Accelerated Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABS) Nursing program is a fast-track RN-to-B.S. completion program. The program curriculum is designed so that students spend only one day per week on campus and all course work is completed in three semesters, which allows those individuals who are limited by location and/or employment a greater opportunity to participate in the program. The cornerstone of the A.B.S. curriculum is providing a quality B.S. completion program in a format that is time efficient.
The compressed curriculum design incorporates a blend of in-class, web-enhanced, and online courses over seven-week sessions. Each student will have a plan of study developed and will have access to a variety of support and retention activities designed to ensure their success, including: the assignment of a mentor; computer support; tutoring and writing center services; access to Penn State’s course management system (ANGEL) and extensive library collection; and online or in-person access to project staff and faculty.
Benefits of Obtaining a BS:
Historically, bachelor's-prepared nurses demonstrate stronger professional-level skills such as communication, critical-thinking, problem-solving, leadership, professional integration and research/evaluation.
Hospitals preparing for Magnet statue employ a larger proportion of BS-RNs
Higher pay grades in some institutions (e.g.VA system pays BS higher pay scale)
BS required for admission to graduate level programs
Management opportunities (e.g. many institutions require BS)
Clinical specialty positions (e.g. critical care, life flight nursing)
Career ladder opportunities (e.g. VA system encourages AD to pursue BS)
Dr. Suzanne Kuhn, RN, Ph.D, CNE, Assistant Professor, Campus Coordinator for Nursing Programs, Penn State Altoona, firstname.lastname@example.org