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 

Master of Science in Nursing Program Adds Nursing Informatics, Forensic Nursing Degrees

by Janelle Hill | Dec 08, 2017

Students in DeSales University’s Master of Science in Nursing program can now earn degrees in two of nursing’s fastest-growing specialties.

Students can choose from the MSN in Nursing Informatics with Certification in Healthcare Information Management or the MSN in Forensic Nursing with Certification in Investigative Forensics. This is the first time the degrees are being offered in the Lehigh Valley.

“We’re utilizing the uniqueness of DeSales with these different programs,” says Dr. Tricia Bernecker, associate professor of nursing and interim director of graduate nursing programs. “They’re very innovative degrees that are going to give people a very unique specialty.”

Healthcare information technology and forensic nursing are two of the fastest-growing fields for nurses across the United States. Both specialties were chosen in response to comprehensive needs assessments that were given to two local nurse practitioner groups as well as current nursing students, faculty, and alumni. 

“For years, we educated nurses under one common umbrella,” says Bernecker. “But as educators and as practicing nurses, they want to have that specialty knowledge, that specific education. There are places that need to have this expertise both in the valley and outside of the valley. We’re one of the few universities that can actually provide it.”

Students in the nursing informatics track will simultaneously receive a post-master’s certification in healthcare information management through the completion of six courses in the Master of Science in Information Systems program.

The degree will prepare graduates for positions in bioinformatics, clinical decision support systems, mobile health applications, and as a nurse informaticist.

Students in the forensic nursing track will simultaneously receive a post-master’s certification in investigative forensics through the completion of six courses in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program.

Graduates can pursue a number of different positions, including nurse investigator, sexual assault nurse examiner, nurse coroner, forensic psychiatric nurse, and mass disaster consultant and coordinator.

The nursing informatics track can be completed online, while the forensic nursing track combines both in-class and online courses.

“The reason why we have all these specialties is because of patient outcomes,” says Bernecker. “That’s our ultimate goal: to improve patient outcomes.”


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