What is an Accelerated Nursing Program?

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With so many misconceptions, it can be difficult to understand ABSN programs and get answers to the question, “what is an accelerated nursing program?” Read about the program details at UIW and get clarity on three common myths surrounding ABSN programs.

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As more people look into online accelerated BSN programs like the one at the University of the Incarnate Word there’s no shortage of misinformation circulating about their merits, logistics and limitations. We’ll consider three common myths about an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing track and provide factual clarification for each of them.

What to Expect from an ABSN Program

An Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a direct route into a career in nursing for anyone with a previous non-nursing bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 60 non-nursing college credits. In answer to the question, “How long is an accelerated nursing program?” at the University of the Incarnate Word, you can be ready to sit for the NCLEX in as few as 16 months, fast-tracking your path to becoming a nurse.

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For more information about what life is like in nursing school, here is what to expect in an ABSN track.

Accelerated BSN Program Myths

Now that you have a better understanding of the program, it’s time to debunk some ABSN myths. Here are some common misconceptions about ABSN programs and the truth of the matter:

Myth 1: Online Accelerated BSN Programs Limit Opportunities for Learning and Collaboration.

A frequent misunderstanding about online ABSN programs is that they are completed 100% online. While the University of the Incarnate Word’s ABSN track allows you to complete your fundamental coursework online, there are hands-on components of the curriculum such as skills labs, which allow students to practice their nursing skills in a risk-free environment. You don’t have to worry about being isolated as our online ABSN students stay in regular contact with one another, academic coaches and instructors via email and discussion boards.

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Myth 2: ABSN Programs Are the “Lesser Version” of Traditional BSN Programs.

The misconception that accelerated programs are not legitimate because of the condensed timeline is understandable, but simply incorrect. Accrediting bodies hold online programs to the same standards as traditional programs. Both the University of the Incarnate Word and the baccalaureate degree program in nursing are accredited. Our online and traditional BSN programs require the same coursework, labs and clinicals taught by the same qualified faculty.

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To gain a better understanding of the challenges you will face, read about what makes nursing school so hard.

Myth 3: You Can Work a Full-Time Job While Enrolled in an Online ABSN Program.

Working while enrolled in an ABSN program is not ideal, and typically not recommended. Between coursework, skills and simulation labs, and clinical rotations, you’ll have little time left. Adding work into the mix can squeeze an already pressed schedule even tighter. Instead, it’s recommended that you focus your attention primarily on schoolwork.

Don’t Wait. Reach out to an Admissions Counselor Today.

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Now that you have clarity in answering the question, “What is an accelerated nursing program?” perhaps you’re ready to apply to the UIW ABSN track. Reach out to one of our admissions counselors today.