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Toledo Campus: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure

Accelerated BSN Nursing Pre-licensure

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Critical thinking and caring are key to an in-demand career working directly with patients and physicians

Built on the foundation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-licensure program, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (ABSN) option prepares graduates for professional nursing practice. The ABSN program option is designed for individuals who have already completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing.

The ABSN is a four-semester program option, starting in the summer semester and continuing for four consecutive semesters. Graduates of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program option are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse examination to practice as a registered nurse. The baccalaureate nurse is prepared to plan, provide, and coordinate care for clients experiencing problems across the health-illness continuum.

Priority Review Dates for Admission to Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure Program

January 15 for a Summer Semester (May) clinical start


Program Overview

Built on the foundation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-licensure program, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (ABSN) option prepares graduates for professional nursing practice. The ABSN program option is designed for individuals who have already completed a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing.

Sample program of study for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure.

Curriculum effective Fall 2019. For students enrolled prior to Fall 2019, please reference the Mercy College catalog.

The baccalaureate program of study is further based on sound principles of adult education progressing from simple to complex, familiar to unfamiliar, and general to specific. The Program provides students with the opportunity to achieve program objectives through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, and competencies necessary to function as professional nurses who meet the healthcare needs of individuals across the lifespan. The following student learning outcomes emphasize Christian values, critical thinking, clinical competence, and professional development:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of liberal education (Arts and sciences) in making clinical judgments for diverse populations with complex health problems.
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills, quality improvement, and patient safety in caring for populations with complex health problems.
  3. Demonstrate ability to participate in basic nursing research by sharing evidence-based nursing practices with the inter-professional healthcare team.
  4. Employ knowledge and skills of information management in patient care technology.
  5. Apply principles of legal, ethical and economic policy related to influencing healthcare delivery and practice.
  6. Effectively communicate and collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to deliver evidence based, patient-centered care.
  7. Provide therapeutic nursing interventions that assist populations, communities, groups, and individuals across the life span whose lives are affected by, illness, distress, disease, disability or death.
  8. Incorporate professional behavior, the commitment to lifelong learning, and professional values, including legal and ethical aspects into the practice of nursing.
  9. Integrate holistic care to a diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.

Program Outcomes

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Overall job opportunities for Registered Nurses are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting. Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. In fact, registered nurses are projected to generate approximately 711,900 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. [bls.gov]

Salary Range

The national annual wage for registered nurses ranges from $47,150 – $102,990, with the median wage being $68,450. [bls.gov]

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
  2. Admission to Mercy College of Ohio.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Completion of required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the first nursing course – See list below.
  5. Prerequisite math and science courses must have been completed within the past seven (7) years with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite College Level Courses *

  • Chemistry with lab (4 total credit hours – any combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (8 total credit hours)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Basic Statistics (3 credit hours)

*Those who have already taken these courses or plan to take them from another regionally accredited institution should contact the admissions office.