Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Track

Application and Instructions

The Accelerated Nursing track is a 15-month, full-time program designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and want to pursue a degree in nursing. It is an intense program with courses offered in a compressed time frame. It includes a combination of classroom instruction and clinical experiences.

A new Accelerated Nursing class is admitted once a year and begins in January, and the group completes the program in 15 months (spring of the following year). Due to the intensity of this program, in terms of time and coursework while you are enrolled, it is recommended that you do not work.

Program Highlights:
  • Extensive clinical experience with patient contact beginning in the first semester.
  • Clinical experiences in all areas of nursing practice and across the life span in state of the art facilities.
  • Nursing courses in a nurturing Christian-based environment that respects the value and potential of each student.
  • Use of technology in classroom and clinicals. All students are required to have a laptop computer.
Prerequisite Courses:
An earned grade of C- or greater is required for all prerequisite courses. The recency of prerequisite courses will be evaluated on an individual, case-by-case basis.
  • Anatomy w/ lab
  • Physiology w/ lab
  • Microbiology w/ lab
  • Chemistry w/ lab (2 levels of chemistry w/ lab)
  • Nutrition
  • General Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology or Family Development Course
Admission Requirements
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in any field 
  • Minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA from all previous college courses. 
  • Minimum of 2.75 prerequisite GPA (courses listed above)
  • Completion of the Accelerated BS Degree in Nursing application
  • 3 Professional References
  • An approved background check
  • On-campus interview may be requested
Application Requirements for International Students:
International students must have completed one academic year of coursework in the United States to be eligible for admission into the nursing program. All transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated into U.S. equivalencies through a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services ( ). An official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services must be submitted with the application. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 537 paper (203 computer, 75 internet-based) or equivalent score on the IELTS test of 6. Our TOEFL number is 6651-00. All expenses of the transcript evaluation and the language test are to be covered by the applicant.

For more information, complete an Information Request or contact:
USF School of Nursing
(605) 331-6771 or 1-800-888-1047
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