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Accelerated Nursing


Do you already have a college degree but are interested in professional nursing as a second career? The Accelerated Nursing program at Edinboro allows you to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in just three semesters.



The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of registered nurses will grow 12 percent from now till 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur due to an increased emphasis on preventive care; increasing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for health-care services from the baby-boom population, as this group leads longer and more active lives.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Edinboro is the only university in northwestern Pennsylvania that offers an accelerated nursing program. It prepares you for a career that is both challenging and satisfying.

Your current degree will be a valuable resource on your journey to become a nurse. Whether you studied the arts, science or business, you can put your life experience and knowledge to work as you learn how to assess a patient’s needs and work with other members of the health care team to coordinate care.

Edinboro’s Accelerated Nursing program is an intense, three-semester commitment. It requires daily class attendance and rigorous clinical activities all three semesters. If you already have the required general education credits, you’ll focus only on professional nursing courses and clinical learning experiences.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN Examination for licensure to work as a registered nurse (RN).

Do you meet these requirements?

If you have completed a previous undergraduate degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, including courses in General Chemistry (with a lab), Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 (with a lab), and Statistics, all with  a “C” grade or higher, you are eligible to apply. For more information, see the complete admissions requirements.

How Edinboro Supports You.

Every nurse needs to spend time in the classroom, but nothing compares to real patient-care experiences. At Edinboro, you’ll experience many opportunities for hands-on learning coinciding with your academic coursework. Here are a few examples of valuable, real patient encounters you will experience:

  • Summer nurse internships allow you to stay engaged in nursing over the summer, to hone your technical and critical thinking skills and establish a relationship with a potential employer.
  • On-campus simulation labs provide a risk-free environment to practice your technical skills and to apply critical thinking skills while engaging in high-risk scenarios which you might not experience as a student in the real clinical setting.
  • Clinical rotations with partnering health care agencies provide you ample opportunities to hone your critical thinking and technical skills while being mentored by our highly experienced clinical faculty.

Success Story

Our Nursing students consistently exceed the state and national average on NCLEX licensure success rates. In fact, the pass rate for 2020 graduates was 97.4%.
In addition, 100% of our Nursing graduates secure full-time positions, mostly in acute care facilities. Employers praise their strong skills and professional behavior.

Your Future

This is an exciting time to be a registered nurse. Health care is wide open, with a variety of jobs and specialties that will allow you to pursue your professional interests in many settings.

You don’t have to stop with your bachelor’s degree. A significant number of our graduates choose to go on to graduate school or choose a post-graduate certification programs, opening doors to even more possibilities such as nurse practitioner, certified registered-nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager or nursing informatics specialist.

Learn more about Edinboro’s advanced Nursing degrees:

Questions About This Program?

Sheila McCarthy
Admissions Coordinator
Academy Hall
Phone: 814-732-1756

Beth Farbotnik
Program Coordinator
125 Jeremy D. Brown Human Services Building
Phone: 814-732-1135

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