Accelerated Track Nursing

For people with a bachelor’s degree in a different field who want to earn their BSN as a second degree.

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Nursing Accelerated Track

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Jewell can be done in a fraction of the time and cost of a four-year degree. We emphasize mind, body and spirit, both in the classroom and in life based upon our Nursing Hallmarks: Integrity, Compassion, Leadership, Scholarship, Excellence in Practice and Service to Others.

Why Accelerated Nursing at Jewell?

  • 85% employment rate prior to graduation
  • 100% employment rate within 3 months of graduation
  • 93% Accelerated Track first-time NCLEX pass rate in 2019
  • 100% 4-year BSN first-time NCLEX pass rate in 2019
  • You will be more than a number. Our program recognizes and supports your strengths.
  • Enjoy your learning environment. Jewell’s beautiful campus is a great place to do your best work.
  • Take the lead. Learn critical thinking and leadership skills that will last your entire career.
  • Have the most competitive clinical experiences. Attend clinicals in the best hospitals and care facilities in the nearby Kansas City region.

How long will it take me to earn my BSN?

We offer two timeframes for the Nursing Accelerated Track:

  • 12-Month: begins in late May. Graduates who successfully complete the requirements of the program will participate in May graduation the following year.
  • 16-Month: Applicants who choose the 16-month program will begin in January at the start of the spring semester and graduate in May the following year. Coursework for transfer students beginning in the spring is structured over the length of five academic semesters, including summer coursework.

Accelerated Nursing Program featured on Fox 4 KC news

Dr. Leesa McBroom, nursing chair: "Our students are usually looking to make a difference in their community, and nursing brings that for them. They're compassionate, caring people who want to use their intellect and critical thinking skills, but also care for people."

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Criteria for Program Selection

  • Preliminary Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
    • Completion of your application to William Jewell College
    • Submission of official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions at which you have been enrolled in courses or have received financial aid, even if credit was not awarded
    • Applicants normally present a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale).  GPA may be calculated on applicant’s entire academic record or on last 3 years of college attendance whichever is higher.
    • One reference, preferably from an employer or a faculty member
    • Completion of pre-nursing admission exam such as TEAS proficient or better and above the national mean or a PSB with median or higher scores. (A fee required if exam is taken at Jewell. Register for PSB test.)
    • Record of successful academic progress. A student may repeat no more than one science course. An attempt is defined as enrollment in a class with the following indication on a transcript a) course grade, b) incomplete = I, c) Withdraw = W.
    • Prerequisite courses completed prior to the beginning of nursing classes with a minimum grade of C in all courses. Preference is given to candidates with B- or better in prerequisite courses.
      • Any nursing courses, such as Nutrition, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, must transfer with a B- or better
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    • Secondary Requirements

      • A selective and competitive interview with a member of the Nursing Department
      • If selected for interview, submit a resume at interview including any community, volunteer and/or health-related experiences.
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    • Course List

      Prerequisites for accelerated students are:

      • Chemistry
      • Basic Psychology
      • Microbiology with lab
      • Written Communication
      • College Algebra, Calculus I or Math for the Liberal Arts
      • Human Anatomy with lab
      • Human Physiology with lab (Anatomy and Physiology combined courses are accepted)
      • Nutrition
      • Pathophysiology
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