Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway

The College of Nursing has a special Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway for academically qualified and highly motivated individuals that have a bachelor's degree in another field. Students are admitted twice each year: January and July.

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The preprofessional component must be completed prior to admission to the professional component. The professional component of the curriculum, which normally takes 5 semesters to complete, can be completed in 12 months of full-time study. The curriculum and contact hours are the same as required for the traditionally taught BSN degree, except that the course schedule is accelerated and is not confined by the traditional academic calendar. Students in the first 12 months of the Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway follow the same promotion/progression policies as students in the Traditional BSN Pathway. Students having difficulty maintaining the pace of the program may request a transfer to the traditional program if they are in good academic standing.

At the end of the 12-months of study, students are awarded the BSN degree and are prepared for the RN licensure (NCLEX) examination. During the first 12 months of the Accelerated BSN/MSN Pathway students complete 3 graduate bridge courses that are not applied towards completion of the BSN degree. These 3 graduate courses "bridge" undergraduate and graduate knowledge in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment. These courses may be applied towards a graduate degree if grades received in the course comply with graduate progression policies.

Students then begin the specialty component of the curriculum to prepare for a career in informatics, nursing administration, as a clinical nurse leader, or clinical nurse specialist in adult/gerontological nursing. Students who wish to pursue nurse practitioner preparation must obtain a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience before beginning clinical nurse practitioner specialty courses. Courses for the specialty component of the curriculum are offered online. Clinical requirements are completed in faculty-facilitated preceptorships.

Requirements for Admissions to the Accelerated BSN/MSN Track

Admission is selective and competitive. The curriculum is intensive and fast paced. The College of Nursing reserves the right to select students determined to be the best qualified and most likely to succeed in this challenging graduate program in nursing.

1. Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

2. Applicants must have completed all prerequisite course work as listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("A"=4.0) and no grade less than a "C".

Prerequisite Courses

  • EH 101- English Composition I & Literature
  • EH 102- English Composition II & Literature
  • Biology with Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Chemistry with Lab
  • General Psychology

3. Submission of completed application by March 15 for Fall admission (July) and July 15 for Spring admission (January) .
4. Payment of $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
5. Submission of Health Data Forms and evidence of health insurance.
6. Admission will be contingent on a negative drug screen and results of an acceptable background check.
7. Submission of a resume.
8. Interview - after initial review of applications a limited number of applicants may be invited for a personal interview. Verbal and written communication skills will be assessed during the interview.

Health Requirements

Please note the following test, titers, and immunizations are required for admission into the Nursing Program. It is very important to start working on these requirements early to allow time to complete all of them by the deadline that will be included in admission packets.

  • Hepatitis B adult immunizations to start classes then titer by end of 2nd semester
  • MMR adult immunizations
  • Varicella adult immunization
  • Flu Vaccine
  • TB Test (2-step PPD test, Quantiferon Gold test, or T-spot)
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccine

*Hepatitis B immunizations may take up to 6 months to obtain the full adult series of immunizations as well as another month after the last immunization to have the titer completed. As defined by the CDC, adult immunization schedules refer to adults aged 19 years or older.

Students accepted into this BSN program in the College of Nursing are required to complete all requirements under Medical Documents Manager as listed on the Health Requirements Webpage.  All requirements should be completed no later than one month prior to the first day of classes for the professional component.  Students are not required to order a Castle Branch account until they have been accepted into the professional component. 

Additional Information for Accelerated BSN/MSN

Students are admitted as undergraduates during the foundation component of the curriculum (first 12 months). Financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which an undergraduate student is eligible.

Upon satisfactory completion of the foundation component of the curriculum, the student will complete all necessary paperwork for reclassification as a graduate student and will continue through the remainder of the program. During this phase of the curriculum, financial aid is restricted to the types and amounts for which a graduate student is eligible.

Application Deadline:

  • March 15 for classes starting at the end of July each year.
  • July 15 for classes starting in January each year.

If the application deadline has passed, please contact the College of Nursing. We accept late applications if seats are available in the class. If progression in the program is interrupted for any reason, the student must apply for readmission. Applications for readmission are available in the Office of Student Services. Readmission to clinical courses is on a space available basis.

Accelerated BSN with Prior Degree - Admissions and Prerequisites

Accelerated BSN with Prior Degree - Accelerated Professional Component Curriculum Schedule

Accelerated BSN-MSN Curriculum Schedules for BSN and MSN portions

Professional Component Application