BSN Accelerated

Apply today for a spot in the Fall 2021 cohort to earn your BSN degree in as few as 16 months!

This convenient degree path is for professionals who already have earned their BA/BS degree and completed certain prerequisites.

Degree requirements are the same as the standard BSN degree, but students complete courses in a quicker time frame.

Accelerated BSN Fact Sheet (pdf)

Apply to the BSN Accelerated program Nursing Accreditation

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You can complete your degree in as few as 4 semesters (16 months) including clinicals!

Classes for your busy schedule

nursing students

Classes are offered in a variety of formats and clinicals are completed in the evenings.

Simulation room

The Perks of Studying Nursing at SAU

Enjoy small class sizes: Only 24 students will be admitted per year! With that nurturing learning environment, you'll get the attention of your professors as well as networking and high-impact learning opportunities with your classmates.

Excellent, state-of-the-art labs: Refine your nursing skills with lots of practice in our ultra-modern simulation labs. You'll also have interprofessional opportunities to learn from students in the other well-regarded SAU health sciences programs.

One price tuition: When you start the BSN Accelerated program, you will never have a tuition increase; the price stays the same throughout your enrollment.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the SAU BSN Accelerated program, you must satisfy these requirements:

  • Earned a BA/BS from an accredited, 4-year institution
  • Completed prerequisites (listed on the Nursing Admission and Application page) with a C grade or higher
  • Complete CNA Certification and CPR Certification before starting the BSN Accelerated program
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be admitted to St. Ambrose University

Plan to Graduate

View Admission Prerequisites on the Admission and Application page

Fall – Semester 1
NURS 305 Intro to Contemporary Nursing, 3 credits
NURS 315 Nursing Process I Across the Lifespan, 3 credits
NURS 325 Applied Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, 3 credits
NURS 335 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I, 4 credits
NURS 350 Applied Learning Experiences I, 2 credits
PHIL 310 or THEO 319 Ethics (also available Semester 4), 3 credits

Spring – Semester 2
NURS 360 Intro to Theoretical Concepts, 3 credits
NURS 365 Nursing Process II, 4 credits
NURS 370 Applied Learning Experiences II, 2 credits
NURS 375 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II, 3 credits
NURS 380 Nursing Concepts of Mental Health, 3 credits
NURS 395 Clinical Application II, 2 credits

Summer – Semester 3
NURS 410 Concepts of Population Health, 3 credits
NURS 415 Nursing Process III, 3 credits
NURS 425 Applied Learning Experiences III, 2 credits
NURS 435 Concepts of Children and Women's Health, 3 credits
NURS 440 Evidence-Based Practice, 3 credits
NURS 445 Clinical Application III, 2 credits

Fall – Semester 4
NURS 460 Concepts of Applied Nursing Care, 3 credits
NURS 465 Concepts of Chronicity, 3 credits
NURS 475 Leadership and Contemporary Issues, 3 credits
NURS 485 Professional Nursing Capstone, 3 credits
NURS 495 Advanced Nursing Practicum, 3 credits
PHIL 310 or THEO 319 (also available in Semester 1), 3 credits

Class Formats

Unlike the traditional BSN program, this accelerated route delivers courses – including clinicals – in the evenings (3 p.m. and later).

Courses are delivered in different formats to fit your learning method and lifestyle.

One-Price Tuition

As a post-degree program, the BSN Accelerated is part of the One Price Plan that ensures tuition costs remain at rate throughout the normal course of full-time postgraduate study.

Total estimated cost for the entire program will be $38,482 – or $9,620 per semester – for students who begin classes in Fall 2021. This price includes tuition and student fees associated with four semesters of nursing courses.


Deb Frankie-Lasher, Advisor/Recruiter

Center for Health Sciences Education
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52804

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