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We see you becoming a skilled nurse, ready to provide high-quality healthcare in just 15 months. 

Are you ready for a fulfilling career in the high-demand field of nursing? If you already have a bachelor’s degree (or will have one by May) our Accelerated BSN program can prepare you to enter the field of nursing and care for your patients with confidence. 

You’ll receive the same exceptional and rigorous training that is the hallmark of the School of Nursing at Cedar Crest, in a 15-month format that allows you to start your career as a nurse more quickly. 

Program Delivery

This is a full-time, 54-credit program delivered on our campus in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Cohorts begin the program during the College’s Summer Term, which starts in May each year. The curriculum also includes, at no additional per-credit cost, three graduate-level credits and the option to complete another six graduate credits. This can help students interested in graduate studies seamlessly transition to our Master of Science in Nursing programs, which include Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator and Nurse Practitioner tracks. All courses are taught by Cedar Crest School of Nursing faculty. 

Admission Requirements

The ABSN is open to both female and male students that successfully meet the following requirements: 

  • Non-nursing bachelor’s degree 
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 
  • Interview with nursing program faculty 

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is waived for the ABSN program. 

Required Nursing Prerequisites

Anatomy and Physiology I 
Anatomy and Physiology II 
Clinical Microbiology 
Concepts in Chemistry 
Principles of Human Nutrition 
Probability and Statistics 
Introduction to Psychology 
Life-Span Development 
Introduction to Sociology 

Program Outcomes

Cedar Crest College is a private, four-year women’s liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Cedar Crest College is a liberal arts college primarily for women dedicated to the education of the next generation of leaders. Cedar Crest College prepares students for life in a global community by educating the whole student at all stages of life and experience.

The mission of the Cedar Crest College Bachelor of Science in Nursing major is to prepare professional nurses by building on a foundation firmly grounded in the liberal arts. A Cedar Crest College nursing education fosters development of the whole person while cultivating commitment to lifelong learning. Nursing graduates are empowered to assume leadership roles in a global society. It is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

UG Program School of Nursing
2020-2021 92%
2021-2022 94%
2022-2023 98%

Job Placement 6-12 Months Post-Graduation

2020-2021 100%
2021-2022 100%
2022-2023 100%

Program Completion Rate – 150% Time

2020-2021 51%
2021-2022 59%
2022-2023 70%

Students have the ability to enter the Nursing Program at three distinct points in time under four distinct tracks, which provides the opportunity to select the most appropriate track for their course of study. Program tracks include:

  • Full-Time Program: Fall Program Start
  • Part-Time Day Program: Summer Program Start
  • Part-Time Evening/Weekend Program: Spring Program Start
  • Accelerated BSN Program (ABSN): Summer Program Start

The Full-Time, and Part-Time Program Tracks take 2-years for completion while the ABSN allows students to complete the program in 15-months. Please see program track sheets for detailed information regarding curriculum, course sequence, length of time required to complete the curriculum, and frequency of course offerings.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Role-Specific Graduate Competencies

Defines the role of the graduate upon program completion.

  • Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice
    Graduates will ground their profession in the translation of evidence-based practice.
  • Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health

    Graduates will communicate and collaborate among healthcare professionals to deliver high quality patient care.
  • Clinical Prevention and Population Health
    Graduates will engage in health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community, and systems level to improve population health.
  • Professionalism and Professional Value
    Graduates will demonstrate professionalism and incorporate the inherent values of altruism, human dignity, integrity, and social justice to their profession.
  • Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
    Graduates will be prepared to provide wholistic care to patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments. (as adapted by the AACN Essentials)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge form the physical and social sciences, humanities, and nursing in making nursing practice decisions involving culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities.
  • Practice effective communication with individuals, families, and communities.
  • Integrate all components of the nursing process in promoting optimal health of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Collaborate with other members of the health care team in affecting the delivery of health care.
  • Synthesize research findings into the practice of nursing and the delivery of care.
  • Demonstrate competency to assume a beginning professional nurse role.

Undergraduate Nursing Program Curriculum

The curriculum of the Undergraduate Program at Cedar Crest College is based on the professional standards, guidelines, and competencies of:

  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice,
  • Quality and Safety in Education for Nurses (QSEN), and
  • The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations for the Future of Nursing.

The curriculum builds upon the foundational knowledge of the liberal arts, allowing students to obtain core nursing knowledge, core nursing competencies, and professional role development through their classroom and clinical work.

Undergraduate Nursing Program Clinical Experience

  • 903 clinical/laboratory hours across a variety of patient care settings
  • 84 clinical hours required for all health promotion and specialty courses.
  • 105 clinical hours in Independent Practicum spent 1:1 with a nurse preceptor.
  • Students spend time in clinical experiences that include peer leadership, and service learning and mentoring.
  • Simulation experiences across a variety of patient care setting using state-of-the-art high fidelity human patient simulators.

Dive A Little Deeper

Nursing Courses required for the ABSN Program Track

NUR 409 Health Promotion I 3 credits
NUR 411 Health Assessment 3 credits
NUR 413 Mental Health Promotion 4 credits
NUR 414 Pharmacology 3 credits
NUR 421 Health Promotion II 5 credits
MSN 512 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 3 credits
NUR 426 Concepts in Professional Nursing 3 credits (online)
NUR 429 Family Health Promotion 5 credits
NUR 431 Health Promotion III 5 credits
NUR 436 Population Focused Health 4 credits
NUR 435 Leadership in Nursing* 5 credits
NUR 441 Complex Health Problems 5 credits**
NUR 442 Independent Practicum 4 credits
MSN 514 Informatics and Technology in Nursing – 3 credits**
MSN 520 Vulnerable Populations: Nursing Perspectives – 3 credits**
*Capstone Experience
** Elective Courses

Tuition Reduction

Tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs have been reduced beginning in the Fall 2024 semester, making them comparable to similar nursing programs in the Lehigh Valley. Click here to read more about the tuition reductions.

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Upcoming Admissions Events

Aug 01
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Aug 05
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Graduate Nursing Virtual Info Session Learn More
Aug 07
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Aug 17
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Aug 22
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Cooperative Agreements

Cedar Crest College collaborates with several academic institutions to provide our students with innovative pathways that help them succeed in their chosen fields.

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The master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Cedar Crest College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The baccalaureate, master’s, post master’s certificate nursing programs at Cedar Crest College located in Allentown, PA are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate, master’s and post master’s certificate nursing programs is continuing accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website:

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