Nursing — Accelerated Program

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Program duration

Obtain your BS in Nursing in as few as 16 months. Review program requirements


Apply by October 1 for summer term only. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Save time and earn your degree in as few as 16 months by building on previous life and academic experience.
  • Engage in a variety of clinical experiences at inpatient, outpatient, and community-based facilities.
  • Become eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) upon graduation.
  • Be supported by dedicated academic advisors who will guide you through each semester’s course selection process.
  • Study with engaged faculty members who are committed to advancing excellence in nursing.
  • Take advantage of our lab facilities, which include a Simulation Center, Physical Assessment Lab, and Fundamentals of Nursing Lab.

Clinical experience

Our students work in small groups along with a clinical faculty member. In your final semester, you’ll be assigned to work with a preceptor in a direct-care setting.

A nursing student takes a patient's bloodpressure.

Hands-on learning

In addition to clinical experience, you’ll work with underserved populations to identify risks and establish plans for improvement. Our students provide primary care, public health, and mental health services to the clients of community-based organizations.

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Learning spaces

We offer robust learning environments and laboratories. For example, our Learning Resources and Simulation Center provides an environment for students to develop clinical judgment and reasoning while focusing on best practices.

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Program requirements

Students admitted to this program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college. You will build your undergraduate nursing courses upon previous academic and life experiences.

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Career opportunities

Our program will prepare you to begin your nursing practice in a variety of health care settings, including specialty areas.

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This program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Upon program completion, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).

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Dedicated faculty

Our faculty are active in research and policy issues at the state and national level, are board members of state and national nursing associations, and frequently publish in leading nursing journals.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Admission information: Nursing — Accelerated Program BS

The Accelerated Program admits students for the summer only, and courses begin in May. Admission is on a competitive basis.

Application deadlineSummer term start
For nursing considerationOctober 1
Notification of Application Decisions: Students will be notified by postal mail by early January.

Applicant Criteria

  • Applicants must meet the University’s general undergraduate admission requirements, which can be found in the Admissions section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • In addition to general requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Have either attained or will attain before starting the program a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution; and
    • Hold a 3.0 or higher GPA from the most recently earned bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree; and
    • Completed college-level courses in Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology I (lab not required) and Anatomy and Physiology II (lab not required), as well as Microbiology with lab; with grades of C or better prior to the May start of the program;
    • Be able to satisfy the USM Nursing Clinical Health and Background Check Requirements prior to the May start of the program (see the School of Nursing website for further information).
    • While not required, completed coursework that is a direct equivalent to Chemistry (lab not required) and Developmental Psychology/Multicultural Human Development will strengthen an application.

Application Process

  • Students should verify that they meet the eligibility criteria listed above. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will not be considered for admission into the BS in Nursing — Accelerated Program
  • Apply to the University of Southern Maine
    • Current USM students who will graduate in May must apply for re-admission. They should follow the steps for Readmission/Reactivation listed on the online application form.
  • Submit the following documents along with the USM Application:

For questions about the application process, or to check the status of a completed application, please contact the Office of Admissions.