Accelerated BSN Program

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing and Health Science

Accelerate your career at MNU. Professional nursing is your passion and in today's world there is high demand for quality nurses. But how can you earn the credentials quickly?

At MNU, we combine expert faculty and state-of-the-art labs with your motivation to give you an unmatched opportunity to finish quickly, completely prepared to take the NCLEX-RN® exam. Complete coursework and clinicals in just 12 months and accomplish your goal of becoming a nurse.

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KBADJALIMBE

"MNU gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to function as a caring nurse."

-Komla Badjalimbe
ABSN, 2011

Currently a DNP-CRNA student at the
University of Kansas Hospital

 
 
Overview
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Overview:

  • Students take 20-24 credit hours over the course of one year during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Each semester consists of two modules, and each module is seven weeks in length.
  • Depending on the module, there are 26-36 hours of contact time per week in class, lab, and/or clinical settings. Study time is in addition to these hours, so working during this program is not recommended.
  • Program cost is approximately $38,000, including tuition and fees, but not the cost of books.
  • MNU's accelerated BSN class of 2011 achieved a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN® exam on the first attempt.

Application Process—August  2013

Application due date: February 28, 2013
Application Documents: official college/university transcripts*;
two (2) references;
500 word personal statement

The accelerated BSN program is designed for the adult student with previous college experience, as well as the LPN and paramedic. This intensive, year-long program begins in January or August, allowing students to graduate with the BSN degree the following December. Apply now.

*Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES agency before application deadline. Transcripts must be sent directly to MNU School of Nursing Department

Course Sequences and Descriptions

Module One

plusaDiscipline & Practice of Professional Nursing (3 credit hours)

Designed to provide insight into the vocation of professional nursing, as viewed through the paradigm of the program outcomes of the Department of Nursing, including: aesthetic literacy, critical thinking, effective communication, scientific literacy, self-understanding, social responsibility, and spiritual development. ‘Relationship-centered care’ is introduced as an essential requisite of professional nursing, as well as the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. Students are introduced to the graduation requirement of a professional portfolio, which requires demonstrated achievement of the Department of Nursing's program outcomes.

plusaConcepts of Nursing Care & Lab (3 credit hours)

A study of evidence-based practice regarding fundamental nursing interventions and the professional nursing role. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are necessary to perform procedures and assess healthcare outcomes related to therapeutic interventions are presented and student understanding is verified through testing and return-demonstrations. Special emphasis is given to the delivery of ‘‘relationship-centered care’’ within a holistic framework as it applies to proficient nursing knowledge and psychomotor skills. Competency with drug calculation and safe medication administration are also required proficiencies. Learning experiences occur through lecture/discussion, assignments (including online learning), and the simulated laboratory setting. 

plusaCulture of Safety and Quality in Nursing Practice (2 credit hours)

Offers advanced study in the area of patient safety and quality. The importance of human interaction as the foundation of any therapeutic or healing activity is explored. Emphasized is the model of ‘just culture’ as a conceptual framework that leads to improvement of patient safety outcomes through managing human behavior and system design. “Quality & Safety Education for Nurses” (QSEN) and the “Institute of Medicine” (IOM) reports are utilized. The application of informatics is explored as an avenue to enhance healthcare outcomes. 

Module Two

plusaHealth Assessment for Nurses & Lab (2 credit hours)

Provides an opportunity for students to develop competence in comprehensive health assessment as viewed through the lens of ‘relationship-centered care’. Students develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding history-taking and holistic assessment, including assessment in the following domains: physical, role, development, psycho-social, spiritual, and risk, i.e. genetics, environment, nutrition, exercise, stress, economics, and abuse. 

plusaGerontological Nursing (2 credit hours)

Evidence-based practice and ‘relationship-centered care’ of older adults are the focus of this course. Major course concepts include: demographics of the aging population; common physiological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual issues affecting the health of older adults; health –promotion, –maintenance, –restoration concepts and interventions; options in the continuum of care; and death as a final developmental process. 

plusaConcepts of Nursing Care II (2 credit hours)

Designed to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to professional nursing practice, including: nursing process, informatics, patient-care technologies, therapeutic interventions, and holistic assessment. Clinical experiences expose students to a range of technologies that facilitate health –promotion, –maintenance, and –restoration, including patient monitoring systems, medication administration systems, and other technologies to support patient care. Students gather and document care data as a foundation for decision making for the healthcare team. The overarching goal for this clinical course is the delivery of safe and effective ‘relationship-centered care’ to a diverse patient population. Learning experiences occur in the simulated laboratory setting as well as clinical healthcare facilities. 

Modules One & Two

plusaPathophysiology (3 credit hours)

Designed to enhance student understanding of pathophysiological concepts and processes, as well as selected diseases.  A systems approach is used to explore the pathophysiology, etiologies, risk factors, clinical presentation, and diagnostics of selected diseases.  Basic prevention and/or treatment measures are also considered.  

plusaPharmacotherapy for Nursing (3 credit hours)

Designed to introduce the clinical application of pharmacology regarding health and illness. A systems approach is used to evaluate various drug classifications. The student is expected to assess, process, and apply drug-related information, including: generic/trade names and clinical uses, basic mechanisms of action(s), side effects, contraindications, interactions, parameters for safe administration, evaluation of drug effectiveness, and adverse/toxic effects. 

Module Three

plusaMental Health Nursing (2 credit hours)

A study of evidence-based practice and nursing care of patients with mental illness. Developmental, sociocultural, psychological, and situational aspects of life that impact the mental health of individuals, families, and communities are explored. Special emphasis is given to the delivery of ‘relationship-centered care’ within a holistic framework as it applies to mental health -promotion, -maintenance, and -restoration. Principles of communication as an intervention to develop therapeutic relationships are emphasized. Acute-care and community-based settings provide theory to practice application.

plusaBiblical Perspectives (3 credit hours, online)

The course reflects MidAmerica Nazarene University's commitment, as a Christian liberal arts university, to nurturing an appreciation for the rich resources of the Scriptures. Cultural, societal, and biblical themes are explored through the study of the literature and history of the Bible. Students study the development of five major themes throughout the Bible and examine biblical concepts as they relate to current professional issues and the integration of faith, learning, and living.

plusaHealth Restoration I - Theory & Clinical (8 credit hours)

Part one of a two-part course series focusing on ‘relationship-centered care’ of adults experiencing acute illness, exacerbation of a chronic condition, and/or surgery. A systems approach is used and the role of the medical-surgical nurse in caring for patients with various diseases is presented. Course content emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills for patient problems related to: the perioperative experience, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, inflammation & immune dysfunction (including cancer), the respiratory, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems, as well as concepts related to emergency nursing and mass casualty principals. In addition to caring for the physical needs of the patient, students are encouraged to consider the patient’s spiritual, emotional, and learning needs. Students continue to develop testing skills based upon the structure and format of the most recently published NCLEX-RN® test plan. Clinical learning experiences occur in the acute-care clinical setting. 

Module Four

plusaPediatric Nursing & Clinical (3 credit hours)

A study of evidence-based nursing care of children and their families. Special emphasis is given to the delivery of relationship-centered care within a holistic framework as it applies to health promotion, maintenance, and restoration. Cultural values and health needs specific to the pediatric lifespan are explored. Hospital and community-based settings provide theory to practice application. Simulation may be used adjunctively to enhance students’ clinical learning experiences.

plusaHealth Restoration II - Theory & Clinical (8 credit hours)

Part two of a two-part course series, building upon knowledge gained in NURS 3087 Health Restoration I. Focuses on ‘relationship-centered care’ of adults experiencing acute illness, exacerbation of a chronic condition, and/or surgery. A systems approach is used and the role of the medical-surgical nurse in caring for adults with various diseases is presented. Emphasis focuses on the development of knowledge and skills for patient problems related to the following systems: cardiovascular, hematologic, endocrine, genitourinary, and integumentary. In addition to caring for the physical needs of the patient, students are encouraged to consider the patient’s spiritual, emotional, and learning needs. Students continue to develop testing skills based upon the structure and format of the most recently published NCLEX-RN® test plan. Builds upon knowledge gained in previous and concurrent courses to provide a comprehensive and overall understanding of how to care for adults in the acute-care clinical setting. Prerequisite: NURS Health Restoration I.

Module Five

plusaPopulation-Based Health Theory & Clinical (3 credit hours)

A study of evidence-based practice and nursing care of populations. Special emphasis is given to the delivery of ‘relationship-centered care’ within a holistic framework as it applies to health -promotion, -maintenance, and -restoration of complex systems and aggregates in the community, state, nation, and world. Included are concepts of epidemiology, health promotion (primary, secondary, and tertiary levels), disease prevention, health policy, healthcare delivery systems, and the Healthy People Initiatives. Selected environmental components affecting community health to be explored include historical, political, economic, social, and cultural influences. The role of the healthcare provider in advocating for healthy communities is presented. Factors influencing access to care, as well the provision of care for chronically ill populations in integrated healthcare delivery systems consisting of ambulatory- and non-acute-care-based agencies, will be explored. Community-based settings, non-acute-care agencies, and/or ambulatory clinics provide theory to practice application. Simulation may be used adjunctively to enhance students’ clinical learning experiences.

plusaMaternal & Women’s Health Nursing & Clinical (3 credit hours)

A study of evidence-based practice and nursing care of childbearing families and women. Special emphasis is given to the delivery of ‘relationship-centered care’ within a holistic framework as it applies to health -promotion, -maintenance, and -restoration of child-bearing families’ and women. Cultural values and women’s health needs specific to the lifespan are presented. Hospital and community-based settings provide theory to practice application. Simulation may be used adjunctively to enhance students’ clinical learning experiences.

plusaNursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 credit hours)

Designed to develop students’ knowledge of scholarship through the research process and the role of theory & evidence to inform nursing practice (and practice to theory, etc.); to develop skills to become astute consumers of nursing research; and to apply knowledge of the research process in nursing practice. Students are introduced to computer applications that facilitate the research process such as in literature reviews and data analysis. Ethical and legal precepts that guide research in the protection of patient rights are emphasized. The student identifies standards of practice that impact patient outcomes. Additionally, students acquire an understanding of the process for how nursing and related healthcare quality and safety measures are developed, validated, and endorsed. 

Module Six

plusaNursing Leadership & Professional Issues (4 credit hours)

As viewed through the lens of ‘relationship-centered care,’ emphasizes the role of the professional nurse in creating a culture of advocacy, safety and quality through team performance. Also strives to develop student knowledge, skills and attitudes as leaders, designers/managers/coordinators of care and as members of the nursing profession. With knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments, students are encouraged to envision and shape a preferred future for the nursing profession and healthcare in general. 

plusaAcute Complex Nursing Care (2 credit hours)

A study of evidence-based practice and ‘relationship-centered care’ of patients who are at high risk for actual or potential life-threatening health problems. Students apply knowledge of systems, dysfunction, pathophysiology, diagnostic data, pharmacology, and treatment protocols in the process of providing, analyzing, and evaluating care processes of the acute-complex and/or critically-ill patient. 

plusaNursing Internship - Clinical (4 credit hours)

This course uses a preceptor model of learning to provide students an opportunity to synthesize and integrate all previous learning experiences. The ultimate goal of this course is for students to acclimate and transition to the professional role of a registered nurse. The setting of this course occurs in an acute care clinical setting where students work with an assigned preceptor to deliver professional nursing care.

Module Five & Six, Fall Semester

plusaSenior Seminar:  Transition to Nursing Practice (1 credit hour)

Designed to prepare senior nursing students for the challenges of transition from pre-licensure nursing education to the practice of professional nursing. Students will gain understanding of their relationship with the State Board of Nursing and professional licensure requirements. Additionally, students will be challenged to prepare for the NCLEX-RN® examination with a content review based upon the current NCLEX-RN® Test Plan. Classroom activities to develop critical thinking and successful test taking skills will be presented.

Faculty

Name Email Phone Number
Kimberly Brownlee, MSN, RN kmbrownlee@mnu.edu 913-971-3691
Deborah Brunkhorst, MSN, RN ddbrunkhorst@mnu.edu 913-971-3695
Tish Conejo, PhD peconejo@mnu.edu 913-971-3085
Kathi Czanderna, PhD(C), RN khczanderna@mnu.edu 913-971-3694
Dawn Ferguson, MSN, RN dlferguson@mnu.edu 913-971-3842
Tammy Greathouse, MSN, RN tlgreathouse@mnu.edu 913-971-3693
Michelle Hamlin BSN, RN mdhamlin@mnu.edu 913-971-3831
Deb Highfill, PhD dmhighfill4@mnu.edu 913-971-3837
Joanna McDermot, M.A., RN jhmcdermot@mnu.edu 913-971-3690
Deborah Petty, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC dspetty@mnu.edu 913-971-3832
Jason Robertson, MSN, RN jerobertson@mnu.edu 913-971-3845
Rachel Storm, MSN, RN rastorm@mnu.edu 913-971-3083
Gwen Wagner, APRN-C ggwagner@mnu.edu 913-971-3834
Allyson Young, PhD(C), RN aayoung@mnu.edu 913-971-3833
 

Costs and Value of an MNU Education

We know that earning a specialized degree is an investment in your future. The ABSN program is competitively priced and is a more affordable option than many other ABSN programs in the area. Even more valuable? The program's accelerated curriculum means that you can complete a degree in just one year, putting you on track for a career in nursing.

Credit Hours: 36 total
Tuition: $532/credit hour*

*Prices effective July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013

We have different types of payment options available. Total cost, including fees and tuition, will be calculated based on your program, and can be divided into multiple payments. 

Group pricing is another option available for students enrolled in a program within Professional & Graduate Studies. Enroll as a group with your co-workers, friends or family members, or individuals from school, church or another type of organization. 

Group of 3-5 students = 5% off entire tuition
Group of 6-9 students = 10% off entire tuition 

The ABSN program at MidAmerica Nazarene University is approved for the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Information and applications may be obtained from the Student Financial Services Office at (913) 971-3298 or  finaid@mnu.edu.

Questions? Contact us

MidAmerica Nazarene University
Student Financial Services
Campus Center Building
2030 E College Way
Olathe, KS 66062
Office Hours
Monday—Friday
8:00 a.m.—5 p.m. Central
Phone: 913-971-3298
Toll Free: 1-800-800-8887
Fax: 913-971-3482
Email: finaid@mnu.edu

Requirements & Prerequisites for ABSN Admission

Eligibility requirements:

You are eligible if you:
  • have a BS or BA degree in another field from a regionally-accredited college or university, OR
  • are an LPN or MICT with 64 hours of college credit from a regionally-accredited college or university, OR
  • are HIGHLY motivated with at least 90 hours of credit from a regionally-accredited college or university.
Your GPA must be 3.00 on a 0-4.00 scale. The GPA is calculated two ways:
  1. a cumulative undergraduate GPA, AND
  2. a GPA consisting of the courses prerequisite to the program (see ABSN program prerequisite list below).

Program Prerequisites:

  • 3 hrs. Human Growth and Development/Child Development
  • 3 hrs. Intermediate Algebra, or higher level algebra course (or proficiency)
  • 3 hrs. English Comp I (or proficiency)
  • 3 hrs. Public Speaking
  • 8 hrs. Anatomy and Physiology (will consider 5 & 6 hour courses)
  • 3 hrs. Human Nutrition – must be a science-based course (e.g. a biology or general science course. Other nutrition courses [health, PE] may/may not be accepted based on the course description and/or syllabus)
  • 8 hrs. Other appropriate science courses that relate to nursing: microbiology, chemistry, genetics, etc.
  • 3 hrs. Probability and Statistics – or a basic statistics course
  • 3 hrs. Ethics – other philosophy courses may also be accepted
  • English Language Requirements: All applicants to the MNU nursing major whose native language is not English must demonstrate an established level of English language proficiency through the TOEFL iBT exam.TOEFL (iBT) scores are required as follows:
  • Overall score of 80 (minimum)
  • All sub-scores (Writing, Speaking, Reading, Listening) of 20 (minimum).

Please note:

  • Students with a previous bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university are considered to have met additional MNU general core requirements. Students without a previous bachelor's degree may also need to complete other courses before starting the accelerated BSN program.
  • All of these course do not have to completed before program application, however they must be completed prior to starting the program.
  • No grade lower than a C- is acceptable in any of the prerequisite courses, and students with higher grades in the sciences will be better positioned for acceptance.
 

New Careers in Nursing Scholars:

MidAmerica Nazarene University is proud to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to offer the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholars Program to our ABSN students. The NCIN Scholars Program is designed to increase diversity within the profession of nursing. Scholarship recipients receive financial support to pursue their studies and engage in leadership and mentoring opportunities.

Learn more about the RWJF-NCIN Scholars Program at MNU


Accreditation

The ABSN program at MNU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education (CCNE; One Dupont circle, NW, Suite 530 Washington, DC  20036). Accreditation assures you of the credibility of the program for future nursing positions as well as for continued education in nursing, we are also approved by the KS State Board of Nursing. The University is authorized to offer associate’s degrees in all fields, bachelor’s degrees in all fields, and master’s degrees in the fields of Administration/Leadership, Business, Counseling, Education, Nursing and Religion. MNU was put on Notice by the Higher Learning Commission on February 28, 2012. The University remains accredited while on Notice.

 

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