University of Akron student accelerated BSN program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated BSN)

The Accelerated BSN Program is a Second Degree option, designed for those who have completed a baccalaureate in another area of study (from a regionally accredited college or university) but now wish to obtain a degree in nursing.

Program details

University of Akron student accelerated BSN program

The Accelerated BSN program is four semesters, beginning in May and completing in August of the following year.

Example timeline:

  1. Apply by December 1, 2021
  2. Begin program May 2022
  3. Complete program August 2023

You will progress through the curriculum by taking the courses in the order they appear in the program plan.

Upon successful completion of the program you will earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing and have the education needed to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) licensure examination.

See the recommended course sequence

  • 5 credit hours Chemistry (any combination of inorganic, organic, biochemistry) with lab -or- 3150 :113 General, Organic & Biochemistry (4) + 3150:114 General, Organic & Biochemistry lab (1)
  • 8 credit hours Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • 3 credit hours Microbiology with lab
  • 3-4 credit hours Developmental Psychology
  • 3-4 credit hours Science of Nutrition
  • 3 credit hours Introduction to Ethics
  • 3-4 credit hours Basic Statistics or Stats for Everyday Life

Application deadline

Apply by Dec. 1 to begin the following May. See how to apply below.

If you plan to apply after Dec. 1, please contact us.

Important information

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

University of Akron student accelerated BSN program
  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four year college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  2. Admission to The University of Akron
  3. Ability to maintain full-time status
  4. Pre-req science courses must have a lab component and a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  5. Pre-req science courses should preferably be completed within the past five years of your application
  6. Completion of all the pre-req courses having earned a C or better in each, with an average GPA of 2.75, prior to beginning your first nursing course

Application requirements:

  1. Complete the Accelerated BSN program application form
  2. A resume
  3. A 500-word personal statement addressing how you can contribute to the field of nursing
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Copies of your transcripts

Please note: Completion of all admission criteria does not guarantee admission into the accelerated program.

All GPA references are on a 4.0 scale.

Admissions procedure

University of Akron student accelerated BSN program

1. To apply, submit all your application materials to:

Student Success Center
College of Health and Human Sciences
Mary Gladwin Hall 313
Akron, OH 44325-3700

Phone: 330-972-6061
Fax: 330-972-5493

2. After you apply, you will receive a written evaluation of the prerequisites you have completed along with those that you need to complete.

  • Prerequisites may be completed at any regionally accredited university or community college.
  • All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester, prior to the summer of your entry into the program.

3. From this point forward, you must maintain close contact with your advisor in order to ensure proper progression towards entry into the program.

  • If you are not currently a University of Akron student, you will receive written instructions on how to formally apply to the University of Akron and the School of Nursing.
  • If you are currently a University of Akron student, you will receive instructions on how to formally apply for the accelerated program.

Contact us


  Regena Ellis

  Student Enrollment Counselor
   School of Nursing
   Phone: 330-972-7554

University of Akron nursing professor

Don Canary

Academic Adviser II
College of Health & Human Sciences
Phone: 330-972-5103