pre-licensure Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (pl-ABSN)

The pre-licensure Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the entry-level professional nursing role. This degree prepares nursing generalists who provide patient-centered care, use technology to improve outcomes through innovative leadership and integrate research evidence as the foundation for best patient outcomes. Graduates of this program are prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for RNs. This program also provides students with the foundation for graduate nursing education and promotes and fosters commitment to lifelong adult learning.

Program Learning Outcomes:

The pl-ABSN provides a curriculum that links theory and practice to promote nine (9) program learning outcomes that are based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice:

  • Liberal Education: Integrate knowledge, skills, and values from the arts and sciences into nursing practice.
  • Organizational and Systems Leadership: Incorporate managerial and leadership principles to achieve desired healthcare outcomes.
  • Scholarship: Implement evidence-based thinking into practice.
  • Information and Patient Care Technology: Apply informatics and patient care technology skills to improve patient care.
  • Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments: Demonstrate responsibility and accountability as a manager of care in all healthcare environments.
  • Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration: Engage in effective interprofessional, personal and collaborative communication to improve patient outcomes.
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health: Provide population focused nursing care with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention across healthcare settings.
  • Professionalism and Professional Values: Demonstrate core professional values and practices within an ethical and legal framework.
  • Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice: Incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to clinical decision making and patient care provision for individuals and populations across the lifespan.

Course Delivery

The pl-ABSN program blends three instructional strategies to produce an engaged learning curriculum. The first is immersion: our programs require face-to-face meetings conducted at the San Diego campus in 1 to 3 day sessions throughout the program. There is one immersion session at the beginning of the program to introduce students to their cohort, the University and to orient them to our digital platforms. During the immersion sessions, students may receive orientation instruction, work as teams, and participate in demonstrations, simulation exercises, assessments, and evaluations. 

The second is practicum experiences: our program includes general and specialty nursing practicums (i.e., neonatal/pediatrics, adult/gerontology, obstetrics, etc.), a community health nursing practicum and evidence-based leadership experience conducted in both the nursing skills lab and clinical partner sites where students are assigned.

The third is self-directed study: all courses include online lectures, discussions, social networking, demonstrations, tutorials, readings, and/ or other homework. Many courses include additional real-time instruction via web conference, phone conference, or live chat sessions.

Attendance: Students may be dismissed from the program at the Dean’s discretion due to absence from required meetings.

Transfer Credit

Students in this program are eligible for the university’s General Transfer Credit Policy, but not for the GE Block Transfer Policy. All nursing core courses must be taken at Brandman University.

Admission to the Program

Admission into the pre-licensure Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (pl-ABSN) program is three times per year in Fall I, Spring I or Summer I.

2020-2021 Application Deadlines

  • Final application deadline for Fall 1, 2020 admission is July 15, 2020.
  • Final application deadline for the Spring 1, 2021 admission is October 15, 2020.
  • Final application deadline for Summer 1, 2021 admission is February 15, 2021.

2021-2022 Application Deadlines

  • Final application deadline for Fall 1, 2021 admission is June 15, 2021.
  • Final application deadline for the Spring 1, 2022 admission is October 15, 2021.
  • Final application deadline for Summer 1, 2022 admission is February 15, 2022.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete a Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions pre-licensure Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pl-ABSN) program application available online at
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university is considered a violation of academic integrity.
  3. Self-evaluation and goal statement.
  4. Three on-line forms of recommendation.
  5. Completion of all required science courses (BIOU 101, BIOU 332, BIOU 340, BIOU 341, CHEM 101).
  6. Cumulative gpa of 2.5.

Certified Background Check

All requirements are due by the end of the first session unless otherwise indicated and/or required by a student’s clinical practicum site, the California Board of Registered Nursing and/or the San Diego Nursing and Allied Health Service-Education Consortium.  All proof/documentation must be on file within 90 days prior to the start of clinical practicum courses.  Students who do not start their clinical practicum courses due to incomplete certified background requirements will require a modified education plan, which may result in a program completion delay for up to one year.

Immunizations requirements:

  • Proof of annual negative Tuberculosis (TB) screening:
    • 2-Step TB skin test OR
    • Past 2-Step TB skin test, along with a current 1-Step TB skin test OR
    • TB blood test (IGRAs).
  • Proof of completion of Hepatitis A and B immunization series or titer demonstrating immunity.
  • Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) immunization or titer. demonstrating immunity.
  • Proof of one Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) immunization (after 19 years of age) and boosters per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s adult vaccination schedule.
  • Proof of Chicken Pox (Varicella) immunization or titer demonstrating immunity.
  • Proof of annual influenza immunization.
  • Additional laboratory tests, immunizations, and/or documentation may be required for specific practicum sites.

Additional background requirements:

  • Background Clearance.
  • Proof of negative drug screen.
  • Copy of current CPR “Level C” Certification (Healthcare Provider) that will not be expiring in the next 12 months.
  • STUDENT Liability Insurance (1mil/3mil)
  • Any additional laboratory tests, immunizations, and/or documentation required by specific clinical practicum or pl-ABSN residency sites. 

Nursing Licensing and Criminal Background Check Requirements

  • State Boards of Nursing have regulations denying licensure to anyone who has been convicted of a felony.  Please contact the Board of Nursing in the state you plan to apply for your RN license for clarification of how a felony conviction may affect licensing.
  • BU pl-ABSN applicants are required to read the information and acknowledge understanding of the items below:
    • If applicable, documents and/or letters explaining prior convictions or disciplinary action and attesting to your rehabilitation as directed in the "Reporting Prior Convictions or Discipline Against Licenses" section of the application packet.
    • Information on the clinical placement background check & drug screen process per the San Diego Nursing Education Consortium:
    • In addition, clinical agencies may deny a BU pl-ABSN student placement to anyone who has been convicted of a felony.  In which case, the student will not be able to meet the clinical practicum requirements for program completion.
    • NCLEX-RN Applicant Information:

Additional FAQs related to prior convictions and disciplinary actions for RN licensure:

Catalog Year

Students admitted to the Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions are admitted to the catalog year that is in effect the date when they begin the program (either Fall I, Spring I or Summer I).

Specific Requirements for the pre-licensure Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pl-ABSN)

In addition to the 52 credits of general education requirements as described below, this degree program also requires 68 credits of nursing core courses for a total of 120 credits minimum.

All general education core requirements will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis in the transfer of credits to be applied to the degree and must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.

All courses taken in the Nursing Major (68 credits) must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Admitted students who do not satisfactorily complete all program requirements prior to the start of the nursing core courses will lose their seat in their assigned cohort and may be required to reapply to the nursing program.

All course exams are taken on campus in a proctored environment.

General Education Core Requirements (52 credits)

ENGU 103Writing and Rhetoric3
ENGU 104Writing About Literature3
COMU 101Public Speaking I3
MATU 203Introduction to Statistics3
CHMU 101Introduction to Chemistry4
BIOU 101Introduction to Biology3
BIOU 332Microbiology4
BIOU 340Anatomy and Physiology A4
BIOU 341Anatomy and Physiology B4
PSYU 320Human Development across the Lifespan3
SOCU 101Introduction to Sociology3
PSYU 101Introduction to Psychology3
LBSU 302Information Fluency and Academic Integrity *3
LBSU 304Liberal Arts Core Foundations *3
Humanities (6 credits from 2 different areas in Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies)
*LBSU 302 and LBSU 304 cannot be satisfied in transfer and must be taken at Brandman University.
Note: All Brandman University undergraduates are required to complete 9 credits in general education Humanities areas. For students in this program, 3 of those credits are satisfied by the core degree requirement NURU 407 Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in Health and Nursing.
Total General Education Credits 52
Nursing Core Courses (68 credits)
NURU 403Managing Health Care Reform3
NURU 404Healthcare Communication and Collaboration3
NURU 405Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice3
NURU 406Improving Patient Health Care Outcomes: Quality Care & Patient Safety3
NURU 407Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in Health and Nursing3
NURU 408Information, Patient Care, and Decision-Support System Technology3
NURU 428Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan3
NURU 429Pharmacology Across the Lifespan3
NURU 431Foundations of Nursing Practice I and Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan2
NURU 432Foundations of Nursing Practice II2
NURU 433Foundations of Nursing Practice I Practicum3
NURU 435Foundations of Nursing Practice II Practicum3
NURU 441Adult Gerontology-Centered Care3
NURU 443Adult Gerontology-Centered Care Practicum2
NURU 451Acute Care Nursing I3
NURU 452Acute Care Nursing II1
NURU 453Acute Care Nursing I Practicum2
NURU 454Acute Care Nursing III1
NURU 455Acute Care Nursing II Practicum1
NURU 457Acute Care Nursing III Practicum1
NURU 461Family Centered Care - Pediatrics2
NURU 462Family Centered Care - Childbearing2
NURU 463Family Centered Care - Pediatrics Practicum1
NURU 465Family Centered Care - Childbearing Practicum1
NURU 471Mental Health Care2
NURU 473Mental Health Care Practicum1
NURU 481Community-Centered Care2
NURU 483Community-Centered Care Practicum2
NURU 491Theory and Practice: Leadership in Nursing2
NURU 492Capstone of Professional Nursing Practice1
NURU 493Theory and Practice: Leadership in Nursing Practicum2
NURU 495Capstone of Professional Nursing Practice Practicum2
Students must complete NCLEX Preparation I & II as a requirement of this degree program.
Total Nursing Core Credits (945 clinical practicum hours) 68
Total Credit Hours for the Degree 120