The Accelerated Option is an entry-level nursing program for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field other than nursing.

This is a full-time, one year program with classes held during the day. Due to the fast paced nature of the program, students may not work while attending school. Students must be available a minimum of 40-50 hours per week for course work and simulation labs during the day and for clinical experiences during days, evenings and/or weekends. Students complete their clinical experiences at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and other BJC HealthCare hospitals and St. Louis area health care facilities.

The Accelerated Option prepares students to provide direct care to patients and their families in a variety of health care settings, as well as to pursue higher degrees in nursing.

Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).* Passing the exam is required to become an entry-level registered nurse.

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*Please note that program completion does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN. See the Missouri Practice Act for details.

Program Length:
12 months full-time

40-50 hours per week of classroom and simulation lab coursework; clinical experiences at top hospitals

Term Start:
Summer, fall and spring