Accelerated BSN FAQs

Is the USM Accelerated BSN right for you?

» If you're passionate about nursing and willing to dedicate a year of your time to your education, the accelerated track can be a highly-rewarding path.

» Candidates should be highly motivated, as you'll basically be finishing two years of schooling in just 12 months.

» To be considered, you MUST have a BS or BA degree in another field from an accredited college or university.

» Candidates are also expected to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all prior academic work.

What is the application deadline for the USM Accelerated BSN program?

USM accepts applications for the Accelerated BSN program from Oct. 15 - Jan. 15 each year, and will continue reviewing late applications if space is available. Click here to apply.


Do all of the pre-requisite courses need to be completed by the time I apply?

All pre-requisite courses must be completed by summer 2018, prior ot the start of the program. No grade lower than a C- is accepted. The NursingCAS application has a location for courses in progress to list your current enrollment. Your acceptance is conditional pending receipt of your final grades from all in-progress classes.


May I take my pre-requisite courses at other colleges and transfer them in?

Many of your pre-requisite courses can be transferred in from other schools. You may be asked to provide a course description or syllabus so that we can determine if the course will transfer. Contact the Nursing Department with specific questions about transfering courses to USM.


What if I took Anatomy and Physiology separately, is that ok?

Yes, we accept A&P together or separately. All Anatomy and Physiology courses must have included a lab component. If you look A&P I only, you must also take A&P II or Physiology with a lab. A comprehensive A&P course must meet the 5-6 credit hour requirement.


Can I apply before I receive my degree if my degree and all of the pre-requisites will be completed by the summer semester?

Yes, but proof of degree earned must be sent immediately upon graduation in May. Your acceptance will be conditional pending a final transcript and degree confirmation. Students graduating in the summer are not eligible to apply to that year’s Summer II start date in late June.


When does the program begin?

The Accelerated BSN program begins every Summer II. Visit USM's Academic Calendar for this year's Summer II start date.


How long is the Accelerated BSN program?

The program is 12 months. Students start in Summer II and finish in the Summer I term of the following year.



What is your TEAS Testing Policy and how do I sign-up for the test?

The TEAS is offered at USM from November to March. Once you have created an account and started your application through NursingCAS, you may contact Denise Billaci at 913-758-4381 or via email at [email protected] to schedule a time to take the TEAS. There is a $70 fee due at the time you take the TEAS that is payable by cash, check, or credit card.


How intense is the program? What would a typical week look like?

The program is 61 credit hours of courses and 772.5 hours of clinical/laboratory experience in just 12 months. Students should expect to be doing school related tasks Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. These tasks can include classes, clinicals, and labs. Clinical work times will depend on the hospital and unit the student is assigned to; there may be nights, weekends, and 12 hour shifts.


How and when are admissions decisions made for the Accelerated program?

The Admission and Progression Committee (APC) will meet to review all complete application packets. Students that have the required pre-requisites and GPA will be considered. The APC will make decisions based on the overall GPA, pre-requisite courses GPA, the application and personal essay, resume (be sure to include any healthcare, volunteer or leadership work that you have done), two reference letters, and the face-to-face interview. The decisions will be made by March 1 for those with verified applications in NursingCAS and a TEAS score of 70% or better sent to the Nursing Department by Jan. 15 — at which point letters will be sent to all candidates.


When I graduate with my BSN, will I be an RN as well?

Students prepare for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam as part of the BSN curriculum. You must pass the exam to be a licensed RN. Graduation from the program does not guarantee licensure.


What if I have more questions?

Email Denise Billaci in USM's nursing department, or call her at 913-758-4381.