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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Gwynedd Mercy University is a second degree program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. It is also a professional nursing degree.

We will consider applicants who:

  • Can provide official transcripts from a bachelor’s degree program at a regionally-accredited college or university;
  • Provide all other college transcripts that you have received;
  • Proof of enrollment or successful completion of the prerequisite course requirements; all prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to starting the ABSN degree program

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Gwynedd Mercy University aims to produce future nursing leaders. It features the same learning experiences and clinical rotation opportunities as our traditional nursing programs.

In this program, you can gain:

  • Theoretical knowledge in nursing
  • Clinical experiences
  • Research skills
  • Leadership and management skills
  • A solid sense of practitioner ethics and moral responsibility

In addition, you’ll benefit from our up-to-date facilities, professionally experienced instructors, and network of over 125 health organization affiliations.

Course Topics

The Accelerated BSN program consists of 69 credits taken over four semesters. Courses cover topics including:

  • Nursing Care of Adults
  • Pharmacology
  • Maternity and pediatric nursing
  • Behavioural health nursing
  • Nursing leadership
  • Research and statistical analysis
  • Health and Illness in the Community
  • Global Health and Health Policy

You will also complete laboratory experiences and clinical rotations, helping you put theory into practice as you prepare for a new career in nursing. Throughout the program, you will also take practice NCLEX-RN tests to help you gain familiarity with the exam format before you graduate.

Online Nursing Prerequisite Courses

Science courses to bridge the gap between you and a nursing degree

Earning a BSN as a second degree is a great way to make the transition to a fulfilling career in nursing. However, as you prepare to apply, you may be looking over your last bachelor’s degree transcripts with concern: do you know enough science to succeed in a nursing program?

If your bachelor’s program lacked a strong science component, or if you graduated more than five years ago, don’t worry. You can make up any gaps in your knowledge with our online nursing prerequisite courses. Led by science faculty, these intensive classes cover critical knowledge in science and general education with a focus on the specific needs of nurses.

They feature in-home laboratory experiences that help you apply concepts and develop lab skills you’ll need for the rest of your bachelor’s degree—and your nursing career. Best of all, the flexible online format gives you more control over when and where you study.

Prerequisite Topics

Each of our prerequisite courses takes five to eight weeks to complete. Topics include:

  • Nutrition
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Chemistry II (Organic Biochemistry)

You can opt to take all courses, or just the courses missing from your previous bachelor’s program. 

Why Choose a Nursing Career?

A career that makes a difference for patients and their families. Nursing is one of the most important professions in health care. Nurses work together with other healthcare providers, patients, and families, in order to provide care for all ages in a variety of clinical settings. Nurses educated at the bachelor’s degree level can also take on management roles and participate in nursing research. Through a combination of caring, critical thinking, clinical skills, and ongoing education, nurses can help improve the health of the public, one patient at a time.

Diverse Career Paths

Nursing offers the fulfilment of a career that makes a difference. It can also offer diverse, interesting professional challenges, thanks to the endless possibility for specialization and ongoing development. Once you have earned your BSN and passed your NCLEX-RN, you can begin to develop work experience in a field of nursing that interests you. These can include:

  • Hospital nursing
  • Long term care
  • School nursing
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Geriatric nursing

You can also become involved in nursing education, management, and public health policy advocacy. Completing your BSN is also the first step towards graduate education in nursing, which leads towards even more opportunities. Nursing presents you with many exciting career paths.

Growing Job Opportunities

Nurses make up the largest single occupation within the health care sector—and that occupation is growing quickly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 2.7 million Registered Nurses were at work in 2012.

The BLS projects that demand for RNs will rise by 19% through 2022—an increase of 526,800 jobs[i]. Additionally, BSN graduates are expected to have the best prospects in the job market, as employers look for nurses with the additional leadership and research skills a bachelor’s degree provides.

Discover the Next with Gwynedd Mercy University

Take the first step towards your degree in nursing – contact an admissions counselor today at 877-499-6333 to learn more about nursing education at Gwynedd Mercy University!


[i] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at (visited July 14, 2014).

Gwynedd Mercy University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education. In addition, our nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


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