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Accelerated BSN Program Overview

If you have a bachelor’s degree in another field with a strong science background and you are interested in a career in nursing, get on the fast track to a nursing degree with Ashland University’s Accelerated BSN Program.

In only 15 months, you will learn the highly technical and clinical skills needed to work with patients and their families in a variety of healthcare settings. You’ll also get the opportunity to explore the role of nurses as leaders and managers.

Space is limited in this competitive program and it fills up quickly, so apply early! You must complete the necessary requirements before or during the Accelerated Orientation Week.

Nursing students in the classroom

Delivery Format

In Person


Credit Hours



Time to Complete

15 months



Program Benefits

Program benefits include:

  • An historical 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam).
  • Individual attention - 1:8 clinical instructor-to-student ratio.
  • Multiple entry points throughout the year.
  • AU’s state-of-the-art Simulation Center.
Nursing students in simulation lab

How Do I Know if This Program Is Right for Me?

If you've earned a bachelor’s degree in a different field and have a robust science background, Ashland University's Accelerated BSN Program offers a streamlined pathway to a nursing career in just 15 months. This program is ideal for individuals seeking a fast-paced, intensive learning experience focused on acquiring technical expertise and clinical skills essential for diverse healthcare settings. If you're motivated to embark on a rewarding journey in nursing and eager to embrace the responsibilities of leadership and management within the field, this program could be the perfect fit for you. Apply early to secure your spot in this competitive program and take the first step towards realizing your aspirations in nursing.

nursing students in lab


Prospective students must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average in college coursework.
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average in science prerequisite coursework.
  • Completed the prerequisite courses from an accredited college or university with a minimum letter grade of "C."
  • Completed science prerequisite coursework within the past 10 years.
    • Chemistry with Lab
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab
    • Microbiology with Lab
    • Statistics

Learning Experiences

As an accelerated program student, you can build on your past achievements by taking nursing courses in a specially designed sequence that provides the same number of credits as a traditional BSN program.

  • Complete your BSN in four semesters (15 months).
  • Attend classes at the Dwight Schar College of Nursing Mansfield Campus, located in the heart of the local medical community.
  • Complete 64 credit hours of nursing coursework, including clinical and laboratory instruction, led by faculty with specialty expertise.

Nursing students will be introduced to:

  • A theoretical knowledge base.
  • Research for evidence-based practice.
  • International perspectives in healthcare.
  • The nursing process as applied to families and communities.
Nursing student in a lab


Accelerated Nursing takes place over four consecutive semesters so you can finish in only 15 months. Learn more about the Nursing Accelerated curriculum by viewing the Curriculum Guide and Academic Catalog.

Licensure Disclosure: The Accelerated BSN program curriculum meets educational requirements of all 50 states for graduates to apply for a Registered Nurse license. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) provides professional licensure requirements by state. Additionally, NCSBN identifies participating jurisdictions as part of the Nurse Licensure Compact. AU's Accelerated BSN program does NOT meet the educational requirements for licensure in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. The program makes every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date information; however, individual state licensure requirements may change.

Can You Give Me a Glimpse of My Future?

Your BSN credential will position you for advancement into roles such as nurse manager, clinical coordinator or specialty nurse practitioner, where you can take on leadership responsibilities, contribute to evidence-based practice and positively influence healthcare outcomes. Additionally, having a BSN may lead to increased earning potential and job security, while also providing a strong foundation for pursuing further education at the graduate level if desired.

Contact Information

For Application, Transcript Review and Prerequisite Information:

Reese-Kline, Juanita
Juanita Reese Kline, Ph.D., R.N.
Chair, Nursing Department
Director, Traditional Nursing Program
Director, Accelerated and Advanced Entry Programs
Associate Professor of Nursing
110 College of Nursing – Mansfield