Accelerated BSN Program

The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) in 15 consecutive months.  

This fast paced format provides the same quality of standard nursing courses, laboratory hours, clinical hour requirements, and clinical facilities as those students pursuing the Traditional BSN program.  At the completion of all program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Who can apply ?

  • Individuals with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major

  • Senior baccalaureate students

New @DeSalesGraduates of this program can kick start their advanced nursing degree into our MSN programs — and the first class is FREE!*

*To determine eligibility, refer to the Graduate Secretary in the Department of Nursing for further details

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Did you know ?

DeSales Accelerated BSN graduates have an average NCLEX first time pass rate of 97%!


News & Notables 

DeSales Mu Omicron wins Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Key Award for First Time in the Chapter's History

by Jessica Ament | Nov 17, 2017

The DeSales University chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, has won the prestigious Chapter Key Award for the very first time.

“The important part, for me, is that getting a key award means that we are doing what we are supposed to be doing as a chapter,” says Karen Peterson, assistant professor of nursing and president of Mu Omicron, the DeSales chapter. “Whether we got the award or not showed that we were striving to achieve the goals that the organization set.”

With more than 500 chapters of Sigma currently active worldwide, only 88 chapters were chosen to receive this award, making this win no small feat.

In order to be considered for the award, chapters must complete an application and demonstrate how they have fulfilled each of the goals.

Some examples of how Mu Omicron attained these goals include

  • sponsoring a child in Liberia, which allows for the child to receive an education

  • helping support the Allentown Rescue Mission

  • holding conferences to foster the continuing education of nurses.

The Chapter Key Award is given out at Sigma’s official conferences, held every two years, where the society’s president sets the goals that the chapters aim to achieve. This past cycle’s goals were philanthropy, advocacy, lifelong learning, and policy.

Mu Omicron was also recognized at the regional level, winning three Regional Excellence Awards.  

Peterson says that student involvement in the chapter is critical to succeeding in years to come, and they are already “in the process for the next key award.” Mu Omicron hopes to continue its success at the international level at the next biennial meeting of Sigma, which will be held in 2019.


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