By Michael Makkonen, Roseman University ABSN Site Director
Why should I choose Roseman University’s Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program? That’s the question you’re asking yourself as you get ready to embark on your new journey towards a career in nursing.
As someone who has helped hundreds of students through Roseman University’s ABSN admissions process, I fully understand what it’s like to be in your position and I can provide you the answers to your questions about nursing school so you can make the best decision for your future.
My job as Roseman University’s ABSN Site Director is to support you throughout the process so you have the tools you need to become a successful ABSN student. I usually begin my conversations with an explanation about Roseman University’s educational goals and how they impact you.
We have four main goals:
- To present curriculum that best serves a culturally diverse population in all areas of nursing practice
- To provide an environment that fosters intellectual stimulation and facilitates positive relationships
- To establish partnerships that promote the health of the community and demonstrate societal demand
- To create a culture of accountability that maintains the integrity of the nursing profession
As you can see, our four goals all focus on providing you with a high-quality educational experience so you graduate fully prepared to enter the workforce as a registered nurse.
Before we can even start thinking about your post-graduation goals, we have to start at the beginning of the admissions process. But before you fill out the form or make the call, I want to give you a head start on the process. Here are the top questions I receive from perspective students, like you, about our nursing school program and, more importantly, the answers.
What makes Roseman University unique?
As a nonprofit university that has a single-focus on healthcare education, we can continuously transform your learning experience so that it remains on par with societal demand. We are also prepared to do whatever it takes to help students achieve a successful career in healthcare.
In order to accomplish this, we provide students with a unique Six-Point Mastery Learning Model that includes small student-to-faculty ratios, blended learning, block curriculum, and ongoing assessment—all framed within an active, collaborative learning environment.
What is block curriculum?
Our block curriculum allows you to learn, apply, and master one subject at a time. Each ABSN curriculum block (15 total) covers a specific area of nursing, from health assessment to nurse leadership. Blocks last anywhere from two to eight weeks, depending on the topic and build upon the previous block so it becomes comprehensive. Then you will be assessed every few weeks.
Why will I be assessed every few weeks?
It is a proactive measure that helps us identify your areas of strength and weakness so that you can adjust your studies accordingly and progress in the program. We require you to master one block of content before moving to the next. If you’re having difficulty with a particular concept, we give you the opportunity to relearn the material and then re-demonstrate your competence within a designated time frame.
What if I don’t pass an assessment?
We require a score of 90% or higher on each block assessment. If you’re unable to satisfy the requirement, our remediation efforts allow you to relearn the material and then undergo another assessment.
What should I expect during clinical rotations?
Covering different areas of nurse practice, clinical rotations occur in stints of one to four weeks and are comprised of three, 12-hour days. You are not assigned any online or lab coursework during your rotations so that you can remain highly focused on your clinical application.
How can I take prerequisites that are required by Roseman University?
There are multiple options for completing prerequisites because it depends on what you need. Do you need to complete prerequisite courses that are math-based? Science-based? Or do you need general education courses? Depending on your answer, we would provide you with options that include online courses or on-campus courses. Roseman University does not provide these courses, but we have agreements with multiple universities where your coursework would be transferrable. The best option is to gather your official transcripts and contact an admissions advisor so you can go through the steps together and find out exactly what prerequisites you will need.
Can I apply to the ABSN program while completing the prerequisites?
Yes, you can apply to the program while taking your prerequisites as long as you meet all of the other requirements. However, admittance to the ABSN program is contingent upon successfully completing prerequisites.
How long will it take me to graduate from the ABSN program?
The ABSN program itself can be completed in as few as 18 months. However, ABSN prerequisite courses are not factored into this timeframe. The time it will take you to complete the prerequisites is dependent on your academic history and how many courses you need to complete before you can enroll in the accelerated BSN program.
Where do I begin?
Now that you have the answers to some of the most common questions about nursing school, it’s time to start asking the questions that relate most to you. I know that every student’s needs are different. So, if you have additional questions that I haven’t answered here or if you are ready to begin your admissions process with Roseman University’s Accelerated BSN program, contact our admissions team today. We are ready to help you begin this exciting new journey toward a career as a registered nurse.