Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)
If you hold a bachelor’s degree and are looking to transition to nursing, our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) second degree program offers a fast-track to your new career in just 12 months. In this rigorous face-to-face program, students develop nursing knowledge and skills under the guidance of experienced faculty and are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
Students in this program attend classes full-time, and will learn to be a professional ethical nurse leader, able to provide safe, quality, equitable, and compassionate care to others.
Sheryl Oakes Caddy, JD MSN RN CNE
Linda Veltri, Ph.D., RN
Dean, School of Nursing
Why Choose Bushnell?
The Accelerated BSN program prepares ethical nurses to lead the way toward evidence-based quality improvement within a variety of healthcare and educational communities. The School of Nursing embraces Bushnell’s mission to foster wisdom, faith, and service through excellent academic programs grounded in the arts and sciences that demonstrate compassion and respect toward all people served.
Graduates of this program will:
- Understand, integrate, and apply established and evolving nursing knowledge and ways of knowing as well as knowledge from other disciplines, the arts, sciences, and humanities to support clinical judgment and inform nursing practice
- Provide holistic, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, evidence-based and developmentally appropriate person-centered care to individuals across the lifespan
- Engage in collaborative activities aimed at improving the health status and outcomes of populations and communities across a variety of settings at the local, regional, national, or global levels
- Critique, apply, and implement nursing knowledge and best evidence generated from research in a way that considers patient preferences and values, the nurse’s experience, and improves health, enhances clinical practice, or influences policy
- Employ established and emerging principles of safety and improvement science into nursing practice and care delivery in order to minimize risk to recipients and care providers as well as improve system effectiveness and individual performance
- Engage in intentional collaboration and communication across professions and with care team members, patients, families, and communities in order to optimize care, enhance the health care experience, and improve health outcomes
- Understand systems-based practice and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as change agents and leaders within complex systems of health care
- Understand and utilize information and communication technologies and informatics tools to guide and inform nursing practice and care, enhance communication and connections, and improve health
- Develop a professional nursing identity that embraces the values of integrity, altruism, inclusivity, compassion, courage, humility, advocacy, and caring
- Engage in activities that promote personal health and growth, expansion of professional knowledge, skills, and abilities, and development as an ethical nurse leader
Beacon Points of Pride
- Cohort 1 (10 graduates) NCLEX pass rate (1st attempt): 100%
- 12-month curriculum
- Small cohort size
- Clinical experience opportunities in a wide array of settings
|Cohort Start||Applications Open||Application Deadline|
|Fall (August)||February 1||May 17|
|Spring (January)||June 1||September 17|
Students will have the opportunity to participate in learning activities in a variety of settings. These may be in acute care hospitals, clinics, schools, specialty hospitals, and community-based care settings.
Assigned clinical rotations may be any day of the week and any hour of the day, including traditional day, evening, and night shifts, and may be at sites up to 75 miles from the Bushnell University campus. Students are responsible for their own transportation.
If you’re interested in seeing campus and our nursing program facilities, please contact our nursing admissions counselor, Carrie Gillies at email@example.com.
Life at Bushnell
Rachel Meighan, Class of 2023
Brittany Petersen '22
Chris Masciotra '22
Meet the Faculty
Stacy January, Ph.D., RN Program Faculty
“Students choose Bushnell University’s ABSN program because of the smaller cohort size, huge variety of clinical practice experiences, and professional mobility a bachelor’s degree provides.
Faculty are dedicated to coming alongside students to help them succeed and flourish in Wisdom gained. Come learn with me!”
The School of Nursing Faculty
Tasha Abbott, MSN, RN Ginger Banks, MBA, RN Mick Bollenbaugh, Ph.D. Linda Brown, MSN, RN Jamie Burger, MSN, RN Sheryl Oakes Caddy, JD MSN RN CNE Robin Ehrhardt, MSN, RN Angel Harris, BSN, RN Stacy January, Ph.D., RN Katy Lemieux, BSN, RN Corinne Malmgren, MSN, RN Michelle Mixon, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN Ashely Peterson, MSN, RN Eileen Thomas, PhD, RN Janet Welch, RN, MSN