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Accelerated Entry Level Baccalaureate Nursing Program (ACCEL)

Curry College ACCEL degree alumnus and nurse in scrubsMilton campus - January 2020
Plymouth campus - Fall 2020

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 in Milton and each Fall in Plymouth. 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 during daytime hours, three days per week during their first spring semester and two days per week during the second and third semesters subsequently and four days per week for class and clinical placements during the final semester. 

ACCEL Program Frequently Asked Questions

Degree Requirements and Schedules

Join us to learn more about ACCEL - Curry College's Second B.S. Degree Program in Nursing. Advisors will be available to provide a comprehensive overview of the program and answer any questions you may have:

Milton Campus
Thursday, February 28, 2019
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

The Milton Campus information session, presented by faculty and administrators from Curry College's Nursing Division, Continuing and Graduate Studies and Student Financial Services, will give you the opportunity to receive an overview of the program, meet ACCEL Nursing faculty and participate in a Q & A session with current and former ACCEL Nursing students.

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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 1075 - Anatomy and Physiology I & II (with labs)*
BIOL 2010 - Microbiology (with lab)*
CHEM 1001 - Chemistry (with lab)*
MATH 1150 - Statistics
PSY 2400 - Human Growth and Development

* A grade of B- or better must be achieved in the prerequisite science courses and labs.

Semester One - 13 credits
NSG 2000 AC - Health Assessment
NSG 2200 AC - Pathophysiology
NSG 2012 - Simulations in Clinical Judgment and Evidence Based Nursing Interventions
NSG 2042 - Nursing Care of Adults I
NSG 2053 - Nursing Care of Children

Semester Two - 12 credits
NSG 2044 - Clinical Nursing Care of Adults I
NSG 2500 - Pharmacology
NSG 2054 - Clinical Nursing Care of Children
NSG 2055 - Nursing Care of Childbearing Families

Semester Three - 13 credits
NSG 3033 - Mental Health Nursing
NSG 3034 - Community Health Nursing
NSG 3038 - Nursing Care of Older Adults
NSG 3040 - Nursing Research

Semester Four - 12 credits
NSG 3470 - Health Policy & Finance (hybrid)
NSG 3051 - Nursing Care of Adults II
NSG 3982 - Synthesis of Nursing Practice

Total Nursing Credits: 50

Curriculum subject to change

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 Plymouth for Fall 2019 or Milton for January 2020 the fixed tuition based on 2018 rates is approximately $55,350 ($1107 per credit x 50 credits). 

The finalized rate for Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 will be determined in May 2019.

The application window for the cohort beginning in Milton in January 2020 is now open.

The application window for the cohort beginning in Plymouth in Fall 2020 will open on/about September 1, 2019.

For a January start:
All applications are reviewed after June 1 and admission decisions are communicated to applicants in mid-July. 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.

For a Fall start:
All applications are reviewed after February 1 and admission decisions are communicated to applicants in mid-March. 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.

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We're excited you're considering one of our outstanding Curry College continuing education programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.