You’ve decided you want to transition to nursing quickly and researched accelerated nursing program options as a way to make it happen. You’re also aware of the financial and time commitment involved, leaving you to wonder: Is an accelerated nursing program worth it? We say it is if you enroll in the Misericordia University ABSN program in Pittsburgh because it allows you to:
- Accelerate into a new nursing career. It’s possible for you to earn your BSN in 16 months through our program because we allow you to build upon your existing college credits from another field of study.
- Start your education (and new career in nursing) sooner. We have a higher enrollment capacity than some other programs because we offer three start dates per year — in January, May, and August — therefore eliminating some of the wait associated with starting nursing school.
- Learn nursing theory concepts on your own time. Part of our three-part hybrid curriculum involves online courses that you can complete from anywhere at any time (provided you still meet assignment deadlines).
- Practice your skills in a risk-free environment. Apply theories and concepts learned in online courses in an advanced setting that mimics the clinical environment. You’ll get to feel what it’s like to be a nurse without putting patients in danger.
- Develop your skills at top Pittsburgh heath care facilities. Work side-by-side with a small group of peers and experienced nurses to put what you learn in your online and lab courses to the test.
Do you need more reasons to determine if an accelerated nursing program is worth it? Consider that by earning your BSN through Misericordia University’s ABSN program, you also stand to gain:
A quality education
Dating back more than 90 years, Misericordia’s Nursing Department is one of the University’s founding programs. The ABSN program will carry on the Department’s longstanding tradition of offering students a quality education steeped in professional preparation and service leadership. As a student enrolled in our ABSN program, you’ll study and practice how to deliver safe, effective patient care in a multitude of diverse settings.
The Misericordia ABSN program’s mission aligns closely with that of the University: to provide a student-focused learning environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and respect for all persons while adhering to the core values of mercy, service, justice and hospitality. Once you graduate from our ABSN program, we’re confident you’ll feel ready to become a vital member of any multidisciplinary health care team of which you’re a part in the future.
Support from start to finish
As a Misericordia ABSN student, you’ll never feel like you’re going through nursing school alone. That’s because our faculty and staff want to see you succeed. In addition to your clinical instructors, they’ll be there to help you understand concepts you may have trouble grasping and guide you as you begin preparing for the next step on your nursing journey: a rewarding career helping others.
Preparation for the nursing licensure exam
To practice as a registered nurse, you must first pass the National Council License Examination (NCLEX) to determine you meet the quality standards to care for patients. Starting your first day as a Misericordia ABSN student, our dedicated and highly educated nursing instructors will prepare you to sit for this exam that’s so critical to your nursing future. In fact, students in enrolled in our BSN ground program at our Dallas, Pennsylvania main campus achieved a first-time NCLEX pass rate of 95% in 2018, which is above the national average.
Do You Meet Our Admission Requirements?
Before our accelerated nursing program in Pittsburgh can put you on track to earn a BSN in as few as 16 months, you must meet several admission requirements. We seek applicants who:
- Hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or have completed at least 60 credits from a regionally accredited institution.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (based on all transferable college credit).
- Complete all prerequisite courses within the specified grade requirements.
Is Nursing the Right Career Path for You?
Before deciding if it’s worth it for you, you want to know for sure that nursing as a profession is a good fit for you. It is if you:
Can remain calm under pressure.
A patient’s condition can change in an instant. It’s at precisely that moment you have to maintain composure. If you have the ability to stay calm in stressful situations, you’ll make a great nurse.
Are a great multi-tasker.
It’s unlikely you’ll ever have just one patient to care for during any given shift in your nursing career. Your ability to prioritize care plans for multiple patients, all while remaining organized and efficient with your time, will determine your success in this profession.
Working within a health care team, educating patients on their condition and treatment, dealing with emotional or inquisitive family members — all come with the territory while on the job as a nurse, and all require an abundance of patience.
Have excellent people skills.
You don’t have to be outgoing to be a nurse, but you do need to be able to communicate effectively with other nurses and medical staff as well as the patients themselves and their family members to deliver an effective care plan.
Care about and can empathize with others.
Nursing is a caregiving career, after all, so it’s important you can ensure your patients feel truly cared for, especially when it’s tough. Putting yourself in their shoes can also make a big difference.
Have strong observational skills.
Nurses spend more time with patients than doctors do, so you’ll likely be among the first to notice if a patient’s condition changes. Paying attention to even the smallest details can in some instances save a patient’s life.
Is Accelerated Nursing Program the Right Choice?
Before you can begin in our accelerated nursing program, you’d be wise to consider the following to determine if an ABSN program is right for you and your unique situation:
- It’s truly accelerated. Because our curriculum compresses a traditional four-year nursing school curriculum into a 16-month timeframe, it moves fast. That means it’s crucial you don’t fall behind or procrastinate on studying.
- You have to stay organized. The convenience and flexibility of online learning is great. As long as you stay on top of your coursework and meet assigned due dates, it doesn’t matter if you complete it right when you wake up or just before going to bed. That said, to be successful with that kind of academic autonomy, you’ll have to remain self-disciplined and organized.
- It’s a major commitment. The time commitment and self-discipline involved in a rigorous 16-month program means you’ll have to make sacrifices with your personal time. If you’re serious about enrolling in an accelerated program, it’s a good idea to have a personal support and accountability system in place so you can stay focused on your schoolwork.
- We’re here to support you every step of the way! While accelerated nursing school may seem intimidating at times, from your first contact with our admissions team all the way through graduation we’re here for you and want to see you succeed!
Accelerated nursing programs are worth it if you’re dedicated, motivated and have a passion for caring for others. It’s a major commitment, but in the end, you’ll have all the knowledge and skills to become a confident, competent nurse in as few as 16 months.
Ready to get moving on your nursing future? Reach out to one of our dedicated admission counselors to get started.