Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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The baccalaureate program prepares professional nurses who can practice in a variety of settings. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, which may serve as a terminal degree or the basis for graduate study.

School of Nursing Mission & Philosophy

Graduate Outcomes

In concert with the Allen College philosophy and the School of Nursing program philosophy the graduate will:

  1. Provide basic organizational and systems leadership.
  2. Integrate evidence-based practice in nursing care.
  3. Manage healthcare data, information, knowledge, and technology.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments.
  5. Facilitate inter-professional communication and collaboration in healthcare teams.
  6. Use patient-centered strategies when delivering care to diverse individuals and populations.
  7. Model the professional role.
  8. Use data to monitor outcomes and improve care.
  9. Deliver safe care through system effectiveness and individual performance.
  10. Synthesize knowledge from liberal and baccalaureate nursing education to guide generalist practice.

Licensure Information

Graduates earning the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree may be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Upon passing the examination, the individual may be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state they apply.

The following tracks are available:

Comparison of Accelerated and Traditional BSN Options


Accelerated BSN

Traditional BSN


15-16 months

2.5 years

Number of Terms

4 semesters

5 semesters

Approximate Cost



Start Date

May and August

January and August

Nursing Credit Hours



General Education Credit Hours



Clinical Start Date

First semester

Second semester



Fall and Spring semesters

Primary Delivery Method

Face-to-face and hybrid

Face-to-face only

Core GPA Requirement



Cumulative GPA Requirement



Expected Weekly Time Commitment

50-60 hours/week class, lab, clinical, and studying

40 hours/week class, lab, clinical, and studying

Request a transfer credit evaluation to find out how your previous college credits may transfer to any of the tracks to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Allen College considers admitting applicants living out of state or country.

Nursing students qualify for the Future Ready Iowa Grant

Applicants and current students must be aware select states require approval prior to Allen College offering online courses and clinical study in those states. Additionally, a state certification or governing licensing board may also require prior approval for an Allen College student to engage in clinical study within the state. Therefore, Allen College cannot guarantee out-of- state clinical or practicum placement. Allen College also cannot guarantee students maintaining residency in a state other than Iowa will be allowed to enroll in online courses.

Applicants planning to maintain residency in any state other than Iowa, and planning to enroll in an online course or engage in clinical study in any state other than Iowa, should consult an admission counselor prior to applying to Allen College.

The Iowa Code (Chapter 147.3) states that conviction of certain felonies will make an individual ineligible for licensure. Previous conviction of a felony does not automatically bar an individual from eligibility for licensure. After completion of a nursing education program, the student will file an application for licensure with a state board of nursing. At that time, the board of nursing may review any felony convictions to determine eligibility for licensure.