Accelerated BSN Degree Requirements

ABSN requirements

These admission requirements are in effect for students applying to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Only students admitted to the program may enroll in ABSN courses. It is important to note that not all qualified candidates can be offered admission to the ABSN program due to the limited number of places available.

Admission is based upon completion of ABSN prerequisites and other requirements. All requirements must be completed before applying to the program. Students may apply to the ABSN program up to four times. Any submitted applications that do not meet the minimum required GPA and the required score on the examination being utilized as the pre-admission exam will not be considered or counted as an attempt.

  1. Complete the application for admission into Goodwin University. Applicants to the ABSN program must first meet the prerequisites for admission and be accepted into Goodwin University.
  2. Complete the ABSN program application.
    1. Official college transcripts are required with the application if the applicant has courses from another institution that will need to be transferred in to meet the prerequisite courses required for admission or to use as proof of level of education for the admission point system. If the transcripts have already been provided to the Registrar, the Nursing department will retrieve copies.
  3. Take the examination being used for pre-admission. This examination is administered off campus three times a year, (January, May and September). The cost of the exam is the responsibility of the applicant. Students may only register for the exam when they are submitting an application or reactivating an application that is already on file. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the deadlines and instructions posted on the application. All questions regarding exam registration dates and deadlines must be directed to the Nursing Department. Students may only attempt the pre-entrance examination one time per semester for a total of six (6) attempts. Students must attain the pre-determined minimal score for whichever exam is being utilized at the time the student applies to be considered for admission. Student must complete or have already completed BIO 212 (A&P II) in the semester (s)he registers for the pre-entrance exam.
  4. Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the most recent course work (college). College GPA is based on most recent attained collegiate degree or a minimum of 12 completed credits at Goodwin University. GPA’s are not rounded.
  5. Complete the following prerequisite course with a minimum grade of “C”, prior to applying:
    1. Chemistry - CHEM 101 (Goodwin University) or equivalent.
    2. Lifespan Development - PSY 212 (Goodwin University) or equivalent.
    3. Statistics - STAT 167 (Goodwin University) or equivalent.
  6. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C+” prior to applying:
    1. Biology - BIO 211, Anatomy & Physiology I, (Goodwin University) or equivalent completed within the last five years.
    2. Biology - BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II (Goodwin University) or equivalent completed within the last five years.
    3. Biology - BIO 235 Microbiology (Goodwin University) or equivalent completed within the last ten years.

Any prerequisite courses transferred from another college must be equivalent to Goodwin University courses and must meet the grade requirement of “C+” as previously stated.

ABSN applicants who have satisfied all of the admission criteria will be selected according to the point system.

Accepted students

  • Once accepted, students are required to submit a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit to hold their place in the class. Students must obtain their own malpractice insurance and also become members of the National Student Nurse Association (NSNA).
  • Admitted students must submit a medical examination report by a healthcare provider which describes the student’s physical and emotional health prior to starting the program. All required immunizations must be completed before the start of the first Nursing course excluding the Hepatitis B vaccine series which may be in progress. If a student elects to not have the Hepatitis B vaccine series, a signed declination form must be in his/her file. All students in the program must receive a flu shot annually.
  • Students are required to become certified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Health Provider or Professional Rescuer) by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross before entering the Nursing program and must maintain certification throughout the nursing program. The cost related to obtaining and maintaining CPR certification is the responsibility of the student. Proof of certification must be submitted annually.
  • All students accepted to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program must submit to a background check and drug screening. Fees cover the cost of both. However, if the drug screen result is “negative dilute,” the student must assume the cost of a second drug screen. A positive drug screen, not substantiated by a physician, will prevent the student from entering the program. Students will be notified if the background check reveals any criminal record that might interfere with future licensure. In the event that a clinical facility finds the results of a student’s background check objectionable and, as a result, prohibits the student from participating in a clinical experience at their facility, the department will make two additional attempts to place the student in an alternative facility. If neither of the two further attempts yield a placement for the student, (s)he will not be permitted to progress with the program. Students are advised to take this into consideration upon initial receipt of the results of their background check.

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