Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program overview

If you have already completed a bachelor's degree and want to make a career change to nursing, consider our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Program. The program is an intensive, year-round accelerated program of learning on the Flagstaff campus only.

To be eligible for this option, you must:

  • have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • have met our pre-professional prerequisite courses

This rigorous program is designed to be completed over 12 months, and courses are sequential and must be completed as listed in program materials. We admit 30 students per year to the program.

Students applying to the Accelerated Nursing program should be advised that admission is highly competitive. While we consider many factors in the admissions process including GPA, number of credits taken at NAU, and community service, and Kaplan enterence exam scores.


1.   A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in prerequisite courses.  Please note, the minimum GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission to the program.  

 2.   KAPLAN Admissions Exam results with a minimum overall score of 70 and 65 on Science.  Please note, the minimum scores of 70 Overall and 65 Science does not guarantee admission to the program.


Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure.

Accelerated means a full-time commitment

Because of its accelerated format, the program requires a full-time commitment. While you are enrolled in this program, we expect that you will not work more than 16 hours per week and that you will refrain from work commitments at least 8 hours prior to class or clinicals.

You are required to travel to sites throughout the state for clinical coursework and will be responsible for travel and lodging expenses. Be aware that clinical experiences may involve several weeks of 3-5 days per week at statewide sites. You will need to plan your family and work commitments accordingly.

Program requirements

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the program. Prepare yourself by viewing the accelerated program requirements.

Admissions process

Learn how to apply for the Accelerated BSN Program.