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NLN Center of Excellence

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing 

Career changers are welcome with our second degree nursing program.

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Looking to change careers? Let us put you on a fast track to success. Our Accelerated BS in Nursing program (formerly called PATH) allows students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to complete our BS in Nursing program in 14 months. Studying full time, you will begin in a cohort and advance in the program with your peers while learning from dedicated faculty who offer a comprehensive approach to the didactic, clinical and research components of the program.

The Accelerated Nursing degree program only offers a summer start, and the application deadline is November 15. Specific criteria are required for admission, including prerequisite courses, which must be successfully completed by the time a candidate starts the program.

When you successfully complete Adelphi’s Accelerated Nursing program, you will be eligible to take the national NCLEX-RN licensing exam and can pursue practice in a variety of healthcare settings. Wladimir Louis-Charles ’12  is just one of the many successful graduates of the program, who have made a significant impact in their communities.

Due to the intensive nature of the course work, we strongly discourage outside employment during the accelerated program.

Program Requirements and Prerequisites

Motivated students from any undergraduate major with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply to this program. However, students who have not completed the required prerequisite courses as part of their prior undergraduate program must successfully complete those courses prior to starting this program.

Before taking nursing classes, you must have completed the following 10 courses (you may have already taken many of these for your first degree; some restrictions apply).

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (within 10 years)*
  • Microbiology (within 10 years)*
  • One semester of Inorganic Chemistry and One semester of Organic Chemistry, or Chemistry 109 (within 10 years)*
  • Pathophysiology (within 10 years)
  • Genetics (within 10 years)
  • Statistics 
  • Developmental Psychology through the Lifespan
  • Nutrition (2-credit nursing course)

A grade of C+ or better must be achieved in all science prerequisite courses. Students may only have one grade below C+ in any science prerequisite course on their record.  Any student who receives below a C+ in more than one science prerequisite course would not be eligible for the Accelerated Nursing program.

A transfer counselor in the Office of Admissions will review your transcript to determine if prerequisite courses taken at another institution are transferable.

* Please note: Science courses with a lab component cannot be taken online.
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College of Nursing and Public Health
Nexus Building, 3rd Floor
p – 516.877.4510

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