The ACHIEVE Program is the evening/weekend basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, offered at the Bucks County Center in Newtown, Pa. (initiated in January 2002), and at the Main Campus (initiated in September 2002). Students in this program qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) (state board of nursing examination) to become registered professional nurses and to practice as members of the nursing profession. This program, which is 126 credits leading to the BSN, is taught over seven continuous semesters once prerequisite courses are met. The 14 nursing courses are taught during the fall, spring, and summer sessions. Didactic portions of the courses are taught in the evenings during the week. Clinical experiences are planned for day and evening weekend hours. The goal of the program is to enable the graduate to provide professional nursing care, which includes health promotion and maintenance, illness care, restoration, rehabilitation, and health counseling derived from nursing theory and research. La Salle's ACHIEVE Program provides the opportunity to refine critical thinking skills, to strengthen one's self-concept as both a person and member of the nursing profession, and to set a course for self-directed learning and independent action, enhancing one's personal and professional growth. Students who can enter the ACHIEVE Program are those new to nursing, career changers, and LPNs who wish to complete the program on an evening/weekend basis.
Effective with the class beginning nursing major courses in 2017, the program will consist of 132 credits (61 in nursing and 71 in liberal arts/sciences)