How Long Does It Take to Become a Nurse
Posted on July 5,2017 by Concordia Texas Nursing
If you’re considering a career change to nursing, it’s likely that your top concerns are cost and time spent getting there. For most of our students, earning their BSN is a second-degree pursuit, so they want a nursing program that gets them in and back out into the job market as soon as possible. If you don’t have a previous degree, there may be a couple of extra steps for you, and we’re happy to connect you with reliable guidance that will help you figure out your path.
Depending on your previous education, you may also be able to move through certain prerequisites a little faster. Keep reading to get an idea of how long it takes to become a nurse. At Concordia University Texas (CTX), it may take much less time than you think depending on your prior higher education experience.
How long will it take me to become a nurse if…
I am in or about to graduate High School
4-Year BSN Recommended
For students about to graduate high school, CTX has a traditional 4-year BSN track. Because Concordia Texas’ Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) track is accelerated, the track is designed for students seeking a second degree or who have previous college experience. The traditional 4-year route is likely the best option for getting both a quality faith-based education and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the same time.
I have some college experience but I don’t have a degree
21-60 hours of prerequisites (Time varies) + 70 Hours of ABSN courses (16 months)
That is fine, and you may still get credit for the college courses you have taken if you attended a regionally accredited school. However, without a degree, you will have to take additional courses, which will complement the science prerequisites to give you a little more rounding on your educational background. These classes include humanities courses and a writing intensive that will prepare you for the rigors of taking accelerated nursing courses.
Before moving any further in the application process, call or email an admissions counselor to see if your previous college experience will count toward your Concordia Texas degree. Your admissions counselor is there to help you navigate the entire admissions process from beginning to end, and to help you gather your materials so that you can apply with confidence.
I have a previous non-science degree
3-60 Credit Hours of Prerequisites (Time varies) + 70 Hours of ABSN credits (16 months)
That’s great! Your previous degree from an accredited institution will most likely lower the number of courses you will have to take before getting on track to start the Accelerated BSN track. The benefit of having a previous degree before you apply is that you can skip many if not all of your general education prerequisites and move onto the science prerequisites.
Prospective nursing students without any science background will have to take a handful of science-specific courses before applying to the ABSN track. If you’re new or returning to education, you may want to spread these classes out at first until you have adjusted to the pace of the courses. Like our students without any classes under your belt, you are more than welcome and encouraged to take these courses at Concordia Texas.
To see what your personal journey will look like, make contact with a student success coordinator to plan your start date.
I have a previous science degree
0-12 Credit hours of Prerequisites (Time varies) + 70 Hours of ABSN courses (16 months)
Having a previous science degree is, from an admissions standpoint, the best-case scenario for prospective students seeking a second degree in the Accelerated BSN track. Not only will you be able to complete your general education courses, but you may also be able to skip some of your science prerequisites as well.
While we can’t predict exactly what every student will or won’t take, those with degrees in sciences like Biology, Chemistry, or Organic Chemistry should be able to move through the admissions process fairly quickly. As long as you have earned your degree in the recent past, your science credits should transfer.
Students with a previous bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences should get in contact with a student success coordinator, who can help you figure out what classes you need to get into the program. Once there, you may discover a level of ease to the program unavailable to your non-science cohorts.
The Concordia Texas Advantage: Speed & Support
You will choose Concordia University Texas here in Austin for your own host of reasons, but certainly one of them should be the speed at which you can get into a nursing program. Whether you’re taking prereq courses or not, having three start dates a year means you get to start the track as soon as you’re ready – and nothing builds nerves and anxiety like having to wait six months to several years to start your Accelerated BSN.
CTX also provides you with guidance from the beginning of your application through your first day, and from there, your highly skilled faculty – many of whom come directly from the field – will take you from that first day all the way to preparing for the NCLEX exam. Your instructors will be able to give you real-world knowledge, as many of them continue to work in clinical settings while teaching courses. Our goals here at CTX are simple: to prepare students to become great nurses and Christian leaders to take on the challenges of the healthcare industry.
If you’re ready to be a part of this revolution of care and creative problem solving, contact an admissions counselor today.