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Accelerated BS Program in Nursing FAQS

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What grades must I have to be considered competitive to apply to this program?

The better your grades were in your previous degree program, the better your chances to be admitted to this program.  The minimum acceptable cumulative quality point average (QPA) is 2.75, and you must have met minimum standards with your prerequisite coursework too.   If you have specific questions about the application process, or wish to have your transcripts “unofficially” evaluated, you may contact our Program Coordinator.

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I have earned a bachelor’s degree in another non-nursing major, but have not completed all of Moravian’s nursing prerequisite requirements.  Where may I complete these courses?

You may complete these prerequisites at any accredited college or university, including a community college.  You may meet the requirement to complete the equivalent of Lifespan Development (PSYCH 207) by achieving a minimally acceptable score on the College-Level Entrance Examination Program (CLEP) examination for Human Growth and Development.

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I haven’t finished my bachelor’s degree yet, but will finish all degree requirements before August.  May I still be considered for acceptance into this program?

Yes, you may still apply, and, if you are a good candidate, you may be provisionally accepted, pending completion of all of your degree requirements.  You will need to provide official evidence of completion of all degree requirements by a specified deadline.  Do note on your application form your expected graduation date.

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I haven’t completed all of the prerequisite course requirements, but have a plan in place to finish them before August.  May I still be considered for acceptance into this program?

Yes, you may still apply, and if you are a good candidate, you may be provisionally accepted, pending completion of these prerequisite requirements.  You will need to provide official evidence of completion of these course requirements by a specified deadline.  Do note the specific details on your application form where and when you expect to complete these requirements.

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I did not complete my bachelor’s degree at a university in the United States.  May I still be considered for acceptance into this program?

Yes, but the process for evaluating your transcripts is different, and will take more time.  You should consider giving yourself additional time to submit your application materials, rather than waiting until you are close to the deadline.  Your transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES).  In addition, you must also follow other specified processes that other international students follow who apply to Moravian College (see International Students Application Requirements).

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I am not from the area – where will I find housing?

Moravian College has set aside space in the newest residence hall, the HILL, to provide housing options for single students like you who are enrolled in this program.  (And you will not need to share a room with a traditional Moravian College undergraduate student).  If you wish, you may also buy into the Moravian College mealplan.

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How many students will enroll in each class/cohort?

We will accept no more than 32 students in each class or cohort.  We are a small college, with a small nursing program.  We prefer to keep all of our classes small and intimate so we can provide the type of individualized educational experience that Moravian College provides all its students.

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How long is the program?  Can I plan time off during this program?

The program is 16-months-long, from August of one year until December of the following year.  There are six sessions with brief break periods between sessions, although there are longer breaks around some major holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and July 4th.  Students accepted into the program will be given a 16-month academic calendar that specifies break periods, so that they may plan time to visit family or take vacations.

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Is it possible to be a part-time student in this program?

No, this program is specifically setup for students who wish to complete all baccalaureate-level nursing program requirements over a 16-month timeframe.  If this program sounds too intensive for you, perhaps you may consider enrolling in our traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate program.

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Can I work while I am enrolled in this program?

This program has intense course and clinical practice requirements.  It is not advisable to work even part-time during the 16-month program of study.

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Where are the clinical agencies where I will practice as a student nurse?  How will I get to my clinical sites? 

Students will be placed in a variety of clinical agencies throughout the greater Lehigh Valley area.  However, the majority of inpatient hospital-based experiences will be at St. Luke’s University Health Network facilities.  The Moravian College Department of Nursing was originally co-founded by both Moravian College and St. Luke’s University Health Network – and has reaped many benefits from this affiliation, including preferential clinical site placements.  On average, students will log up to three days or 24 hours of clinical work each week.  Although it may be possible to sometimes carpool with other students, each individual student is responsible for providing her/his own transportation.  Some assigned clinical agencies may be as far as 30 miles or a 45-minute drive from campus.  Maps and driving and parking directions will be provided for each clinical agency by the course faculty.  Each clinical agency is carefully selected by the nursing faculty based upon its ability to meet students’ learning objectives, staff ‘s responsiveness to hosting student guests, and generally safe location.

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Are there technology requirements for students enrolled in this program? 

Students enrolled in this program will be issued MacBook Pro laptops and iPads, the same as Moravian College's traditional undergraduate students (view press release).

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Can I visit Moravian College?  Are you planning any Open House events?

Prospective applicants may schedule a campus tour through the Admissions Office. During these visits, qualified candidates may request to schedule their required admissions’ interview with nursing faculty (Please contact our Program Coordinator so she may guide you in how to follow this process).  In addition, Moravian College is planning on hosting special Open House events this winter for students interested in this program.  If you would like to be notified about when these Open Houses will be scheduled, please sign up here.

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How much does the program cost?

Tuition for the 2014-2015 cohort is $43,000 (billed as $8,000 for the first session and $7,000 for each of the remaining five sessions); that will increase for the 2015-2016 cohort but that price is yet to be finalized. This is a comprehensive fee that includes laboratory and clinical fees, MacBook Pro laptop and iPad fees, costs associated with normative-based benchmark testing, and technology fees.  It does not include the cost of textbooks, equipment such as stethoscopes and uniforms, and the cost of updating certain healthwork and background testing requirements (e.g., periodic agency-required urine drug screens, criminal background checks, etc…).

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How can I finance the cost of this program?

There are financing options available for some students through federal loans, and, for others, through loans and scholarships that are specifically available for students enrolled in health science programs.  Once you are accepted into this program, you may request counseling from the Moravian College Office of Financial Aid.

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When is the application deadline?

Moravian offers Early Decision (December 1, 2014) and Regular Decision (February 1, 2015). If you've already applied, and wish to convert your application to Early Decision, please sign and submit the Early Decision Conversion Form.  It is important to start the process early, as there are many materials that must be received before the deadline.  Part of the application process requires that prospective students interview with nursing faculty.  This may be scheduled no later than March 8.  Therefore, it is in applicants’ best interests to submit their application materials much earlier than February 1, to give ample time for the interview to be scheduled.

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When will I find out if I am accepted into the program?

All applicants will be informed of the Admissions Committee’s decision by April 1. 

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I still have some questions that aren’t answered.  To whom may I address them?

You may direct your questions to our Program Coordinator.

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How can I start the application process?

Here is the site where you may begin the application process.

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