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How Students Can Go From a B.S. in Biology to Nursing

"Accelerate into Nursing with a Biology Degree"

Have you already earned your bachelor of science in biology degree (B.S.), and now you have decided to take your career path in a new direction? You could go from a B.S. in biology to nursing without spending another four years in college. By applying to an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing track that allows you to leverage your degree, so you can enter the field in less than two years.

One of those tracks is offered through Concordia University Texas’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) track in Austin. This ABSN track allows you to transition from a B.S. in biology to nursing in as few as 16 months, upon successful completion of prerequisite courses.

Discover the top reasons why students like you are using a B.S. in biology to follow a path to nursing at Concordia.

1. You’re in Good Standing with Prerequisites.

Your bachelor’s degree in biology has given you a great start in your nursing education. Science courses you’ve already passed may satisfy most, if not all, of the ABSN prerequisites. Plus, given the fact that science prerequisites don’t expire at Concordia, you don’t have to worry about how long ago you took classes like organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology or microbiology. To confirm which college credits are transferable, get in touch with an admissions counselor.

How the ABSN track works at Concordia

Concordia’s ABSN track incorporates online learning, on-site labs, and clinical rotations at top area hospitals and healthcare facilities so you can gain all the experience you need to graduate career-ready. Since biology plays an important role in nursing, your existing degree gives you a head start with the ABSN curriculum.

If you still need to complete a few of the required prerequisites, your admissions counselor will help you determine the fastest way for getting them done and work with you to pinpoint your preferred ABSN track start date (January, May or August). Concordia University Texas offers prerequisite courses online in eight-week increments.

2. Your Career Opportunities Are Countless.

The Concordia ABSN will provide you with leadership and management skills in organization, communication and advocacy – making you an ideal candidate for many more career opportunities both inside and outside of the hospital setting. Your career options can range from:

Inside the Hospital:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse: Work with premature and sick infants born with a variety of problems, including congenital disabilities, infection and complications of prematurity.
  • Medical-Surgical Nurse: Provide pre- and post-operative teaching, care for patients in the recovery room, and monitor patients on the surgical floor for postoperative complications.
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator: Work with hospital/clinic healthcare executives to develop, maintain and implement health plans to achieve goals.

Outside the Hospital:

  • Forensic Nurse: Investigate sexual and physical assault crimes as well as accidental deaths. You will review cases of elder, domestic and child abuse and oftentimes work in the court system.
  • Public Health Nurse: Provide critical healthcare services to low-income and rural communities. You will perform health screenings and provide health education within city health departments, federal health organizations, county health departments and mobile healthcare services.
  • Flight Nurse: Administer comprehensive critical care for diverse patients on airplanes and helicopters. You will care for patients in emergency situations and be trained to make decisions quickly.

The clinical skills and experience you gain from Concordia University Texas’s ABSN track will provide you with a broad scope of practice. This will give you the versatility to shape your nursing career as you go.

Nursing student using stethoscope to listen to patient's heartbeat

3. You Will Be Sought After.

According to the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN), nurse leaders from magnet-status hospitals, healthcare foundations, federal agencies, leading nursing organizations and minority nurse advocacy groups all recognize the unique value that baccalaureate-prepared nurses bring to the practice setting.

As patient care becomes more complex, nurse leaders are standing together and advocating for a rise in the number of BSN nurses in all clinical settings. They believe that education impacts and improves the quality of patient outcomes – and they’re right.

ABSN student working in sim lab

The AACN cites several studies showing that having more nurses with BSN degrees results in reduced patient mortality and failure-to-rescue rates. Studies also prove that nurses with BSNs tend to have higher job satisfaction levels than registered nurses (RNs) who do not have a bachelor’s degree.

Healthcare employers will see the dedication and quality care that Concordia nurses provide. Not only do they count on you to move into leadership roles, but they expect you to mentor the next generation of RNs.

Put Your BS in Biology to Work as a Nurse

Your biology degree has already provided you with a strong foundation for your nursing education, so what are you waiting for? Through Concordia’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing track, earn your BSN in as few as 16 months.

To learn more, contact an admissions counselor today.

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