ABSN Curriculum

Over the course of our 16-month accelerated nursing curriculum at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), you will complete 62 credit hours of CCNE-accredited coursework, spanning four semesters. Each semester consists of online courses, hands-on labs and clinical rotations, culminating in a capstone course designed to help you transition from nursing student to professional nurse. The ABSN curriculum is designed to give you the skills required to be a nurse manager and leader.

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) — the final step toward nursing licensure. In 2020, 98.7% of UIW BSN students who took the NCLEX passed on the first try — well above the state and national average.

Semester 1

NURS 2350Intro to Professional Nursing Leadership3
NURS 2313Basic Health Assessment2
NURS 2313LBasic Health Assessment Lab1
NURS 2315Nursing I Health Promotion & Disease Prevention3
NURS 3325Healthcare Pathophysiology3
NURS 3335Pharmacology & Safe Medication Administration3
NURS 2125Integrated Clinical I1
NURS 3125Integrated Clinical II1
Total Credits: 17  

Semester 2

NURS 3315Nursing II: Aging, Chronicity & Care Coordination3
NURS 3311Healthcare Communication3
NURS 3545Medical Surgical Complex Care Nursing I5
NURS 3345Medical Surgical Complex Care Nursing I Clinical3
NURS 4431Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing4
Total Credits: 18  

Semester 3

NURS 3355Evidence Based Practice & Informatics in Nursing3
NURS 4445Medical Surgical Complex Care Nursing II4
NURS 4441Nursing of Childbearing Families4
NURS 4415Nursing of Children & Families4
Total Credits: 15  

Semester 4

NURS 4282Senior Seminar2
NURS 4462Nursing III: Community Health Nursing4
NURS 4650Professional Leadership Capstone6
Total Credits: 12  
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How the ABSN Works

The ABSN curriculum at UIW contains three learning components that combine to ensure our students are adequately prepared for their careers. You can plan to receive your education through:

  • Online courses: Classes are designed to prepare you with foundational nursing knowledge. Online learning allows you to cover a high volume of healthcare topics in an adaptable learning environment.
  • Skills and simulation labs: These in-person learning experiences help shape you into a skilled, competent nurse. In skills labs, you’ll learn how to perform many hands-on techniques, including inserting IVs and catheters. In simulation labs, you’ll work with high-fidelity manikins alongside peers to practice real-world healthcare scenarios.
  • Clinical rotations: These real-world nursing experiences involve work at top regional healthcare facilities, where you will work with a preceptor nurse to learn how to care for patients. You’ll rotate through a variety of specialties to gain a solid general clinical education.
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For More Information

Are you ready to start working toward your nursing degree? Give us a call today to talk to an admissions counselor about whether UIW’s ABSN curriculum is for you.