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Accelerated Entry Level Baccalaureate Nursing Program (ACCEL)
To respond to nursing shortages at the local and national levels, Curry College designed the Accelerated Nursing Program (ACCEL) to provide a route for students who want to make a career change into nursing by earning a second bachelor's degree. ACCEL is designed for qualified and highly motivated students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field.
The accelerated and intensive structure of the program means that you can obtain a BS in Nursing in sixteen months. The program uses a cohort model, and students are accepted into a specific cohort that begins each January. Each cohort is limited to 30 students thus affording students the opportunity to know their professors and fellow students well.
With a BS degree from Curry College you will have significant employment flexibility. Curry provides first rate clinical experiences in a wide range of hospitals and health care agencies. At the completion of the Nursing Program at Curry you will take the NCLEX-RN and be eligible to practice in all health care settings - acute care, ambulatory care, community health, and mental health.
The curriculum is designed to be full time. Students will be in classes three days per week during their first spring semester and two days per week during the Spring and Fall semesters subsequently and four days per week for class and clinical placements during the Summer semester.
Required Background and Prerequisite Courses
Motivated students from any undergraduate major 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 entering the ACCEL program. Students can be accepted into ACCEL on a provisional basis pending successful completion of all required prerequisites, however, applicants must submit a written plan for completing all of the required prerequisites on their application. In addition, by the application deadline applicants must have successfully completed at least two of the four required science prerequisites with grades of B- or better in order for their application to be reviewed. All students who are accepted into ACCEL will need to complete their remaining prerequisite courses prior to entering the program. In addition, if two of the four science prerequisites are not complete by the application deadline, then the application will not be reviewed.
Required Prerequisite Coursework:
|BIOL 1070||Anatomy and Physiology I & II (with labs)*||8|
|BIOL 2010||Microbiology (with lab)*||4|
|CHEM 1001||Chemistry (with lab)*||4|
|PSY 2400||Human Growth and Development||3|
* A grade of B- or better must be achieved in the prerequisite science courses and labs.
Required Nursing Courses:*
Term 1 – Spring Semester - 12 credits
NSG 2000 AC Health Assessment
NSG 2200 AC Pathophysiology
NSG 2012 Simulations in Clinical Judgment and Evidence Based Nursing Interventions
NSG 2042 AC Nursing Care of Adults I
NSG 2053 AC Nursing Care of Children
Term 2 – Summer Semester - 11 credits
NSG 2044 AC Clinical Nursing Care of Adults I
NSG 2500 AC Pharmacology
NSG 2054 AC Clinical Nursing Care of Children
NSG 2055 AC Nursing Care of Childbearing Families
Term 3 – Fall Semester - 11 credits
NSG 3033 AC Mental Health Nursing
NSG 3034 AC Community Health Nursing
NSG 3035 AC Nursing Care of Older Adults
NSG 3041 AC Evidence for Nursing Practice
Term 4 – Spring Semester - 9 credits
NSG 3051 AC Nursing Care of Adults II
NSG 3982 AC Synthesis of Nursing Practice
Total Nursing Credits: 43
*Curriculum subject to change
ACCEL Program Tuition
The ACCEL Nursing program has an attractive fixed tuition cost to help students better manage their tuition payments. Our fixed tuition allows students to enter the program knowing the full cost of the ACCEL program tuition and not be subject to a tuition increase as long as they remain enrolled with their original cohort group. The ACCEL program charges no additional course fees. Expenses for textbooks and course-related materials are not included in the tuition.
For students entering the ACCEL Nursing program in January 2016 the fixed tuition s $45,990 (approximately $1070 per credit x 43 credits). Tuition for students beginning in January 2017 will be announced in May 2016.
Request More Information
Apply to the continuing education ACCEL program by June 1 for a January 2017 start.
Applications are reviewed after June 1 and admission decisions are made July 1. If you apply for financial aid, Curry's Student Financial Services Office will notify you after you are accepted about eligibility for a financial aid award.