Accelerated BSN program at ASU

  1. Anyone out there apply to the accelerated program at ASU? Does anyone know anything about the program?
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    Joined: Feb '09; Posts: 7


  3. by   srleslie
    Here is the website below:

    The advisor, can be concated via her email at the bottom of the page. Your question is too vague for me to answer. If you have any specific questions, I'd be happty to tell you what i know.

    Last edit by sirI on Feb 12, '09 : Reason: please do not post names of individuals on the public boards
  4. by   HealthNut12
    I would also like some information on the ABSN program at ASU. Has anyone on this forum been through the program, or know anyone who has?? Pros, Cons?
  5. by   arieschic
    I was curious as to how many people were accepted into the program and what the range of GPA's for entering students.
  6. by   srleslie
    Arsiechic, all of your questions can be answered by contacting Jenafer Way who is listed on the ASU ABSN webage. It's great to asks questions here, but I encourage you to take some initiative and find the answers on your own. ASU is the original source of information. Jenafer Way can help you with any questions you have. That's why she is there.

    If you would look at the webpage, you will see the minimum GPA is 2.5. Last year they accepted about 15 people and the cutoff was around 3.4. I found that out by asking Jenafer a while back. They will also look at your last 60 hours if it is higher.

    Take care,

  7. by   arieschic
    I did contact the school and go to their website. The only information that I received was that the number of students varies each year, and I could not get a cutoff on GPA - not much help. So I was hoping that by posting I might be able to talk to someone that has been through the program, and get a better idea of just how tough it is. I'm sorry if I inconvenienced you , but thanks for the info.
  8. by   wakeboardingfanatic
    I am also curious about the accelerated BSN program at ASU. I have spoken to Debra Walden several times and got the same answers as you except she told me the "thinks" the average cumulative GPA last year was a 3.6. They do in fact take the GPA of your last 60 hours if it is higher. I also gave her my last 30 hours as well just because it says last 30 hours on their website for their traditional BSN program. I am trying to decide between UAMS BSN program and the accelerated BSN program in Jonesboro!

    If you find out anymore info about this program please post and I will do the same!
  9. by   HealthNut12
    I hope that someone on this forum will be able to tell us a little more about the program as well, arieschic. Don't get down- hopefully someone will read this that is in the program or graduated from it!!
    wakeboardingfanatic I feel the same as you too- If I hear of anything else I will post asap! It would be nice to hear from students or former graduates!!
    I am also trying to decide between a traditional BSN program or the ABSN. Does anyone know the cost comparison between the two?
  10. by   arieschic
    I am also trying to decide between the accelerated or the traditional. I have heard from a doctor in the Jonesboro area that the accelerated program is pretty rigorous, but I have yet to talk to anyone that has gone through the program. Acceptance letters are not sent out for the accelerated program until after school has already started at UAMS - not very convenient for people trying to decide which program to attend. Good luck to everyone and if I hear anything else I will let everyone know!!
  11. by   JoycMarr
    The Acc. BSN program at ASU is very fast-paced and it is difficult to work while attending, because of the amount of clinical time and study time, but for someone who already has a degree and needs to get through something fast, this is ideal. It is very competitive to get in, and not many spots (I think they are accepting around 15 students each year) and the average GPA is around 3.5. I hope in the future they interview students also, because sometimes the highest GPA don't always make the best nurses, and I think ASU is finally realizing that, both for their traditional BSN and the accelerated. Just my 2 cents.
  12. by   HealthNut12
    JoycMarr, Does this mean you or someone you know has been through the program at ASU? Do you have any more information?> (Where to live, how many hrs/week of school). Thanks!
  13. by   tiageo
    hi, i am planning to apply to ASU for acce BSN ,my GPA is 3.90. do i need to finish all the pre-reqs b4 application? gpa of my undergrad and preqs ,what else would be their criteria for admission ,does any knows?
  14. by   agentarjuna
    Hey all. I'm currently a student in ASU's accelerated nursing program. It seems like you've gotten most of the information you needed, like how high our GPAs are and how many people are accepted. (This year they took 16 people instead of 15, but that's obviously not a huge difference.) My GPA was a 3.47, and I was the first alternate. I got in after a guy dropped out because he wanted to work while going to school (that's not possible with this program; you're in classes 40 hours a week at times, and that isn't counting the outside-of-class work).

    It's an incredibly intense program, but it is doable. Fundamentals & Essentials, your basic learn-how-not-to-kill-someone nursing classes, happen in 2 & 1/2 weeks. Other classes which last a semester in the traditional program are 9 week courses for us. In our case: we had those 2 classes in August, we carried 4-5 classes at once throughout the fall & spring semesters (with 8-hours of clinical per week, usually on Friday but on Wednesday for one particular class), we had 2 online classes in May, and now we're in our big clinical rotation phase: 10 weeks of 3 12-hour shifts per week. Frankly our clinical rotations are just like working.

    One of the biggest indicators of our success to me is that when we come onto a floor at St. B or NEA Baptist (the 2 hospitals in Jonesboro), the nurses are happy to see us. Just Wednesday, as I was charting at a nurses' station in St. Bernard's, the charge nurse asked me where we'd be on rotation next week. I looked at my phone and told her we were back on her floor all 3 days, and she did a happy little dance right in the hallway. "We LOVE when you guys are up here!" That alone tells me that we've been well-prepared for working in the hospital. Every floor we've been on has told us how much they got done when we were there. All 4 of us who have applied for jobs, even before we graduate in August, have gotten them.

    Like I said, it's HARD. It's extremely intense; it's like drinking knowledge out of a firehose, or having the dump truck of nursing backed over you. :typing But 2 people dropped out at orientation, and the rest of us made it through: including the 4 of us with kids (2 of us have toddlers, one has an infant, one has elementary age kids). One of our classmates is due with her first baby on the day of our graduation! I do not think she'd recommend you try that, though.
    Last edit by agentarjuna on Jun 26, '09 : Reason: I got my own GPA backwards!