Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

If you feel called to the nursing profession, now is the time to act. With 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 University of the Incarnate Word’s Accelerated BSN in San Antonio, a life-changing nursing career is closer than you think.

Our innovative, 16-month nursing program 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.

How Our Accelerated BSN Track Works

UIW ABSN was designed specifically for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, 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 medical 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 experienced clinical instructors.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the ABSN 100% online?

No. Becoming a registered nurse (RN) requires more than just conceptual knowledge; you need hands-on experience. Our 16-month nursing program combines online nursing theory coursework with hands-on skills and simulation labs, and clinical rotations in and around the greater San Antonio community.

2. Where will I attend exams, labs and other sessions?

While you’ll complete your nursing coursework online via our Canvas E-learning platform, you’ll travel to our ABSN learning site several times each week for skills and simulation labs, review sessions, exams, office hours and more. In addition to scheduled labs, we also offer open lab hours for students to gain additional practice, as well as quiet spaces to study and meet up with members of your cohort.

3. 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 and Texas Board of Nursing. Additionally, UIW is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Give us a call today, or fill out the form to have someone call you, to find out if our Accelerated BSN track is right for you.

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