Accelerated/Second Degree Bachelor (BSN)

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a rigorous academic program for second-degree students.

Accelerated nursing students will need critical thinking skills, strong written and oral communication, and the time, support, and resources to commit to an intensive four or five semester full-time program. This program can be completed in less than two years, typically in 15 to 18 months.

3 Cohort Options

The College of Nursing has created three Accelerated Nursing Cohort options to meet the needs of a wide range of students. Each cohort option is distinct with different start dates and duration. 

Admissions Requirements 

Students are selected to the Accelerated Nursing Program based upon their cumulative GPA, science prerequisite GPA, recommendations, experience in healthcare, related coursework, and interview.

  • Acceptance into Kent State University
  • A baccalaureate degree (non-nursing)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Minimum of a college-level algebra course with a minimum grade of C.
  • A minimum science prerequisite GPA of 2.75, and a minimum of a grade of C in each course
    • BSCI 20020: Structure and Function
    • BSCI 20021: Microbiology
    • CHEM 10050: Fundamentals of Chemistry

Extra weight will be given to applicants with class-related, extra-curricular, job-related, or volunteer experience working with individuals and/or groups in a helping setting

Application Deadlines

Applications are only accepted during the following time frames:

  • Fall: April 1- June 1
  • Spring: July 1- Sept. 1
  • Summer: Dec. 1- Feb. 1

For further information, comments, or questions about the Accelerated Nursing Program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions link, or contact us.

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