BSN (Pre-Licensure) - Second Degree Nursing Program FAQ's
Is the nursing program at Eastern accredited?
The BSN (Pre-Licensure) program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Higher Education and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Is the BSN (Pre-Licensure) program accelerated? How long will it take to finish the program?
The BSN (Pre-Licensure) program is not an accelerated program. The BSN (Pre-Licensure) program is 2 years in length and is considered full-time. The program begins in January and continues following the Eastern University Academic Calendar for semester based programs. Students have the second summer off and are encouraged to take this time to seek out an externship. Students who completed externships have benefited because it allowed them to apply their knowledge in the clinical setting. Students then return to complete the final two semesters of the program.
Can I enroll in this program part-time?
No, this is a full-time program. Classes meet during the day or evening hours on the St. Davids campus.
I’ve been out of school for so long, I wonder if this is the right decision and if I can actually succeed.
The age of the student varies. Some are out of school only a few years and others have spent many years in another profession. It is important to remember that success in the program does not depend on how long you have been out of school, but rather how you place it as a priority in your life.
Do we have to write a lot of papers because I haven’t written one in so long?
There are written assignments as well as exams. College level writing is expected and American Psychological Association (APA) format is required.
Do my prerequisite courses need to be completed before I start the program?
ALL prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the BSN (Pre-Licensure) program with a grade “C” or better. The prerequisites are Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition, and Statistics.
What is the application deadline?
There is a rolling admissions process.
What are the admissions criteria and requirements?
In order to be admitted into the program, the candidate must have earned a prior baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and a combined GPA of 2.75 in Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Chemistry and Microbiology. All pre-requisite courses must have been completed within the past seven years. A candidate must also be a US Citizen or have Resident Status (green card). Students are required to complete all prerequisite courses before entering the BSN (Pre-Licensure) - Second Degree Nursing program. Other items that are required for a candidate’s admissions file are:
- Application and Application Fee of $25.00
- Request & send your official transcripts from all colleges/universities in which you have received college credit.
- Submission of an essay (300-500 typed words) describing how the Second Degree Nursing Program will help you achieve your personal and professional goals
- Program will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
- Submit 2 professional nominations (recommendation letters).
- Submit a resume listing academic and work experience.
- Interview with the Department of Nursing Admissions Committee.
When will I be notified regarding my admissions decision?
Upon completion of the interview process and recommendations made by the Department of Nursing Admissions committee, notifications will be forthcoming.
Can I apply to the program while currently enrolled in a non-nursing bachelor’s degree?
You may apply for admission if you are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree, however your admissions decision will be contingent upon successful completion of your bachelor’s degree.
Can I work while I’m in the program?
Due to the rigors of the program, it is recommended strongly that you do not work. Flexibility is needed for clinical scheduling and it is important to give yourself adequate study time. If you must work, it is beneficial to have a very flexible part-time job schedule so that you do not jeopardize your success in the program.
When are clinicals scheduled?
Clinicals may be scheduled on any day of the week except Sunday. You may work a day shift, evening shift, or 7am - 7pm shift. At present, students do not work night shift. Students are responsible for having their own transportation, arriving at their clinical assignments on time and abiding by Eastern’s student clinical guidelines.
What is the student to clinical instructor ratio?
The student to clinical instructor ratio is 8:1.
What preparation is done in the program to prepare a student for the NCLEX RN?
Students are prepared for the NCLEX RN through the ATI (Assessment Technologies Institute) Testing Program in conjunction with course examinations.
Where are you located?
Eastern University is located 30 minutes west of Philadelphia, in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. It is only 2 ½ hours from Washington D.C. and New York City. Eastern’s immediate community is Philadelphia’s Main Line. This residential area is ½ mile north of Lancaster Pike (U.S. Route 30) at the eastern edge of the town of Wayne.
Will this program prepare me for graduate school?
The nursing programs at Eastern are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Our graduates have been accepted into graduate programs both in the Delaware Valley and outside of the area.
How can I pay for the program if I am not working?
There is a scholarship sheet available in the information packet. Students are encouraged to explore grant and scholarship opportunities. Alternative loans are available. Students in the BSN (Pre-Licensure) program are eligible to apply for financial aid as full-time students. You can apply for student loans through FAFSA. If you have used the government loans for your first baccalaureate degree, you will need to review the amount you can receive in additional loans. Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . For further assistance, contact the Financial Aid office at (610) 341-5843. It is important for students to give this careful consideration.