Who is eligible to apply to the ACHIEVE Program?
These programs are designed for adult learners who are busy with family, life and work obligations, as well as licensed practical nurses seeking their BSN, career changers who have a degree in a different discipline, and interested students who have not yet completed a college degree but have taken or are currently taking liberal arts/science pre-nursing requirements.
How long will it take for me to earn a BSN?
Providing prerequisite courses have been satisfied, the BSN may be earned in two and a half academic years. Beginning in 2017 – a new BSN curriculum is in place and will take 3 years to complete.
Will all of my college credits transfer towards the BSN?
Credits taken at an accredited college or University are transferable to La Salle, provided that (1) the courses satisfy La Salle’s prerequisite courses, (2) a grade of “C” or higher is earned and (3) science courses must be 4 credits each with a lab component. On-line courses may be accepted to meet certain course requirements. College credits may also be granted for certain prerequisite courses through CLEP and Excelsior examinations and use of these examinations will be determined by your academic advisor.
When is the application deadline to apply for the Achieve program?
Admission to nursing classes is once per year in the Fall on our Main campus in Philadelphia and once per year in the Spring on our Bucks County campus in Newtown, Pennsylvania. The application deadline for Fall is March 1, and August 31 for Spring. All prerequisite courses must be completed for Fall and Spring matriculation by these dates.
When are classes held?
Once accepted into the ACHIEVE Program, classes are held two evenings per week with clinicals on selected weekends. Class hours are typically 6PM to 9PM. Clinical hours are typically scheduled in daytime or evening shifts of 6 hours, 8 hours, or 12 hours between 7AM and 11PM. The assigned clinical hours and day vary within selected courses. Students will be placed in clinical rotations for 9 out of the 13 nursing courses taken throughout the program. Clinical rotations will be done in hospitals, long term care facilities, mental health facilities, as well as many public health facilities, schools, etc. The students will have hands-on learning in their clinical rotations that will correlate with the learning in the classroom.
Can I apply to the program while completing the prerequisite courses?
Yes, you may apply to the program while completing the prerequisite courses. If you are currently enrolled at another college or University pursuing prerequisite courses you must send an updated official transcript at the end of each semester completed. However, the courses must be completed by the above dates to begin the program.
Prior to formal acceptance into the nursing major, all students must be interviewed by the Assistant Director of the Evening/Weekend program who will then present each student’s academic file for review by the undergraduate Nursing Program’s Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.
Please note: Although you may meet all criteria there is no guarantee of acceptance. Your application will be reviewed by the nursing admission committee and you will be notified.