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June 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 148

The U.S. Department of Labor's recent estimate reveals the country would be in need of a million registered nurses in the next 5-6 years. Now, if you are a graduate in any discipline and looking for employment, you are probably at the right place at the right time.

The new accelerated nursing program is designed with people like you in mind. This program offers you the chance to qualify as a registered nurse at a quick pace and start earning. So if you enjoy being of service to others, yet do not have the time to spend 3-4 years for further study, then you should apply for this program. Just read up on the accelerated nursing program requirements listed below and gear up for the program.

What is the Accelerated Baccalaureate and Master's Degrees in Nursing?

The fast-track or accelerated baccalaureate program in nursing can be completed in 11 to 18 months. On completion of your study you become a registered nurse (RN).

The accelerated master's degree in nursing takes about three years to complete. Both the programs are intensive, completing programmatic objectives in a short time; the learning process in the accelerated programs builds extensively on your previous education experience. The program provides you with equal hours of clinical exposure as you would in a traditional nursing course.

These courses are held in 43 states across the US, in the District of Columbia and Guam. At present there are nearly 270 accelerated baccalaureate programs and more than 70 fast-track master's programs available in America. You must be a graduate or possess a bachelor's degree in any discipline to be eligible to apply for the baccalaureate program.

What Are the Accelerated Nursing Program Requirements?

To be eligible you must have a minimum of a 3.0 in your Grade Point Average (GPA). Since these intensive programs are full time with no breaks for sessions you will be encouraged not to work during the study. Your application process will also require you to go through a very thorough prescreening process where your capabilities and skills will be judged.

The College of Nursing runs the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ACC BSN) for 16 months during each fall and spring on its South Carolina campus. The basic requirements for admission are -

  • A 3.0 in GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • A 'C' grade in the prerequisite courses.
  • You must have passed in 3 out of 4 science courses - human anatomy, physiology, microbiology and elective science.
  • 3 references.
  • A 100-word essay.
  • A resume.
  • Volunteer or work experience in a healthcare facility is an added qualification.

Prerequisites for Graduate Applicants

If you are a graduate you must have gone through the following courses by the time you complete your studies at the College of Nursing. These are:

  • Life span human growth and development.
  • Human anatomy.
  • Human physiology.
  • Microbiology.
  • Statistics.
  • Science elective.

Prerequisites for under graduates are:

  • English composition/literature.
  • Lifespan human growth and development.
  • Human anatomy.
  • Human physiology.
  • Microbiology.
  • Statistics.
  • Science elective.
  • Social science and humanities electives.
  • General electives.

The application deadlines in the College of Nursing are as follows:

  • January 15 for regular admissions and November 15 for priority admissions for fall semesters;
  • September 15 for regular admissions and August 15 for priority admissions for spring semesters.

What Scholarships Are Given in this Program?

Scholarships or financial aid for students in the accelerated nursing program is still not wide-spread. Some of the nurse employers who are doing their bit are the Carondelet Health Network, Tenet Healthcare, and North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Duke University Health System,University of Missouri Health Care and some others.

Discover how you can get started in a nursing career by completing an accelerated nursing program. Learn more about these types of accelerated programs by visiting http://www.acceleratednursingprograms411.com.

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