Accelerated Pathways

The Accelerated Pathways program is meant for those who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and want to become a registered nurse (RN), then move through a nursing master's program.

The program includes two phases that include RN pre-licensure courses and clinical rotations, followed by master’s coursework with the option to move into a specialty.

Successful applicants have completed prerequisite courses and are admitted into both phases of the program.

Pre-licensure Phase

Students who are admitted to the program, and qualify for placement based on the criteria above, can then be placed in the next available Pre-licensure Phase cohort. Cohorts start in groups of 40 twice a year. Start dates for the semester schedule will be Spring and Summer Semesters. This phase is the full-time RN Pre-licensure Phase taking place over four consecutive semesters. This phase is a combination of coursework and clinical rotations in area hospitals. Students are awarded their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the end of this phase and can continue into the master’s portion.

Advanced Practice Phase

The Advanced Practice Phase is the master’s phase of the program, in which students are given the option to continue into an advanced practice specialty area. Students can declare for a master's specialty and begin coursework upon completion of the Pre-licensure Phase, and conferral of their BSN. (The exception is the Nurse Anesthesia program, for which interested students must apply separately.)

Because most specialty areas require work experience, students typically must enroll part-time in the MSN while gaining the professional foundation needed to advance in their master's level courses and clinical experiences. The length of time for the Advanced Practice Phase varies depending on the specialty area chosen, and whether students elect part- or full-time study. At the end of this phase, students who fulfill requirements are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and will be eligible to take any applicable advanced practice certification exam in their specialty area. Students will receive detailed information about their master's level options during the Pre-licensure Phase of the program.

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