Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Accelerated Nursing Program

Accelerated Nursing Program Leading to a Second Major for College Graduates

The accelerated nursing program is a 16-month course of study leading to a major in nursing for students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree. The program begins in July and finishes the following year in December, including a one-month summer break.   Upon successful completion of the program and graduation from Concordia College, the student will be granted a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, meet the qualifications for Public Health Nurse registration in Minnesota, and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam for the registered professional nurse (RN).  NCLEX-RN pass rates of Concordia College graduates are available on the Minnesota and North Dakota Boards of Nursing websites.

Admission to the Accelerated Program

The accelerated nursing program is open to students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. To enter the accelerated program students must apply using the NursingCAS system and be selected for admission into the nursing program. Completed application materials must be submitted directly to the NursingCAS system beginning in January through June.  Applicants are considered based on a rolling admission basis that begins in January and closes when the cohort fills. Admission is competitive and based on all of the following:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (encompassing all completed post-high school coursework for completion of the baccalaureate degree)
  • a minimum selective GPA of 3.0 through the date of application based on completion of all of the following prerequisite courses, which must be completed with minimum passing letter grades of C-:
  • all science courses must have been completed within the previous 7 years:
    • Chemistry (preferably with some introductory organic and biochemistry content; including lab)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (including lab) - Anatomy and Physiology courses must include all human body systems (Neuro, Cardiac, Respiratory, Endocrine,GI, GU, Musculoskeletal, Integumentary)
    • Mathematics or Statistics
    • Microbiology (including lab)
    • Nutrition
    • Psychology
  • an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.
  • a completed application to the major
  • personal references
  • an impromptu essay and/or interview
  • a one-page résumé