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					Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The one-year accelerated second degree BSN program is specifically designed for the individual holding a
bachelors degree in another field who is drawn to the rich and diverse experience that nursing offers. This
intensive 12-month program allows students to master clinical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to
assume nursing’s vital role in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

Students will be able to change careers efficiently in a climate that recognizes your previous experiences. This
program consists of three semesters and each semester is divided into two seven-week sessions. We also offer
a two-year accelerated option and a three-year part time option. These formats are designed for people who
want to become a registered nurse but would like to advance at a less intense pace. Space is limited in these
special formats.

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing admission process is competitive and only the top candidates
are selected. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall and for the pre-requisite coursework is
required for application to the program. Meeting the minimum application GPA does not guarantee acceptance
into the program.

The priority application deadline is November 1 and the final application deadline is March 1 for the May
cohort. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a space available basis. We review applications
continually during the year. We plan to select approximately 90 applicants for admission to each May start and
an alternate pool of approximately 20 students. You will receive written notification of your admission status.
Upon admission to the program, a non-refundable $200 tuition deposit will be due. If you receive notification
of your status prior to November 1, your deposit will be due on December 1. If you receive notification of your
status after November 1, your deposit will be due three weeks from the date of your status letter.

                               Prog r am admission r eq u ir e m e nts
• Complete a bachelors degree or higher in any discipline     • Submit a complete Accelerated BSN application to the uni-
  from a regionally accredited college or university            versity’s Office of Admission (including official transcripts
• Minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale              for all colleges and universities attended)
• Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale              • Submit a personal statement which describes experiences
• Grade of B– or better in all prerequisite natural science     which have led you to consider nursing as a career.
  and nutrition courses                                       • Interview if requested by the Admission Committee
• Grade of C or better in all other prerequisites courses     • Provide proof of successful completion of a Medicaid ap-
• Applicants who do not have a minimum 2.75 cumulative          proved Certified Nurse Aide course prior to March 15 of the
  undergraduate GPA will be reviewed for admission if they      program year. Students do not need to complete the state
  meet the following requirements: prerequisite GPA of 3.0      certification examination.
  or higher; grades of B or higher in Anatomy & Physiology
  I and II, Microbiology and Nutrition; and no prerequisite
  grade below a C.




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Prerequisite courses                                    aPPlication, Fee and tuition inFormation
•	 Developmental Psychology                             Complete the attached application, enclose a $25 nonrefundable ap-
•	 Nutrition                                            plication fee (check made payable to Bellarmine University) and mail
•	 Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 hours)                   your application and official college transcripts (with proof of degree)
•	 Microbiology                                         to the Office of Admission. Official college transcripts must come directly
•	 Ethics                                               from your institution to Bellarmine University.
•	 Statistics
                                                        Tuition and Fees for 2010
                                                        Full-time undergraduate tuition for one semester Accel. BSN: $14,580*
additional admission                                    Part-time undergraduate tuition part-time special formats: $690**
requirements                                            Full-time undergraduate comprehensive fee: $575 per semester
                                                        Part-time undergraduate comprehensive fee: $45 per course
If any transcripts or undergraduate degree(s) are
                                                        * per semester, totals $43,740
from an international institution you must provide
                                                        ** per credit hour
an official copy of a third party course by course
credential evaluation. The following organizations
                                                        The comprehensive fee for students includes student activities, tech-
offer this service and information regarding pro-
                                                        nology, printing allowance, parking, drop/add, and transcript fees.
cesses and fees is available at: www.aacrao.org/
international/, www.wes.org and www.ece.org.
                                                        Tuition and fee rates for students who select the one year Accelerated
                                                        BSN program will remain at the above rate for the duration of their
If your undergraduate degree is from an inter-
                                                        three semester enrollment. Rates for students who select a part-time
national institution, you were born outside the
                                                        special format or who leave the one year format are subject to tuition
United States, or English is your second language,
                                                        increases.
you will be required to take the TOEFLiBT
(internet-based test) and receive a total score of 83
                                                        Additional expenses for the nursing major include books, nurse packs,
or higher and a 26 or higher on the speaking test.
                                                        uniforms, transportation and personal living expenses. Lab fees are
We will also consider an equivalent score on the
                                                        required in most nursing courses and cover the cost of maintaining
IELTS or MELAB tests. If you desire to request
                                                        the supplies for the nursing skills lab and physical assessment lab. Stu-
a TOEFL waiver, you must submit a written re-
                                                        dent insurance and handbooks are also covered by the lab fee. Other
quest to the Nursing Admission, Progression and
                                                        outside personal expenses include obtaining proof for the required
Graduation Committee. The Nursing Admission,
                                                        health records, immunizations and CPR certification. Clinical assign-
Progression and Graduation Committee reserves
                                                        ments involve a variety of facilities and agencies in the Kentuckiana
the right to require a TOEFL from any applicant.
                                                        area. You are responsible for your own transportation, parking, and
                                                        meals.

                                                        Funding Assistance
   accreditation
                                                        At Bellarmine, we recognize that the cost of private higher education
   Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
   1 Dupont Circle NW #530
                                                        is a major consideration for you. We are committed to providing you
   Washington, DC 20036-1126
                                                        with a high quality education at a reasonable cost. Our staff will work
   202.887.6791                                         closely with you to explore all of the resources and funding options
                                                        available. Our goal is to ensure that every student receives our best
   contact inFormation                                  offer of financial assistance and that your affordable investment in a
   Office of Graduate Admission                         Bellarmine education is a reality. Qualified Accelerated Second De-
   502.272.8258, 800.274.4723                           gree BSN students are eligible for federal student loans and may also
   gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu                        choose to apply to local hospital scholarship-to-work programs.

   mail materials to
                                                        Visit the financial aid website at www.bellarmine.edu/financialaid/
   Bellarmine University
                                                        for other potential funding sources.
   Office of Admission
   2001 Newburg Road
   Louisville, Kentucky 40205
one year accelerated curriculum                                        nursing 205 Foundations of Nursing (4)
Semester 1 May – August                                                This course is designed to introduce the nursing process,
session 1                                                              knowledge, concepts, and skills of nursing care. The nursing
nurs 205    Foundations of Nursing (4)                                 process is used to examine alterations in health status and
            Nurse-Client Interaction (3)
nurs 206
                                                                       functioning. The skills lab and acute care facilities provide the
nurs 220    Gen. Principles of Drug Classification (3)
                                                                       setting for clinical experiences. (2 hours of class per week;
session 2
                                                                       90 hours of laboratory/clinical per semester.) (Prerequisites:
nurs 230    Nursing Process with Ill Adults I (5)
nurs 311    Health Assessment (3)
                                                                       NURS 110, 200; BIOL 108, 109; PSYC 103, 218.)
nurs 312    Health Care Research (3)
                                                                       nursing 206 Nurse‑Client Interaction (3)
Semester 2 August – December                                           This course provides theory and practice using interpersonal
session 3                                                              communication as a foundation for nursing care for individuals
nurs 310    Nursing Process with Ill Adults II (7)                     throughout the lifespan. The nursing process is discussed as
Biol 300    Pathophysiology (4)
                                                                       it relates to communication and group dynamics. A variety
session 4                                                              of community settings are used for clinical experience. (2
            Nursing Process with Children (4.5)
nurs 305
                                                                       hours of class per week; 45 hours of laboratory/clinical per
nurs 330    Nursing Process with Women & Childbearing Families (4.5)
tHeo 200    Ultimate Questions (3)
                                                                       semester.) (Prerequisites: NURS 110; BIOL 108, 109; PSYC
                                                                       103, 218.)
Semester 3 January – May
session 5                                                              nursing 220 General Principles of Drug
nurs 401    Mental Health Nursing and Health Care Policy (5)           Classification (3)
nurs 415    Community Health Nursing and Leadership (5)                This course focuses on the action and therapeutic use of medica-
session 6                                                              tion. Major classes of drugs are examined for pharmacological
nurs 430    Complex Health Problems (5)                                properties and effects. (Corequisites: NURS 205, 206.)
nurs 455    Leadership and Management in Healthcare (4)

                                                                       nursing 230 Nursing Process with Ill Adults, I (5)

two-year curriculum                                                    This course focuses on implementation of the nursing process
Semester 1 May – August                                                with ill adults who are experiencing fluid and electrolyte,
session 1                                                              cardiac, respiratory, hematologic, and neoplastic disorders.
nurs 205    Foundations of Nursing (4)                                 Perioperative care and HIV/AIDS are also examined. The
nurs 206    Nurse-Client Interaction (3)                               skills lab and acute care facilities provide the setting for clini-
nurs 220    Gen. Principles of Drug Classification (3)
                                                                       cal experiences. (3 hours class per week; 90 hours clinical
session 2                                                              per semester.) (Prerequisites: NURS 205, 206, 220; Pre/
nurs 230    Nursing Process with Ill Adults I (5)                      corequisite: BIOL 202; NURS 311.)
nurs 311    Health Assessment (3)
nurs 312    Health Care Research (3)
                                                                       nursing 305 Nursing Process with Children (4.5)

Semester 2 Fall                                                        This course provides application of the nursing process to the
tHeo 200    Ultimate Questions (3)                                     care of children. The focus is on family centered nursing care
Biol 300    Pathophysiology (4)                                        with a goal of health promotion, injury and disease prevention,
nurs 310    Nursing Process with Ill Adults II (7)                     and illness management. Clinical experiences are provided in a
                                                                       variety of settings. (3 hours of class per week; and 67.5 hours
Semester 3 Spring                                                      of clinical.) (Prerequisites: NURS 310, 312; BIOL 300.)
nurs 305    Nursing Process with Children (4.5)
nurs 330    Nursing Process with Women & Childbearing Families (4.5)
                                                                       nursing 310 Nursing Process with Ill Adults II (5)
Semester 4 Fall                                                        This course offers a continued focus on the nursing process
nurs 401    Mental Health Nursing and Health Care Policy (5)           with ill adults. Emphasis is placed on the nursing care of adults
nurs 415    Community Health Nursing and Leadership (5)                experiencing disorders of gastrointestinal, renal, neurological,
                                                                       musculoskeletal, sensory (eye and ear), urinary, renal, prostate
Semester 5 Spring                                                      and endocrine function. Further opportunity is provided for
nurs 430    Complex Health Problems (5)
                                                                       the application of nursing concepts and skills in the clinical
nurs 455    Leadership and Management in Healthcare (4)
                                                                       setting. (3 hours of class per week; and 90 hours of clinical
                                                                       per semester.) (Prerequisites: NURS 230, 311.)
nursing 311 Health Assessment (3)                                            nursing 415 Community Health Nursing and
This course focuses on health assessment of the adult client.                Leadership (4‑5)
Students will develop skills for obtaining health histories                  This course provides an overview of community and public
and performing physical examinations and documentation.                      health and on the nurse’s role in health theory and practice.
(2 hours of class per week; and 45 hours of laboratory per                   The focus is health promotion and disease prevention across
semester.) (Prerequisites for prelicensure students: NURS                    the lifespan. The provision and management of care for in-
205, 206, 220.)                                                              dividuals, families, and groups is emphasized. This class is 4
                                                                             credits for accelerated students and 5 credits for traditional
nursing 312 Health Care Research (3)                                         students. (2 hours of class per week; and 90 hours of clinical
This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of              per semester.) (Prerequisites: NURS 305, 330.)
evidence-based practice. It includes examination of selected
health care research for applicability to clinical practice.                 nursing 430 Complex Health Problems (5)
Critical analysis of health care research studies is emphasized.             This course focuses on the provision of professional nursing
(Pre/corequisite: MATH 205.)                                                 care to clients with complex health problems. Emphasis is
                                                                             placed on use of the nursing process with individuals and
nursing 330 Nursing Process with Women and                                   families in secondary or tertiary settings. (3 hours of class per
Childbearing Families (4.5)                                                  week; and 90 hours of clinical per semester.) (Prerequisite:
This course focuses on a wellness approach to the develop-                   NURS 305, 330.)
mental changes women experience. The nursing process will
be used to meet the health care needs of childbearing families               nursing 455 Health Care Management and
and women throughout the lifespan. (3 hours of class per                     Professional Issues (4)
week; and 67.5 hours of clinical per semester.) (Prerequisites:              This course addresses trends, issues, and the economic and
NURS 310, 312; BIOL 300.)                                                    political aspects of health care organizations. The role of the
                                                                             nurse as a leader and manager in the provision of nursing care
nursing 401 Mental Health Nursing and                                        within health care organizations is emphasized. (3 hours of
Health Care Policy (5)                                                       class per week; and 45 hours of clinical per semester) (Pre-
The focus of this course is on the theory and practice of psy-               requisites: Nurs. 305, 330.)
chiatric mental health nursing in the hospital and community.
Emphasis is on using the nursing process to develop therapeu-
tic relationships with individuals. The American health care
delivery system will be examined and compared to selected
international systems. Issues in health policy and legislation
will be examined. (3 hours of class per week; and 90 hours of
clinical per semester.) (Prerequisites: NURS 305, 330.)




   KBn regulation on mandatory rePorting oF criminal convictions
   An applicant for an RN license in Kentucky must report and submit documentation of felonies and/or misdemeanors. The applicant is
   required to report and submit the following documentation on the RN license application under Criminal History:

   x   All Felonies: Certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation

   x   All Misdemeanors received within 5 years of the date of application: Certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation

   x   All DUIs (Driving Under the Influence): Certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation

   x   All Misdemeanors received prior to 5 years of the date of application: No documentation required

   x   Traffic offenses, other than DUIs, do not have to be reported.

   “The statute [KRS 314.091(1)(b)] states that the Kentucky Board of Nursing may take action on any felony or a misdemeanor that involved
   drugs, alcohol, fraud, deceit, falsification of records, a breach of trust, physical harm or endangerment to others, dishonesty, or sexual
   offenses. The Kentucky Board of Nursing can deny an application for a license for criminal convictions(s). Denial of licensure is a formal
   disciplinary action.”
         Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing Application

This application is for:               May of 2011                        May of 2012                         May of 2013

I will be attending:                   Full-time                          Part-time

I will be following the:               1 Year Accelerated Plan            2 Year Part-time Plan               3 Year Part-time Plan




Personal data
Name
              LAST                         FIRST                        MIDDLe                       MAIDeN


Preferred Name                             Social Security Number                                               Gender

Place of Birth                                                                           Date of Birth
                         CITy               STATe/PROvINCe               COUNTRy


Permanent Address
                                                                        STReeT ADDReSS




  CITy                            COUNTy                        STATe/PROvINCe            ZIP CODe                        COUNTRy



Home Phone (             )                              Work Number (        )                                Extension

Cell Phone (         )                                 Email Address

Citizenship          U.S.         Permanent U.S. Resident           Non U.S. Citizen

If you are not a U.S. citizen, what is your country of citizenship?

What is your current country of residence?

Is English your first language?        Yes           No

Are you Hispanic or Latino?           Yes            No

In addition, select one or more of the following racial categories to describe yourself:
   American Indian or Alaskan Native                     Asian              Black or African American
   Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander             White



educational data
Please list all colleges and/or universities you have attended.
INSTITUTION                          LOCATION                     DATeS ATTeNDeD                  DeGRee ReCeIveD                   GPA
educational data
Do you plan on taking prerequisite courses at Bellarmine before your program starts?        Yes      No

If so, which semester do you plan to enroll in prerequisites?    Fall of               Spring of          Summer of




Prerequisite college courses taKen
 course                                                            semester/year           course title     institution


 Statistics (Grade of C or better)
 Microbiology (Grade of B- or better)
 Anatomy and Physiology I (Grade of B- or better)
 Anatomy and Physiology II (Grade of B- or better)
 Nutrition (Grade of B- or better)
 Ethics (Grade of C or better)
 Lifespan Development (Grade of C or better)



List prerequisite courses that must be completed before entering the Accelerated BSN, including anticipated
completion dates.


 course                                                            semester/year           course title     institution




Please be sure to attach your personal statement which describes experiences which have led you to consider
nursing as a career.
BacKground data
Have you ever been dismissed from a college or university for disciplinary reasons,
or been sanctioned by a disciplinary board?     Yes         No

If yes, from where?
A release will be mailed to you. You must sign and complete the form and mail it back to the Office of Admission at Bellarmine University one month prior
to the first week of classes. This form will be mailed to your current Dean of Students asking for an explanation of the sanction and circumstances.


Have you ever been convicted of a felony?                           Yes            No
If you answered yes to either of the last two questions, please explain on a separate sheet of paper how you were held accountable (i.e., outcomes, sanctions),
when the incident occurred and any additional information you wish to provide. Please note that we may need to request additional information.




signature oF aPPlicant
I declare that the information provided on this form is true, correct and complete. Bellarmine University has my permission to
verify information by obtaining documents as needed. I understand that providing false information may result in Bellarmine
University revoking my status as an accepted or enrolled student. Also, I grant Bellarmine University or its appointee(s) permission
to post my personal and academic information on Bellarmine’s secured, password protected intranet and student portal.


Signature                                                                                                           Date


      Bellarmine University admits qualified students of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges,
       programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation,
      race, disability, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and
                       athletic and other school administered programs. Bellarmine University is an Affirmative Action-equal Opportunity employer.
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