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How Hard Is It to Get Into an Accelerated Nursing Program? It Depends.

How hard is it to get into nursing school?

Despite our nation’s nursing shortage, schools across the country continue to turn away thousands of qualified applicants every year. Why? Because these schools simply don’t have enough openings. So, how hard is it to get into an accelerated nursing program? A lot of it really depends on where you apply. See why your chances of getting into an ABSN program might be higher here.

It depends on program capacity.

Every nursing program operates within a specific enrollment cap. How high or low the cap is depends on the resources a school has at any given time, from the number of faculty members on staff to the number of clinical placements available.

Our accelerated nursing program can accept a higher number of qualified students than most. We’re able to do so by offering four enrollment options per year, whereas many schools just have one.

Our Hybrid ABSN program has three start dates a year and our On-Ground ABSN program has one. Plus, all of our ABSN students have access to a wide variety of clinical placement sites.

What are the differences between the hybrid and on-ground versions of our ABSN program? Here’s a quick comparison:

 Hybrid ABSN ProgramOn-Ground ABSN Program
LocationParsippany, New JerseyRutherford, New Jersey
Time Frame16 months19 months
CoursesOnlineMain campus
Nursing LabsABSN learning siteMain campus
Clinical RotationsLocal healthcare providersLocal healthcare providers
Start DatesJanuary, May, AugustMay

It depends on your academic history.

Most accelerated nursing programs are second-degree options, which means you must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to qualify. We handle admissions a little differently for our ABSN program so that more qualified students have a shot at the nursing profession. We’ll accept applications from individuals who have at least 60 college credits and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Three Felician nursing students

It depends on your science comprehension.

Every accelerated nursing program has different prerequisite course requirements, some being tougher than others. To enroll in our ABSN program, you must complete seven prerequisites, five of which are science-based, earning a grade of C+ or higher in each course.

  • Microbiology + Lab*
  • Anatomy and Physiology I + Lab*
  • Anatomy and Physiology II + Lab*
  • Pathophysiology*
  • Principles of Chemistry*
  • Statistics I
  • Lifespan Development

*Must be completed within seven years of your program start date.

A solid understanding of the sciences is critical to your success in nursing school and the profession. In fact, how well you do in anatomy and physiology is a good way to predict how well you’ll do in an accelerated nursing program.

Two nursing students practicing taking vitals

It depends on your level of dedication.

To be successful in an accelerated nursing program, you need to make your education a top priority. While you may be the perfect nursing school applicant on paper, if you don’t have the time to commit to your studies, you’re not going to be able to keep pace in a full-time ABSN program. After all, our ABSN students spend between 40 and 60 hours per week on their education.

It’s important to note, however, that many of our ABSN students have significant family obligations (e.g., children) but still manage to keep up with their nursing studies. They make it work through advanced planning and time management, which involves building a strong support network before starting nursing school.

Online Flexibility

By choosing our online-based Hybrid ABSN program, you have the flexibility of choosing when and where you complete your coursework. In other words, you don’t have to adhere to a specific classroom schedule. You can “attend class” at 10 am or 10 pm. However, you’re still required to meet the assignment deadlines set forth by your instructors.

It depends on your application.

Most nursing schools require applicants to supply a letter of intent, current resume, and letters of recommendation with their applications. The same rings true for our ABSN program.

We use your transcripts to understand where you stand academically, and your letter of intent, resume and recommendation letters to get a sense of who you are as a person—all of which are key to submitting the most competitive application possible.

To help make your application stand out, your resume should reflect skills and experiences that portray you as someone who would be a great nursing student. Your letter of intent should be succinct and highlight your goals in relation to wanting to become a nurse.

When it comes to securing your letters of recommendation, it’s a good rule of thumb to contact your references early on in the admissions process, giving them a two-week deadline for writing their letters. After all, you don’t want a late recommendation letter interfering with submitting your application on time.

Your assigned ABSN admissions counselor can help guide you through every step of the application process. Also, be sure to review your completed application with your counselor before you hit the submit button.

First Come, First Served

We review ABSN program applications as they come in, rather than waiting for the submission deadline to pass (also known as rolling admissions). By doing so, we’re able to provide you with an admissions decision within a few weeks of applying. More importantly, rolling admissions gives you the means to secure your seat for a particular term before other students have even applied.

So, what are your chances of getting into our ABSN program?

Now that you’re aware of the different variables that go into the ABSN program admissions process, you can see why it’s tough to give a straightforward answer to the question: How hard is it to get into an accelerated nursing program? The best way to get a more definite answer regarding your admission into our ABSN program is to contact our admissions team.

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