Frequently Asked Questions

Nursing students learning in simulation lab

Following are answers to frequently asked questions about the accelerated nursing program:

Q. Why should I consider an Accelerated Nursing Program at Augustana College?
Q. How long does it take to complete the program?
Q. What prerequisite courses are required?
Q. Can I take the prerequisite courses at another institution?
Q. How many course credits are required for graduation?
Q. Can I transfer other courses into the program?
Q. How much does the program cost?
Q. Is financial aid available?
Q. What are the admission requirements and how do I apply?
Q. What is the application deadline?
Q. What grade point is needed to continue progression in the nursing major?
Q. When do classes begin?
Q. Will there be support for library services?
Q. What does the course load look like?
Q. What assistance will I have to apply for the NCLEX exam?
Q. Where will I take the NCLEX exam?
Q. Who can I contact if I need more information or have questions?

 

Q. Why should I consider an Accelerated Nursing Program at Augustana College?

A. The post-baccalaureate accelerated option is a full-time plan of study for students who have a college degree and have completed the prerequisite courses. The program includes two fall semesters, a J-Term, a spring semester, and a summer session and is completed in 16 months. 

  • Realistic timeline for adult learners – 16 months for clinical nursing courses.
  • Augustana’s nursing graduates have an exceptional NCLEX pass rate (100% first-time pass rate in 3 of the last 4 years).
  • Same quality face-to-face classes as the students in the traditional program, with highly prepared faculty.
  • The program is competitively priced with other regional colleges.
  • Augustana College has 100% job placement for nursing graduates.
  • Nursing is growing 19% between 2012 and 2022, faster than the average of all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014).
  • Nursing is #6 in the list of 100 best jobs of 2014 (U.S. News Careers).
  • Demand for healthcare services will increase because of the aging population, health care reform, the pressure on hospitals to discharge patients as soon as possible for continuing care in outpatient care and rehabilitation centers, as well as increasing same-day ambulatory settings for chemotherapy, surgery, and other sophisticated procedures (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 8, 2014).

Q. How long does it take to complete the program?

A. The program is taken over a 16-month period. Courses are taken in a sequential manner, meaning the courses should be taken in the order offered and with your cohort.

Q. What prerequisite courses are required?

A. The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning upper-division clinical courses (Fall 1).

*The course must include a lab component.

NOTE: If the prerequisite courses are taken at another institution, a transcript analysis will determine course equivalencies.

Q. Can I take the prerequisite courses at another institution?

A. If the prerequisite courses are taken at another institution, a transcript analysis will determine course equivalencies.

Q. How many course credits are required for graduation?

A. 45 nursing course credits are required for the nursing major. Non-Augustana graduates are also required to take a 3-credit Capstone course during their time in the program.

Q. Can I transfer other courses into the program?

A. Only prerequisite courses can be taken at another institution and transferred to Augustana as long as a transcript analysis determines that they are equivalent to Augustana’s courses. Nursing courses must be taken in the designated term in order to complete the program within 16 months.

Q. How much does the program cost?

A. The tuition rate for 2015-2016 Cohort entering upper division courses beginning September 2015: $390/credit hour applied to: 

  • Required program hours (45 credits nursing + 3 credits Capstone) = $18,720
  • Fees: $335/term x 3 terms = $1005

Total program costs for 2014-16 Cohort: 48 credits + fees = $19,725

NOTE:

  • The accelerated program tuition rate may be applied to: 3 credit N230 nursing pre-req (Pharmacology) and 3 credits of nursing electives (N468, N495). A student must be formally accepted to the cohort in order to receive the cohort rate for N230.
  • Any other courses taken at Augustana will be charged at the normal undergraduate credit-hour tuition rate.
  • Tuition rate applies only to students accepted to the post-baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program and for the cohort year in which the student is accepted.

Q. Is financial aid available?

A. Yes, financial aid is available to qualified students in the form of federal loans. Federal grants are not available for a second degree. In order to receive financial aid, students must complete the FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov). Please contact Augustana’s Financial Aid Office for further information. You can reach the Financial Aid Office at 1.800.727.2844, option 2, or email financial.aid@augie.edu.

Q. What are the admission requirements?

Students are admitted to the Accelerated Nursing Program in two ways: Early or Standard.

Early Admission

Criteria for early admission includes:

  • A final cumulative GPA of 3.0 from your degree institution
  • Completion of three (3) prerequisite science courses with at least a B grade in each of the three courses. Prerequisite courses are Biology 150, Biology 225, Biology 250, Chemistry 120, Chemistry 145, Math 140.
  • Have an approved plan of study in academic file for completing remaining prerequisite courses

Standard Admission

Nursing applications are due no later than February 15 of the calendar year in which the student desires to begin upper division nursing courses. Criteria for standard admission to the post-baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program of the nursing major – students not previously admitted under early admission – includes:

Essential Functional Abilities

  • Certain sensory, psychomotor, cognitive, communication and behavioral/social abilities are essential for generalists to competently and safely practice nursing. For admission to and progression in the nursing program, a student must meet and maintain satisfactory demonstration of standards in these functional areas.
  • Course syllabi include the following statement: Any students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation in this course are encouraged to speak with the instructor as soon as possible. The role of the faculty member will be to refer the student to the Student Services Office.

Q. How do I apply?

A. Contact Nursing Department Office at 605.274.4721 or nursing@augie.edu for more information and schedule an initial appointment. Bring copies of all transcripts. Following a meeting with the Nursing Department, prospective Post-baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing students will be directed to the Office of Admission.

Please submit the following items to the Augustana Office of Admission, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197:

  • Official transcripts showing proof of all previous college coursework. If you are or will be a graduate of Augustana College, obtain an unofficial copy of your transcript for review with Nursing Department.
  • Completion of the post-baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Application.

Q. What is the application deadline?

A. Admission deadline is February 15th of the calendar year for which the student is applying. Space limited to eight for the initial cohort. Apply soon. Accepting until cohort is filled.

Q. What grade point is needed to continue progression in the nursing major?

A. Progression into subsequent nursing courses or to graduation is contingent upon attaining a C or better (minimum of 74%) in both the theory and clinical portion of all preceding nursing courses and maintaining at least a 2.70 GPA. Failure to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.70 will result in departmental academic probation with evaluation at the end of the semester. Only one semester of departmental academic probation is allowed. Failure to increase the GPA to 2.70 during the probationary semester will result in delay of progressing in the major.

Any student who receives a final grade of less than a C or unsatisfactory in either the theory or the clinical portion of a nursing course may not be allowed to enroll in subsequent required nursing courses. (Nursing Student Handbook 2014-2015).

Q. When do classes begin?

A. The Fall one semester nursing courses began September 4, 2014.

Q. Will there be support for library services?

A. Augustana has a strong collection in place to support nursing students’ studies. As part of registration, all students will receive an Augustana ID with a library barcode. Mikkelsen Library staff are available to assist with your research and AV needs.

Q. What does the course load look like?

A. The plan of study for the accelerated track nursing program consists of the following courses.

  1. Fall 1
Total credits: 13 credits
  1. Interim — January Term
Total credits: 3 credits
  1. Spring
Total credits: 12 credits
  1. Summer
Total credits: 8 credits
 
  1. Fall 2
Total credits: 12-15 credits
 

Total required credits to complete the accelerated nursing program:

45 nursing credits + 3 credit Capstone (for non-Augustana graduates)
View the printable .pdf of the plan of study.

Q. What assistance will I have to apply for the NCLEX exam?

A. Augustana support staff and faculty assure that NCLEX application materials are available and will answer any questions.

Q. Where will I take the NCLEX exam?

A. If you plan to practice nursing in South Dakota, you will take the exam at a testing site in Sioux Falls. If you plan to practice out-of-state, you will take the exam in the state in which you plan to practice.

Q. Who can I contact if I need more information or have questions?

A. Contact Nursing Department Office at 605.274.4721 or nursing@augie.edu for more information and schedule an initial appointment. Bring copies of all transcripts. Following a meeting with the nursing department, prospective accelerated track nursing program students will be directed to the Office of Admission.