12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program
If you already have a bachelor’s degree in a major other than nursing and have always dreamed of becoming a nurse, then this program is just what you’ve been looking for. Our post-baccalaureate nursing program will allow you to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing in just 12 months.
At the completion of this program, you will be armed with the ability to practice holistic nursing care in multiple health care settings and fulfill your desire to begin a rewarding career in the nation’s largest health care profession.
- Program Highlights
- This unabbreviated, 12-month curriculum is based on the same Dominican values as our traditional undergraduate program and mirrors that program in philosophy and implementation. You will learn the art and science of professional nursing as you are closely supervised in a wide variety of clinical settings. Those experiences extend and complement the classroom activities that take place at the Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation.
Edgewood College, a liberal arts college in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition, of Madison, Wisconsin, has been awarding nursing degrees since 1983 and has a stellar reputation among nursing professional organizations. The nursing graduates of Edgewood College are knowledgeable, accountable, responsible, ethical and culturally sensitive as they provide quality nursing care.
The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing.
- Degree Requirements
ANRS 210 FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING 4 cr
Nurses play a significant role in promoting health across the life span at the individual, group, and societal level. The knowledge and skills necessary to assess psychosocial and physical health status and facilitate the development of therapeutic and collaborating relationships are explored. Beginning exploration of the fundamentals of professional nursing practice, information management, and evidence-based practice are introduced. (Fall Session 1)
ANRS 211 CARING: NURSING ASSESSMENT & INTERVENTION 3 cr
Clinical and laboratory application of basic concepts discussed in RNRS 210. Emphasis is on assessment and health promotion. Interventions include comfort and safety, interviewing, basic concepts related to teaching/learning, and development of nurse/client relationships. Fundamentals of professionalism and the development of professional values are introduced. (Fall Session 1)
ANRS 315 CARING: ADULT HEALTH NURSING LAB 1 cr
Presents the knowledge of psychomotor skills, unique to professional nursing practice, used to meet the therapeutic, physiologic, comfort, and safety needs of adult clients in a variety of settings. Beginning scholarship for evidence-based practice is addressed in the context of quality and safety measures. Skills are practiced and evaluated in the laboratory environment prior to application in the clinical setting. (Fall Session 1)
ABIO 410 PATHOLOGY 3 cr
Course for nursing students. Basic concepts and principles of disease processes. (Fall Session 1)
ANRS 310 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: ADULT HEALTH 4 cr
Nursing content addressing the management of psychosocial and physiological care of hospitalized adults is discussed within a framework of acute illness. Integration of behavioral science, pathophysiology, and pharmacology into nursing care is emphasized. (Fall Session 2)
ANRS 311 CARING: ADULT HEALTH NURSING 4 cr
Clinical course focused on nursing care of adult clients in an acute care setting. The course is designed to further develop the necessary skills for baccalaureate generalist nursing practice including an introduction to patient safety, quality improvement, and information management. Continued development and application of professional practice standards are addressed. (Fall Session 2)
ANRS 312 PHARMACOLOGY 2 cr
Nurses play a significant role in assisting individuals and families in the pharmacological management of health and illness. This course includes a study of the major drug classes addressing the principles of evidence-based practice, which is necessary for understanding drug effects across the lifespan. Issues related to safety, cost, compliance, and therapeutic outcomes are emphasized. (Fall Session 2)
ANRS 342 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: OLDER ADULT 2cr
The complex interaction of acute and chronic health conditions experienced by older adults is addressed within the context of health promotion, health maintenance, and health restoration. Provision of holistic care is examined using principles of interdisciplinary team management. (Winterim)
ANRS 340 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: LONG TERM ISSUES 4 cr
Nursing content addressing the management of psychosocialspiritual and physiological care of adults and families is discussed within a framework of chronic illness management. Integration of behavioral science, pathophysiology, and pharmacology into nursing care is emphasized along with concepts related to wellness and health promotion while living a life with chronic illness. (Spring Session 1)
ANRS 341 COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE-LONG TERM 4 cr
Managing nursing care with individuals and families experiencing complex, long-term health problems. Development of interprofessional team skills, collaborative planning, and leadership skills are emphasized. (Spring Session 1)
ANRS 390 RESEARCH IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING 3 cr
Introduction to methods of inquiry including interpretive and empirical approaches. Basic statistical measurements are studied in relation to understanding nursing research. Topics include critiquing nursing research, exploring application of research to practice, and identifying researchable problems and appropriate methodologies. (Spring Session 1)
ANRS 410 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: FAMILIES IN TRANSITION 4 cr
Nursing care with families experiencing transition such as pregnancy and parenting. Issues related to environmental contexts, political awareness, health care systems, family dynamics, children and adolescents, and women’s health are examined. (Spring Session 2)
ANRS 411 CARING: FAMILIES IN TRANSITION 4 cr
Nursing care with families, young children, adolescents, and women in a variety of settings. The major focus is on health promotion and health maintenance. (May Session)
ANRS 412 LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM 3 cr
This course overviews the study of the health care system in the United States, including healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments. Leadership approaches to care management, systems leadership for improved client outcomes and effective use of resources are explored. Professional nursing roles, responsibilities, and issues in a rapidly changing sociopolitical environment are examined.(Spring Session 2)
ANRS 440 ADULT HEALTH: ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN ACUTE CARE 2 cr
Theory course addressing nursing care of adults in high acuity settings experiencing multisystem illnesses. Integration and application of biological sciences is emphasized to advance baccalaureate generalist nursing knowledge. (Summer Session)
ANRS 460 PROFESSIONAL NURSING: HEALTH OF COMMUNITIES 4 cr
Nursing concepts are integrated with those of public health science to promote the health of aggregates in the community. The role of nursing in affecting health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments is examined. (Summer Session)
ANRS 461 NURSING CARE WITH AGGREGATES 4 cr
Clinical course addressing the nursing care of culturally diverse families, aggregates, and communities. Nursing skills in health assessment, education, and health promotion are extended to include groups in communities. Developing and maintaining community partnerships is emphasized. (Summer Session)
- Tuition and Financial Aid
Edgewood College understands that there are concerns about financing your education. We are available to guide you through the process.
What is the cost of the 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program?
The cost of the program for 2016-17 is $59,900. Program costs include tuition, books, parking, ATI testing (not NCLEX) and clinical/lab fees. (If a student needs to complete pathology or religious studies coursework, these courses will be charged an additional $866 per credit.)
How do I apply for financial aid?
Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for each academic year you will attend. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
Who can I talk to about my financial aid questions?
We understand that the 12-month post-baccalaureate nursing program requires students to make a significant financial investment to fund their nursing education. Should you have financial aid questions or would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your financial options, please contact our financial aid specialist for this program: Katie Sprunger at 608-663-2306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What aid is available for students?
Students in this program may be eligible for a maximum of $12,500 from the Stafford loan program. This maximum for post-bach students is set by the federal government.
There are two types of loans within the Stafford loan Program:
- Subsidized - the federal government pays the interest while the student is in school at least half time. You may receive a maximum of $5500 per academic year based on your eligibility as determined by the financial aid office.
- Unsubsidized - the interest will start to accumulate as soon as the loan is disbursed (received by the school).
Your loan maximums will be based on the information that is required on the FAFSA. If you are not required include parental information (per FAFSA instructions), your maximum loan amount will be $12,500. If you are required to include parental information, your loan maximum will be $7500.
Federal, state and institutional grants/scholarships are not available for this program.
- Admission Requirements
- An earned Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75, and a minimum 2.75 GPA in all required science and math courses. All required math/science courses must have been completed within five years of admission unless math/science courses were part of a degree earned within the last five years. A grade of C or better is necessary in each required science and math course.
The following courses (or transfer equivalents) must be completed or currently in progress at time of application to be considered for admission:
- College-level Statistics
- PSY 101 General Psychology
- PSY 345 Lifespan Development
- Foreign Language that fulfills Edgewood College degree requirements
- Two semesters of college-level foreign language (or two years of high school foreign language with a C average)
The following science courses (or transfer equivalents):
- 5 or more credits of college-level lab-based Chemistry
- BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II
- BIO 312 Microbiology, including lab component
The following courses may be completed as part of the program for an additional per-credit fee OR may be completed prior to program start:
- A Religious Studies Course that fulfills Edgewood College degree requirements (must be approved by Edgewood Registrar)
- BIO 410 Pathology (must be approved by School of Nursing faculty)
If admitted to the program, the following non-course requirements must also be completed by August 1.
- Certified nursing assistant course and certification examination
- CPR Certification (American Heart Association-BLS for Healthcare Providers or Red Cross – CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer/Health Care Provider) and Red Cross-Basic First Aid certification
Prospective students must meet the above criteria to be considered eligible to apply to the School of Nursing’s Post-Baccalaureate BSN program.
If you have any questions regarding requirements, your fulfillment of pre-requirements/program eligibility, or your application status, please contact Taylor Garcia at 608-663-6739 or email@example.com
Candidates for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate BSN Program are required to submit applications through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) at http://nursingcas.org/. Students must submit all official transcripts and reference information to NursingCAS directly.
Once admitted to the program, students will be asked to submit high school transcripts, proof of CNA licensure, and CPR Certification.
Only completed applications will be reviewed by the School of Nursing for admission consideration. A completed application includes the following items:
- Complete NursingCAS Application (including (2) letters of reference, resume, and personal statement)
- The personal statement should be 1-2 pages describing your motivation to pursue nursing.
- All post-secondary transcripts (send directly to NursingCAS)
Please read over the application guidelines carefully. If you have any questions regarding requirements, your fulfillment of pre-requirements/program eligibility, or your application status, please contact Taylor Garcia at 608-663-6739/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission Cycle Dates
Students hoping to begin the program the fall of 2017 may submit applications through NursingCAS starting August 25th. The priority deadline for admission is January 15th.
Any applications received after January 15th will be considered on a space-availability basis. If space permits, eligible applicants will be reviewed in a timely manner (typically notified of admission decision within one month of the School of Nursing receiving the completed application) until June 15th. Applications open for the next cycle on August 25th.
Due to the high volume of interest in the program, it is highly recommended that students submit applications by January 15th at the very latest.
Applicants successfully submitting all application materials and meeting minimum admission requirements will be invited to interview.
The School of Nursing Admissions Committee is composed of nursing faculty. This Committee reviews applications, evaluates the writing sample and assesses the relevance of experience. Based on the strength of their qualifications, this Committee selects the applicants for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate BSN Program. The Committee reserves the right to evaluate and modify the selection criteria and admission procedures each year. Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate BSN program at Edgewood College will be offered to 36 students each academic year.
Students accepted into the program must accept admission by the date specified in their Offer of Admission Letter or forfeit their space to other qualified applicants.
Due to space availability, highly-qualified students may be denied admission. However, qualified students not initially offered admission may be offered admission at a later date if space becomes available.
Transfer Equivalency Tables
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Admission Cycle Snapshots
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2010 Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2011 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2012 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2013 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2014 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2015 Admission Cycle)
Snapshot of 12-Month Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program (2016 Admission Cycle)
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