Accelerated BSN Program FAQs

Do you still have more questions about what you need to start Misericordia University’s accelerated BSN program in Pittsburgh? Read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our ABSN program below:

  1. What is blended learning?
  2. How long is the ABSN program?
  3. Who is the program for?
  4. When are the ABSN program start dates?
  5. Do I need to complete prerequisites before I apply to the ABSN program?
  6. Can I work during the Accelerated BSN program?
  7. If coursework is online, can I complete the program from anywhere?
  8. Why is the NCLEX pass rate important?
  9. How do I start my nursing school application?
  10. Is the ABSN program accredited?
  11. How much does the ABSN program cost?

1. What is blended learning?

Our 16-month nursing program follows a rigorous sequence of online accelerated nursing coursework, hands-on skills and simulation labs and proctored exams at our nursing education center, and clinical experiences at diverse health care facilities in and around Pittsburgh.

2. How long is the ABSN program?

Students can complete the ABSN program itself in as few as 16 months. We don’t factor ABSN prerequisites into this accelerated timeframe. How long it takes to complete prerequisites depends upon your academic history.

3. Who is the program for?

Our accelerated nursing program is for students who either already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or have completed at least 60 credits of non-nursing college courses. We find students who have the most success in our ABSN program are organized, self-motivated, and eager to learn.

4. When are the ABSN program start dates?

Our ABSN program in Pittsburgh has three start dates per year — January, May, and August.

5. Do I need to complete prerequisites before I apply to the ABSN program?

Yes, you must complete at least eight prerequisites to be eligible to apply for our program. For more information on these courses and our grade requirements, please take a look at our prerequisite requirements.

6. Can I work during the Accelerated BSN program?

Our full-time 16-month accelerated nursing program follows a rigorous, fast-paced format that requires significant amounts of time and energy. While we understand some students may have to work during the program, we generally don’t recommend it. Consult with your admissions counselor to help you understand your options.

7. If coursework is online, can I complete the program from anywhere?

No, only nursing theory courses are online. Our online-based ABSN program requires on-site skills labs, simulations and clinical rotations. It requires you to come to our nursing education center in Pittsburgh a few times a week to complete nursing skills and simulation labs as well as go to health care facilities for clinicals.

8. Why is the NCLEX pass rate important?

The NCLEX-RN® is a national exam all nursing school graduates must take and pass in order to receive licensure to practice as a registered nurse. Misericordia University BSN graduates’ 2018 first-time NCLEX pass rate of 95% shows our ABSN program is part of a nursing department focused on your success.

9. How do I start my nursing school application?

You’ll first need to verify your program eligibility with an admissions counselor. If you meet our admissions requirements, you can expect to work closely with him or her to navigate the rest of the admissions process. He or she can ensure you don’t miss the deadline specified for your target start date, as the process requires a lot of steps and documentation.

10. Is the ABSN program accredited?

Yes, our ABSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791. It is also an approved nursing program through the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

11. How much does the ABSN program cost?

Our ABSN program tuition is $1,166 per credit hour.
Contact us if you have more questions about Misericordia University’s ABSN program.

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