Congratulations on your decision to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Considering how fast the healthcare industry is evolving, starting your nursing career with a BSN is a very wise choice to make. Before you can enroll in Concordia University Texas’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) track, it’s important that you’re up to speed on the prerequisite requirements.
What are the prerequisites for a BSN?
The answer vastly depends upon two things: your previous educational background and how many transferable credits you have.
In this month’s blog, we explain everything you need to know about taking prerequisite courses for Concordia University’s ABSN track in Austin, Texas. Based on your existing education, we’ll help you map out which courses you’ll need to take before you’re eligible to enroll, clarify how prerequisite courses are offered through CTX specifically, and go over more of the admissions process.
Before you can determine which courses you’ll need to take to be considered eligible to enroll, you must first know that Concordia University’s ABSN track is designed for individuals who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 60 college credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Which means, whether your degree is in business or biology, you have the same chance to accelerate into the nursing profession as any other prospective nursing student – the only difference is the number of prerequisite courses you’ll need to complete.
The following scenarios paint a clear picture of what prerequisites you’ll need for your BSN. This will also give you a better understanding of how long it will take before you can successfully enroll in Concordia’s ABSN track.
Scenario 1: I have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
Generally speaking, if you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, then depending on your previous degree, you must complete Concorida’s required prerequisites which include, chemistry, microbiology, human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, statistics, and more.
If you do, for example, have a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, it is likely that you will have to take some, if not all, of the science-related prerequisites listed above as opposed to someone with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Why? Because a solid understanding of the sciences is crucial to your success in nursing school and the profession. Taking these courses will benefit you in the long run, especially if you’ve been out of school for some time.
On the other hand, if you come from a science-related background, it is likely that you will be able to start your nursing school journey sooner. How? Because at Concordia University science prerequisites do not expire. This is a huge benefit that sets the ABSN track apart from other nursing schools.
Scenario 2: I have a minimum of 60 college credits.
If you do not hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and are applying to the ABSN track with 60 credits, then in addition to completing the courses listed above, you will have to complete the Concordia Common Experience CORE courses which involves, academic research and writing, fundamentals of communication, fine arts, US history, psychology, and other general education courses.
Q: What is a corequisite?
A: A corequisite is a formal course of study required to be taken at the same time as another.
Concordia Distinctive Courses
Whether you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 60 college credits, in addition to the amount of prerequisites you have to complete, you will also need to satisfy Concordia distinctive courses which consists of, new testament, old testament, life and leadership, and leadership theory and practice.
Life and Leadership, along with Leadership Theory and Practice, may be taken as corequisites during the track. However, they must be completed within the first three semesters of the Accelerated BSN track.
These courses bring the “human touch” to the nursing profession. They are intended to provide you with a more holistic view of nursing and will teach you how to communicate and interact with patients and other medical professionals.
Four Reasons Why Prerequisite Courses are Important:
- You’ll get “back into the groove.”
- You’ll acquire an important base of knowledge.
- You’ll become familiar with online learning.
- You’ll get in the nursing mindset.
Can I complete my prerequisite courses through Concordia University?
The answer is yes. Concordia University Texas offers prerequisite courses online in 8-week increments. This allows your admissions counselor to assist you better and have immediate access to your classes and grades for a smoother transition into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) track.
A good amount of the courses listed above can be satisfied in Concordia’s eight-week, online sessions. Yet, even if they aren’t offered online or you wish to take them through another school, your admissions counselor will help you pinpoint the right courses, and check-in with you often.
“We do our utmost to help students find an option through Concordia first,” says Serena Smith, an admissions counselor for the ABSN track. “For students missing CORE classes, we offer many online eight-week sessions, but because students in this situation are fewer and further in between, sometimes lack of demand does not allow us to offer one online. When this happens, we always have 16-week in-person courses.”
Get started on your prerequisite courses today!
Now that you know more about Concordia University’s prerequisite requirements, you can see why it’s rather difficult to give a straightforward answer to the question: what are the prerequisites for a BSN?
If you still have questions about the number of prerequisite courses you will need to be considered eligible to enroll in the Accelerated BSN track, contact an admissions counselor today. After reviewing your transcripts, he or she will identify any prerequisite courses you will need to take. He or she will also steer you in the right direction on what, if anything, you can do to improve your existing GPA.