or unprofessional behavior. The conduct of nursing students should meet ethical standards as defined by American Nurses Association (ANA) in the Code of Ethics for Nurses. Personal integrity is reflected in professional judgments. Consequently, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences reserves the right to dismiss students from the program for unprofessional or unsafe behavior. (See College of Nursing and Health Sciences Student Handbook for further examples and to review the Academic Honesty and Professional Integrity Policy)
  6. Following dismissal, students may apply for reinstatement to the nursing program. Reinstatement is competitive and based upon space availability.
  7. Students must meet the standards for minimal performance and progression established by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (see the catalog section on Academic Policies and Regulations).
  8. In order for students to progress through the program, they must be in compliance with immunizations, BLS CPR, and Hospital Orientation regulations. (See College of Nursing and Health Sciences Student Handbook for consequences for noncompliance to these policies.)
  9. Students must complete the University Core Curriculum Program. (See “University Core Curriculum Programs” in the catalog). See “General Education Requirement” in the “Undergraduate Programs” section of the catalog for information on ways in which transfer students can fulfill requirements. In addition to the core curriculum requirements, students must also take the required support courses.

Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information on this page. However, information is subject to change without notice. Therefore, pre-nursing students and transfer students must consult with their Nursing Program advisors each semester prior to registration. 

Students in the nursing major are assigned a faculty mentor by the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. If for any reason the faculty mentor-student assignment is not effective, the student or the faculty member can request a change in assignment. Freshmen and sophomore students pursuing the pre-nursing curriculum are also assigned a nursing faculty mentor. Academic advisors for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are available for advisement. Students must make appointments for advisement.