Accelerated Summer Nursing Program

The Accelerated Summer Program enables qualified students to complete the Nursing major in one summer and two full academic years.

Successful applicants to the Accelerated Summer Program have a GPA of 3.0 or higher from previous institutions. Applicants must complete the admissions process and submit an official high school transcript and official transcripts from each college attended.

Students must have completed the following pre-requisite courses with a B- or higher prior to the start of the program in late May/early June:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I  & II (8 credits)
  • Chemistry course with a lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology with a lab (4 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology: Birth to Death (3 credits)

All required health forms and documentation of the required current CPR certification (Basic Life Saving for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross) must be submitted by May 15. Applicants must be ready to begin classes in late May/early June.

The first summer consists of five accelerated nursing courses:

Summer Session 1
NURS 134 Foundations of Nursing Science
SCIE 301 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I

Summer Session 2
SCIE 144 Health Assessment
SCIE 302 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology II*

Summer Session 3
NURS 234 Medical-Surgical Nursing I*

*There may be a 1-2 week overlap between SCIE 302 and NURS 234

Each of these courses includes the academic content usually taught in a semester-long course– so students must be prepared for the challenge. Seven-hour lectures are scheduled on two weekdays, and full-day lab/clinical experiences are scheduled twice weekly, either on weekdays or weekends.

The fee for the summer courses is offered at a discounted rate for 2020-2021 of $583.00 per credit. All fees are subject to change.

On-campus housing is available over the summer for a monthly fee; however, campus dining services are not open during most of the summer. 

After successful completion of the three summer courses, students start in the fall as juniors, and may complete the program in 2 additional academic years.

Because of high demand from other collegiate nursing programs, students should be prepared for clinical rotations that are scheduled on weekends. 


Junior Year

Fall Term
NURS 357 Pediatric Nursing 
SCIE 150 Success Strategies in Nursing
MATH 108 Statistics
Approved course in Ethics

January Term
NURS 336 Rural Health

Spring Term
NURS 356 Women’s Reproductive Health
NURS 334 Medical-Surgical Nursing II
NURS 333 Gerontology
NURS 448 Intro to Research Methods & Design

Senior Year

Fall Term
NURS 441 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
NURS 443 Community Health Nursing
NURS 434 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

(Take 2 of the above)

NURS 490 Thesis

January Term
NURS 446 Transition to Professional Practice I: Health Policy and Leadership

Spring Term
NURS 441 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
NURS 443 Community Health Nursing
NURS 434 Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

(Take 1 of the above)

NURS 495 Transition to Professional Practice II: Independent Practicum

Estimated Fees for Accelerated Summer Nursing Program

All fees are subject to change and vary depending on program.

2020-2021 Nursing Fees