Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Accelerated BSN Program Details

The 12-month Accelerated BSN program offers a fast-track to licensure as a registered nurse (RN). This intensive program is ideal for college graduates with a degree in a non-nursing major with a passion for nursing. The program begins in January and ends in December and accepts 16 students each year.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Nursing Candidate Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become an RN and meet the qualifications for public health nurse registration in Minnesota.


Applicants must meet all the following requirements to be considered for acceptance:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree in a non-nursing major from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. The degree must be completed and verified via official transcript(s) prior to enrollment in the program.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all post-high school work.
  • Complete application and all required material via NursingCAS. See the Application page for details.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Psychology
    General, Introductory or Lifespan
  • Human Nutrition
    General or Lifespan
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Must cover the following body systems: neurological, cardiac, respiratory, GI, GU, musculoskeletal and integumentary. Courses that are part of a series must be completed at the same institution (there are limited exceptions to this requirement).
    This course must include a linked lab.
  • Microbiology
  • Fundamental or General
    This course must include a linked lab.
  • Chemistry
  • Introductory Chemistry or higher
    Allied Health or Survey of Chemistry courses are accepted. A course that addresses organic and/or biochemistry content is highly recommended to prepare for coursework.
    This course must include a linked lab.
  • Mathematics
    College Algebra, Statistics (preferred) or higher math

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Prerequisite courses must have a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher, and each course must be completed with letter grades of C (2.0) or better.
  • We highly recommend all prerequisites be completed within seven years of your application.
  • All prerequisite coursework must appear on an official transcript and be completed prior to enrollment in the program.
  • Each college-level course must be at least three semester credits.
  • Pass/Fail completions are not accepted.
  • All biology, chemistry and anatomy and physiology courses must include linked labs. Labs must be noted on an official transcript or verified by the course syllabus, a college catalog (scanned course description from the correct year) or a letter from the college Registrar's Office. Validation documents may be uploaded during the application process.
  • Online college-level courses are acceptable from U.S. regionally accredited institutions of higher learning only. Applicants will be responsible for verifying accreditation.

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all U.S. regionally accredited institutions showing degree and prerequisite coursework. Transcripts are requested and uploaded into NursingCAS.
  • Two professional references. Examples of references would be professors, advisors, employers or supervisors, or clergy. It is important that the individuals you choose can evaluate you on the criteria specified on the reference form and provide a statement on your ability to empathize and care for all clients in a non-judgmental and culturally appropriate manner. This might include examples of observed behavior.
  • Current one-page resume.
  •  A 500–750-word personal statement addressing your motivation for returning to school, vocational and career goals and what you believe to be the necessary characteristics/attributes of a healthcare professional.