Accelerated/Second Degree Bachelor (BSN)

Kent State's Accelerated Nursing Sequence is an option for second-degree students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in as few as 15 months.

Accelerated nursing students will need critical thinking skills, strong written and oral communication, and the time, support, and resources to commit to an intensive four or five-semester full-time sequence.

3 Cohort Options

The College of Nursing offers three Accelerated Nursing Cohort options to meet the needs of a wide range of students. Each cohort option is distinct with different start dates and duration. 

Admissions Requirements 

Students are selected to the Accelerated Nursing Sequence based upon their cumulative GPA, science prerequisite GPA, recommendations, and related coursework.

  • Acceptance into Kent State University as a post-undergraduate degree-seeking student
  • A baccalaureate degree (non-nursing)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Minimum of a college-level algebra course with a minimum grade of C.
  • A minimum science prerequisite GPA of 2.75, and a minimum of a grade of C in each course
    • BSCI 21010 & 21020: Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II
    • BSCI 20021: Microbiology
    • CHEM 10055: Molecules of Life
      • (Or CHEM 10050: Fundamentals of Chemistry or CHEM 10060: General Chemistry I)

Application Deadlines

Applications are only accepted during the following time frames:

  • Fall: April 1- June 1
  • Spring: July 1- Sept. 1
  • Summer: Dec. 1- Feb. 1
    • * Kent State College of Nursing will be offering a new streamlined Accelerated BSN curriculum plan in fall 2017. As a result, we will not be admitting an Accelerated BSN summer 2017 cohort. We will make every effort to admit as many students as possible to the fall 2017 and spring 2018 cohorts to accommodate students who hoped to join the summer cohort.

For further information, comments, or questions about the Accelerated Nursing Sequence, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions link, or contact us.