Jefferson School of Nursing
Accelerated Pathway to the MSN for Second-Degree Prelicensure Students
The Accelerated Pathway to the MSN is designed for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. This program allows students to complete a BSN in 27 months of full-time study. Students may then complete the MSN in 15 months. All policies regarding academic achievement, progression in the nursing major and program completion for the prelicensure students apply to Accelerated Pathway students.
Students accepted into this program option are admitted to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. During the program’s undergraduate phase, students earn 55-credits, and an additional 9 graduate credits at JSN. Students are scheduled for theory course content two days per week; and clinical practicum experience 16 hours per week. This schedule allows time to integrate theoretical concepts and constructs into clinical practice. Clinical hours may include evenings and weekends.
At the end of the initial two years, students take the state nursing licensing exam and if successful, select their specialty area in the MSN specialty they wish to pursue.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in a field other than nursing
- Completion of all Prerequisite Course Requirements with a grade of C or better. You need not complete all prerequisite courses before you apply; however, your admission is contingent upon the successful completion of all prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the Fall semester
- All official college transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation. Letters can be written by any one of the following individuals: professor, academic administrator, professional or volunteer supervisor or manager. Please note that following will not be accepted as recommendations: family, friends or co-workers.
- An essay of 400-600 words
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher are not required to report test scores. Applicants who are currently in a bachelor's degree program with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher are not required to report test scores. Standard rounding rules apply, e.g. 3.15 or higher is rounded to 3.2, whereas 3.14 is not.
- Demonstration of English language proficiency.
- Criminal Background Check/Child Abuse Clearance
- Fingerprinting and Drug Testing
- A professional admissions interview is required of all academically eligible applicants; students will be notified through e-mail to schedule this interview.
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