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.

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 - Human Nutrition
NUR 211 - Nursing Role: Accelerated/Option Students
NUR 300/301 - Health Assessment and Lab 
NUR 302 - Pharmacology
NUR 305 - Fundamentals in Nursing Lab 
NUR 306 - Nursing Arts and Sciences
Total Credits: 20

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

Spring I
NUR 421/422 - Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing and Lab
NUR 424 - Clinically Applied Genetics 
NUR 427/428 - Child Health Nursing and Lab
NUR 436 - Community Nursing Partnerships I for Accelerated B.S. Students
Total Credits: 15

Summer II 
CON 321 - Health-Related Research
NUR 413 - Advanced Nursing Skills Lab
NUR 423/425 - Management of the Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult Nursing and Lab
NUR 437 - Community Nursing Partnerships II for Accelerated B.S. Students
NUR 470 - Leadership, Management, and Ethics
NUR 480 - Practicum/Care Management
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.