BSN for Baccalaureate Degree Graduates
Accelerated Program Designed for Students with a Bachelor’s Degree
- Your bachelor degree is proudly hung on your wall. The only problem? You want to become a registered nurse without having to commit to many more years of school. Brookline’s program is specifically designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field.
- Earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 16 months of full-time study including breaks.
- The sole focus of this program is on nursing and gaining clinical experience. The curriculum includes in class instruction, lab work in a simulation center and clinical placements in the Phoenix area.
- 16,940 new Registered Nurse jobs will be added in Arizona from 2014-2024.(1)
- 22% growth in Arizona from 2014-2024 which is much faster than the national average for all occupations.(2)
- Median yearly salary in the state of Arizona is $72,680.(3)
Department of Nursing
- Experienced Faculty
- No Wait List & No Delayed Acceptance
- Year-Round Enrollment
- CCNE Accredited
What classes will I take?
- The BSN for Baccalaureate Degree Graduates (BDG) program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level professional nursing positions that will require them to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care within a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, community health agencies and clinics.
- This 16 month program includes pre-professional nursing coursework. Nursing courses that consist of classroom and laboratory activities are integrated with clinical experiences which include simulation.
What are the typical class hours like?
- Class and lab hours run between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
- Your clinical experiences, including simulation could occur during the day, evening and weekends.
What is required for Admissions?
- Official transcripts from all college or universities attended documenting conferral of a baccalaureate degree and completion of specific pre-requisite courses.
- High school Diploma or GED.
- Passing of the HESI test, minimum composite score of 75%, with a minimum score of 70% on the math and 74% on the vocabulary parts.
Here are just a few of the classes you will take during your BDG Program:
Research and Evidence-based Practice
Leadership, Ethics and Policy in Healthcare
122 CREDITS – 2,295 CONTACT HOURS – 120 WEEKS
Brookline College’s Second-degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program allows graduates to be eligible to take the registered nurse licensure examination after only 16 months of full-time study. In this program, college graduates transition into entry-level nursing roles in a compressed timeframe. Clinical experiences in the hospital, laboratory, and community supplement classroom learning as students develop the skills and competencies to provide nursing care across the healthcare continuum.
Brookline College prepares students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to take certification and/or licensure exams related to their program of study, including the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, graduates will be able to:
- Utilize the nursing process and critical thinking as tools to make culturally-sensitive patient-centered clinical decisions in all health care settings within systems-based environments.
- Collaborate with patients and other members of the healthcare team in the planning, coordination, and provision of competent care.
- Integrate evidence-based findings into nursing and collaborative practice.
- Promote patient and staff safety utilizing the process of quality improvement based on available evidence.
- Use information and technology for communication, knowledge development, and clinical-decision making.
- Demonstrate leadership behaviors and professionalism when providing care to patients across the lifespan in all health care settings.
- Integrate legal, ethical, and professional standards into nursing practice.
Residential Program Requirements
|Program Concentration – 68 Credits – 1485 Contact Hours||Credit Hrs||Lecture Hrs||Lab Hrs||Practicum|
|NMH100 Nursing Medication Math||1||15||0||0|
|NUR 201 Introduction to Professional Nursing||3||45||0||0|
|NUR 202 Fundamentals of Nursing||5||45||30||45|
|NUR 302 Health Assessment||3||30||30||0|
|NUR 303 Information & Technology in Nursing Practice||3||45||0||0|
|NUR 304 Gerontological Nursing Care||3||30||0||45|
|NUR 305 Adult Health I||7||60||30||90|
|NUR 306 Pharmacology I||3||45||0||0|
|NUR 307 Psychiatric Nursing||3||30||0||45|
|NUR 308 Obstetrical Nursing||3||30||0||45|
|NUR 310 Evidence Based Practice||3||45||0||0|
|NUR 401 Adult Health II||7||60||30||90|
|NUR 402 Pediatric Nursing||3||30||0||45|
|NUR 403 Community Health Nursing||4||45||0||45|
|NUR 404 Pharmacology II||3||45||0||0|
|NUR 405 Health Care Law & Ethics||3||45||0||0|
|NUR 406 Leadership in Nursing Practice||4||45||0||45|
|NUR 407 Clinical Integration Capstone||4||0||0||135|
|NUR 410 Nursing Concepts Synthesis||3||45||0||0|
|General Education – 36 Credits – 540 Contact Hours||Credit Hours||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Practicum/Clinical|
|PRQ 277 General Education Prerequisities *||36||540||0||0|
|Additional Course Requirement – 18 Credits – 270 Contact Hours||Credit Hours||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Practicum/Clinical|
|BIO 205 Pathophysiology **||3||45||0||0|
|PRQ177 Program Course Prerequisites***||15||255||0||0|
New students are enrolled three times per year.
- Official transcripts from all college or universities attended documenting conferral of a baccalaureate degree.
- To be accepted as a student in the BDG program you must have completed the following courses as part of your bachelor’s degree. Anatomy and physiology (two courses), carrying a minimum of 6 semester credits; microbiology, a minimum of 3 semester credits; developmental or lifespan psychology, a minimum of 3 semester credits; statistics (in any field of study), a minimum of 3 semester credits. If these classes were not part of your degree you can complete them at Brookline prior to your entry into the BDG program.
- High school Diploma or GED.
- Applicants are required to take the complete HESI A2 admission assessment examination: English, Math, Science, and Learner Profile. Applicants must achieve a minimum composite score of 73%. GPA of 2.5 is required for admission. GED cumulative scores specified by series/date. Any applicant’s file that does not meet the minimum requirements are reviewed by a faculty-led Admissions Committee which may accept or deny the file. Justification is documented in the file and provided to the applicant. Please visit the College Catalog for all of the admissions requirements.
- Our Admission Representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process. Call (602) 242-6265 to speak to a representative or request more information.
- Brookline College does not have delayed acceptance. Once accepted into the Brookline’s BDG program you are in! Other schools often won’t accept a student into the Nursing program until after they have completed a group of required classes and maintain a cut score GPA.
- Connect with a Brookline Admissions Representative by either submitting your contact information (Request Information) or calling (602) 242-6265.
- Visit the campus. Two campus visit types are available: either a group information session or a personalized one-on-one tour.
- An Admissions Representative will be assigned to help you through the entire process.
- Complete and Application for Admissions and a background check.
- Submit official transcripts from each college or university you have attended or are currently attending.
- Take the HESI test. This test is a requirement for all students entering Brookline’s BSN and BDG programs. The HESI test takes place on Wednesday at 1:00 PM and Friday at 9:00 AM at the Phoenix Campus expect for holidays. Please call to confirm time and dates since the testing schedule is subject to change.
Upon completion of the admissions requirements, you will be notified by your Brookline Admissions Representative on your status. Our admissions process roughly takes one to two weeks to move from application to acceptance.
Patricia J. Bishop PhD, MSN, RN
Dean and Chief Nurse Administrator | Dean of Nursing, Phoenix Campus and Online
Dr. Bishop’s nursing career began over 35 years ago in High Risk L&D in Cleveland, Ohio. Her experiences have included Pediatric/Women’s Health Educator and Director of Women’s Services in acute care settings. She has over 14 years of academic teaching experience of which 6 ½ years were in academic leadership at a local well-respected College of Nursing. She completed her PhD in Nursing, and MSN in Nursing Administration from the University of Akron in Ohio.
Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains the standards required to achieve the credentials for professional practice. It is the status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds specific criteria of educational quality as defined by the accrediting agency.
- Institutional Accreditation: Brookline College’s Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Albuquerque campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
- Brookline College has been approved by Arizona to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For more information, visit: http://nc-sara.org/
- Programmatic Accreditation: Programmatic accreditation, also known as specialized or professional accreditation, is designed for specialized departments, programs, schools, or colleges within a university or institution that has already received accreditation.
The Baccalaureate in Nursing and the Master’s in Nursing programs at Brookline College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:
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Brookline College Awarded Top 10 RN program in Arizona: RegisteredNursing.org has recognized Brookline College as one of the best nursing schools in Arizona.
“Selecting the best nursing school in Arizona can be difficult. To make the process easier first look for a school that supports students towards licensure and beyond. A great way to measure this is through NCLEX-RN “pass rates.” We have ranked the top 10 nursing schools in Arizona by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN “pass rates”, meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the exam, out of the 28 RN programs in the state. Programs reviewed include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing (ADN/ASN), BSN, or Direct-Entry MSN Degree. For more information on our top nursing school rankings, see our Methodology Page (https://www.registerednursing.org/rn-ranking-methodology/).”
- All students begin their hands-on learning in the skills and simulation laboratory located on campus. Once fundamental skills have been mastered and validated, students begin on-site, direct patient-care learning opportunities, or “clinical experiences”.
- Generally, clinicals begin a few days or weeks after classroom teaching and last for the duration of the clinical course. Clinical shifts average eight to 10 hours, one to two days per week. Most clinical experiences are scheduled during the week. However, second shift and weekends may be necessary depending on available sites. The bachelor’s degree program has a total of 10 clinical courses.
- Brookline students have opportunities to experience practice settings that have included large and small hospitals, long-term care facilities, community and public-health agencies, faith-based service organizations, independent practices, ambulatory care centers, Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers, schools, home health environments… anywhere healthcare is delivered.
- Recent clinical sites in the Phoenix area include: Banner Health, Abrazo Health, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Anthony Bates Foundation Cardiac Screening, Maricopa Department of Public Health, and the Susan G. Komen Race.
Your education is a big investment and Brookline College believes no investment offers more potential. A career in Nursing can transform your life, and we’re here to help you make that happen.
At Brookline College, there are no hidden costs and many of the fees other schools charge are included in your tuition rate.
|Tuition||$697 per credit hour|
|HESI entrance exam||$50|
|Simulation and lab fees||Included|
|Uniform, blood pressure cuff and pulse oximeter||Included|
|Background check/drug screening/fingerprinting||Included|
|Books & Supplies||Included|
|Other Clinical and Tech Fees||Included|
|Health Screening & Immunizations||$500 – $1,400 is the usual amount that students pay to obtain prior to attending nursing programs.|
|Group Accident & Sickness Insurance||$2,208 is an average coverage amount that students pay on their own.|
- More than 88% of Brookline College students use some form of financial aid(4) to help cover the cost of their education(5). That’s why we offer personalized counseling from a Student Finance Advisor to help make your college experience more affordable.
- We have also provided The Net Price Calculator that will provide preliminary, non-binding estimates of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility based on federal methodology.
(2) Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
(3) Percentage calculated by Brookline College for the 2015-16 school year.
Brookline College is working with the City of Phoenix Head Start Birth to Five Program to provide free comprehensive early childhood development and family support services to eligible low-income families with children ages 0-5 and at risk pregnant women. Our Admissions advisors will help assist you in determining if you qualify. Learn More
As a BS in nursing graduate, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam and become a Registered Nurse. Brookline’s curriculum aligns with nursing best practices and the NCLEX-RN test plan using a computerized integrated RN Success ATI testing program. The Brookline program prepares you to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Obtaining an RN license allows you to work as a licensed registered nurse (RN) in the state of Arizona or any other state that you chose to take the exam when you graduate. This pre-licensure nursing program also prepares you to continue your education and earn a Master’s Degree in Nursing.
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You will know what you’re going to pay right from the beginning and it won’t change during your education. That’s our promise to you.(6)(4) Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
You’ll learn from qualified instructors who are committed to your success in the classroom. With small class sizes, you’ll interact closely with your faculty as they teach, coach and mentor you through your time of study.
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Gain clinical experience at hospitals, independent practices, ambulatory care centers, VA medical centers and more.
After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.(7)(5) Brookline College cannot guarantee employment
Brookline College is committed to the advancement of nursing education and the success of nurses. With advanced degrees (Masters of Science in Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing – Health Systems Administration) and workshops, nurses can continue to build their skills and career.
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