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The compressed curriculum is designed to span three semesters (equivalent to one calendar year) with each semester divided into two 7-week sessions. Two required courses will be taught during each session and will require the equivalent of one day per week in-class by the student. Nursing elective courses may be in an online format and students will have the option to choose the electives. The combination of the in-class, Web-enhanced, and Web-delivered courses allows for the compression of course content. The online courses (1-2 per semester) will span the entire semester (15 weeks). The final clinical capstone course (N418) spans 12 weeks.

Bridge Courses: Two bridge courses will be provided during the first semester. The first bridge course, Nursing 390 (N390), is the first course offered in the ABS program. The course facilitates educational mobility by providing the framework for the transition to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice. The course emphasizes leadership, management, and issues influencing nursing education and practice. Students also will enhance their existing level of knowledge related to patient care responsibility and accountability while addressing current trends in health care policy and research. The second bridge course, Nursing 457 (N457), is an introduction to computing and nursing informatics with a focus on applications in the nursing profession. The course will assist students with the role of the professional nurse in application of computers in education and nursing practice and give them the computer skills to be successful. In addition, the course will reinforce the material presented in the orientation program that addressed delivery modes and the logistics associated with a compressed curriculum format.

Challenge Examinations (Credit by Exam): ABS students may earn credits for general education and nursing courses, which fulfill degree requirements, through successful completion of a comprehensive examination. This examination is a substitute for completing the usual requirements of a course. Credit by examination may not be used to earn credit for a course previously completed with a quality letter grade (including courses that were failed). Credit by examination may not be attained on a pass/fail grading system. Each department that offers the course may or may not offer credit by exam.

Credit by Experience Documentation: Credit may be obtained by the process of documentation of expertise, which validates previous learning of the course content. Students may use this method for other courses if documentation of expertise is available (e.g. N457 Introduction to Computing and Nursing Informatics).