BS in Nursing for Career Changers

Weekend Option (WABSN)

This part-time, 24-month, 58 credit program includes all of the components of a traditional nursing degree in an accelerated, trimester format. Students may continue working while enrolled in this program as the coursework and clinicals take place on Saturdays and Sundays throughout six trimesters. Each trimester consists of 12 weekends, with major holiday weekends off. The weekend option begins in May, and all graduates are eligible to take the state licensing examination (NCLEX).

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  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.7.
  • Cumulative coursework is NOT considered for the 2.7 GPA. The GPA of a 2.7 must be from the bachelor’s degree specifically.
  • If ineligible for the accelerated programs due to not having a bachelor’s degree GPA of at least a 2.7 you may consider our Traditional Undergraduate Nursing option. You can access more information about this option here.
  • The WABSN program requires that the TEAS exam be taken with a 70% score of better. (The number of times a student may take the ATI TEAS exam is limited to 5 times.)


There are 11 prerequisites for this accelerated program:

Social Sciences

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Developmental Psychology I**
  • Developmental Psychology II**
  • General Psychology
    ** A Developmental Psychology Lifespan course satisfies both Developmental Psychology I & II


  • General Chemistry I*
  • Biochemistry*
  • Anatomy & Physiology I*
  • Anatomy & Physiology II*
  • Microbiology*
  • Pathophysiology*
    *These courses must be completed within the past 10 years with a grade of a B- or better. If you meet the minimum grade requirement of a B- but your course was taken more than 10 years ago, you may be eligible to take a challenge examination in order to receive credit for the course. When you submit your application along with your official transcripts, the Office of Admissions will determine if you are eligible and will let you know how to proceed with this option.


  • Introduction to Statistics

Prerequisite coursework may be taken at Dominican University or can be transferred in through the Office of Admissions.

At the time you submit your application you do not have to have all prerequisites completed. However, the prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program.

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WABSN Course Sequence

Year 1

Summer Trimester 1Fall Trimester llSpring Trimester lll
NR 223 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice lNR 330 Parent-Child NursingNR 340 Adult Nursing I
NR 224 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice llNR 235 Principles of Health AssessmentNR 345 Family Health Nursing
NR 329 Pharmacological AgentsNR 331 Nursing ConceptsNR 353 Nursing Research

Year 2

Summer Trimester 1Fall Trimester llSpring Trimester lll
NR 450 (Part A) Adult Nursing llNR 450(Part B) Adult Nursing ll NR 465 Nursing Leadership and Management
NR 320 Psychiatric Mental Health NursingNR 450(Part B) Adult Nursing ll
NR 463 Community Health Nursing
NR 467 Nursing Seminar

Corporate/Hospital Reimbursement Policy

If your employer provides tuition reimbursement, your tuition will be deferred until the term is completed.

Application Process

  • Submit your application to the Office of Admissions, including official transcripts from every institution where you have studied. International students must provide an evaluated copy of their credits (such as through WES, Globe Language Services, ECE, etc.)
  • The Office of Admissions will process your application and conduct a credit evaluation to determine if you have completed the prerequisites.
  • If you meet the minimum requirement of having a bachelor’s degree GPA of a 2.7 you will receive an acceptance package to the University. The package will include a list of any additional prerequisite courses you may need to complete.
  • Once your application has been processed by the Office of Admissions, your documents will be sent to the Nursing department for a final admissions decision.
  • If you are granted a seat in the program itself, any outstanding prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program in May.


  • Application materials (application and  official transcripts) must be submitted to the Office of Admission by November 1 in order to be considered for the following May.

Financial Aid

Over 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Your Financial Assistance may include federal and state grants and Dominican University need-based grant-in-aid.

  • For questions related to Financial Aid and completing your FAFSA please contact the Financial Aid Office at 845-848-7821.

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For more information about applying to Dominican University as a second degree student, please contact Rob Tyrrell at (845) 848-7907 or

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