Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program option is designed for individuals with a previously earned bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university who wish to earn a BSN and enter the nursing profession. Prior to admission the applicant must have completed pre-requisite science coursework This program can be completed in 14 months of study and is located at CMU-Columbia in the Forum Shopping Center. Clinical experiences will occur in a variety of mid-Missouri health care facilities.
This program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accreditation arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
Selection of students for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is based on the following criteria:
- Complete an application to Central Methodist University and to the ABSN program
- A BA or BS degree in any field from an accredited college or university (official transcripts must be submitted from ALL colleges or universities attended)
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better:
Anatomy with lab, Physiology with lab, Microbiology with lab, Chemistry, and College
Algebra OR Statistics.
- It is strongly recommended that students complete Pathophysiology prior to admission to the program; however, with prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the Provost, students may be provisionally admitted to the program and take Pathophysiology concurrently with their first set of nursing (NU) courses. Students must earn a minimum grade of B in Pathophysiology to progress beyond the first set of nursing courses.
- Note that Pathophysiology cannot be taken during your first semester in the program.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all college coursework
- Two letters of recommendation that address the student's character, work ethic, motivation, and general ability to complete an intensive course of study.
- A personal interview with members of the nursing faculty
- Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (administered by the nursing department for a nominal fee) with a minimum score of 70 in the areas of "reading" and "science."
- An arrest or conviction may disqualify a candidate for licensure examination. The
State Board of Nursing has the authority to refuse the issue of a license (Reference:
Nursing Practice Act RSMO 355.066).
The Nursing Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual preference, religion, sex, national origin, age, or federally defined disability in its recruitment and admission of students.
Accelerated Nursing - Curriculum Plan
NU308-Health Assessment (4 hours)
NU307-Adaptation Nursing Applications (5 hours)
Total: 9 hours
NU461-Gerontology (3 hours) +
NU309-Psychosocial Integrity (3 hours)
NU304-Nursing Research (2 hours) +
Total: 8 hours
NU312-Pharmacology I (2 hours)
NU322-Maternal/Child Nursing (5 hours)
NU321-Public Health and Community Nursing Concepts (3 hours)
Total: 10 hours
NU313-Pharmacology II (3 hours)
NU334-Evidence Based Adaptation Nursing I (7 hours)
Total: 10 hours
NU336-Evidence Based Adaptation Nursing II (8 hours)
NU456-Leadership and Management (3 hours) +
Total: 11 hours
+NU451-Concepts of Adaptation Nursing Practicum (6 hours)
+NU452-NCLEX Review (2 hours)
Total: 8 hours
Total program credit hours: 56
This plan may change depending on when a cohort begins.
+ Designates an online hybrid course.
Accelerated BSN Courses
*The following rule applies to NU307 Adaptation Nursing Applications, NU322 Maternal/Child Nursing, NU309 Psychosocial Integrity, NU321 Public Health and Community Nursing Concepts, NU334 Evidence-based Adaptation Nursing I, and NU434 Evidence-based Adaptation Nursing II:
The Nursing Department reserves the right to modify student schedules to result in even distribution of students among sections for clinical courses. This adjustment is done to enhance the opportunities for quality clinical experiences and to ease the burden on CMU's clinical partners. Students who have pertinent reasons for being in a particular course section must communicate this information in writing to the Clinical Coordinator prior to the end of the previous semester. All efforts will be made to accommodate these requests, but the Department does not guarantee the ability to do so in all instances.
NU304 Nursing Research. 2 hours. This course introduces the concepts, processes, and applications of nursing research. The research role of the nurse in decision making and clinical practice will be examined. Students will read and critique research on nursing practice and will discuss problems and challenges in conducting nursing research. Throughout the course, there will be opportunities to practice various aspects of the research process (thinking of research question, planning study designs, evaluating measurement methods). The student will develop a research proposal and conduct a literature review about his or her topic. The student will begin the formal writing of this research proposal. Lecture and Discussion. Prerequisites: NU334. Fall.
NU307 Adaptation Nursing Applications. 5 hours (3 lecture/2 clinical hours). This course provides an introduction to basic nursing skills, terminology, and need states. Nursing applications include skills and adaptation nursing process practiced in the laboratory setting progressing to the healthcare provider setting. Clinical contact hours meet the Missouri State Board of Nursing 3:1 ratio for credit awarded. Prerequisites: AH200 and AH314. Fall. [11/11] *
NU308 Health Assessment. 4 hours (3 lecture/1 lab hours). This course allows the student to develop the assessment skills necessary to provide competent care for clients of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds applying the adaptation nursing model. Health assessment is the gathering of subjective and objective data regarding a client's state of health. The knowledge gained in this course will assist the nurse in holistically assessing the adaptation level of client, family, and community across the lifespan. Students participate in the scheduled weekly Skills Lab and are expected to use the Skills Lab on an independently scheduled basis to practice the necessary psycho-motor skills for completing a physical assessment. Lab contact hours meet the Carnegie 2:1 ratio for credit awarded. Prerequisites: AH200 and AH314. Fall. [11/11]
NU309 Psychosocial Integrity. 3 hours (2.5 lecture/0.5 clinical hours). This course focuses on the adaptive responses in self-concept, role function, and interdependence modes which promote the goals of adaptation and the integrity of the individual, family, and community. Communication intervention techniques are examined. Much of the clinical exposure is in the community setting. Credit hours awarded meet the Missouri State Board of Nursing 3:1 contact-to-credit hour guideline. Prerequisites: NU307, NU308, and NU312. Spring. 11/11 *
NU312 Pharmacology I. 2 hours. A study of routes and methods of medication administration along with an introduction to basic medication classes and their uses. This course provides the initial pharmacological knowledge needed for nursing practice. Additional aspects of this topic are addressed in NU313 Pharmacology II, the second of this two-course series. Lecture and Seminar. Prerequisites: AH200 and AH314. Fall.
NU313 Pharmacology II. 3 hours. This course builds on the concepts introduced in NU312 Pharmacology I and provides a study of actions and side effects of functional groups of drugs. Attention is given to diet, age, and other factors influencing drug response. Nursing interventions and client education are stressed. Lecture and Seminar. Prerequisite: NU312. Spring.
NU321 Public Health and Community Nursing Concepts. 3 hours (2.5 lecture/0.5 clinical hours). This course focuses on the interrelationship of community health principles and adaptation nursing. Application of principles will be in community health and community-based settings. Credit hours awarded meet the Missouri State Board of Nursing 3:1 contact-to-credit hour guideline for clinical aspects Prerequisites: NU307, NU308, and NU312. Fall. 11/11 *
NU322 Maternal/Child Nursing. 5 hours (4 lecture/1 lab & clinical hours). Focuses on family dynamics and the use of the nursing process across the family lifespan. Lab and clinical contact hours meet the Carnegie requirements and the Missouri State Board of Nursing guidelines for credit hours awarded. Prerequisites: NU309, NU313, NU321, and NU334. Fall. 11/11 *
NU334 Evidence-Based Adaptation Nursing I. 7 hours (5 lecture/2 clinical hours). This course focuses on concepts of adaptation nursing related to protective needs: integumentary, oncologic, immunologic, protective sensory systems, activity and rest, and safety; and metabolic needs: fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance and problems of nutrition, digestion, elimination, and excretion. The adaptation model and evidence-based practice are used to promote the highest potential for individuals and families of varying developmental levels and cultures within a variety of healthcare settings. The lab, clinical, and simulation contact hours meet the Missouri State Board of Nursing guidelines for the credit hours awarded. Prerequisites: NU307, NU308, and NU312. Spring. 11/11 *
NU360 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
NU336 Evidence-Based Adaptation Nursing II. 8 hours (6 lecture/2 clinical hours). This course focuses on concepts of adaptation nursing related to oxygenation needs: circulatory, respiratory, and hematologic systems; and regulatory needs: problems of the neurologic system and the endocrine system. The adaptation model and evidence-based practice are used to promote the highest potential for individuals and families of varying developmental levels and cultures within a variety of healthcare settings. The lab, clinical, and simulation contact hours meet the Missouri State Board of Nursing guidelines for the credit hours awarded. Prerequisite: NU309, NU313, and NU321. Fall. 11/11 *
NU451 Adaptation Nursing Practicum. 6 hours (1 directed study/5 clinical hours). (Capstone) This course affords the student the opportunity to apply adaptation nursing concepts through an individualized nursing practice under the supervision of a faculty member and a clinical preceptor. The student will be required to demonstrate fulfillment of course objectives through evidence-based practice. Prerequisites: NU304, NU322, and NU434. Spring. 11/11
NU452 NCLEX Review. 2 hours. This course is designed to increase student readiness for the NCLEX-RN examination. Concurrent enrollment in NU 451. Prerequisite: NU304, NU322, and NU434. Spring.
NU456 Leadership and Management. 3 hours. Prepares the student for the role as nurse leader/ manager. Focuses on theory and application of leadership and management skills. Includes pertinent aspects of the economic, regulatory, and legal aspects of health care as well as health care systems in the United States that impact the role of the nurse leader/manager. Lecture and seminar. Prerequisite: NU304, NU322, and NU434. Spring.
NU460 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. Independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.
NU461 Gerontology. 3 hours. Study of the aging process from both a physical and a developmental perspective and its impact on nursing care and considerations. Lecture and seminar. Prerequisite: NU304, NU322, and NU434. Spring.