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Nursing FAQs

Questions about Nursing immersion sessions, the RN-BSN program, pl-ABSN program or DNP program? Browse through frequently asked question about Nursing at Brandman

Nursing FAQ's


How can I strengthen my application?

Criteria considered for a strong application include a well-written goal statement that clearly describes the student’s nursing aspirations (not a resume), strong recommendations with written commentary providing clear examples of the student’s strengths, a high cumulative GPA, and strong academic performance in prerequisite science courses.

How often will I be on campus?

Students will be required to be on campus 2-3 days per week for skills lab and proctored testing and at an assigned San Diego clinical partner site 1-2 days per week during clinical practicums.

When do I need to be on campus or in clinical?

Days and times for campus and clinical requirements will vary from session to session, but will be communicated at least 2-weeks prior to the session start date. Please note that some clinical rotations may require evening and weekend hours.

Does Brandman University help students locate a preceptor or clinical site?

Brandman University works closely with the San Diego Nursing and Allied Health Service-Education Consortium and the San Diego clinical agencies to ensure clinical placements for students. Students are not required to identify their own preceptors and must attend clinical practicums as assigned.

How long will it take me to complete Brandman University’s pl-ABSN program?

The time from admission to program completion is two years and two months. The program is year round with three semesters each year. Each semester contains two eight week sessions. The first two semesters are dedicated to completion of any remaining general education requirements. The nursing core courses begin in the 3 rd semester after admission, with all students following a standard full-time education plan for the remaining 18 months.

How many credit hours is the pl-ABSN degree?

The pl-ABSN program is comprised of 120 semester credit hours, with 52 credit hours in general education and 68 credit hours in nursing core courses.

Does Brandman University offer a discount to active duty military service members?

Yes, Activity duty military service members and their spouses receive discounted tuition of $250 per credit hour plus $250 per credit hour pl-ABSN nursing fees. However, tuition is subject to change with annual budget reassessment.

What does a “hybrid” program mean?

A “hybrid” or “blended” program, such as the pl-ABSN program, has regularly scheduled on-ground campus time and the flexibility of online learning for content traditionally delivered in a lecture setting.

Does Brandman have a program for LVNs and/or applicants with relevant military education and experience? If so, what coursework is required?

LVNs and/or individuals with relevant education and experience wishing to earn a BSN degree and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN are encouraged to apply for the program. There is a process for advanced placement, allowing program credit for previous education or for other acquired knowledge in the field of nursing, including military education and experience. Applicants interested in advanced placement should contact the Program Director via email for more information.

Where can I complete my prerequisites?

Brandman University offers all of the required prerequisites. However, completion of the required general education courses at Brandman University does not guarantee acceptance into the pl-ABSN program nor give an applicant priority status. Prerequisites may be taken at Brandman or other regionally accredited institutions including community colleges. Students may also consider satisfying prerequisites through other credit options as noted on our website at:

What is a pre-licensure Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (pl-ABSN) program?

The pl-ABSN is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the entry-level professional nursing role. This degree prepares nursing generalists who provide patient-centered care, use technology to improve outcomes through innovative leadership and integrate research evidence as the foundation for best patient outcomes. The graduate of this program is prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for RNs. This program also provides students with the foundation for graduate nursing education and promotes and fosters commitment to lifelong adult learning.

Do I have to live in the greater San Diego area to attend the pl-ABSN program?

Although the general education requirements can be completed from various geographic locations, students must reside within commuting distance of the San Diego campus for the nursing core courses.

Are any tests required to apply? Is the TEAS test required?

No testing is required for admission at this time.

How much time do I need to dedicate to the program?

The pl-ABSN program is a rigorous accelerated program. Students can expect to spend 40-50 hours per week completing course requirements during the nursing core courses. This time is divided between online course work, virtual classes, clinical practicum hours in the skills lab and at clinical partner sites, and homework/study time.

Is there a time limit for the age of previously completed coursework?

Undergraduate courses do not expire. Transferability is evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

How much is tuition?

The current tuition is $500 per credit hour plus $250 per credit hour pl-ABSN nursing fees. However, tuition is subject to change with annual budget reassessment.

What is the turnaround time in knowing admission decisions after application documents are submitted?

The Brandman University pl-ABSN Admissions Committee carefully reviews all applications to identify the most qualified applicants. This review may take up to 4 weeks after the application deadline to complete.

Can I work while taking nursing courses?

pl-ABSN students are not precluded from working, but the nursing core schedule is not flexible and work hours must be worked around course schedules and requirements. Students need to be aware of the program rigor and plan accordingly.

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