Program Details

  • This option is for Drake students who have completed, at least, 6 semesters in the HSCI major
  • The degrees will be conferred at the same time so that students do not lose eligibility for certain forms of financial aid. Each institution would grant their own degree


    Allen College of Health Sciences offers an accelerated BSN that can be completed while students also complete the BS-HS. This provides an opportunity for health sciences students to complete a BSN program while also earning a BS-HS degree. The degrees would be conferred at the same time so that students do not lose eligibility for certain forms of financial aid. Each institution would grant their own degree.

    Allen College’s accelerated BSN program is a four semester, 12-month curriculum. Students will learn about nursing using a concept-based approach that emphasizes nursing content across the life span and diverse clinical settings. The coursework prepares graduates to care for patients and families in acute care and community settings. Graduates are prepared to assume roles involving leadership, education, research, and community health.

    Students enrolled in this program will complete coursework at the Allen College Campus during the first summer of enrollment in a hybrid format. Following the first summer, students will periodically meet face-to-face in Des Moines during the semester with the majority of learning occurring in an online environment. Students will complete clinical requirements during the Fall, Spring, and final Summer semester in the Des Moines area. 


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    First Year
    BIO 012/LPre-professional Biology I & Lab (LIFE AOI)4 CR
    CHEM 001/3General Chemistry I & Lab (PHSC AOI)4 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec./Honors3 CR
    FYS First Year Seminar3 CR
    INTD 025Blueprint for Success1 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    BIO 013/LPre-Professional Biology II & Lab4 CR
    CHEM 002/4General Chemistry II & Lab4 CR
    MATH 050Calculus I3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Second Year
    CHEM 097/98Org Chem/Lab I OR PHY 011 OR BIO 103/L54 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec./Honors3 CR
    HSCI 141/LHuman Anatomy/Lab4 CR
    HSCI 025*Introduction to the US Health Care System3 CR
    HSCI 060Stats in Health Sciences2 (CRIT AOI)3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Elective[ENG 037(CITZ)]/Honors3 CR
    HSCI 106*Culture Care & Hlth Lit3(GLOB/CITZ AOI)3 CR
    HSCI 125/LPhysiology/Lab14 CR
    P-ELEC ---Professional Electives (HSCI 146)3 CR
    PSY 001Intro Psychology4 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Third Year
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/General Elective (SCSS 001)/Honors3 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec./Honors3 CR
    HSCI 055*Innovation & Leadership in Health Sciences3 CR
    HSCI 095Medical Terminology1 CR
    P-ELEC --Professional Elective (PSY 076) 3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    ECON 002Microeconomics43 CR
    ELEC Drake Curriculum/General Electives/Honors3 CR
    HSCI 105*Values & Ethics in Health Sciences (VE AOI)3 CR
    P-ELEC --Professional Elective (PHAR 126)2 CR
    P-ELEC ---Professional Electives5 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Total Program Hours: 96

    Program Notes:

    3+1 BSN students at Allen College will complete all remaining credits required for completion of their health sciences major through their nursing coursework. Students will be required to send an official transcript to the Drake University Office of the Registrar to apply their transfer coursework to the health sciences major requirements. A minimum of 124 total hours will be required to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Drake University. Degrees from Drake University and Allen College will be conferred at the same time. This may result in total program hours higher than 124.

    Should students not complete their coursework at Allen College and decide to return to Drake University, they will no longer be eligible for their Drake tuition guarantee. They will be responsible for the current University tuition rate.

    Bolded courses must be taken the semester listed, unless prior approval by the College is provided.
    *Asterisked courses are recommended to be taken in the designated semester, but may be offered in alternative semesters.
    1 = BIO 129/L – Mammalian Physiology or PHAR 125 can be substituted for requirement (courses offered only in fall semester)
    2 = STAT 060 – Statistics for the Life Sciences can be substituted for requirement
    3 = HSCI 106 – Culture Care is requirement for HSCI degree, and may be completed in J-term or Spring, based on availability
    4 = HSCI 102 – Health Economics can be substituted for requirement (course offered only in fall semester)
    5 = BIO 103/103L - Microbiology is offered only in spring semester.

    Drake Curriculum/General Electives (min 27 credits) Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled by required courses – Artistic Literacy AOI, Engaged Citizen AOI, Historical Foundations AOI (2 courses), and Written Communication AOI. Allen College requires one sociology elective that will apply as general elective. Additional general electives will be completed at Allen College.

    Professional Electives (min 22 credits) Courses below may be used to fulfill the elective categories; other courses may be used as approved. A minimum of 13 professional electives must be completed at Drake. Additional professional electives will be completed at Allen College. If admitted to Allen College, required credit minimums in Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences Professional Electives are waived.
    Biomedical Science Electives
    (min 3 credits)
    *BIO 095-199
    *CHEM 100-199
    *NSCI 001- 199
    *PHY 001-199

    Health Science Electives
    (min 6 credits)
    *PHAR 100-199
    *HSCI 100- 199
    *EDUC 172

    *SPAN 135

    *SPAN 136

    *SPAN 137

    *SPAN 138

    *SPAN 139
    *SPAN 154

    *SCSA 175

    *SCSS 081

    Business Electives
    (no minimum)
    *ACCT 040-199
    *BLAW 060-199
    *ECON 003-199
    *FIN 095- 199
    *INS 051-199
    *MGMT 110-199
    *MKTG 101-199
    *BUS 006-199

    Psychology Electives
    (no minimum)
    *PSY 002-199

    Leadership Electives
    (no minimum)
    *LEAD 050-199

    Professional Electives Policy: Core curricula of CPHS degree programs may require professional elective courses that permit exploration of and/or advanced study in areas of professional interest within the student’s primary degree. Professional electives provide the student with an opportunity to not only pursue areas of intellectual interest, but also to develop an individual “brand” that may benefit them in their professional or academic future. Students who desire to have a non-approved electives count toward professional elective credit should apply for an exception to program policy prior to taking the course whenever possible. Professional electives must be taken for a grade unless the course is designed as credit/no credit. Students should refer to their degree audit for determination of the total number of required professional electives. Students should review the student handbook for the complete professional elective policy and details specific to their degree program.

    **If not admitted to the ABSN program at Allen College, all credit minimums for Drake Curriculum/General Electives and Professional Electives must be fulfilled. The senior internship, HSCI 155, HSCI 156, HSCI 196 and HSCI 197, must also be completed at Drake to earn a Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences.

    Experiential Program Notes

    Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Internship Students
  • • The Health Sciences Senior Internship includes the following courses:
  • • HSCI 155: Guided Research I (2 credits)
  • • HSCI 156: Guided Research II (2 credits)
  • • HSCI 196: Health Sciences Internship I (3 credits)
  • • HSCI 197: Health Sciences Internship II (3 credits)
  • • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director prior to November 15. If the notification deadline is not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters. No other scheduling options for internships or research will be considered following the deadline.
  • • Any deviation from the above course requirements must be planned in conjunction with the Health Sciences Department Chair and Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment (via the Exception to Program Policy Request Form) by November 15 of the student’s junior year.
  • • If alternative arrangements for research courses and/or internships are made, the student is committed to the arranged schedule even if the student is not admitted into the accelerated program.

  • International Internships
  • • Students completing internships at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • • Students seeking to complete internships at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 15 of their junior year.


    A 2.8 GPA is required for admission to Allen College’s ABSN program. Students must complete a minimum of 66 semester hours of general education coursework as outlined in the plan of study, including a minimum of:

  • • 15 hours in the humanities
  • • 15 hours in the social sciences
  • • 18 hours in the natural sciences and mathematics
  • • 18 hours of general electives (including a 3 credit diversity course).
  • Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the following courses:

  • • Intermediate English Composition - FYS --- (First Year Seminar) and the follow-up Written Communication requirement
  • • Oral Communication – ENG 037: Public Voices
  • • Sociology - Elective
  • • Psychology – PSY 001: Intro to Psychology and PSY 076: Abnormal Psychology 
  • • Human Growth & Development - HSCI 146: Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • • Anatomy – HSCI 141/141L: Human Anatomy and Lab
  • • Physiology – HSCI 125/125L: Medical Physiology and Lab
  • • Chemistry – CHEM 001: General Chemistry 1
  • • Microbiology – BIO 103/103L: Microbiology and Lab
  • • Statistics – STAT 060: Statistics for the Life Sciences or HSCI 060: Statistics in Health Sciences
  • • Nutrition  – PHAR 126: Principles of Nutrition
  • Other admission requirements are listed at: