An accelerated B.S. in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University is perfect for people who are interested in getting started online in nursing and already have an associate’s degree in any field. This is the first step towards becoming a LPN, RN, or nurse practitioner.
Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBN) program for students with baccalaureate degrees in other fields and students with at least 66 credit hours from accredited colleges or universities. Students complete the program in 16 months consisting of four full-time semesters. Semesters are 16 weeks long, and the program has earned full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The degree requires 63 hours of core nursing courses plus nine hours of corequisite courses including Pathophysiology, Introduction to Christianity and Introduction to the Bible. Students can take corequisites concurrently with their first semester of nursing courses.
Olivet’s ASBN program combines online didactic courses with on-campus lab simulations and tests plus clinical rotations in Chicago area healthcare facilities. Students spend at least two days a week on Olivet’s Oak Brook campus. Online courses include nursing fundamentals, pharmacology, mental health, gerontology and palliative care, community health, adult health, childbearing, child health, industry research and trends and nursing leadership. Lab simulations prepare students to be “check-off ready” in key nursing skills identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Open lab times throughout the week allow students to practice their skills prior to being graded by the nursing resource specialist. In-hospital clinical rotations, like lab simulations, begin the first semester. They occur once a week that initial semester. During subsequent semesters, in-hospital rotations follow a block schedule. Clinical rotations teach students how to complete patient histories and physicals, administer medications, document patient care and lots more.
Program prequisites include a bachelor’s degree or minimum of 66 hours of credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The prerequisite general education courses stipulate six to nine credits in communication plus 12 to 20 credits in cultural understanding. Applicants also need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale with a grade of “C” or higher in the prerequisite courses. Additional prerequisites include a minimum score of 65% on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and a criminal background check. To apply, prospective students can submit an online application along with the $50 application fee.
Tuition costs at Olivet differ for corequisite and nursing courses. As of spring 2013, the nine hours of corequisite courses cost $395 per credit hour in 2013 while nursing courses cost $785 per hour. This brings tuition costs to $49,455 for nursing courses and $3,555 for the corequisites. Other fees include lab fees that total $430, a $100 graduation fee and NCLEX review fees totaling $1,370. Total costs for the program in 2013 equal $54,910 not including book costs. The admission process at Olivet includes applying for financial aid, however, and the university offers lump sum and monthly payment options.
Olivet’s program combines online convenience with practical lab and clinical courses. Since Olivet is a Christian liberal arts institution, their ABSN degree will appeal to students who desire a faith-based nursing education as well as to students who desire an accelerated program.