Accelerated BSN

One year to a BSN

The Accelerated BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) is an intense 12-month program for students with a bachelor's degree in another field. The program is offered on our Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Norfolk and Scottsbluff campuses. Students work together in campus-based cohorts and participate in synchronous lectures across campuses. Class size is limited, and students are admitted once annually for January program start.

Our accelerated students can expect a challenging, learning-packed schedule of study that is heavy on critical thinking, active learning, clinical application, independent evaluation, patient-centered context and successful care outcomes. 

The full-time program maintains a rigorous pace.  We encourage you to apply for scholarships/financial aid.


Much of the required coursework may already be satisfied through your existing bachelor's degree.  See prerequisite courses. Read the undergraduate admissions policy for more details about prerequisites and admissions requirements.

Timeline and plan of study  

Students are admitted once annually for January program start. Plan of study and curriculum are predicated upon Traditional BSN learning structure and objectives but compresses the two-year Traditional Program to 12 months, with key variations. The accelerated program has two 16-week semesters and one 13-week summer session.

Clinical training  
You'll get learning lab/clinical instruction through the College's state-of-the-art clinical training facilities/simulators. You'll also do clinical rotations at area medical centers, hospitals and other health facilities. While faculty make every effort to notify you well in advance of your clinical schedules, things do sometimes change due to circumstances outside our control. Please plan some flexibility in your schedule to allow for unforeseen changes in your clinical rotation schedule. A student services representative can provide information about specific clinical sites for the campus you attend.

Kearney Accelerated Program

Take control of your future! The Accelerated BSN Program based in Kearney offers students two ways to participate in clinical learning. Students can rotate across several hospitals and experience the diversity of different clinical environments or they can select one of our new Clinical Pathway Partnerships. Students opting for a Clinical Pathway Partnership complete all of their clinical rotations within a single thriving health system with a designated clinical instructor on site. This collaborative experience provides a seamless transition into employment after graduation. More information.


Submit your application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs. You may save and return to your application until you are ready to submit it. You will self-enter all college coursework, including prerequisites and any courses taken for credit during high school, courses completed through placement exam and all courses in progress.

After you submit your application, NursingCAS will add your references and transcripts to it as they are submitted. Monitor progress through your NursingCAS account and through your email.

Read more on how to apply.