THE ACCELERATED NURSING PROGRAM: ACCEL

The Accelerated Nursing Program (ACCEL) was designed to respond to nursing shortages at the local and national levels by providing an expedient route for individuals who wish to make a career change into nursing by earning a second bachelor’s degree.

The program uses a cohort model; students are accepted into a specific cohort that begins in the Spring or Fall semester.

Graduates of the program are eligible to submit an application to take the NCLEX-RN- the licensing examination for registered nurses. The program prepares students for graduate study in nursing and for practice in all health care settings. Program accreditation, state approvals, and the mission and educational outcomes for the ACCEL program are identical to the traditional four year Nursing program.

ACCEL Program Curriculum Plan

(The curriculum is designed to be full time.)

ACCEL Plan of Study

TERM 1 13 credits

NSG 2000 Health Assessment

NSG 2015 Simulations in Clinical Judgment & Evidence Based Nursing Interventions I

NSG 2042 Nursing Care of Adults I

NSG 2053 Nursing Care of Children

NSG 2205 Pathophysiology for the ACCEL student

TERM 2 12 credits

NSG 2044 Clinical Nursing Care of Adults I

NSG 2245 Simulations in Clinical Judgment & Evidence Based Nursing II

NSG 2054 Clinical Nursing Care of Children

NSG 2055 Nursing Care of Childbearing Families

NSG 2505 Pharmacology for the ACCEL student

TERM 3 13 credits

NSG 3033 Mental Health Nursing

NSG 3034 Population Health in the Community

NSG 3039 Nursing Care of Older Adults for the ACCEL student

NSG 3045 Evidence for Nursing Practice for the ACCEL student

TERM 4 12 credits

NSG 3058 Nursing Care of Adults II for the ACCEL student

NSG 3475 Health Policy & Finance for the ACCEL student

NSG 3987 Senior Seminar: Synthesis of Professional Nursing Practice for the ACCEL student

Total Credits for Program:

50 Credits

Required Background and Prerequisite Courses

Motivated students from any undergraduate major may apply to this program. However, those students who did not take the following courses in their undergraduate studies must complete these courses prior to or concurrent with their application to the ACCEL program.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II

  • Chemistry*

  • Microbiology * (Laboratory sections must be completed for all the science courses)

  • Statistics

  • Human Growth and Development

* A grade of B- or better must be achieved in the prerequisite science courses.

Applications to the accelerated program will not be reviewed until at least 2 of the 4 science prerequisites are completed. Completion of all the prerequisite courses must be done prior to the start of the program. Students may be accepted on a provisional basis, pending successful completion of the prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program.