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Ideal for students with a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than Nursing, or for outstanding non-degree-holding students, the clinical track of the Accelerated Option consists of 15 months of nursing classes following completion of all general education coursework.
Course content in the Accelerated Option aligns information in a meaningful way to accelerate learning and avoid repetition. Theory courses integrate clinical reasoning into concepts discussed in class, and focus on student involvement in the learning process. Clinical courses allow students an opportunity to incorporate concepts learned in theory and apply them to clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning, finding resources, building/utilizing the health care team, patient/family teaching and the management of care in the health care setting. Because of the intense pace of the program, Accelerated students spend many hours together and build a sense of community with their peers.
Clinical experience is an integral part of the nursing curriculum. The UMSL College of Nursing has many clinical partners to provide graduate and undergraduate students with a broad range of experiences across different settings and populations.
"My favorite part of being a nursing student is the clinical experience I am getting each semester. The "out of class" experience is a great way to give students a feel for what local nurses really do on a daily basis."
- Gary Quillen, BSN Student
For more information, contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Services.