The nationwide nursing shortage is expected to hit critical levels over the next decade, and New Jersey is no exception. That is why Felician University is expanding its nursing program to offer qualified students a new, 16-month accelerated path to nursing.
Felician University’s School of Nursing is proud to announce the launch of its Hybrid Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in Parsippany. The ABSN program is specially designed for students, like you, looking to change careers without starting over. Students can leverage their existing non-nursing college experience to earn a BSN in as few as 16 months through a combination of online coursework, onsite experience at a state-of the-art lab, and clinical rotations inside top area hospitals.
Is Felician University’s online-based Accelerated BSN program in Parsippany right for you? Here are three questions to answer before you apply.
1. Are you qualified?
Before you continue to learn more about exactly how the accelerated nursing program works, it is important to find out if you are qualified to apply. Felician University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program requires all applicants to have:
- A non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution OR a minimum of 60 completed credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate coursework.
- Completed application
- Resume and letter of intent to the School of Nursing
- Two professional or academic references
- All official academic transcripts
Even if you have the previous college education required for admission, you still may need to complete some prerequisites before you can enroll in the ABSN program.
There are many factors that may impact which prerequisites you may have to take, including your previous college education and grade point average. Your dedicated admissions counselor will be able to explain which courses you may still need to take and how you can complete them.
2. Are you prepared for an accelerated nursing education?
Felician University’s Accelerated BSN program in Parsippany is a 16-month program so it is very fast-paced and rigorous. The fact that it is online-based means YOU are responsible for staying on top of studying and completing your curriculum in the timeframe set by your instructor.
What does online-based mean when it comes to the ABSN program? It means it is a blended curriculum that includes online learning activities, hands-on labs, and clinical rotations at top area hospitals.
Online accelerated nursing courses establish the foundation of your education with more flexibility. While you can study at the times and in the locations that best suit your lifestyle, you do need to still follow the deadlines set by your instructors.
It is also important to note that while your coursework is done online, it does not mean you are on your own. Our faculty members are always available for you to contact, as well as your cohort, via email, phone, or in-person.
Our state-of-the-art skills lab allows you to put your online work into practice in a risk-free setting. This is where you will work with your cohort and instructors to hone essential nursing skills like checking vitals and inserting IVs in a realistic hospital environment. This environment includes medical manikins, hospitals beds, and various advanced medical equipment.
Gain diverse clinical experience through the area’s top healthcare system, Atlantic Health System, as well as other clinical partners in the area. As a student of Felician University’s Accelerated BSN program in Parsippany, you will gain real-world experience with patients in a variety of areas including:
- Medical-surgical nursing
- Mental health
- Maternity (OB)
3. Why do you want to become a nurse?
Was it a calling? A career change? A personal event? There are so many reasons people choose to transition into a rewarding new career as a nurse. Having the drive is only part of what it takes though. Before applying to a nursing program, like Felician University’s ABSN program, it is important that you know why you want to earn your BSN and exactly what it takes to be not only a successful accelerated nursing student, but also a successful nurse.
What traits do nurses need to have to be successful? Here are just a few qualities nurses need to have.
As a nurse you will be assisting patients as well as their family members during a stressful time so it is important to show compassion as you help them recover. Compassion can be shown through listening to their needs and addressing their concerns. Caring for patients is not just about healing them physically—but also spiritually and mentally.
Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking skills are essential for nurses because you will literally be on the front lines of life and death situations. Nurses are responsible for providing critical care, so they must be prepared to make key decisions for the health of their patients. They must interpret, analyze, and evaluate information in order to help not only identify problems, but also solve them.
Being a nurse means you will work long hours on your feet. Not only will you be standing while helping to assess patients, but there are also many physical demands you will have to accomplish like transporting or adjusting patients, lifting heavy medical equipment, and carrying out other activities on a daily basis. So great nurses need to have the energy to get through their shift and remain positive.
Ready to get started?
You have the passion. You understand what it takes to be a student in an accelerated nursing program. You have the qualifications. Now you are ready to get started on your nursing school journey. Felician University’s Accelerated BSN program in Parsippany is ready to help you take your next step toward nursing. Contact an admissions counselor today and start your journey.