ABSN Curriculum

Over the course of our 16-month accelerated nursing curriculum, you will complete 62 credit hours of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited coursework, spanning four full-time semesters.

Semester I

CourseDescriptionCredits
NURS 2350Intro to Professional Nursing Leadership 3
NURS 2313Basic Health Assessment 2
NURS 2313LBasic Health Assessment Lab 1
NURS 2315Nursing I Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
NURS 3325Healthcare Pathophysiology 3
NURS 3335Pharmacology & Safe Medication Administration 3
NURS 2125Integrated Clinical I 1
NURS 3123Integrated Clinical II 1
Total Credits: 17

Semester II

CourseDescriptionCredits
NURS 3315Nursing II: Aging, Chronicity & Care Coordination 3
NURS 3311Healthcare Communication 3
NURS 3545Medical Surgical Complex Care Nursing I 5
NURS 3345Medical Surgical Complex Care Nursing I Clinical 3
NURS 4431Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 4
Total Credits: 18

Semester III

CourseDescriptionCredits
NURS 3355Evidence Based Practice & Informatics in Nursing 3
NURS 4445Medical Surgical Complex Care Nursing II 4
NURS 4441Nursing of Childbearing Families 4
NURS 4415Nursing of Children & Families 4
Total Credits: 15

Semester IV

CourseDescriptionCredits
NURS 4282Senior Seminar 2
NURS 4462Nursing III: Community Health Nursing 4
NURS 4650Professional Leadership Capstone 6
Total Credits: 12

Components of ABSN Curriculum

Our ABSN track follows a blended learning model, which includes:

  • Online coursework: Using our engaging e-Learning platform, you’ll gain a solid understanding of nursing theory and fundamentals. Though you will be responsible for meeting deadlines, you can opt to complete your coursework wherever and whenever it’s convenient for you.
  • Skills and simulation labs: You’ll practice and hone hands-on nursing skills from the simple to the complex in our state-of-the-art ABSN Learning Site in San Antonio. In our simulation labs, you’ll build critical thinking skills and clinical judgment by caring for mock patients (played by classmates or instructors and hi-fidelity medical manikins.)
  • In-person clinical rotations: You’ll gain more than 900 hours of clinical experience through our strong community partnerships at top area healthcare facilities. You’ll begin in an observational role and progress to providing care under the supervision of our clinical staff.

Our curriculum culminates in a capstone course — designed to help you transition from nursing student to professional nurse and give you the skills required to be a nurse manager and leader.

Next Steps

Once you graduate from our Accelerated BSN track, you’ll be ready to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) — which every nursing student must pass to become a licensed, practicing nurse. In 2020, 98.73% of the University of the Incarnate Word BSN students who took the NCLEX passed on the first try — well above the state average.

Are you ready to start working toward your nursing degree? Contact us today to talk to an admissions counselor about whether our accelerated nursing curriculum is for you.

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