Accelerated BS in Nursing

From helping bring new babies into the world to reviving patients in the ER, nurses work in every corner of the medical profession, caring for people at every stage of life.

Program Overview

Nurses assess health problems, develop plans for patient care and educate patients on disease prevention. With an expected shortfall of 1 million nurses by 2020, and nurses absorbing more responsibilities, career opportunities have never been greater. Nurses are in demand not only in medical offices, on surgical teams and in assisted-living centers, but also in new and growing fields, such as nursing informatics, which involves using patient data to improve the quality of care. 

Our program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, who are interested in pursuing nursing as a second bachelor’s degree. The curriculum builds on your prior educational preparation, and the degree is completed in one calendar year, starting in August with students concentrating solely on nursing courses.

Our program prepares you to be an integral member of the health care team and a transformational leader in the field. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and expertise to advance your education with a master’s or doctor of nursing practice degree.

Curriculum and Requirements

Accelerated BSN Curriculum

The BSN degree under this program is 127 credits, including: prerequisites, general education requirements and nursing courses, which are distributed as follows:

Nursing Course Prerequisites:15
Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
Microbiology with lab
Transfer Credit from Previous Bachelor's Degree51
Total Nursing Credits61
Total Credits127

The curriculum for the professional component is subject to modification as deemed necessary by the nursing faculty to provide students with the most meaningful educational experience and to remain current with professional standards and guidelines.

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® examination, and qualify for entry-level nursing positions or graduate study. Those students contemplating applying for graduate study in nursing at Quinnipiac should refer to the Graduate Studies section of the catalog.


Quinnipiac's bachelor's degree in nursing offers theoretical and clinical education as well as preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). The BSN program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Quinnipiac's nursing program is also endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation.

Graduates are eligible to take a national exam to become Board Certified as a Holistic Nurse.