Accelerated Nursing Program in San Antonio

If you feel it is your calling to work in the nursing profession, now is the time to act. With the demand for registered nurses at historic levels in Texas and around the country, there’s never been a better time to become a nurse. And, thanks to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) accelerated nursing program in San Antonio, a life-changing nursing career is closer than you think.

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Our innovative 16-month nursing track blends online coursework and experiential learning, ensuring you graduate equipped with the skills, confidence and clinical reasoning needed for professional practice. However, becoming a caring, compassionate nurse requires more than technical skills and knowledge. As part of our values-based nursing education, you’ll learn to treat patients holistically — mind, body, heart and soul. 

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How Our Accelerated BSN Track Works

The UIW ABSN was designed specifically for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or at least 60 non-nursing college credits, making it possible to graduate ready to sit for the NCLEX in as few as 16 months. Additionally, with three starts each year and seats available now, you may be able to start your journey toward becoming a registered nurse much sooner than with other programs.

As a UIW accelerated nursing student, you’ll become immersed in both the art and science of nursing through a blend of:

  • Online coursework that allows you to learn the concepts and theories fundamental to nursing when and where it’s convenient for you.
  • Hands-on skills and simulation labs, where you’ll hone your nursing skills, become familiar with advanced healthcare equipment and develop sound clinical judgment.
  • Clinical rotations at a variety of San Antonio-area healthcare facilities, giving you real-life experience under the guidance of knowledgeable clinical instructors.

Keep in mind that this accelerated format, while flexible, is not an easy journey. Earning a BSN in as few as 16 months takes a great deal of hard work and dedication, which is why we recommend students treat our accelerated nursing track as a full-time job.

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Earn Your BSN Degree

With a bachelor’s in nursing degree in hand, you’ll be prepared to make a difference daily in your career. Earning a BSN comes with many advantages, including better compensation and job security. What is more, research has shown that having better-educated nurses results in improved patient outcomes, so healthcare organizations have a high demand for nurses with a BSN.

By graduating as a nurse with a bachelor’s degree, you’ll be on track to have excellent career prospects and career growth opportunities. At UIW, we’re committed to helping students become the nurses they were meant to be.

University of the Incarnate Word ABSN Academic Calendar

View the Accelerated BSN Academic Calendar for UIW’s Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions Accelerated BSN program.

This calendar is subject to change. Updates, corrections and/or changes to the calendar will be posted online as they occur.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we’ll cover some common ABSN questions, but if you have any other questions about UIW’s ABSN track, reach out to an admissions counselor. We are here to guide you every step of the way on your path to nursing school.

1. Is the UIW Accelerated BSN track accredited?

All of our nursing programs meet applicable state and national accreditation standards, including from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Additionally, UIW is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and the ABSN track is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

2. What are the ABSN track admissions requirements?

You must have at least a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or at least 60 non-nursing college credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to meet the admissions requirements for our accelerated track. Moreover, if you haven’t already taken the prerequisite courses, you will need to take them to be eligible for admittance. Nursing students are also required to submit to a criminal background check and obtain CPR and First Aid certifications.

3. Do I need to complete the prerequisites before I apply to the ABSN track?

To be admitted into our accelerated nursing track, each of the prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0. These courses provide important background knowledge that you’ll need in nursing school. Keep in mind that you may have already taken some or all of the required prerequisites, depending on your previous degree.

You can apply to the ABSN track while you are finishing the last semester of your prerequisites. UIW can grant conditional acceptance, pending the submission of your official transcript upon completion of your prerequisites.

4. Can I work during the Accelerated BSN track?

While there is no rule against working while enrolled in the UIW ABSN track, it’s not recommended. Nursing school, and especially an accelerated track like ours, requires the time commitment of a full-time job. To succeed, you’ll need to put in a great deal of time, energy and hard work.

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5. How much does the ABSN track cost, and is financial aid available for students?

For complete details, you can visit our tuition page. Paying for nursing school is a common concern among students. When you talk to an admissions counselor, he or she will discuss how to pay for school, including the funding options available to you and how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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For More Information

If you have other questions, call today, or complete the form to have a UIW admissions counselor call you. We’ll help you find out if our accelerated nursing program in San Antonio is right for you.