Accelerated Nursing Schools

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All states of America is facing nurse shortages. The situation is further compounded by the increase in ageing population, baby boomers and steady growth of population and their constant need of health cares. Preparing a new entry level nurse takes minimum 2 years, whereas masters, specialty and doctors and educators take minimum 4-6 years. Such precarious condition of shortages and long period of time taken to prepare them forced the federal and state governments to search for the options, which can graduate the nurses at a minimum possible time.

The requirements of the nurses can be best understood by the projection of the U.S. Department of Labor that estimates the need for more than a million new and replacement registered nurses by 2016. Therefore, to fill the gap of new nurses and to meet the growing demand of nurses, the best and creative ways found by these nursing schools is the innovative approach of introducing is the accelerated degree program for non-nursing graduates. These accelerated programs offered at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels are formulated on the previous learning experiences, where with undergraduate degrees holding students transition into nursing.

Accelerated Nursing Schools offered BSN programs for bachelor’s degrees can be completed in 12 to 18 months. Today there are above 230 accelerated baccalaureate programs and 65 accelerated master’s programs offered by various schools in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Accelerated Nursing programs, also known as Fast-Track Nursing Education also have very tough admission criteria and an aspiring entrant to this program must hold minimum a 3.0 GPA and pass a thorough prescreening process. The instructions for these courses are also very rigorous and full time, where students are not even given breaks between sessions. The clinical training offered by Accelerated Nursing Schools is same number of hours as offered by traditional entry-level nursing programs.

The Accelerated Nursing programs also assist the students, who are opting for their higher education, as graduates of a bachelor’s degree and second-degree students find the best option to the fast-track master’s program through Accelerated Nursing Schools programs. As on 2009 AACN’s survey, more than 11,930 students were enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate programs and 5,385 students were enrolled in accelerated master’s degree nursing programs in different Accelerated Nursing Schools nationally.

Accelerated Nursing Schools by State

Auburn University-Auburn & Auburn University-Montgomery (Auburn, AL)
Program Name: AND
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
Program Name: Second Degree BSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited