Statement on the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (A-BSN)
Farrell J. Webb, PhD
Dean, College of Health & Human Development
For a number of years, CSUN has prepared nurses for professional practice, and we continue to offer our respected Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) without change. The university is committed to building pathways into the critical field of nursing. This is why CSUN created the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (A-BSN), which helps those who already hold a baccalaureate degree in any other field of study to earn the BSN in a shorter amount of time than the traditional BSN degree. However, the long recession and related changes in state funding led to changes in CSU policy that eliminate the use of state funding for second baccalaureate programs such as the A-BSN at CSUN.
CSUN is exploring the option of offering the A-BSN using self-supported funding rather than state-supported funding. This idea was proposed to faculty in light of the need to comply with current CSU policy. An overwhelming majority (90 percent) voted to explore moving the A-BSN to self-support funding rather than discontinuing the program.
We will be working with members of the faculty from the department of Nursing to redesign this program to determine whether moving it to self-supported funding is a viable option given the nature of the program. If plans to change the nature of support for the CSUN A-BSN program are successful, it will be similar to self-supported A-BSN programs already in place at other CSU campuses such as Cal State LA, Sacramento State, and CSU Stanislaus.
What is the Accelerated BSN (A-BSN) program?
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (A-BSN) prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) upon graduation and to become Registered Nurses. This option for earning the BSN is designed for second-degree students who hold a minimum of a BA or BS degree in any field and who have completed necessary prerequisite courses and admission requirements.
The program of study is intense, and nursing courses required for licensure are completed within four (4) semesters. This BSN option builds on previous learning and provides specific clinical education that prepares nursing professionals who can practice in a wide variety of settings. The BSN framework emphasizes the practice of professional nursing including assessment, promotion, maintenance, restoration, and evaluation of the health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Nursing courses include classroom instruction and clinical laboratories in patient care settings.