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College of Nursing

Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Program in Nursing

This 15-month Accelerated BS undergraduate program at the College of Nursing, Downstate Medical Center consists of 60 credits of classroom theory and supervised clinical practice. Upon successful completion of the program, the 60 credits awarded by the College of Nursing, together with the 65 prerequisite credits for admission to the College, comprise the 125 credits required for graduation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a BS degree with a major in nursing. These graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon passing the NCLEX-RN, the graduates will have the license to practice as a registered nurse.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in another discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university.
  • Sixty (65) semester credits from an accredited college or university including the following required prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II, with Labs (8 credits)
    • Chemistry, with Lab (3-4 credits)
    • Microbiology, with Lab* (3-4 credits)
    • Sociology or Anthropology (6 credits)
    • Psychology (6 credits)
    • Humanities (12 credits)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a college professor, an employer or supervisor

Curriculum Plan

Summer Session I (6 weeks) Credits
NRBS 300 Nursing Process in Health Promotion 4
NRBS 311 Introduction to Health Assessment 3
NRBS 630 Pathophysiology 3
Total credits 10

Summer Session II (6 weeks) Credits
NRBS 315 Professional Nursing Development 2
NRBS 326 Introduction to Pharmacology, Drug Calculation and Preparation 3
NRBS 330 Principles of Teaching and Learning 2
NRBS 341 Professional Nursing Obstetric and Gynecologic Clients (clinical course) 4
Total credits 11

Fall Semester Credits
NRBS 351 Professional Nursing Practice with Adult Clients I (clinical course) 4
NRBS 360 Contemporary Issues in Health Care 3
NRBS 401 Professional Nursing Practice with Adult Clients II (clinical course) 4
NRBS 470 Independent Study/Elective 2
Total credits 13

Spring Semester Credits
NRBS 411 Professional Nursing Practice with Children (clinical course) 4
NRBS 431 Professional Nursing Practice with Psychiatric Clients (clinical course) 4
NRBS 465 The Research Process 3
NRBS 470 Independent Study/Elective 3
Total credits 14

Summer Session III (6 weeks) Credits
NRBS 421 Professional Nursing Practice with Adult Clients III (clinical course) 4
NRBS 451 Leadership and Management (clinical course) 4
Total credits 8

Summer Session IV (6 weeks) Credits
NRBS 441 Professional Nursing Practice with Clients in the Community (clinical course) 4
Total credits 4