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Is an Accelerated Nursing Program Worth It?

Our ABSN Program = a Worthwhile Investment

An accelerated nursing school is a great educational option if you want to transition into the nursing profession sooner rather than later.

But we’ll be among the first to admit that enrolling in an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program does require a major investment in dedication and money. However, we’re also here to tell you that an accelerated BSN is worth it, especially if you decide to pursue it through Averett University’s 16-month ABSN program.

While we can’t speak for all accelerated nursing programs, the Averett ABSN program is worth it because it gives you greater access to:

An Earlier Start Date

You worked hard to earn your existing non-nursing bachelor’s degree or college credits. So even if you decide nursing school is the path for you instead, it makes sense you’d want all that hard work to count for something. On the other hand, you also don’t want to spend any more time pursuing a new degree than necessary.

At the Averett University ABSN program, we get that. That’s why we designed our 16-month hybrid curriculum to build upon your previous learning experiences. Unlike other ABSN programs, we require at least 60 non-nursing college credits OR a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. In fact, the Averett ABSN program is the only accelerated nursing program in Virginia that doesn’t require a completed bachelor’s degree for admission.

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Plus, by focusing solely on nursing coursework, we’re able to accommodate more career-ready nurses sooner than traditional four-year BSN programs that offer only one start date per year. Our ABSN program offers three start dates per year — in January, May and August.

Admissions Support for Prospective Students

Transitioning into a new nursing career can seem intimidating, especially if you have no prior health care experience. Having someone by your side throughout the entire process of getting into nursing school can go a long way toward boosting your confidence and making you feel like accelerated nursing school — and a rewarding nursing career — is possible for you.

At Averett ABSN, we aim to help you access a bright nursing future, starting from your initial inquiry into our program, when you’ll be paired with a dedicated admissions counselor. From your first call with him or her to your first day as an Averett ABSN student, our admissions team is here to guide you on your path to becoming a resilient, responsive nurse leader. It’s his or her job to:

  • Determine whether you’re a good fit for our program.
  • Assess your academic and professional goals.
  • Create an academic plan that aligns with your target start date.
  • Help you stay on track to complete your accelerated nursing school application.

More Flexibility with Online Learning

As an Averett ABSN student, you’ll complete your nursing coursework online through our intuitive e-Learning platform. This component of our program adds another level of accessibility to our ABSN program, as it provides the option of completing your nursing assignments when and where it’s best for you.

However, even though you’ll have some autonomy over your study schedule and location, you’ll still have deadlines and in-person proctored exams. You’ll be responsible for taking these at the Averett University Norfolk ABSN Site.

Hands-on Experience in Skills and Simulation Labs

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While you’ll complete your ABSN coursework 100-percent online, you still must learn the hands-on aspects of the profession in an in-person setting. As an Averett ABSN student, you’ll have access to a realistic and safe mock clinical environment at our program site in Norfolk to practice fundamental nursing skills such as:

  • Head-to-toe assessments
  • Wound care
  • Catheter and IV insertion
  • Nasogastric tube insertion

Once you master key nursing skills, you’ll participate in simulation labs. During these labs you’ll have the chance to hone problem solving, collaboration and critical-thinking skills in context without the fear of harming a real patient. Working with a group of your peers, you’ll apply learned skills on high-tech medical manikins to simulate real-life situations, then debrief with instructors to learn ways you can improve.

Real-World Clinical Rotations

While nursing coursework and labs are important parts of your accelerated nursing education, nothing prepares you more for what to expect as a registered nurse than clinical rotations. Starting your first semester in the Averett ABSN program, you can expect to work alongside an experienced nurse in a real-world health care setting.

Here, you’ll learn the ins and outs of caring for patients in diverse practice areas ranging from adult to mental health and maternal- and child-focused care. Under this setup, you’ll have the opportunity to “find your fit” in the nursing world and network with health care professionals across a wide variety of disciplines.

In all, you’ll complete 488 clinical hours at top health care facilities around Hampton Roads as well as 97 clinical hours via simulation at the Norfolk ABSN Learning Site. That adds up to 585 clinical hours, during which you’ll have access to some of the area’s top health care professionals. You may even have a chance to connect with hospital leadership during the Transition to Practice I course during semester 4.

Supportive Faculty and Staff

As an Averett ABSN student, you’ll have access to the expertise and guidance of our highly experienced nursing instructors. Not only will they teach you key nursing skills and concepts, but they’ll also offer a helping hand with mentoring, advice and moral support as you embark on your nursing career.

Averett nursing instructor with students in a skills lab

We should also point out that just because you won’t necessarily see them face-to-face every day, you can still expect to stay in close communication and have access to support resources whenever you need them. You can always contact your nursing instructors by phone, email, text or through in-person or virtual office hours. You’ll also interact with them in-person during your skills and simulation labs as well as clinical rotations beginning first semester.

Averett’s Accelerated Nursing Program Is Worth It

If you can’t wait to become a nurse, an accelerated nursing program is worth it. The 16-month Averett ABSN program aims to equip you with the nursing skills and knowledge needed to pass the NCLEX-RN and enter the nursing field with confidence. Your new career as a registered nurse becomes accessible when you reach out to our admissions team.

Complete the form to have an admissions counselor tell you more about why enrolling in the Averett ABSN program is worth it for your future nursing career.

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