The Accelerated BSN is a 12-month program offering 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. Sixteen students are accepted each year.
Upon successful completion of the program, students meet the qualifications for public health nurse registration in Minnesota, and they are eligible to take the Nursing Candidate Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become an RN.
Area of study offered
Accelerated post-baccalaureate degree for college graduates with a degree in a non-nursing major
Three semesters (January – December)
The faculty in the Nursing Department has positively impacted my academic experience in many ways. They are very approachable, truly get to know each student, do their very best to help everyone succeed, and share their incredible knowledge and passion for nursing with us students.
Katie Wenzel ’18
Admission to Concordia's Accelerated BSN program is selective. We take into account your academic records, professional references and experiences. We also carefully review your personal statement to determine your character, work ethic and motivation to become an RN. Qualified applicants who complete the process early have a better chance for admission.
In addition to a completed application and all required material, applicants must meet both of the following criteria to be considered for acceptance:
► A baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university
► A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all post-high school work
Other application requirements
► Official transcripts from all U.S. regionally accredited institutions
► A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on prerequisite coursework (see the admission page for required courses)
► Two professional references
► Current one-page resume
► 500–750-word personal statement
The application cycle runs from March through September, or until the cohort if filled.
Financial aid & cost
Cost per credit
While scholarships are not provided through Concordia College or the Nursing Department, some employers and regional health systems offer assistance. We encourage you to seek out these opportunities.
Learn more about financial aid at Concordia College.
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