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Accelerated Online Bachelor's to BSN

This innovative option, the only one of its kind in the country, allows individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree and have met rigorous admission criteria to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 12 months.  The Accelerated Nursing Option utilizes state-of-the-art technology  to provide unique immersion learning experiences.  Students participate in online discussions,  exercising their clinical knowledge in virtual classrooms,  laboratory settings, and in appropriate healthcare settings.
  • Theory courses are offered online

  • Clinical rotations are completed in the student’s home community, guided one-on-one by nurse preceptors

  • Clinical rotations are supervised by College of Nursing clinical faculty

  • The Accelerated Option currently has two cohorts: May to May and October to October.  We will be adding a third cohort effective February 2017 (Please watch the website for further updates) 

  • Students complete one course at a time, at the rate of one credit hour per week, progressing through the curriculum as a cohort

  • Students are required to forgo all employment for the entire year

  • There are three campus residencies:

  1. Orientation weekend in the month preceding the start date

  2. Two-week "Boot Camp" lab experience and first clinical rotation, approximately 3 1/2 months into the program

  3. Capstone experience,  final week of the year


Please thoroughly review our very informative website!  If you have questions after doing so, you may contact Accelerated Nursing Advising with questions regarding prerequisites or your eligibility to apply: For general questions, not pertaining to prerequisites:


The Accelerated Option IS:

  • Rigorous: Courses are completed at the rate of one credit per week with few days off throughout the year.  Students must meet high academic standards

  • Successful: The attrition rate is less than 1%; the NCLEX first-attempt pass rate consistently exceeds the national average

    • The Accelerated Option graduates are well-prepared and are able to assume the role of a professional nurse

  • Accredited: The Undergraduate Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


 The Accelerated Option IS NOT:

  • Self-paced: The entire cohort progresses through the curriculum together.  Students must adhere to strict due dates

  • Self-directed: Although the coursework requires a significant amount of independent work, courses are closely guided by the course instructor in a highly structured online class

  • Easy: Coursework is rigorous to best prepare competent new nurses.  Students typically spend 8-12 hours on coursework each day




  • Applications are accepted twice per year:
  • May cohort applications are posted to this to this website mid-July; application due date is September 15.  Admission decisions are  announced by the end of December
  • October cohort applications are posted to this website mid-December; application due date is February 15.   Admission decisions are announced  by the end of May

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