Accelerated BSN: Frequently Asked Questions | College of Nursing | Kent State University

Frequently Asked Questions


How many students are admitted per semester?

Each term is slightly different depending on the cohorts that we are admitting and based upon our clinical arrangements. Generally, 24 students are admitted every fall, spring, and summer. Special evening and weekend cohorts are offered at different intervals. Generally, an additional 16 students are admitted to these special cohorts each Fall.

How do I know what transfers?

Students must apply and be admitted via undergraduate admissions to receive a full transcript evaluation.

  • Prospective students are encouraged to utilize the Transfer Credit Guide
  • Prospective applicants should apply to Kent State University as a post-undergraduate, degree-seeking student in the Nursing major. You will need to send official transcripts to Kent State Admissions. The Transfer Center will conduct an official evaluation of all transfer credits.
How and when do I apply to Kent State?

Ideally, you will want to apply at least one semester prior to when you want to start at Kent State. You should apply to the University prior to completing the Accelerated application. Applications to Kent State are available at

How and when do I apply to the Accelerated sequence?

You will first need to apply and get accepted to the university. The accelerated sequence application is online, and is available:

  • Fall: April 1-June 1
  • Spring: July 1-September 1
  • Summer: December 1-February 1

Learn more about the application process

What are the prerequisites?

All applicants must have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and a minimum Cumulative GPA of a 2.75 (average of all regionally accredited, collegiate coursework). In order to begin the Accelerated sequence, students must be admitted to the university as a post-undergraduate degree seeking student and have completed the following:

  • A minimum science prerequisite GPA of 2.75, and a minimum of a grade of C in each course/equivalent:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I
    • Anatomy & Physiology II
    • Microbiology
    • Chemistry
  • A college-level algebra course (or higher) with a minimum grade of C
  • Additional prerequisite courses/equivalents (effective Fall 2018):
    • General Psychology
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Statistics
    • Human Genetics
    • Science of Human Nutrition

Applicants must have and a minimum Science GPA of a 2.75 (A&PI, A&PII, Micro and chem) to be considered. Students who are in progress with any prerequisites may apply for the program so long as they will be completed before the program begins. Please note that meeting the prerequisites for admission is not the same as being competitive for admission. There is a prerequisite shift commencing with the Fall 2018 admission class. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission. 

Can I be enrolled in the prerequisite courses when I apply to Kent State/Accelerated sequence?

Yes, you can - as long as you will be finished with your prerequisites prior your intended program start date. Preference is given to students who have completed the prerequisites at the time of application, but all applicants who will have the prerequisites completed before classes begin and who have the appropriate GPA (2.75) will be considered. Please note that meeting the prerequisites for admission is not the same as being competitive for admission. There is a prerequisite shift commencing with the Fall 2018 admission class. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission.

What courses in the curriculum, if any, can I take before being enrolled in the sequence?

Please note that no clinical courses can be completed prior to the start of the Accelerated sequence. However, you will need to complete the following prerequisites prior to starting the sequence (effective Fall 2018):

There is a prerequisite shift commencing with the Fall 2018 admission class. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission.

Do I need references?

No, Kent State no longer requires references from students applying to the ABSN sequence.

How competitive is the sequence and how many people apply?

The sequence is very competitive. There are generally 100 - 125 applications per admission cycle. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to gather further specifics. 

What GPA do I need to be competitive?

The average GPA is a 3.5 for acceptance. (This means that we have accepted higher and lower). Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission and what it takes to be competitive for admission. 

Do you have a waiting list?

No, we do not. If you are not accepted for a semester, you will need to reapply for the following semester to be considered again. It is recommended that the student meet with an ABSN academic advisor to discuss how to create a stronger application.

Other Cohorts

Do you offer nights or weekend programming?

Yes, Kent State offers two different cohort sequences for students seeking evening and/or weekend options: the Cleveland (Weekend) Cohort and the Summa (Evening/Weekend) Cohort.

What is the Cleveland (Weekend) Cohort?

The College of Nursing has partnered with various hospitals in Cleveland, OH (e.g. University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, etc.) to offer a five-semester, Accelerated sequence. Students admitted to the Cleveland Cohort take the majority of their courses and nearly all clinicals at a facility in the greater Cleveland area. The Cleveland Cohort typically admits 16 students every other Fall (odd years). The next Cleveland Cohort will begin in the Fall of 2019. See our cohort page to learn more.

What is the Summa (Evening/Weekend) Cohort?

Similar to the Cleveland Cohort, this cohort typically admits 16 students every other Fall (even years) for a five-semester sequence partnered with Summa Health Systems of Akron, OH. Classes typically meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-9:00pm at the Kent Campus with clinical typically being held on Saturdays at a Summa facility. Some semesters will also require clinical work on Friday and/or Sunday. The next Summa Cohort will begin in the Fall of 2020. See our cohort page to learn more.

Costs & Financial Aid

What is the cost of tuition?
Can I qualify for student loans or federal/state aid, and does Kent State offer any scholarships?
  1. The most common form of funding is student loans provided by the Federal Government by filling out a FAFSA at The award range is from $5,500 to $12,500 per year for students who have already earned a degree.
  2. The College of Nursing offers a few scholarship opportunities for students who are currently enrolled in the professional nursing sequence. Learn more about those on our Financial Aid & Scholarships page. In addition, you may wish to seek outside scholarships through the Ohio Board of Nursing and healthcare companies such as Johnson & Johnson.
  3. If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for state or federal grant programs designed for re-educating students. Contact your local One Stop, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, or the Department of Jobs and Family Services for more information.
  4. Some hospitals and other healthcare agencies will provide tuition assistance if the student signs a multi-year contract to work for the agency following graduation. Contact your local and regional agencies.


Can I take any courses at other universities while in the sequence?

You may take non-clinical courses at other universities. Once you are admitted to Kent State, you will need to complete a Transient form in Student Services to determine if the course(s) will transfer. To verify course equivalencies, please visit the transfer credit guide.

How long does the sequence take to complete (including/not including prerequisites)?

The Accelerated Nursing Sequence is an extensive program lasting four to five (4-5) consecutive terms in length (not counting prerequisites). Prerequisites generally take two semesters to complete but most student take at least a year to create a competitive application. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission and what it takes to be competitive for admission. 

Can I complete the Accelerated sequence at a regional campus?

The sequence is offered at the Kent campus only.

At what hospitals will I be completing clinicals?
Can I have a job while going through the sequence?

Some students have worked while in the sequence, mostly part-time in the evenings or weekends. Students in the Summa cohort or Cleveland cohort can work part-time during the regular work week. It can be done, but we highly recommend that you focus more on the sequence than work because it is an intensive program. Students who work more than 16 hours a week are less likely to complete the sequence.

How many credit hours will I take each semester?

You will be taking classes full-time. Most semesters are at or near 16 credit hours. The sequence curriculum can be found on our website.

What are the average times of day that classes are offered?

Refer to the cohort page to see what class schedule to expect for each cohort.

Do you have any online courses?

Select courses are offered online giving students the opportunity to have both online and traditional learning experiences.

Can I take more classes so that I can finish the sequence in a shorter amount of time?

No, because nursing courses are offered in a sequence (one is a prerequisite for the next, etc.) the clinical courses are not able to be taken out of order or earlier. Once you are accepted into the sequence, it is four or five semesters, depending on the cohort.

Does the nursing program at Kent State offer any specializations such as forensic nursing?

No, it does not. Instead, we offer a broad amount of clinical experience that will prepare you for such areas as gerontology, pediatrics, etc.

Do you offer STNA or LPN certification training?

No, we do not.