Considering Illinois State University Accelerated BSN Program! Any advice or info?

by marmic (New) New

Hi everyone!

I'm looking into the Summer 2012 Accelerated Nursing Program at Illinois State University. Applications are due this coming January 15th, 2011! So I'm on a bit of a time crunch...

ISU appeals to me because of location (near my hometown) and cost (can't find the exact figures on their website, but I have heard figures between $20,000 to $30,000 for in-state students).

A little about me:


B.S. in Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign December 2007

Urbana High School Graduate May 2005


ACT - 34 Total, 36 English, 34 Reading, 34 Science, 32 Math

GPA at UIUC - 3.87

Nursing-related Background:

EMT-B certified March 2009

6 months (Jan. 2010 - June 2010) as Transport in Surgery Day Care

1 1/2 years (Jan. 2009 - June 2010) as In-home caregiver for Quadriplegic Woman

3 months (April 2010 - June 2010) as Live-In caregiver for Leukemia patient after Bone Marrow Transplant


1) How competitive is the Accelerated BSN Program at Illinois State?

2) I didn't find any mention of the need for recommendations or patient care experience in the application. However, it seems like many second degree BSN candidates have a medicine-related background. Will my application still be competitive with my main experience being in-home caregiving?

3) What other options do I have? (After considering Med school, PA school, Direct Entry Masters Programs, RN Programs, etc., the Accelerated BSN sounds like the best option since I have NO nursing qualifications - RN, ADN, CNA, LPN, etc. - and if I'm going to put in the time becoming an RN, I might as well get the BSN too. Direct entry Masters Programs seem to be too much of a jump, since I don't know what I want to specialize in, and also want to experience working as a nurse before considering grad school in nursing.)

4) I took my pre-reqs at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, except for Medical Terminology, which I would have to take (community college?) before classes started at ISU. I'm pretty sure they will transfer to ISU, but does anyone have more info about that? Another Pre-req issue is that my first semester at UIUC was Fall 2005 - will they still accept those credits since they are over 5 years old?

5) Is there a supplementary application for the Accelerated BSN program, or is there just the ISU Undergrad Application? (I assume I would also need to send in my UIUC transcript and other paperwork...)

Okay, that's all I've got for now! Thanks in advance for any comments, suggestions, information or advice!

chicagoing, ADN, RN

Has 9 years experience. 489 Posts

Hello, OP. I sent you a PM.


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Did you end up getting into Illinois State for the Accelerated BSN? I am thinking of applying for 2013!


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I'm interested in hearing more about the program, did you end up getting in?