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 in Waterloo, Iowa.

    Admission Requirements:   

    A 2.8 GPA is required for admission to Allen College’s ABSN program.  Students must complete a minimum of 70 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  

    • 22 hours of general electives (including a 3 credit diversity course)  


    Applicants should have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in the following courses:  

    • English Composition – FYS: First Year Seminar and Written Communication AOI  

    • Oral Communication – ENG 037: Public Voices  

    • Sociology – SCSS 001: Survey of Sociology  

    • Psychology – PSY 001: Intro to 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 

    • Microbiology – BIO 103/103L: Microbiology and Lab  

    • Chemistry – CHEM 001/003: General Chemistry I and Lab 

    • Human Nutrition – PHAR 126: Nutrition 

    • Statistics – STAT 060: Statistics for the Life Sciences or HSCI 060: Statistics in Health Sciences  


    Other admission requirements are listed here 

    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.


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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
    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
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Electives3 CR
    MATH 050Calculus I (QUAN AOI)3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Second Year
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Electives 6 CR
    HSCI 141/LHuman Anatomy & Lab4 CR
    HSCI 025*Introduction to the US Health Care System3 CR
    PSY 001Intro Psychology4 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Electives [ENG 037 & HSCI 146]6 CR
    HSCI 060*Statistics in Health Sciences 3(Crit AOI)3 CR
    HSCI 106*Culture Care & Hlth Literacy (GLOB/CITZ AOI)3 CR
    HSCI 125/LPhysiology/Lab14 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Third Year
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Electives (SCSS 001: Survey of Sociology)6 CR
    HSCI 055*Innovation & Leadership in Health Sciences3 CR
    HSCI 095*Medical Terminology1 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    BIO 103/LMicrobiology/Lab5 CR
    ECON 002Microeconomics23 CR
    ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Electives (PHAR 126: Nutrition)5 CR
    HSCI 105*Values & Ethics in Health Sciences (VE AOI)3 CR

    Semester Total Credit Hours

    Total Program Hours: 92

    Program Notes:

    Bolded courses must be taken in the designated semester unless prior approval by the College is provided.

    *Asterisked HSCI courses have multiple offerings each year; they should be taken within the designated year but can be taken during an alternative semester. 

    1 = BIO 129/L – Mammalian Physiology or PHAR 125 can be substituted for requirement (courses offered only in fall semester) 
    2 = HSCI 102 – Health Economics can be substituted for requirement (course offered only in fall semester) 
    3 = STAT 060 – Statistics for the Life Sciences can be substituted for requirement 

    Electives (minimum 45 credits): Elective credits include Drake Curriculum requirements not fulfilled by required coursework (outlined below) as well as non-required coursework that permits exploration of and/or advanced study in areas of professional interest within the student’s primary degree. Students should review the student handbook for the complete elective policy. 

    Drake Curriculum Areas of Inquiry not fulfilled by required coursework (15 credits): Artistic Literacy, Engaged Citizen, Historical Foundations (2), and Written Communication. Engaged Citizen is fulfilled by ENG 037.

    Allen ABSN Course Equates (28 credits): For students who complete the 3+1 program, Allen College ABSN coursework will fulfill the following undergraduate requirements, resulting in earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. 

    Electives - 18 cr.

    HSCI 155 & 156 - Guided Research I & II - 4 cr.

    HSCI 196 & 197 - Health Sciences Internship I & II - 6 cr.

    **f not admitted to the ABSN program at Allen College, all credit minimums for Electives must be fulfilled. The senior capstone (HSCI 155, 156, 196, & 197) must also be completed at Drake to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. 

    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 120 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 120.