50 Best Accelerated BSN Programs for 2015

50 Best Accelerated BSN Programs for 2015
Several recent listings and/or rankings on this site have provided options for completing a degree in nursing or for specializations in nursing. One listing focused on affordability, and many of those programs included completing classes completely online–if the student is already an RN. Many online courses present the option of continuing to work full-time while completing a degree at a pace that is comfortable for the student.


Although the term “accelerated BSN” may be applicable to several different programs for completing a BSN degree quickly, the current ranking is more precise and references “Best Accelerated Second Degree programs. In second degree programs, with no obvious exceptions, the call is to full time academia and no external employment is recommended. This ranking is similar in some ways to earlier listings, but because of its uniqueness needs clarification of methodology for ranking and what the program entails.

Second degree programs are attractive to persons with no prior nursing experience. They are concise, and often may be completed in a calendar year, or a few additional months. A few programs allow students to take limited theory and supportive courses on line, but completely online programs are not an option. Clinical rotations must take place in a clinic setting. While learning laboratories may decrease “floor time”, working in a clinical setting has to be part of one’s education. Being a competent nurse requires theoretical and practical understanding so it is basically impossible to obtain a BSN without clinic experience either as a practicing nurse or student.

By listing a large number of programs, locations, and factors that make the program attractive, this ranking gives you a rapid way to narrow your search for the program that best fits your needs. Ranking the programs is more difficult, so Top RN to BSN identifies “ranking aspects”; the primary ones are: 1) academic standards, 2) required clinical experience, 3) basic education costs, 4) time constraints, 5) user friendly websites, 6) and advanced degree options. All of those aspects are considered in this ranking.


Perspective students will be discerning about which of those aspects are worth a higher ranking, and choose accordingly. This ranking lists the best programs; you, the student will know which of these most attract you and why, something an editor may not be able to determine for you. But from the background of decades of experience, the programs are ranked based on the editor’s top choices to lesser valued ones.

Good browsing and discovery as you determine where to begin your future as a BSN Second Degree nurse!

1. Johns Hopkins University

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JHU is a private research university based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Johns Hopkins Hospital and nursing training program have been functioning since 1889; the school is one of the oldest in the United States.

Time commitment:

13 months (accelerated program)

Cost:

About $74,000 tuition, insurance, and other education costs, not counting books.

Accreditation:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Special focus on returning Peace Corps volunteers; students will have colleagues with broad international experience (more than 40 countries); the school is ranked among the best in the nation. The accelerated program is not available online; it is geared to high achievers, and is an option for persons who have already earned a BS in another field.

2. Duke University

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DU is a private research university based in Durham, NC. The School of Nursing opened their door in 1931 and currently only offers the accelerated program. The School of Nursing mission statement clarifies that “To meet the needs of a changing healthcare system, nurses must be prepared as clinicians who can exert transformative leadership, and faculty teaching in academic institutions must have the pedagogical knowledge and skills to design and implement programs that will prepare such leaders” (website).

Time commitment:

16 months

Cost:

Current year tuition $52,895, fees and other costs additional

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Strong points:

Fifteen of the required credits may be applied to a graduate degree. Incorporates the basic BSN courses, but adds a “focus on 21st century health care needs and environment” (website). Courses are campus based, but clinicals may be done in many locations both local and the world. A wide array of information about the School of Nursing is available here.

3. Roseman University

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RU is a private university based in Henderson, NV with a primary emphasis in health sciences. The mission of ” College of Nursing is to provide a quality, innovative undergraduate nursing education designed to meet the diverse health needs of the individuals, families, communities and societies” (website).

Time commitment:

15 months concentrated program

Cost:

$58,550, tuition and fees

Accreditation:

National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC);

Strong points:

Accelerated program is geared for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in another field. Studies are completed “in a conveniently located off-site facility where you will take examinations and complete your faculty-supervised hands-on practice in a state-of-the-art simulation lab” (website). Clinical work (1000 hours) in local facilities. Course work is done online.

4. Medical University of South Carolina

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MUSC is a public university based in Charleston. The College of Nursing began in 1883. The College of Nursing supports the mission of MUSC to provide “an environment that is accountable, respectful, adaptive, and innovative” (website).

Time commitment:

16 months, four consecutive semesters

Cost:

Tuition, based on 4 full-time semesters: In state: $30,000; out of state: $44,000

Accreditation:

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Dedicated to persons getting a second degree. BSN program is based on campus, with a laboratory and clinical base. For nurses seeking advanced degrees, MUSC offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy degrees (DNP or PhD)–those programs are online. Read more complete information re nursing programs here.

5. Quinniplac University

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QU is a private university based in Connecticut. QU is committed to “three core values: high-quality academic programs, a student-oriented environment and a strong sense of community” (website).

Time commitment:

one year.

Cost:

$40,670/year

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. U.S. News & World Report named Quinnipiac University as the top “Up and Coming University in the North Region” for third time. Enrollment must be full-time. User friend FAQ is available.

6. Simmons College

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SC is a private institution based in Boston, MA. The predecessor of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences began with public health nursing in 1906. Simmons College has various mission statements on its website, including this one: “At Simmons, we recognize the inherent dignity and worth of every member of our community and the right to live, learn and work in an environment free from sexual misconduct.”

Time commitment:

3 years for advanced practice MSN, in this case Family Nurse Practitioners

Cost:

96 credit hours at $1246: $119,646.

Accreditation:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

A variety of options available in nursing; the advanced practice, MSN program is for persons holding a bachelor’s degree. Excellent FAQ page is available here.

7. Michigan State University

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MSU is a public university based in East Lansing Michigan. The College of Nursing has as a mission the enhancement of ” the health of the community by providing excellence in nursing education, nursing research and nursing practice” (website).

Time commitment:

14 months

Cost:

Resident/annual: $14,000; Non-resident/annual: $35, 558 (neither include books and supplies)

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education;

Strong points:

Designed specifically for students seeking a second degree. Students may attend classes either in East Lansing or in Detroit. By building on prior learning, the program provides “a broad professional preparation based on nursing science and grounded in biological, physical and behavioral sciences and the humanities” (website). FAQ available information is available here.

8. Gywnedd Mercy University

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GMU is a faith-based (Catholic) university based in suburban Philadelphia; it was founded in 1948. According to the website you should be interested in GWU because of convenience, caring, curriculum, classmates, and community.

Time commitment:

Time not specified, but accelerated and only 43 credit hours required for RN to BSN

Cost:

About $20,500 plus fees and books;

Accreditation:

Middle States Commission; National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Strong points:

Based on ethical service focused education. Both flexible and accelerated education possible. Available online or on campus. Has high ratings from U.S. News and World Report rankings.

9. Saint Louis University

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SLU is a faith-based (Catholic) Jesuit university based in St. Louis MO. The School of Nursing was founded in 1928. The accelerated program was a first of its kind in the US in 1971. SLU’s mission is “the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity” (website).

Time commitment:

three semesters/one year

Cost:

$37,966 annual average

Accreditation:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; the baccalaureate degree in nursing/ master’s degree in nursing/ and Doctor of Nursing Practice all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Strong points:

The accelerated program was the first in the US in 1971; masters and doctoral level degrees in nursing are also an option. Both the accelerated masters and the Ph.D. program where also first in the nation. A one page summary of the ABSN program is available here.

10. Concordia University Irvine

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CUI is a faith-based (Lutheran) university based in California. “CUI guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, empowers students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership” (website).

Time commitment:

four semesters (15 months)

Cost:

$46-48,000 (includes uniforms, fees, books, and tuition)

Accreditation:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges; Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

CUI is in the top tier of US News and World Report ranking. Theology is part of the curriculum. FAQ re second degree program available here.

11. University of Nebraska Medical Center

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UNMC is a public university based in Omaha, NE. The College of Nursing began in 1917 and today has over 1000 students at all levels. The website points to an integral understanding of human reality, with these words, “The exploration of human culture provides insight into the human condition. Nowhere is this more important than in healthcare, where caretakers and patients must work together for a mutual goal.”

Time commitment:

12 months

Cost:

Resident tuition (total): $16,685; Non-resident (total): $50,804; in both cases fees, books, uniforms, etc. have additional costs.

Accreditation:

Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field. Program is available on three campuses in NE, and is composed of a 13 week summer session and two semesters of 16 weeks each. The program is intense, competitive, and has a strong academic base. Over 100 different sites provide options for clinical experience. Students tend to be older than average college students, and more focused.

12. The University of New England

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UNE is a private university based in Maine. Its roots are over 100 years old. The website states that “The University of New England provides students with a highly integrated learning experience that promotes excellence through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in education, research, and service.”

Time commitment:

16 months

Cost:

$32,880

Accreditation:

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)

Strong points:

The ABSN (Accelerated BSN) program is for those students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Simulated situations are presented in laboratories, and clinic experience puts the learning into practice. A total of 69 hours credit must be earned in two Spring and one Fall semester. More complete information available here.

13. University of Massachusetts Boston

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UMB is a public university based in Boston. Student to faculty ration is 16:1. The website notes that UMB is a “public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement.”

Time commitment:

15 consecutive months.

Cost:

$30,000 for Massachusetts resident

Accreditation:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Academic excellence is important; the typical applicant has a 3.5 GPA for first baccalaureate degree. RN to BSN program offers online options as does the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. Program combines adult learning styles and traditional classroom. A FAQ website is available here.

14. Felician College

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FC is a faith-based (Catholic) Franciscan College based in Rutherford, NJ. The mission of Felician College is “to provide a full complement of learning experiences, reinforced with strong academic and student development programs designed to bring students to their highest potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the new century with informed minds and understanding hearts” (website).

Time commitment:

19 months

Cost:

$30,000 (annual tuition and fees);

Accreditation:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Strong points:

The accelerated degree program (ABSN)is a full-time program planned for adults seeking a second career. Six sessions of 12 weeks each make up the curriculum–including summer. Study is demanding and intense. The primary website has the basic information, including a very helpful mission statement, on one page here.

15. George Washington University

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GWU is a public university based in Washington, D.C. founded in 1821. The School of Nursing began over 100 years ago, but has not functioned continuously. Its most recent initiative began in 1972.

Time commitment:

15 months

Cost:

$55,386.

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Strong points:

Established for persons with a bachelor’s degree in another field. The GWU website reports that “graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed (for)… high ethical, legal, and professional values.” 12 graduate credits applicable to a GW Master of Science (MSN) degree within five years. US News & World Report lists GWU School of Nursing in the top 50 schools.

16. Kent State University

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KSU is a public university based in various locations in Ohio. The university is over 100 years old. KSU” has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development locally and internationally as one of the premiere Ohio universities” (website).

Time commitment:

Four or five semesters depending on options chosen.

Cost:

Cost for 4 semester’s tuition: In state: about $40,000; out of state: $72,000

Accreditation:

Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association; Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Strong points:

Program is geared to students seeking second degree. The academic program is rigorous and requires demonstration of critical thinking, strong written and oral communications skills–all skills crucial for professions in nursing. The program is accelerated, but is not available online.

17. Lewis University

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LU is a faith-based (Catholic and Lasallian) university based in Romeoville, IL. According to the website,” Lewis University, guided by its Catholic and Lasallian heritage, provides to a diverse student population programs for a liberal and professional education grounded in the interaction of knowledge and fidelity in the search for truth.”

Time commitment:

Two years

Cost:

Tuition:
64 credit hours at $600/credit hour (accelerated rate) $38,400.

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Higher Learning Commission

Strong points:

The fast track is for students who already have a primary degree. Holistic nursing practice (with compassion vital)is important as is “a personalized learning environment, with individual attention from caring professors. Small class sizes and clinical groups encourage interactive discussions” (website).

18. LaSalle University

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LU is a faith-based (Catholic) university based in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, LU has international campuses that provide important global understanding.

Time commitment:

13 months

Cost:

About $23,000 for nursing courses; total cost depends on transferred credits.

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Strong points:

Accelerated RN to BSN program provides opportunity to refine critical-thinking skills, strengthen self-concept as a person and professional, learn and practice self-directed learning and independent action, enhancing personal and professional growth. (website). Distance (online) an option.

Website: http://www.lasalle.edu/nursing/accelerated-r-n-to-bsn/

19. Northeastern University

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NU is private university based in Charlotte, NC and Seattle, WA. The Bouve College of Health Sciences has three schools, 5 undergraduate programs, and 34 graduate programs; the school of nursing is based in Burlington, MA.

Time commitment:

Accelerated program is 16 months of full-time study (four semesters)

Cost:

67 credit hours at $950/credit hour: $63,650.

Accreditation:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Dedicated to persons already holding a bachelor’s degree. This quote from the school of nursing website explains the mission so well: “(Our mission) is to educate our students to provide evidence-based, culturally and linguistically competent, ethical healthcare that is high quality, safe, and accessible to diverse local, national and global communities. Our programs prepare students to become leaders as nurse clinicians, educators, scholars, and researchers.” Classes are held online, but labs and clinical work at on location. See FAQ here.

20. Valdosta State University

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VSU is a public university based in Valdosta, GA. Founded as a “normal school” for women, VSU is over 100 years old. “Valdosta State University offers the best of both worlds — the extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close personal attention found at smaller institutions” (website).

Time commitment:

4 terms, or 15 months

Cost:

Tuition and fees, four terms, In state: (at current rate) $14,324; same, out of state: $40,116

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Strong points:

Any bachelor’s degree qualifies for enrollment if the core requirement is met. An excellent FAQ site is available here.

21. MidAmerica Nazarene University

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MNU is a faith-based university based in Olathe, Kansas. The website unabashedly states that “all students, whether traditional, professional and graduate, commuter or online, are encouraged to find spiritual growth and fulfilment at MNU.”

Time commitment:

Course may be completed in one year

Cost:

$38,000, not including books

Accreditation:

Higher Learning Commission as well as the CCNE: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Strong points:

The accelerated program is directed toward persons with previous experience in college including LPNs, paramedics, and other adults. RN to BSN courses may be completed online. Seven general education goals–which are also part of nursing outcomes are: aesthetic literacy, critical thinking, effective communication, scientific literacy, self-understanding, social responsibility, and spiritual development.

22. University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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UWO is a public university based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. According to UWO’s website, it is the place where excellence and opportunity meet.

Time commitment:

one year

Cost:

$41,500 (same cost for both in and out of state

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Theory courses are completed online; clinical rotations are done in the student’s home community. NCLEX first attempt pass rate is 95%. Not self-directed; program is highly structured, rigorous, and requires full-time engagement.

23. Louisiana College

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LC is a faith-based (Baptist) college based in central Louisiana. The College of Nursing has been awarding degrees since 2010. LC openly states that their mission is “dedication to academic excellence for the glory of God, and commitment to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit” (website).

Time commitment:

Four semesters (59 or less credit hours depending on transferrable credits)

Cost:

$425/credit hour x 59 = $25,075 (plus books/fees)

Accreditation:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;

Strong points:

Organized specifically for persons already having an undergraduate degree in another discipline. First time pass rate for students taking the ABSN NCLEX has been high since program launching in 2010.

24. Olivet Nazarene University

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ONU is a faith-based university based in Bourbonnais, Illinois, near Chicago. The School of Nursing was established in 2014. According to the website, ONU ” exists to provide a university-level liberal arts ‘Education with a Christian Purpose ‘ “.

Time commitment:

16 months

Cost:

$53,725

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Strong points:

Program oriented to students with at least 60 credit hours from an accredited institution. The program is rigorous, but provided in an uplifting environment as well as online options. Clinic rotation may be done at various locations in Chicago.

25. Azusa Pacific University

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APU is a private faith-based (Christian) university located near Los Angeles, CA. The nursing program offers 5 BSN options, 4 MSN, and 2 doctoral options.

Time commitment:

15 months.

Cost:

$22,400

Accreditation:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE);

Strong points:

Accelerated online program is for RNs seeking a BSN degree. APU website states that by means of “innovative programs and expert faculty, nursing students engage in challenging discussions, mentoring relationships in small classroom settings, invaluable hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art simulation labs, and a culturally diverse practice environment that includes both study abroad and global research opportunities.” Advanced (MSN, DNP) degrees an option.

26. University of Delaware

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UD is a public university based in Newark, DE. The College of Health Sciences offers other tracks in addition to a variety of options in nursing. According to the website, the “University of Delaware exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge, and foster the free exchange of ideas.”

Time commitment:

17 months

Cost:

Tuition (other additional fees and costs apply) Resident (4 semesters) $21,800; Non-resident: $58,500

Accreditation:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education ; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Planned for students with a degree in another field. Both online and on campus, including simulation labs on campus. Clinical rotations are completed in a variety of settings. 62 nursing credit hours required. A video with more complete information is available here. A helpful FAQ site is available as well.

27. Walsh University

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WU is a faith-based (Catholic) university based in North Canton, OH. The Byers School of Nursing offers RN to BSN and MSN, as well as accelerated second degree program–the focus of this listing.

Time commitment:

6 consecutive semesters, i.e. 15 months.

Cost:

$425/credit hour, i.e., about half of normal Walsh cost; Total cost depends on prerequisites being met, and other courses needed. At least 40 hours may be required, equivalent to $17,000 tuition.

Accreditation:

North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission; National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Strong points:

Home page has an excellent summary of program. In addition to BSN, both MSN, and DNP are offered. Accelerated nursing is a second degree program, i.e., holding a bachelor’s degree in another field qualifies a student for the program. FAQ site here.

28. University of Pennsylvania

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UP is a public university based in Philadelphia, PA. Penn Nursing Science operates the School of Nursing.

Time commitment:

Study plans are individualized; length of time to be determined.

Cost:

$47,668

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC)

Strong points:

The accelerated program allows one to choose to complete a BSN, or to go on for an advanced degree. Up to three graduate courses may be included in the BSN program. Primary website here
has a good summary. Students are recruited from “around the corner, and around the globe,” and are known to be “ambitious, inquisitive, and diverse” (website).

29. Purdue University Calumet

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PUC is a public university based in Indiana. The College of Nursing is based on the Calumet campus in Hammond, IN. The College of Nursing shares the mission of PUC, and “is dedicated to offering nursing education programs in a visionary learning environment that is responsive to serving a diverse, culturally rich, highly industrialized society ” (website).

Time commitment:

Four semesters

Cost:

Tuition/credit hour: Resident/Nonresident: $217.65/$521.50. If all prerequisites are met, 63 credit hours total tuition: $13,712/$32,855.

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)

Strong points:

The college of nursing offers four different tracks to a BSN, including this second degree program. The program is intense and innovative, is designed specifically for full time, academically talented students, mature critical thinkers, those motivated to earn a BSN in a shortened time frame (website). A site with a good summary is located here.

30. University of St. Mary

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The USM is a faith-based (Catholic) university based in Leavenworth, KS. The University is over 90 years old.

Time commitment:

58 credit hours/12 months

Cost:

Tuition: $33,550

Accreditation:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

This accelerated program is for students who have another bachelor’s degree. A helpful FAQ site is located here . Beginning classes start in Summer II term and end in Summer I term the following year. Princeton Review has listed USM as a best Midwestern college for the past 10 years. USM mission (according to the mission statement) it to educate “students of diverse backgrounds to realize their God-given potential and prepares them for value-centered lives and careers that contribute to the wellbeing of our global society” (website).

31. University of Sioux Falls

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USF is a Christian university based in Sioux Falls, SD. The forerunner of USF began in the late 1800s. According to the website, USF, “in the liberal arts tradition, educates students in the humanities, sciences, and professions.”

Time commitment:

15 months/66 credit hours

Cost:

$24,750

Accreditation:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

An intense program for persons already holding a degree; class begin in January each year, and finish in April of the following year. The website highlights the following areas of the program: extensive clinic contact begins the first semester; there are clinical experiences in all areas of nursing practice and across the life span in state of the art facilities; nursing courses presented in a nurturing Christian-based environment that respects the value and potential of each student; and there is use of technology in classroom and clinicals.

32. Thomas Edison State College

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TESC is a public institution of higher learning designed for adults based in Trenton, New Jersey. Short and to the point, TESC’s mission statement, states that “TESC provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults” (website).

Time commitment:

one year

Cost:

$33,580, can be paid quarterly

Accreditation:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Focus on persons who have already completed a BS in another field. Courses are completed both online and on campus. Clinic experience is in Trenton, and Hopewell, NJ. Online classes are asynchronous with those held in classroom. No scheduled Friday classes or clinicals

33. The University of Florida

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UF is a public university based in Florida. The Health Science Center, which includes the College of Nursing which began in 1956. “The College of Nursing aspires to be a model of excellence, recognized nationally and internationally, for innovative education, dynamic programs of research, and creative approaches to practice” (website).

Time commitment:

Four consecutive fulltime semesters for a total of 59 credit hours.

Cost:

Instate for one year: $8640. Out of state tuition costs an additional $22,278. (Information incomplete for total program costs).

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Strong points:

The College is consistently ranked in the top ten percent of all graduate degree-awarding nursing schools in the nation and the BSN graduating class in among the largest in the state each year, and graduates consistently exceed state and national pass rates on the NCLEX/RN licensure exam. UF began the first master’s and the first doctoral programs in the state. (website). The program is for persons holding a bachelor’s or higher degree in another area. Clinic expertise is important and 900 hours are required.

34. Marian University in Indianapolis

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MU is faith-based (Catholic) university based in Indianapolis. It partners with St. Vincent’s Health to provide a BSN to persons who already have a degree in another field.

Time commitment:

16 months

Cost:

$59,474

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association

Strong points:

If living near Indianapolis, with a BS in another field, BSN can be completed in less than 1 ½ years. Classes are flexible and online. Marian also had a graduate program, and the degree qualifies the graduate to enroll in graduate school, or continue for licensure as an RN. Clinical experience can also be accelerated.

35. Marian University in Nashville

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MUN is a faith-based (Catholic) university based in Indianapolis; however the accelerated nursing school is based in Nashville, TN.

Time commitment:

16 months

Cost:

Depending on prerequisites that can be met, total cost varies from $50,749 to $63,349.

Accreditation:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points

Using a previous earned BS, one may complete a second degree, BSN, in 16 months, clinic rotations are done at Saint Thomas West Hospital, but other courses may be taken online with flexible study an option.

36. University of South Alabama

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USA is a public university based in Mobile, Alabama. The Division of Nursing was founded in 1973. The USA was founded 9 years earlier. USA’s commitment to students on campus: ” The Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing services and creating a supportive campus environment which fosters engagement, academic success, and personal development within a diverse community of learners” (website).

Time commitment:

12 months

Cost:

Instate tuition: $296/credit hour/Out of state: $596/credit hour (undergraduate courses) 3 graduate courses are billed at instate/out of state $398/$796 credit hours. Total number of hours depends on specialty chosen including options for a MSN tract.

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Strong points:

Planned for students already holding a degree in another discipline. A variety of specialties are offered, including a MSN and Ph.D. tract. The nursing school has over 10,400 graduates. According to the website, the mission of the College of Nursing is to provide quality innovative educational programs to a diverse student body, to participate in research and scholarly activities, and to provide service to the University, the profession, and the public.

37. Lehman College

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LC is part of the City University of New York., a public university based in the Bronx. There are over 12,000 students enrolled in City University.

Time commitment:

one year

Cost:

Current schedule of tuition costs is not available online.

Accreditation:

Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Generic nursing accelerated program is for persons already having a degree in any discipline. Course is intense, and includes two summer terms, but is completed in one year. The website notes that nursing faculty believe that “professional nursing education must take place in institutions of higher learning as the nursing programs build upon the liberal arts and sciences to develop the critical thinking essential for providing nursing care in our society, and for developing the profession of nursing” (website).

38. Texas Tech University

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TTU is a public university based in Lubbock, TX. The Health Sciences Center operates the School of Nursing. First graduation was in 1983. The mission is “to improve the health of people by providing educational opportunities for students and health care professionals, advancing knowledge through scholarship and research, and providing patient care and service” (website).

Time commitment:

12 months if prerequisite courses are met

Cost:

Tuition/semester (fees, books, etc. are extra): Resident: $3600; Non-resident: $14,240; Three semester’s tuition: Resident: $10,800; Non-resident: $42,720

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Strong points:

This is a second degree program. The program is web-based; preceptorships and nurse educator are based in six other locations throughout Texas. The Health Sciences Center offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctors degrees in nursing, as well as other professional degrees. A two page PDF file about the program is available here.

39. Southern New Hampshire University

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SNHU is a private university based in New Hampshire. To the rhetorical question, why SNHU, SNHU replies, “It’s simple. We want you to succeed. That’s why you’ll get a high-quality, affordable education along with unparalleled support, whether you’re pursuing your bachelor’s degree on campus or working toward a game-changing MBA online” (website).

Time commitment:

With maximum credit transfer, and full-time: one year.

Cost:

Under $40,000

Accreditation:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges and CCNE: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Strong points:

The program is focused on registered nurses who are seeking a BSN or MSN. Up to 90 credits may be transferred. Full-time students may complete the BSN program in a year. By electing the Advanced Path program, (which allows for some credits being transferred from the BSN to the MSN program), one may complete a MSN in 20 weeks less than the standard MSN program. MSN courses may be completed online.

40. University of Texas at Tyler

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UTTyler is a state university based in Tyler, Texas. According to the website, “No Texas public university surpasses UT Tyler’s efforts to fully educate its students, help them graduate and find fulfilling careers.”

Time commitment:

16 months

Cost:

Resident: $7312; Non-resident: $18, 172 (2 semesters, tuition and fees)

Accreditation:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; National League for Nursing Accreditation Council

Strong points:

Designed specifically for persons who already have a degree in another field. 99% of students completing the program pass their qualifying exams to become RNs on the first attempt; 98% obtain immediate employment. Program is intense, employment not recommended. Primary website has basic information on one page format here.

41. Oakland University

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OU is a private university based in Rochester, MI. Land was donated for the university in 1957. The School of Nursing was founded in 1974.

Time commitment:

one year

Cost:

Tuition: In-state: $410.25/credit hour x 50 credit hours: $20,513; Out-of-state: $ 853.25/credit hour x 50 credit hours: $42,663.

Accreditation:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association; CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)

Strong points:

The accelerated program is designed specifically as a second degree program. Students may begin in any one of the three annual terms. Goals include fostering “professional development by emphasizing the use of the nursing process as the critical thinking framework for developing, implementing, and evaluating patient-centered care across the lifespan” (website). Clinical rotations are completed in southeastern Michigan, including Detroit.

42. George Mason University

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GMU is a public university based in Fairfax, VA. The College of Health and Human Services recently celebrated its fortieth anniversary. GMU’s mission is to prepare “students to be leaders in their professions, organizations, and communities” (website).

Time commitment:

12 months

Cost:

In state/out of state tuition/semester is about $5000/$15,000

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association

Strong points:

Program designed for persons already holding a baccalaureate degree in another field. The program is competitive and enrollment is limited to full-time and academic excellence.

43. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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UCCS is a public university based in Colorado Springs, CO, founded in 1965. UCCS operates the Beth-El School College of Nursing.

Time commitment:

16 months

Cost:

71 credit hours at Resident/Nonresident $369/$725: Resident/Nonresident: $26,200/$51,475

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Colorado Commission of Higher Education (CCHE)

Strong points:

Second degree program for students already holding a bachelor’s degree. Goals include provision of high quality comprehensive undergraduate nursing, graduate nursing, and health sciences educational experiences, for students to excel personally and professionally (website). Program is full time for two summers and two semesters. FAQ site available here.

44. The University of Colorado

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UC is a public university based in Colorado. The Anshutz Medical Campus is home to the nursing program. According to the website, the ” Anschutz Medical Campus is a diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and well-being of Colorado and the world.”

Time commitment:

12 months/66 credit hours if all prerequisites met

Cost:

Tuition: Resident/Nonresident $381.50/$868 credit hour. Minimally 66 credit hours: $25,179/$57,288

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Strong points:

There are various options for completing a BSN, including the accelerated one detailed here. The program is highly intensive, but is only 12 months long.

45. New Jersey City University

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NJCU is a public (state) university based in NJ. The College of Nursing has been awarding degrees since 1979.

Time commitment:

12 months (three semesters)

Cost:

Per semester: In state Tuition: $3852 (books, uniforms, fees, are extra); Out of state (same): $8,138. Three semester total: Instate: $11,556; Non-resident: $24,414.

Accreditation:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Strong points:

Planned for students holding a bachelor’s degree in another area. Option of two locations: one in Jersey City, and the other at the main NJU at Wall Campus. See handbook for more complete information.

46. Mount Carmel College of Nursing

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MCCN is faith-based (Catholic) college based in Columbus, OH. It was founded in1903. It became a BSN program in 1990 and is currently among the largest in Ohio.

Time commitment:

13 months

Cost:

Tuition: 51 credit hours (including clinical) approximately $34,000

Accreditation:

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA); Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

There are four different options for obtaining a BSN; this is a second degree program, planned for persons already holding bachelor’s degree in another area. The home page website has somewhat limited FAQ site here.

47. Tennessee Technological University

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TTU is a private university based in Cookeville, TN. The accelerated program at the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing began in the summer of 2014. Its mission (according to the website) is “to provide leadership and outstanding programs in engineering, the sciences, and related areas that benefit the people of Tennessee and the nation.”

Time commitment:

Five semesters

Cost:

$8,000 annual/in state; $23,000 annual/out of state (tuition and fees in both cases)

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)

Strong points:

Accelerated program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. The program is full time, intense and rigorous and does not allow for employment. Both masters and doctor’s level programs are also available. A helpful FAQ page is available here.

48. Utica College

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UC is a private college based in both Syracuse NY, and in St. Petersburg, FL. The College of Nursing has been awarding degrees for the past 23 years. According to the website, UC offers its student the advantages of a larger school, “but with an intimacy and a high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private colleges” (website).

Time commitment:

16 months

Cost:

59 credit hours/nursing (if BS already earned) at $425/credit hour plus fees: $25,075.

Accreditation:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Planned for persons who already have a BS; accelerated to accommodate them. Course work can be done online. Lab and clinicals are done on site. There is a strong clinical focus as well as a diversity one. Thirty-eight percent of students are from minority populations, and sixteen percent are men. Electives in related fields are an option.

49. South University

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SU is a private university based in Savannah, George, but with 15 campuses, ten of which offer a BSN in nursing. According to the website, South University is a private academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of a diverse student population.”

Time commitment:

with adequate qualified credits, fourteen months

Cost:

$43,885 tuition, plus books and other costs;

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Designed to assist either RNs or associate degree in nursing students. Campus locations include several in Texas, as well as Ohio, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Michigan, Florida and Virginia. Nursing programs include masters and doctoral level as well as nurse practitioner options. Online study is an option

50. Remington College

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RC is a private college based in Orlando, FL, but with many locations in the United States. The BSN program is only available on the Orlando, FL campus. Because of its association with many regional institutions RC can offer a great deal of diversity in clinical experience.

Time commitment:

12 months

Cost:

$42,000. No hidden costs, books, lab materials, and even uniforms are covered in the tuition cost.

Accreditation:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Strong points:

Course is accelerated, designed to accept students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field. Online study is not an option. The primary website has helpful information readily available.