Jacksonville University expands accelerated nursing degree program

Classes in a clinical partnership with Mayo Clinic Florida begin this summer.

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Jacksonville University is expanding its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program with a new clinical partner: Mayo Clinic Florida.

The 12-month Second Degree BSN Program within the Keigwin School of Nursing is accepting applications and classes are expected to begin this summer. 

“We’re building on the highly successful ABSN programs already offered within the nationally recognized Keigwin School of Nursing with a long-time, world class partner in health care, the Mayo Clinic,” JU President Tim Cost said in a news release.

“Nurses are the heartbeat of Mayo Clinic and a critical part of the quality care that we provide to our patients,” Dr. Kent Thielen, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, said in the release.

“Educating and training the nurses of tomorrow is a top priority across all of health care and we look forward to partnering with JU on this accelerated nursing program,” he said.

JU launched its 12-month ABSN program in 2021 in partnership with Baptist Health, based at the university’s main campus in Arlington. In 2022, the program expanded to the Palm Coast location with the help of clinical partners such as Flagler Hospital. 

With the addition of the Mayo Clinic partnership, students now have three pathways into the program with three start times throughout the calendar year – fall, spring and summer – offering flexibility for those looking to make a career change into nursing.

Students enrolled in the Mayo Clinic ABSN program will receive nursing education and faculty expertise from the Keigwin School of Nursing along with hands-on skills training from Mayo Clinic’s clinical nurse teachers.

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in any field are eligible for the accelerated nursing degree program, with the completion of several prerequisite courses for those coming from outside health care backgrounds. 

Nearly 25% of students at JU are majoring in nursing. The Keigwin School of Nursing has a 96.6% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses through the third quarter of 2022.