Nursing: The Transfer Option
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, TX
Accelerated BSN track at Concordia University in Austin, Texas. As one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, Austin affords students a unique opportunity to establish new roots in a diverse, youthful, and active community. To give you and your students greater insight into our ABSN track, I’ve asked the Site Director of Admissions to share their thoughts below:
Flexibility with previous educational background
At Concordia University - Texas (CTX), we understand that life happens, and dreams are often deferred. For that reason, we do not require a previous non-nursing bachelor’s degree for admission to our ABSN track. If you have already earned a minimum of 60 college credits, you can leverage your previous coursework to earn a BSN in as few as 16 months.
Additionally, if you have completed a bachelor’s degree but didn’t attain the 3.0 cumulative GPA (CGPA) required for entry to our ABSN track, we offer an alternative CGPA calculation method that may result in your eligibility for admission.
No expiration dates for prerequisite courses
It doesn’t matter how long ago you completed your prerequisite coursework, as CTX does not impose an expiration date on these courses. All we ask is that you obtain an overall minimum score of 67 on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). If you don’t pass the exam on your first try, we can connect you with a professional tutor to help improve your score the next time around.
Conditional acceptance prior to completion of prerequisite coursework
At CTX, we understand that you want to ensure your prerequisite coursework counts for something. For that reason, we offer conditional acceptance for future terms pending completion of all admission and clinical requirements. That way, you can rest assured you have a seat for an upcoming term, provided you meet all requirements as outlined by your admissions counselor.
CTX nursing students CARE
At CTX, our faith-based approach to nursing appeals to many of our clinical partners. Our curriculum and faculty employ a holistic approach to nursing that focuses on compassion as well as clinical skills. CTX nursing students are well received by the healthcare community in Texas.
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO, IL
Nursing (ABSN) program
The program makes it possible for individuals with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to earn a highly respected Loyola BSN in 16 months. Also, eligible students have two learning modality options from which to choose. There is a Hybrid ABSN program in Downers Grove, Illinois, and an On-Ground ABSN program in Maywood, Illinois.
To provide better insight into these options, I’ve asked the Site Director of Admissions at each location to share insight on their respective ABSN program option.
Hybrid ABSN Program
Hybrid ABSN students complete their fundamental courses online, attend hands-on nursing skills and simulation labs at our ABSN Learning Center in Downers Grove, and complete clinical rotations in local health-care facilities. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the clinical sites.
On-Ground ABSN Program
On-Ground ABSN students complete their fundamental courses and attend nursing skills and simulation labs at our Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. Their clinical rotations take place in local health-care facilities. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the clinical sites.
Take note that both programs follow the same accredited accelerated nursing curriculum and offer start dates in January and August.
to learn more about the ABSN program at Loyola University Chicago contact me directly at 702-472-1505.
This new website will give directors, counselors, and students direct access to all 28 educational partner microsites including the websites for accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) programs.
The new website will provide direct access to:
- Registration for future ABSN and OTA informational sessions
- Guided access to program information, divided by students’ prior or future education
- High school diploma
- Some college education
- Bachelor’s degree
- Clear information related to program admission requirements, prerequisites, and tuitions
- Ability for students to connect directly with admissions advisors from multiple programs
- Ability for students to request a personal appointment with David Allen
Contact: David Allen
UNIVERSITY OF INCARNATE WORD (UTW), TX
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) track:
When you enroll at the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Care Professions at UIW, you advance a mission of faith-based care that began in 1869 with the founding of the region’s first Catholic hospital. Today, the School of Nursing and Health Care Professions (SNHP) faculty, students and alumni carry on that work through regional clinics, service trips abroad and other mission-driven initiatives.
San Antonio offers SNHP student’s abundant choices for clinical experiences across a range of hospital and specialty clinic settings — both civilian and military — and in school districts around the city. And more than 65 UIW SNHP faculty serve as preceptors throughout the community.
In addition to the history of excellence and wealth of opportunities afforded by UIW, its ABSN track allows students to leverage their non-nursing bachelor’s degree to earn a BSN in as few as 16 months. And the program offers three start dates per year — in January, May and August — so they can begin their studies as soon as they are ready.
To learn more about the ABSN track at UIW, please contact me directly at 702-472-1505.
UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS, TX
The University of St. Thomas Houston Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2nd Degree) program, called ABSN@UST, is located in Shenandoah, just north of the Houston metropolitan area. To give you and students better insight into ABSN@UST, I’ve asked the site director of admissions to share some of her thoughts about the program, which you can read below:
“The University of St. Thomas Houston is a Catholic university. The Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing has a historic tradition of Catholic nursing education and is led by Dean Dr. Poldi Tschirch. The School of Nursing has had a tradition of educating nurses academically, ethically and spiritually in nursing practice as a compassionate healing ministry since the University’s founding in 1947.
Over the years, we’ve also developed a reputation of graduating nurses who are highly sought after in the field — an increasingly hot commodity given the growing nursing shortage here in Texas and across the nation.
The Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing focuses on holistic nursing, which engages the patient’s body, mind and spirit to care for the whole person.
Our accelerated program offers a fast track for students with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees to earn their BSN in as few as 12 months. Its hybrid learning model combines online learning, skills and simulation labs at a program site in the Houston metro area and clinical rotations at some of the city’s top healthcare facilities.”
For more information please call me at 702-472-1505.
Did you know that Xavier University now has three site locations for its ABSN program? It’s true. With ABSN Learning Centers in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus—each one offering three start dates a year—Xavier has one of the most accessible accelerated nursing programs in Ohio.
There’s something else you might not know. The Xavier College of Nursing is unique in that it infuses holistic health into all of its nursing programs. As such, it’s one of two schools in the country to have the endorsement of the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation.
“I chose Xavier because they go by the holistic model of patient care.”
—Lauren Larrick, 2018 ABSN Graduate, Cincinnati
What does this endorsement mean for students who enroll in the ABSN program? It means that once they graduate and pass the NCLEX-RN®, they are eligible to sit for the Holistic Certification Exam. Graduates of non-endorsed schools must pass the NCLEX and practice up to 1,000 hours in holistic nursing before they can take the exam.
I asked the Site Director at each ABSN location to comment on the holistic model of patient care.
- Holistic care maximizes the overall well-being of a patient, regardless of condition or disease.
- Holistic care is not “doing for” the patient but “being with” the patient in a compassionate way.
- Holistic care means partnering with a patient instead of treating a patient.
Overall, nurses with holistic nursing certification tend to stand out in health care because employers know they have the right balance of intellect and empathy to care for patients.
To learn more about the ABSN program at Xavier University, please contact me directly at 702-472-1505.
ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY
The Online Occupational Therapy Assistant program at St. Catherine University empowers students to gain the skills necessary to become capable OTAs.
There are currently five site locations for this program:
- Fresno, CA
- Poway, CA
- St. Paul, MN
- Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
- Norfolk, VA
About the Program:
“Every day, Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) s are transforming lives young and old by helping them to live better and more fulfilling lives. As an OTA, you can work in many different settings. Whether this be a hospital, school, nursing home, outpatient clinic, or home health, Occupational Therapy Assistants are in great demand. In fact, in 2018 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the job outlook for OTAs (projected percent change in employment from 2018 to 2028) was 31%.
Here at St. Catherine University, we blend online and on-site curriculum to allow for a flexible schedule for working adults. This allows for 80% of our program to be online, with hands-on labs that can be done in California, Minnesota, Texas, or Virginia. You will learn to master important OT skills under expert guidance and have more than 700 hours of professional fieldwork in this accredited program that sets the standard for OTA education. We have three start dates per year, admit on a rolling basis, and still have many seats available for 2021!”
To learn more, please visit the St. Catherine University OTA program’s website.