Aurora University Nursing School Review
Students at Aurora University (AU) can study on one of three campuses: on the main campus in Aurora, Illinois (40 miles outside Chicago) or on the satellite campuses in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and Woodstock, Illinois. All three campuses offer some nursing programs, which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Here is a review of the available programs, and where they are offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Pre-Licensure
At the main campus in Aurora and on the campus in Woodstock, Aurora University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for students who have no previous nursing education or nursing experience. Before applying to the program, prospective nurses must enroll at Aurora University, complete at least thirty credit hours of nursing prerequisites (science and math courses), and complete all Aurora University’s general education requirements, which include classes in English, social sciences, science, and fine arts.
The nursing curriculum consists of sixty credit hours. Including the general education requirements and nursing prerequisites, the pre-licensure BSN track generally takes four years. At the end of the program, a student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BSN
On the Aurora campus, Woodstock campus, and the Williams Bay, Wisconsin campus, Aurora University offers a special BSN track for Registered Nurses (RN) who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing. RNs must show an active nursing license issued by Illinois or Wisconsin to be eligible for the program. Based on their previous education and their work experience, students in the RN to BSN Completion program can receive credit for thirty semester hours of coursework. They need to complete forty-three additional credit hours to earn the BSN degree. Classes take place in the evenings in order to accommodate work schedules.
Master of Science in Nursing
Nurses who wish to advance professionally can complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree on either the Aurora or the Woodstock campuses. The program consists of thirty-eight credit hours, and is designed with a working professional in mind. Students attend class one night a week, and complete the requirements over the course of eight semesters, which includes summer semesters. Within the MSN program, students can opt for a track in nursing administration or in nursing education. The specialized track accounts for ten of the required credit hours; the other twenty-eight credit hours are devoted to core program requirements.
Master of Science in Nursing – Bridge Option
Aurora University opens the MSN program to Registered Nurses (RNs) who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing. Through the MSN Bridge Option, an RN takes three transition classes in nursing, worth a total of fourteen credits. In addition, if the RN has not taken college-level courses in statistics and research, he must also complete these prior to beginning the program. Once he has completed the transition courses, he can begin the traditional, thirty-eight credit MSN program, choosing either the nursing administration or the nursing education track.
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