18-Month Accelerated Nursing Program

The 18-month Accelerated Nursing Program (also known as the Rural Nursing Opportunities Program or RNOP) can be ideal for students who are ready to start the next chapter of their lives—as registered nurses!

Students in the program complete sixteen nursing courses to earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing. Courses are taught sequentially in 4-6 week blocks, and each course includes the academic and clinical content usually taught in a semester-long course.

Applicants to this challenging program must have a strong background in the sciences and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from previous institutions.

The following nursing pre-requisites, as well as all of Hartwick College’s general education requirements, must be completed prior to the start of the program, in late May or early June:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I  & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Chemistry course with a lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology with a lab (4 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Additional general education requirements:

  • 6 credits of elementary foreign language classes or 3 credits of an intermediate foreign language class
  • 6 additional credits in the social sciences, which must reflect 2 different departments
  • 9 credits in the humanities 

Achievement of Writing Level 4 is required (based on a writing evaluation completed at Hartwick).

Applicants must complete the admissions process and submit an official high school transcript, official transcripts from each college attended, as well as two character references. The application deadline is April 1.

All required health forms and documentation of the required current CPR certification (Basic Life Saving for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross) must be submitted by May 15. Applicants must be ready to begin classes late May/early June.

The 18-month Accelerated Nursing Program moves quickly. Each class is completed in four to six weeks, and the next class may start mere days later. Lectures on offered on two weekdays (4-7 hours per day) and full-day clinical/learning lab experiences are usually scheduled on the weekends. During the academic year lectures are offered in the afternoon/evening; summer classes are often earlier in the day (though actual schedules may differ due to faculty and clinical needs).

Curriculum for the 18-Month Accelerated Nursing Program:

  • NURS 134 Foundations of Nursing Science (5 credits) 
  • SCIE 144 Health Assessment (4 credits)
  • NURS 234 Medical-Surgical Nursing I (5 credits)
  • SCIE 345 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NURS 336 Rural Health Nursing (4 credits)
  • NURS 334 Medical-Surgical Nursing II (5 credits)
  • NURS 356 Women’s Reproductive Health (5 credits)
  • NURS 333 Gerontology (3 credits)
  • NURS 357 Pediatric Nursing (5 credits)
  • NURS 443 Community Health Nursing (5 credits)
  • NURS 441 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (5 credits)
  • NURS 448 Introduction to Research Methods and Design (3 credits)
  • NURS 490 Thesis (3 credits)
  • NURS 434 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing (5 credits)
  • NURS 446 Trans. to Prof. Practice I: Health Policy & Leadership (4 credits)
  • NURS 495 Trans. to Prof. Practice II: Independent Practicum (5 credits)

18-Month Accelerated Nursing Program FAQ

Q: How do prospective students submit an application? 
A: Prospective students should submit an application online. The Common Application is available on the Hartwick website. In addition to the application, students must submit official high school transcripts, official college transcripts from each college attended, and two letters of reference. It is most helpful if all of these materials are submitted together. Accepted students will receive a transfer credit evaluation with their acceptance letter. You may contact the Transfer Coordinator Geneen Bolton, boltong@hartwick.edu with questions about the admissions process, or the Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities Jane Bachman, bachmanj@hartwick.edu with questions about the nursing program.

Q: How should prospective students submit character references? 
A: Students may mail letters of reference to the college, or send them via email to the Transfer Coordinator Geneen Bolton, boltong@hartwick.edu.

Q: Is an interview part of the admissions process? 
A: An interview is not required but may be helpful in determining if our program is the right fit for you.

Q: What is the application deadline? 
A: The application deadline is April 1.

Q: Are students eligible for financial aid? 
A: Accelerated baccalaureate students are eligible for federal financial aid, which sometimes includes Pell Grants. In some cases, students in this program are also eligible for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) if they did not previously receive all eight semesters of TAP in their previous degree program. Many students may be eligible for Stafford loans. Students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact Director of Financial Aid Melissa Allen, allenm@hartwick.edu, for more information.

Q: What does the financial aid budget include? 
A: The financial aid award budget includes tuition, mandatory fees, commuting costs, books and supplies.

Q: How do students find out their eligibility for Stafford loans? What are the typical Stafford loan lifetime limits? 
A: Students can determine their Stafford Loan eligibility by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A financial aid award will then be prepared for the student. Aggregate limits for Stafford Loans are set by the federal government and can be explained by the Financial Aid Office. Students cannot be in default on a prior federal student loan.

Q: What are the financial aid options for students taking summer courses? 
A: Expenses for summer courses can often be included in the loans arranged by students for the program.

Q: What is the tuition for this program? 
A: Hartwick charges a reduced rate for program credits. The tuition for 2017-2018 is $566 per credit hour for summer classes and $906 per credit hour for classes held during the regular academic year. At this time, 25 credits are offered in the summer, and 44 credits are offered in the fall, J Term, and spring. There are also course fees and other fees associated with the program. See nursing fees for more information.  All costs are subject to change

Q: Is on-campus housing available for 18-month Accelerated Program students?
A: On-campus housing is available to students only during the first summer of the program.

Q: Are CPR classes offered at Hartwick? 
A: Although CPR classes are offered at Hartwick periodically, students in the 18-month Accelerated Program should arrange to complete CPR certification prior to starting the program. Please note that the only CPR certifications accepted are Basic Life Saving for Healthcare Providers through either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

Q: What health records are required? 
A: Students need to submit a completed medical form prior to the start of classes, paying special attention to sections specific to nursing majors. Physical examinations are required annually for nursing students.

Q: When does the program begin?
A: The program usually begins in late May or early June. Students must complete all program pre-requisites prior to the start of class.

Q: Do all of the courses have clinical or learning lab components? 
A: No. There are 10 courses that include a lab or clinical component. Pharmacology, Gerontology, Intro to Research Methods and Design, Senior Thesis and Transition to Professional Practice I are non-clinical courses.

Q: What is the Senior Independent Practicum?
A: The Senior Independent Practicum, completed in the last 5 weeks of class (200 hours), provides an opportunity for students to narrow their focus, shadowing a nurse in an area of specialization and at a hospital of their choice. This very hand-on experience prepares nursing students for the realities of nursing practice —and many return from their practicum with job offers.

Q: How many hours of clinical experience will program graduates have completed?
A: Students in the 18-month Accelerated Program complete over 800 hours of clinical experience—as do graduates in the more traditional programs.

Q: Can program graduates go directly to a research or advanced practice positions?
A: No, students need to complete a graduate program first. Approximately 80% of our nursing graduates go on to graduate education within five years. Most graduate programs are an additional 1-2 years of study.

Q: How does this program prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensing examination? 
A: Students graduating from the Department of Nursing are well-prepared through their program to sit for the national licensure examination to become a registered nurse. Throughout the program students are given opportunities to practice taking computerized examinations that mimic the NCLEX-RN examination. The testing program that we use also provides students with test-taking skills, review materials, individualized remediation materials, as well as a live review to prepare them for taking the licensing examination.

The Department of Nursing strongly urges our graduates to take full advantage of the NCLEX-RN review course offered.

Q: Does Hartwick offer the NCLEX-RN exam onsite? 
A: No. Students from New York State must be certified as graduates of a pre-licensure program and sign up through the New York State Department of Education’s Office for the Professions to take the examination. When the students sign up to take the examination they are given a number of different test sites from which to choose that are located throughout the state.


Estimated Fees for the 18-Month Accelerated Nursing Program

All fees are subject to change and vary depending on program.

2017-2018 Nursing Fees

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