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Accelerated FAQs

 How long is the accelerated program? Will I be able to do my MSN degree full time?
The BSN portion takes 18 months to complete. The MSN (NP) portion can be done in 12-16 months full time. Nurse midwifery will take 18 months to complete. If you decide to do an acute care MSN, you MUST work as an RN for 1 to 2 years between completing your BSN and starting your MSN.
 When are the accelerated BSN classes held: AM or PM? Can the BSN be completed part-time or online?

The schedule changes semester to semester. You may have evening classes, and clinicals could be scheduled on the weekend. The accelerated BSN cannot be completed part-time, and it cannot be completed online.

 How competitive is the accelerated program?
The accelerated program is competitive. We admit 25-30% of our pool.
 Do I need to submit my GRE scores?
Yes you must submit GRE scores if you are applying to the BSN-MSN/DNP program and BSN-PhD. You do not need to submit any standardized test scores for the accelerated BSN program.
 If I decide to go the BSN-MSN route, can I switch my MSN specialty after starting the program?

Yes you can, but you do have to meet with the new program director before doing so. It is not a guarantee.

 What are the prerequisites for the accelerated program?
  • Chemistry with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Biology (4 credit hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab (8 credit hours)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Nutrition, including life-cycle (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Optional: Health Care ethics, this class may be completed at Penn while in the BSN program
 If I completed any of the above classes more than 5 years ago, can any of them count as prerequisites?

Biology and chemistry courses, as long as they are 4 credits each, can count.

 How can I find out if the prerequisites for the accelerated program match up to the courses I’ve taken and if the ones I’ve taken will count?

We don’t review transfer credit until after acceptance. To be safe, stick to enrolling in the introductory courses in the subjects listed above here. We accept credits from any accredited college or university, including community colleges.

 If I have an associate’s degree, can I still apply to the accelerated BSN program?

You can only apply to the program with an associate’s degree if that associate’s degree is in nursing. This program truly benefits those who already hold a bachelor’s degree. You will need to complete clinicals again and do placement exams even if you did them for your associate’s degree.

 Can I receive credit from AP courses I’ve taken for prerequisite courses?

You can receive credit for Statistics and Biology if you received a 5 on the AP test.

 What are the necessary requirements for international students?

You only need to submit a World Education Services (WES) International Credential Package or a Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Credentials Evaluation Service full education course-by-course report (purpose: Academic) for all transcripts. You must also complete the TOEFL or the IELTS exam, and the scores must be from within the last two years. A minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL is required.

 Is the GPA a cumulative GPA of all courses taken or just undergraduate GPA of 3.0?

All courses prior to a degree conferral count towards your GPA. Any prerequisite courses taken after your undergraduate degree was granted will not count in the cumulative GPA. Please note we will evaluate all courses completed.