The Accelerated BSN is a 12-month program offering a fast-track to licensure as a registered nurse (RN). This intensive program is ideal for college graduates with a degree in a non-nursing major with a passion for nursing. The program begins in January and ends in December. Sixteen students are accepted each year.

Upon successful completion of the program, students meet the qualifications for public health nurse registration in Minnesota, and they are eligible to take the Nursing Candidate Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become an RN.

About our students
Our Accelerated BSN student body is diverse. Some students are admitted to the program right after finishing their undergraduate degree and others attend as career changers. Students come to us from many places, with unique backgrounds and experiences; all come with a common goal and the passion to pursue a nursing career.

Program details

Area of study offered
Accelerated BSN

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Program type
Accelerated post-baccalaureate degree for college graduates with a degree in a non-nursing major

Program schedule
Three semesters (Jan. – Dec.)

The faculty in the nursing department has positively impacted my academic experience in many ways. They are very approachable, truly get to know each student, do their very best to help everyone succeed, and share their incredible knowledge and passion for nursing with us students.

Katie Wenzel ’18


Admission to Concordia's Accelerated BSN program is selective. We consider your academic records, professional references and experiences. We also carefully review your personal statement to determine your character, work ethic and motivation to become an RN.

Application requirements

► A baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university

► Official transcripts from all U.S. regionally accredited institutions (attached to the student’s application in NursingCAS)

► A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all post-high school work

► A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all prerequisite coursework completed prior to enrollment in the program (see the admission page for required courses)

► Two professional references

► Current one-page resume

► 500–750-word personal statement

Application deadlines
The application cycle runs from March through Sept., or until the cohort if filled.

Application fee

Apply online (All required material via NursingCAS; see the application page for details.)

Financial aid & cost

Tuition and fees

Cost per credit

While scholarships are not provided through Concordia College or the Nursing Department, some employers and regional health systems offer assistance. We encourage you to seek out these opportunities.

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Contact information

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