Distance Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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[em]Distance[/em] Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Overview

Align Your Knowledge and Skills to a More Fulfilling Career

The post-baccalaureate accelerated BSN program at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing is an intensive full-time program with a combination of teaching methodologies including online courses, clinical and lab experiences, and hybrid interactive learning courses.

Students with a completed bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline will complete 62 hours of nursing course work and stand out as a Baylor nurse:

  • Program completion in 1 year
  • Gain clinical experience working with underserved communities
  • Benefit from strong academics and a well-earned reputation
  • Learn nursing through a Christian worldview
  • Change your life and the lives of others
Program Features At-A-Glance
  • Earn your Bachelor of Nursing degree from the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, ranked #25 for Most Innovative Schools
  • Main coursework is online with one 2-week, on-campus visit followed by clinicals in the field
  • Practicum requirement total: 720 hours 
  • Courses range from 3 to 10 weeks in length, with 2 admission intakes per year
  • Students learn from nationally recognized faculty
  • Clinical Placement Services for students
  • Total credits: 62
Admissions Requirements At-A-Glance
  • Completed bachelor's degree in any non-nursing discipline
  • 52 pre-req credits must be completed before start
  • 3.0 GPA on pre-req courses, 2.75 GPA on science pre-req courses
  • HESI Exam
     
Accreditation & Rankings
Best Nursing School in Texas ranking

 

Baylor University is distinguished in healthcare and business, preparing students with the skills and knowledge to stand out in the industry. 

The Louise Herrington School of Nursing is nationally recognized and:

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Approved by the Texas Board of Nursing
  • Member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Ranked by Best-Nursing-Colleges.com as the #11 Best Nursing College in Texas
  • Ranked #1 by NursingProcess.org as the Best Nursing College in Texas
Baylor's Distance ABSN Program Fast Facts

 

Is Baylor's Online ABSN program the right fit for me?

If you are ready for a career change into the fulfilling and financially rewarding profession of nursing, consider Baylor’s online ABSN program. In just 1 year, this intensive full-time program will prepare you to change your life and the lives of others. Students with a completed bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline will complete 62 hours of nursing course work and earn their BSN through a combination of teaching methodologies including online courses, clinical and lab experiences, and hybrid interactive learning courses. There will be a 2-week onsite residency as well as in-person clinicals.

The Baylor Online ABSN program is currently designed for residents of Texas outside of the DFW metro area. This fast-track one-year program is a good fit for students who fit the above criteria and want to: learn from nationally recognized faculty, benefit from strong academics and a well-earned reputation, gain clinical experience in underserved communities, and study nursing through a Christian worldview.

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Find out if you qualify for Baylor’s online Accelerated BSN program

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Program Features At-A-Glance

  • Earn your Bachelor of Nursing degree from the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, ranked #25 for Most Innovative Schools
  • Main coursework is online with one 2-week, on-campus visit followed by clinicals in the field
  • Practicum requirement total: 720 hours 
  • Courses range from 3 to 10 weeks in length, with 2 admission intakes per year
  • Students learn from nationally recognized faculty
  • Clinical Placement Services for students
  • Total credits: 62

Admissions Requirements At-A-Glance

  • Completed bachelor's degree in any non-nursing discipline
  • 52 pre-req credits must be completed before start
  • 3.0 GPA on pre-req courses, 2.75 GPA on science pre-req courses
  • HESI Exam
     

Am I Eligible?

  • Visit our FAQs Page for answers to questions regarding program eligibility.
  • Visit our State Authorization page for a list of Texas counties in which we accept applicants for the Accelerated BSN program.

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Question Four

Are you/Will you be a resident of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, or Rockwall County in the next six months?

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Clinical Placements Provided

At Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, we strongly believe in setting our online ABSN students up for success. That's why we will collaborate with you to identify clinical sites and preceptors for clinical rotations. Additionally, clinical placement sites may be potential locations for future employment opportunities upon graduation. If you already have a placement site or preceptor in mind, we encourage you to refer them to our placement team to secure. 

 

Securing clinical placement sites and preceptors can be a challenging and tedious undertaking. It is not uncommon for students to contact 400+ sites before a preceptor agrees. That's why at Baylor, we collaborate with online nursing students on the heavy lifting to help identify clinical sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. We'd much rather you focus on:

  • Coursework
  • Developing core competencies
  • Current personal and professional obligations
How Does This Benefit You?

Securing clinical placement sites and preceptors can be a challenging and tedious undertaking. It is not uncommon for students to contact 400+ sites before a preceptor agrees. That's why at Baylor, we collaborate with online nursing students on the heavy lifting to help identify clinical sites and preceptors for all clinical rotations. We'd much rather you focus on:

  • Coursework
  • Developing core competencies
  • Current personal and professional obligations
How Does the Clinical Placement Process Work?

Shortly after enrollment, you will be provided with a placement intake form you are required to complete that captures your competencies, experience and placement preferences. Baylor University will collaborate with you to identify a quality placement site and preceptor. While the placement team is securing sites and preceptors, you will be responsible for completing clinical clearance requirements in preparation for placement, including:

  • Drug screening
  • Background check
  • Recommended vaccinations

You will not be permitted to begin your placement rotations without your clearances complete. Once the sites have been approved by the School of Nursing, Baylor University will share the placement site details with you prior to placement.

What is the Placement Experience Like?

During the placement experience, you will have access to faculty and other resources to support you:

  • Faculty will be available to mentor and support you throughout the rotation with specific questions about procedures, patient interactions and general proficiencies.
  • At the end of the placement rotation, you and your preceptor will review requirements, complete surveys and officially end the placement rotation.
  • If you have multiple rotations, you will receive the next preceptor/site details.
What Can I Expect from My Preceptor?

Your preceptor is your on-site role model and will help you develop as a nurse during your clinical rotation. They will:

  • Bridge the gap between theory and actual practice
  • Orient you to the practice setting (key personnel, organization, and institutional policies)
  • Help you plan clinical assignments
  • Provide one-on-one supervision and daily feedback
  • Review and co-sign all documentation in the clinical records

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Results

Unfortunately, it seems like our program is not the right fit for you at this time. A completed bachelor’s degree is required to qualify for Baylor’s online Accelerated BSN program.

Please review our ABSN Program Overview for more information. We encourage you to re-inquire with us after completing a bachelor’s degree.

Unfortunately, it seems like our program is not the right fit for you at this time. Residency in the state of Texas is required to qualify for Baylor’s online Accelerated BSN program.

Please review our ABSN Program Overview for more information. We encourage you to re-inquire with us as a Texas resident.

Unfortunately, our online Accelerated BSN program is not currently available in your area. Texas residents in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, or Rockwall Counties are only eligible for Baylor’s on-campus FastBacc® BSN program at this time. We encourage you to learn more about the FastBacc® program.

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Baylor’s online Accelerated ABSN program may be a good fit for you. Fill out this form and get your Baylor ABSN Program Guide today.

Baylor establishes their contracts with institutions to provide us with one preceptor per student and sets requirements for the preceptors. I believe this will have a significant impact on the experience that we receive in the clinical learning environment.

 

Joanne Zuniga, Baylor ABSN Student

Joanne Zuniga, Baylor ABSN Student

Online Accelerated BSN Curriculum At-A-Glance
 
Important Dates

Now Accepting Applications. Seating is limited.

Next Start Date: January 9th, 2023

NUR 3212 - Professional Development: Foundations for Practice

Introduces the role of the professional nurse as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team through concepts such as the nursing process, standards of practice, and philosophy of nursing from a current and historical perspective. Critical thinking, therapeutic communication, and caring are also introduced as tools to enhance the nurse-patient relationship.

NUR 3330 - Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

An introduction to the concepts of professional nursing practice, emphasizing the establishment of the nurse-patient relationship, application of the nursing process, and development of psychomotor skills.

NUR 4338 - Analysis and Synthesis of Complex Human Needs

This course provides a critical analysis of individuals with multiple and complex problems and the effects of those problems on families and groups. A case-study/discussion format will be used to integrate physiological and spiritual needs across levels of care and across the lifespan.

Baylor Nursing By The Numbers
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96% first-time NCLEX pass rate in 2021

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90% of nursing students receive a job offer at time of graduation.

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90% of clinical sites provided to ABSN students were within 125 miles of their home .

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Baylor University is ranked higher than 94% of Best Colleges in the Nation in 2021 - U.S. News & World Report.

A Need for Nurses

There’s an RN shortage in Texas because of the baby boomer generation needing more care, current RNs moving into retirement, and health care reform. The need for nurses has never been greater. Here are some stats in relation to the RN shortage:

  • 1 million RNs will retire by 2030
  • Texas has the 2nd largest RN shortage in the nation
  • 17% of Texans lack health insurance
  • Demand for nurses is projected to grow 12% through 2028

Emerge as a Skilled Nurse with Baylor's Distance ABSN program

Through the Louise Herrington School of Nursing’s Distance ABSN program – an immersive,  accelerated BSN online program designed for bachelor’s degree holders – you can prepare for a rewarding career in nursing in under 1 year. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Elements of Professional Nursing—understand concepts of professional nursing and the role of the nurse as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team.
  • The Human Needs Framework—master key elements of nursing practice as it pertains to care of patients and families with a diverse range of needs.
  • Clinical Competencies—plan and deliver nursing care for individuals and families at different stages of life – including babies, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly – with health issues of varying complexity.
  • Healthcare Issues and Policy—understand the current issues and factors shaping healthcare on a national and global level and how they impact diverse cultures and communities.

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Hear What Our Students Say

Saraya Tiner shares her personal experience as a student in Baylor's Distance ABSN program in this short video testimonial, below. Hear from other students here.

Accelerated BSN Nursing Program Prerequisites

Here are the prerequisites needed before you can start your ABSN program:

  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Chemistry
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • English Literature
  • Federal Government
  • Bible-based Religion
  • World Religion
  • History 
  • Nutrition
  • Statistics 
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology

 

Program Outcomes

The curriculum is designed to provide learning experiences that will prepare the graduates to:

  • Synthesize liberal education and Christian principles in safe, compassionate, professional nursing care.
  • Practice as a professional nurse to facilitate human need fulfillment of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Utilize the human needs framework and current evidence as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  • Utilize information management systems to deliver, evaluate, and improve the safety and effectiveness of patient care.
  • Demonstrate effective communication, collaboration, and care coordination as a member of the inter-professional health care team to improve health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, moral, legal, and spiritual concepts into one's practice within a global environment.
  • Synthesize leadership and management strategies in the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level.
  • Demonstrate understanding of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory standards on quality outcomes and nursing practice

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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does an online ABSN program take to complete?

Through Baylor’s online accelerated BSN you can have a career in nursing in under 1 year.

Are the classes for Baylor’s accelerated BSN program 100% online?

Excluding clinicals and residencies, the ABSN coursework is 100% online.

Is Baylor University's online accelerated BSN program accredited?

Yes. Baylor University’s Distance ABSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE**).

What is an accelerated bsn program?

Online Accelerated BSN degrees offer the fastest pathway to enter the profession of nursing. This full-time program allows anyone with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to become a qualified nurse in as little as 1 year.

What do registered nurses do?

Registered nurses answer a calling to heal others and can work in a variety of healthcare settings. Depending on specialization and setting, daily responsibilities include: conduct patient assessments, administer medication, educate families, and much more.

Is there a Nursing Shortage in Texas?

The nursing shortage in Texas is severe. According to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, by 2032, Texas will have 57,000 unfilled positions for registered nurses. Online accelerated BSN degree programs are growing in popularity because nurses are needed more than ever.