Required Courses

Additional Requirements

The accelerated nursing program is a 16-month course of study leading to a major in nursing for students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree. The program begins in July and finishes the following year in December, including a one-month summer break. The students complete the corequisite pharmacology course and the nursing curriculum required for the traditional nursing major, with minor scheduling and clinical alterations. Upon successful completion of the program the student will attain a major in nursing and is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam for the registered nurse (RN). NCLEX-RN pass rates of Concordia College graduates are available on the Minnesota and North Dakota Boards of Nursing websites.

The accelerated nursing program is open to students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. To enter the accelerated program students must apply using the NursingCAS system and be selected for admission into the nursing program. Completed application materials must be submitted directly to the nursing department between Jan. 8 and June 29 preceding the start of the program. Applicants are considered based on a rolling admission basis that begins in January and closes when the cohort fills, or on June 29 if unfilled. Admission is competitive and based on all of the following:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (encompassing all completed post-high school coursework for completion of the baccalaureate degree)
  • a minimum selective GPA of 3.0 through the date of application based on completion of all of the following prerequisite courses, which must be completed with minimum passing letter grades of C-:
    • Chemistry (preferably with some introductory organic and biochemistry content; including lab)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (including lab)
    • Mathematics or Statistics
    • Microbiology (including lab)
    • Nutrition
    • Psychology
  • an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.
  • a completed application to the major
  • personal references
  • an impromptu essay and/or interview
  • a one-page résumé

Admission is competitive and based on all of the following:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 through the date of application in all post high school coursework
  • a minimum selective GPA of 3.0 through the date of application based on completion of all of the following prerequisite courses, which must be completed with minimum passing letter grades of C-:
    • Chemistry (preferably with some introductory organic and biochemistry content; including lab)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (including lab)
    • Mathematics or Statistics
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Psychology
  •  an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.
  • a completed application form
  • personal references
  • an impromptu essay and/or interview
  • a one-page résumé