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Accelerated BS Progam in Nursing for College Graduates

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The Moravian College Department of Nursing is pleased to offer a new 16-month-long accelerated bachelor’s degree program in nursing for students who have previously earned bachelor’s degrees in non-nursing majors.  This program features the same depth and breadth of nursing classroom, laboratory, and clinical coursework that students benefit from in the traditional pre-licensure baccalaureate (BS) program, but offered over a 16-month period rather than four years.  Coursework for the 16-month program commences on the third week of August in the first year of study and is finished on the third week of December in the second year of study.  The expected learning objectives for graduates of this program are the same as for the traditional pre-licensure BS program.

Prospective applicants to this program must:

  • Have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a non-nursing major
  • Have completed prerequisite coursework
  • Have the means necessary to provide own transportation off-campus to participating clinical agencies several times weekly
  • Meet Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and participating clinical agency requirements to practice as a student nurse prior to beginning the program (e.g., no evidence of prior criminal activity on nationwide background checks)
  • Be prepared to engage in full-time study for 16 months

Given the rigorous nature of this program, students are encouraged to not work during this 16-month timeframe.  Students may be eligible for federal loans or other forms of loans or scholarships.  Upon acceptance into the program, applicants may receive counseling from the Moravian College Financial Aid Office, upon request. Application fee waiver and discounted tuition rates do not apply to the Accelerated BS Program in Nursing.

Students will enroll in this program in a “cohort model;” that is, they will take all of their coursework together, and not with traditional Moravian College students.  This will give students in this program the opportunity work together, form study groups, and socialize with each other during the limited break periods between academic sessions.  In addition, students in this program may request housing in the HILL, Moravian College’s newest residence hall.  Students in this program will be housed in suites together, and have the additional option of buying into the Moravian College mealplan.