The Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (ABS) Program offers a second degree option for those individuals with a bachelor's or master's degree in another discipline to obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing. This highly competitive program allows students to earn their nursing degree in 12 months.
The UB School of Nursing's accelerated second-degree option for a bachelor's in nursing delivers the undergraduate nursing curriculum in an intensive, full-time, 12-month program designed for the highly motivated, career-minded student who has already completed an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in a field outside of nursing.
Students selecting this option will complete all required courses in the nursing major in a sequence that provides accelerated progression and, upon completion, are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. During their study, ABS students will also be given the opportunity to accrue up to seven graduate credit hours, which later may be applied to a graduate program in a nursing specialty area of interest, giving students a head start toward a graduate degree.
Clinical rotations for this program includes 700 clinical hours, many of which are offered in innovative Dedicated Education Units (DEU), a model for clinical instruction that provides an optimal teaching/learning environment for students, faculty and clinicians. Students are integrated into the clinical setting that accurately simulates nursing practice.
The programs culminates in a three week preceptorship, where students are immersed in a one-on-one experience with a nurse in a clinical setting.