Common Questions About the BSN-ASD Program
Below are frequently asked questions regarding the application & admission process and general questions about the BSN-ASD program.
How well do MSOE students do on the NCLEX exam?
MSOE graduates have a strong record of success on the NCLEX exam. Since the start of the BSN - ASD program in 2013, the NCLEX pass rate for students in the BSN - ASD program is 98%.
Is there a deadline for applications?
No. Applicants are accepted until we reach our cohort limit of 32 students. We admit students twice per year – September and March.
What qualifications and pre-requisites do I need?
Please see criteria on MSOE Transfer Student.
Do I need to have all the prerequisite courses completed before I apply?
No. However, ALL courses must be completed before you start in BSN-ASD nursing program. In addition, all official transcripts need to be submitted to MSOE.
May I take prerequisite courses at MSOE?
Yes. This may be a good idea, as it will help you learn about MSOE and its support services, enhance your connections with other students, and help you acclimate to the quarter system.
Can I receive credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) courses?
Yes. The following courses are granted if a score of 50 or more is achieved:
- Human Growth and Development for SS462: Developmental Psychology
- Psychology, Introductory for SS460: Foundations of Psychology
Is an assessment of my academic ability required?
Yes. A Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) is part of the application process. The TEAS is a web-based assessment that measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. If you have completed a prior TEAS assessment, you may submit these scores as part of the application process in lieu of completing the scheduled TEAS assessment.
The TEAS assessment is administered at MSOE or you can schedule a time at another testing center. If you are interested in taking the TEAS assessment at a testing center, please refer to the ATI testing website for directions.
The TEAS assessment will be administered at MSOE two times a month on the first and third Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Here is a link to review materials for the ATI TEAS assessment. Purchase of review material is optional. However, comments from prior students who have taken the TEAS have found the review materials very beneficial.
Is an interview and writing assessment required?
Yes. Applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews. To evaluate your writing skills, you will be asked to write a short essay. Further directions will be provided at the time of the interview.
Is an accelerated-second degree BSN program right for me?
Before you decide to apply for the program, take into consideration your financial situation, career goals, family responsibilities, and your ability to become a full-time college student again. Keep in mind the BSN-ASD program is very intense. However, as someone who earned a BS/BA degree, you are able to progress through the program at a faster pace because since you start the program with a skill set that already incorporates writing, critical thinking, analysis, and time management. Time management skills will be paramount to your academic success over the next 18 months.
How long will it take to finish?
This program will run over six consecutive, year-round quarters (including summers), taking 18 months of full-time (15-18 credits per quarter) courses to complete.
Will I be able to work while attending this program?
We advise against this. Once you are admitted, you need to plan on this program taking all of your time and attention. The most common reason for failure from the nursing program is over-commitment of students (jobs and family obligations, long commutes, etc.) and personal health problems.
How many hours per week can I expect to be in class and clinical?
- 16-18 hours per week in class
- 12-15 hours per week in labs or clinical
- 2 to 3 hours per lecture hour per week on reading, studying, and course assignments