With a shortfall of nursing professionals and growing care demands in the U.S. health care market, the time has never been better to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In as few as 16 months, you can take on our hybrid ABSN program and come out prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and enter the profession as a registered nurse, ready to make a difference in the lives of patients.
Read on, and discover what makes achieving a BSN a worthwhile and achievable dream.
How Does Our ABSN Program Work?
Making the transition into a nursing career in as few as 16 months is possible with our Pacific Lutheran’s ABSN program. This full-time program builds on non-nursing college credits, with applicants required to have a minimum of 60 non-nursing college credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in addition to satisfying prerequisite requirements. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, meaning shorter wait times for admission decisions, and admission counselors work with you one on one to form an academic plan for your time in the program.
An ABSN from Pacific Lutheran delivers the coursework and real-life application necessary to become a nurse. The study necessary to gain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is based on three elements:
- Online nursing coursework that focuses on the fundamental elements of professional practice.
- Nursing skills and simulation labs at our accelerated BSN site to develop your skills under instructor supervision.
- Clinical rotations at respected regional health care facilities to gain real-world patient care experience.
While Pacific Lutheran’s ABSN program follows a hybrid learning model blending digital and onsite learning, our online accelerated nursing coursework has been created to allow you to learn the necessary fundamentals for nursing on a fast but flexible pace. While you would still be accountable for meeting deadlines on assignments, you would not have to worry about attending multiple time-sensitive online lectures. This allows you to study and work at whatever time works best for you, freeing up your schedule to complete much of the work for your degree on your own time.
Onsite Skills and Simulation Labs
Our facility, located north of Seattle, Washington in Lynnwood, is set up to provide you with the strongest possible foundation in learning and practicing nursing skills and techniques. With instructor guidance, you will be able to learn the ins and outs of multiple patient care scenarios in a risk-free environment. Here, you will have room to make mistakes and grow from them, and small class sizes mean post-lab debriefs with individualized attention from instructors. With experienced faculty and fellow members of your cohort, you will be able to get the answer to every question you may have and gain experience throughout the process.
With as little as 16 months separating you from beginning Pacific Lutheran’s ABSN program to entering the field as a practicing nurse, getting real patient care experience as soon as possible is vital. Starting in your first semester, you will be able to gain practical, real-world experience in caring for patients at highly respected health care facilities located in and around Seattle. You will take an active role in patient care, especially in your fourth semester when you will be working one-on-one with a preceptor. By the time you graduate, you will have gained hundreds of hours of real-world patient care experience and be ready to administer care as a professional.
A Program that Stands Apart
With roots reaching back to 1951, the Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing has a reputation for shaping leaders who excel in their field. We maintain relationships with some of the most well-respected health care facilities and organizations in the region, and our faculty have come from work in the field with a rich wealth of experience and knowledge to share. Our ABSN program seeks to allow students to learn in a fast-paced environment, while still gaining all the skills necessary to maintain the excellence that our program has become known for.
This can be a challenging program with the amount of material to cover within an accelerated timeframe, but Success Navigators with Pacific Lutheran University are here to connect you with every resource you might need. They get to know students one on one, and take an active role in bolstering your education with personalized attention and strategies for studying and time management. Non-native English speakers will get the necessary support to apply skills to coursework, and students of every population can feel secure in the knowledge that they can succeed in this program.
You will also be enrolled in a program dedicated to student success. In fact, over the course of the past several years, we have helped Pacific Lutheran University BSN graduates achieve first-time NCLEX pass rates in excess of 90%.
Take the Next Step With Pacific Lutheran University
If you’re ready to use your existing non-nursing college credits to take on the challenge of an ABSN program, Pacific Lutheran University can help you access a new world of career opportunities and give you the education you need to change lives. Because we know that time matters when it comes to your career, our ABSN program does not have a waitlist. We enroll eligible students with three possible start dates in February, June and September.
To see if you satisfy our ABSN prerequisite requirements, contact us today. We’ll put you in contact with an admissions advisor who will go over everything you’ll need to successfully submit your application.
Success as a nurse is waiting for you. The time to achieve it is now.