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Accelerated Entry Level Baccalaureate Nursing Program (ACCEL)

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Milton Campus - Spring
Plymouth Campus - Fall

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.

Related: NEW! Accelerated Entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
(designed for graduates who hold a non-nursing degree)

Why Curry?

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. 


Results are in – Curry College ACCEL students achieve a NCLEX passing rate of 100% (!)* Another reason to select Curry to pursue your nursing career goals.

*2021 first-quarter NCLEX results

Answers to Your Questions

The most commonly asked questions about the ACCEL program and the admission process is just a click away.

Please note the following for the 2021-2022 academic year: 
Students will be required to adhere to the immunization policies of the agency in which they are placed or employed. Additionally, any COVID-19 vaccine requirements set by the college and/or mandated by the affiliating clinical agency must be adhered to. Please be aware that affiliating clinical agencies may have vaccine requirements different from Curry College and may not exempt any clinical students from mandatory vaccination requirements in their facilities or organizations. 

Degree Requirements and Schedules

Join us virtually to learn more about ACCEL - Curry College's Second B.S. Degree Program in Nursing. This 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:

ACCEL and Accelerated Entry-MSN:

Wednesday, May 11 @ 5:30 p.m. - Register

Motivated students from any undergraduate major with an undergraduate GPA of 2.9 (3.0 preferred) are eligible to apply to this program. However, those students who did not take the following courses in their undergraduate studies must complete these courses prior to or concurrent with their application to the ACCEL program (laboratory sections must be completed for all the science courses).

  • Anatomy and Physiology I* & II*
  • Chemistry*
  • Microbiology*
  • Statistics
  • Human Growth and Development

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

Applications to the accelerated program will not be reviewed until at least 2 of the 4 science prerequisites are completed. Completion of the all prerequisite courses must be done prior to the start of the program. Students may be accepted on a provisional basis, pending successful completion of the prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program.

Schedule and Registration:

8 week courses offered fully online

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Term One (13 credits):
NSG 2000 - Health Assessment
NSG 2015 - Simulations in Clinical Judgment & Evidence Based Nursing
NSG 2042 - Nursing Care of Adults I
NSG 2053 - Nursing Care of Children
NSG 2200 - Pathophysiology

Term Two (12 credits):
NSG 2044 - Clinical Nursing Care of Adults
NSG 2054 - Clinical Nursing Care of Children
NSG 2055 - Nursing Care of Childbearing Families
NSG 2242 - Clinical Simulations in Judgment
NSG 2500 - Pharmacology

Term Three (13 credits):
NSG 3033 - Mental Health Nursing
NSG 3034 - Population Health in the Community
NSG 3038 - Nursing Care of Older Adults
NSG 3041 - Evidence for Nursing Practice

Term Four (12 credits):
NSG 3051 - Nursing Care of Adults II
NSG 3470 - Health Policy & Finance
NSG 3982 - Senior Seminar: Synthesis of Professional Nursing Practice

Total Credits for Program: 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 2020 or Milton for Spring 2021 the fixed tuition is $55,350 ($1,107 per credit x 50 credits).

The application deadline for the cohort beginning in Milton in the spring is July 30.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application submitted online
  • Current Resume
  • Personal Statement : See writing prompts in FAQ sheet
  • Official transcripts from the institutions where your undergraduate degree and/or perquisite courses are from. Note: an undergraduate GPA of 2.9 is required (3.0 preferred)
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee paid to Curry College

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 if you have submitted a FAFSA application.

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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.