School of Nursing

BS in Nursing - Accelerated Program

The faculty of the School of Nursing recognizes the desire of people with baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than nursing to become nurses and has designed an accelerated program that leads to a B.S. in nursing in 15 months of full-time study. Students enrolled in this program build their undergraduate nursing courses upon previous academic and life experiences.Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

 

Students admitted to this program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college and have successfully complete a college/university course in Anatomy & Physiology I & II (all body systems) and a college/university course in statistics by the time the program begins in May.

Accelerated Nursing Program Policies

This program admits students through a competitive admission process. To be considered for admission, applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in a prior baccalaureate or higher degree. 

Summer I
BIO 345 - Pathophysiology
CON 252 - Nutrition
CON 302 - Pharmacology 
NUR 211 - Nursing Role for Accelerated/Option Students 
NUR 300/301 - Health Assessment/Lab 
NUR 305 - Fundamentals of Nursing/Lab 
NUR 306 - Nursing Arts and Sciences
Total Credits: 20

Fall I
NUR 323 - Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing
NUR 325 - Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing Lab
NUR 330 - Mental Health Nursing 
NUR 331 - Mental Health Nursing Lab 
NUR 332 - Care of the Adult in the Community 
CON 356 - Concepts in Community Health
Total Credits: 18

Spring I
NUR 421 - Reproductive and Sexual Health
NUR 422 - Reproductive and Sexual Health Lab
NUR 424 - Clinically Applied Genetics 
NUR 427 - Child Health Nursing
NUR 428 - Child Health Nursing Lab
NUR 436 - Community Nursing Partnerships I
Total Credits: 15

Summer II 
NUR 423 - Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult Nursing
NUR 425 - Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult Nursing Lab
NUR 413 - Advanced Skills
NUR 470 - Leadership/Management Ethics
NUR 480 - Practicum/Care Management
NUR 437 - Community Nursing Partnerships II
CON 321 - Health Related Research
Total Credits: 17 

Total program credits: 70

Plan of Study for the Accelerated BS in Nursing Program

 Admission Requirements

 The applicant must

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better from the previous degree on 4.0 scale
  • Successfully complete a college/university course in Anatomy & Physiology I & II (all body systems) and a college/university course in statistics by the time the program begins in May.

 Prior course work that could strengthen an application

  • Microbiology & Lab
  • Chemistry - particularly organic or biochemistry
  • Growth & Development - life-span preferred

Deadline: October 1 for a May start

How to Apply (USM Undergraduate Admissions)

In addition to completing an Undergraduate USM Application at the above link, you must also complete the:Supplemental Application for the Accelerated Nursing Program and submit it with a resume and essay. No other essay is required.

Currently matriculated USM students do not reapply to USM.  They need to submit only the Supplemental Application for the Accelerated Nursing Program, essay, and resume to the School of Nursing.

Please note that prior to starting clinical courses, students must have completed the School of Nursing clinical health and criminal background check requirements including the Hepatitis B immunization series.

FAQ for the Accelerated program

Information Sessions are scheduled on a regular basis.