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Nursing: Accelerated Direct-Entry BSN+MSN (Accelerated BSN Plus), BSN , MSN


The DeSales' Accelerated BSN Plus (ABSN+) program allows qualified students to take up to three MSN courses as part of their BSN program and provides direct-entry into the MSN Program.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree (or will have one by May) our fast, flexible, and affordable format will prepare you for beginning a nursing career. By taking three courses at the undergraduate tuition rate, students in the ABSN Plus program can save significantly on the cost of their MSN degree.

The Accelerated BSN Plus program can save students up to 22% of the cost of a DeSales MSN program.

DeSales Nursing has a long history of delivering high-quality nursing education. That same outstanding quality remains in this accelerated degree — NCLEX first-time pass rate of 100% for 2020 graduates of the Accelerated Nursing program!

  • All nursing courses, laboratory hours, clinical hour requirements, and clinical facilities are the same as for those students pursuing the traditional BSN program.
  • In your internship during the last semester, you'll receive one-to-one attention in a clinical setting with a nursing preceptor — an RN who works in the field. This will give you the advantage of additional clinical experience with an expert in the nursing field.
  • At the completion of all program requirements, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

The Accelerated BSN Plus Program is a full-time program. 

  • Class cohorts begin once each year during the third week of May.
  • Clinical hours are held Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and occasional weekends. Clinical hours can be held in the day or evening.
  • Internship hours can be day, evening or night shift.
  • Limited on-campus housing is available through graduate housing.
  • Off-campus housing may be arranged through our local realtor partnership for relocation assistance: Ken Solt at or 610.282.4444.

Admissions Requirements

Accelerated BSN Plus Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing major from an accredited college or university with a graduating cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale*
  • Entrance exams are NOT required.
  • No additional application is needed for the ABSN Plus program.
  • Completion of the following courses or course equivalents, either at DeSales University or another accredited college or university, within 5 years of entering the Accelerated BSN Plus Program, with a grade of “B” or higher**:
    • BI263: Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab - 4 credits
    • BI264: Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab - 4 credits
    • BI252: Microbiology w/ Lab - 4 credits
    • CH107: Physiological Chemistry w/ Lab (must include all 3 topics: general, biochemistry, and organic) – 5 credits
  • Completion of the following courses or course equivalents, either at DeSales University or another accredited college or university, within 5 years of entering the Accelerated BSN Plus Program, with a grade of “C” or higher**:
    • MA111: Probability and Statistics - 3 credits
    • NU 305: Therapeutic Nutrition – 3 credits+
    • PS240 Human Development (must cover full lifespan: conception to death) - 3 credits

Admission is rigorous; demonstrating minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into a DeSales nursing program.

* Applicants may submit an application with degree program still in progress
** Applicants may submit an application with prerequisite courses in progress
+ Must be taught by a Registered Dietician


We are now accepting applications for the May 2022 program start. 

More Information

  • DeSales offers several online prerequisites courses through our adult education program. Learn more
  • Prerequisites may be completed at any accredited college or university. If completing prerequisites at a local community college, please reference the DeSales University Community College transfer agreements
  • All prerequisite courses from other institutions will be evaluated for equivalency to DeSales courses. Only courses that are considered to be equivalent will be accepted as prerequisites.
  • CLEP testing is available only for Developmental Psychology. Learn more

Selected applicants will be invited for an interview on a rolling basis until the application deadline.

Applicants selected for admission into the Accelerated Direct-Entry BSN+MSN Program are accepted on a provisional basis and will be required to complete a Nationwide Criminal Background Check and FBI Fingerprinting.

The cost of the Nationwide Criminal Background Check and FBI Fingerprinting is the responsibility of the applicant. The Nationwide Criminal Background Check and FBI Fingerprinting must be completed via the process and paperwork stipulated and supplied to the applicant following an offer of provisional acceptance. No other method will be accepted or considered valid.

Learn more about admission clearances, progression policies, withdrawal refund information and more

In addition to meeting all academic requirements, students must meet the functional abilities essential for nursing practice.


In the DeSales University Accelerated Direct-Entry BSN+MSN program, your courses will move quickly. However, you'll have the benefit of supportive, hands-on faculty to guide you through the program.

Here's a glimpse at a sample schedule for the 15-month Accelerated BSN Plus program. All nursing classes are held on-campus at the Center Valley site.  Please note: MSN courses may be offered in an online format.

Summer I Semester

Session 1 (begins in mid-May)

  • NU 205 - Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NU 215 - Health and Physical Assessment

Session 1-2

  • NU 220 - Pharmacology

Session 2 (July through mid-August)

  • NU 230 - Therapeutic Nursing Interventions

Fall Semester

  • NU 335: The Chronically Ill Adult
  • NU 350: Nursing of the Childbearing Family
  • NU 530: Applied Research*
  • NU 538: Health Informatics, Quality, and Safety**

Spring Semester

  • NU 340: Mental Health Nursing
  • NU 365: Nursing Care of Children
  • NU 370: Nursing of the Older Adult
  • NU 430: Nursing of the Acutely Ill Adult
  • MSN Free Elective – NU 522: Health Policy, Organization, and Financing OR NU 536: Clinical Prevention in Population Health+

Summer II Semester

Session 1 (mid-May through June)

  • NU 440: Community and Public Health Nursing

Session 1-2

  • NU 452: Senior Integrating Seminar

Session 2 (July through mid-August)

  • NU 454: Clinical Nursing Internship

*Accelerated BSN Plus students who choose not to take NU 530 will take NU 320 instead

**Accelerated BSN Plus students who choose not to take NU 538 will take NU 380 instead

+Accelerated BSN Plus students who choose not to take an MSN Free Elective will have four (4) nursing courses in the Spring semester, congruent with the Accelerated BSN students

Academic Catalog

Graduation Requirements

Clinical Hours Breakdown

In the Accelerated BSN Plus program, you'll complete the following clinical requirements:

  • 60 laboratory hours
  • 630 clinical hours
  • 180 clinical internship hours

All nursing clinicals are held in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Students must provide their own transportation.

Learn more about the Division of Nursing mission and philosophy, BSN program outcomes, and more

Tuition & Fees

2020-21 Academic Year

Tuition: $48,800

Tuition payable each term:

  • Summer I  - $12,200
  • Fall - $12,200
  • Spring - $12,200
  • Summer II - $12,200

Tuition covers costs of all nursing coursework, standardized program testing, and NCLEX-RN preparatory review. Each semester is billed separately and is due before the next semester begins. Tuition is the same cost regardless of your state of residence.

*All rates are subject to annual increases beginning May (Summer I Session).

ABSN Withdrawal Refund Policy

Private Grants & Scholarships

You may find the following resources useful in your scholarship search.

One FREE course for DeSales graduates

DeSales offers one FREE 3-credit, Accelerated BSN (ABSN) course to eligible* DeSales University undergraduate alumni.

*Offer effective as of May 14, 2020. The discount applies to DSU ABSN tuition only and is not applicable toward fees, textbooks, or other costs associated with the ABSN Program. For details regarding evaluation for eligibility, please contact or 610-282-1100, x1509.

How to Apply

We're glad you are interested in applying for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at DeSales. As part of the application process, we ask that you carefully review these guidelines prior to applying. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Please use the Accelerated BSN application process for the Accelerated BSN Plus program as well. No additional application is required for the Accelerated BSN Plus program.

Two ways to apply

  • We accept applications via NursingCAS or
  • Apply directly online:  APPLY

ABSN Application Requirements

  • Completed online application and non-refundable fee of $35
  • Minimum graduating cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) 
  • Entrance exams are NOT required.
  • Completed prerequisite coursework 
  • Official transcripts of all coursework taken at any accredited university or college 
    • Electronic official transcripts can be sent to:
    • Paper official transcripts can be mailed to: 
      DeSales University, Department of Nursing & Health, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley PA 18034
    • Nursing courses from other universities or institutions will not transfer; all nursing courses, with the exception of NU 305 Therapeutic Nutrition, must be completed at DeSales University.
    • All transcripts from any degree-granting institution outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Inc., with the resulting report submitted directly to the address above.  Please visit for additional information. DeSales University’s institutional reporting code is 002021
  • Two letters of professional recommendation from individuals who are able to gauge the applicant’s qualifications, for example professors, managers, supervisors, volunteer coordinators, etc. These should not be from colleagues, classmates, and/or family members. Recommendations can be electronically requested after you submit your application.
    • Personal Essay must be uploaded as an attachment in the online application portal and meet the following criteria:
    • Explain how the program will help you achieve your professional goals; and your motivation or desire to become a nurse
    • Essays must be typed using Times News Roman, 12 pt. font size, double-spaced, and a maximum of 2 pages
  • Résumé - must be uploaded as an attachment in the online application portal

We are now accepting applications for the May 2022 program start.

Select applicants will be invited for an interview on a rolling basis until the application deadline.

In order to secure a place in the class, accepted students are required to submit a $500 non-refundable tuition seat deposit; along with the Tuition Deposit Seat Acceptance agreement. Upon matriculation, the $500 seat deposit will be credited towards tuition.

Learn more about admission clearances, progression policies, withdrawal refund information and more. See important program admission details

Information for Applicants Born Outside of the United States

All applicants to the Accelerated BSN+MSN program who were not born in the United States are required to take the TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language). Official test results must be mailed directly from the testing agency to the Division of Nursing in a sealed envelope.

  • Applicants must obtain a total score of 100 with a minimum score of 26 for speaking
  • The TOEFL iBT Test must have been taken within two years of application to the program
  • Up-to-date information can be found at: TOEFL
  • Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for further details


DeSales University is home to some of the most advanced simulation technology in a university setting.

Simulation captures the key characteristics and behaviors of real life clinical events and gives students the opportunity to practice clinical skills, repeat procedures, fine-tune processes, and observe the impact of their choices — all without harm to patients. 

Human Patient Simulator Lab

The DeSales family of Human Patient Simulators (HPS)

HPS, also known as high-fidelity manikins, are life-like models of the human body with software/computer equipment components to mimic human bodily functions. The HSC maintains several HPSs, including a pregnant mother and new-born infant.

Clinical Skills Lab 

Our clinical skills suite provides both a 12 bed in-patient and a 12 bed out-patient practice environment. Students can practice a wide variety of clinical skills with low fidelity mannequins. Task Trainers help students gain expertise in technical procedures and clinical skills such as foley catheter placement or pelvic examination for undergraduate students and more advanced skills such as central line placement or peripheral IV insertion, for our graduate students.

Standardized Patient Program

This on-campus suite replicates a functioning healthcare office, complete with a waiting room, and 8 fully equipped examination rooms. Standardized Patients are real people who are specially-trained to portray different patient scenarios, where they are treated as real patients by DeSales students. They actively participate in the instruction, practice, and assessment of the physical examination skills of our students, nurses, and physician assistants. Become a standardized patient 

Education Management

Our Education Management Solutions, Inc. system (EMS) provides a comprehensive solution for the labs;. Digital AV software and hardware allow faculty to capture both the simulations and standardized patient environments for further review. The results provide a digital video record of individual and team performance, which assist in evaluating a student’s performance when faced with realistic clinical challenges.

Simulation Lab in Gambet Center at DeSales The labs in the Gambet Center are outfitted with audio-video technology as well as integrated simulation management and skills evaluation software to allow the instructors to manage clinical skills training and patient exam protocols.

Video: See the Sim Center in Action  


CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CCNE - Accredited

Office of Financial Aid - Here to Help

We'll guide you to make the best choices to fund your education at DeSales University. We can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources. 

DeSales Financial Aid Office
610.282.1100, ext. 1287
Fax: 610.282.0131
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

NCLEX pass rate data chart

Be Prepared for the NCLEX!

DeSales Nursing students are above average. Actually, they're well above the average for both the PA and U.S. NCLEX first time pass rates! 

All DeSales BSN programs averaged 92.72% for calendar year 2020.

If career preparation is important to you, you've found the right school. All students in our nursing programs have access to a test prep included in their tuition. Maybe that's why our students consistently report above-average NCLEX first-time pass rates. 

Info from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN): NCLEX Data

Learn More about NCLEX