Requirements for Accelerated BSN

Admission Requirements for the Accelerated BSN Program

How does earning your Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) in less than 12 months sound? Then consider Creighton’s Accelerated BSN program. If you’ve already earned a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or higher, we invite you to apply online.

Please keep in mind that your application materials must demonstrate your ability to successfully complete this academically rigorous program.

    Fall start 2021 (August):

    • Priority Deadline: April 1
    • Secondary Deadline: May 1

    Spring start 2022 (January): 

    • Priority Deadline: September 1
    • Secondary Deadline: October 15

    All application materials must be submitted prior to the deadline. Admissions decisions will be made after each deadline.

    You must submit:

    • $50 application fee
    • Official transcripts from every university and college you attended
    • Proof of a bachelor’s or higher degree
    • See tabs below for additional admissions requirements


    Creighton University Catalog - Accelerated Nursing Curriculum

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher in another discipline from an accredited college or university
    • Evidence of academic achievement of at least a 3.0 grade-point average or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • A’s (4.0) and B’s (3.0) are strongly encouraged, especially in natural science courses. A grade of C or below in any natural science course will decrease your chance for admission. You are required to have a C (2.0) or above in the following prerequisite courses:
      • 3 semester hours (or 4.5 quarter hours) each of:
        • General Sociology
        • General Psychology
        • Developmental Psychology (must cover the lifespan)
        • Ethics
        • Statistics
      • 2-3 semester hours (or 3-4.5 quarter hours) of:
        • Human Nutrition
      • 4 semester hours (or 6 quarter hours) each of:
        • Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I
        • Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II
        • General Chemistry (cannot be an Introductory Chemistry, Survey of Chemistry or a combined General/Organic/Biochemistry course)
        • Microbiology
    • Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, General Chemistry, Microbiology must be completed in the last 10 years.
    • Science credits earned over 10 years ago must be individually evaluated.
    • Pre-requisites can be in progress when you apply to the program, but applicants must have one of the following course sequences completed before the application deadline.
      • General Chemistry and Anatomy (A&P I)
      • General Chemistry and Physiology (A&P II)
      • Anatomy and Physiology (A&P I and A&P II)

    All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the program.

    Personal Statement

    Applicants must submit a personal statement that addresses all the following questions. Please use question/answer format with headers for each item listed. Pay close attention to the word count requirements.

    1. Describe what drew you to pursue nursing as a career, and how you see yourself contributing to the nursing profession over the next 5-10 years. (approximately 200 words)
    2. Describe how your values align with the mission of Creighton University. (approximately 200 words)
    3. Describe an uncomfortable situation or ethical dilemma you encountered. What was your response in the situation, and what (if anything) would you do differently and why? (approximately 200 words)
    4. The 12-month Accelerated BSN is an academically rigorous program during which much of a student’s time is occupied with school obligations. Describe the strategies you plan to use to successfully complete this challenging program given the competing demands on your time. (approximately 200 words)
    5. If applicable, provide a rationale for any of the following discrepancies on your transcripts. Part of this rationale should provide an explanation of what has changed to promote success in this program.

    • Grades that are lower than a C
    • Courses with a W (withdrawals)
    • Semesters in which you were not a full-time student
    • Other considerations (extended leaves, previous enrollment in professional programs, misconducts, dismissals)

    Letters of Recommendation

    In our online application, you will be asked to provide an email address for each of your three references. Family members, friends or friends of your family cannot complete recommendation/appraisal forms. Please select:

    • Someone from your academic life, preferably an instructor.
    • An employer. If you have never been employed, a supervisor or director of volunteer work will be accepted.
    • The third person may be another instructor, another employer or a professional colleague.

    Please note: You may want to confirm with your references that they will be able to rate you on the following criteria:

    • Emotional maturity
    • Dependability/responsibility
    • Moral qualities/ethical standards
    • Initiative, motivation
    • Persistence
    • Leadership
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Personal integrity
    • Retention of information
    • Analytical ability
    • Judgment/critical thinking
    • Ability to problem solve
    • Creativity
    • Demonstrates potential for success or advanced practice nursing clinical competence
    • Ability to work effectively with others
    • Quality of written communication
    • Quality of spoken communication

    International Students

    Any course work taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated course-by-course by a NACES approved credentialing agency. Official evaluations must be sent directly from the agency to Creighton University. 

    See the details related to your specific campus below:

    • Omaha and Phoenix Campuses: International students are welcomed into this program and F-1 visas will be supported upon admission.
    • Grand Island Campus: Due to the specific features and requirements of these programs, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.


    OPT Disclaimer for Accelerated Nursing Students: 
    Optional Practical Training (OPT) permits international students to receive full-time employment in their field of study upon completion of a degree program. If eligible, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) can grant F1 visa holders up to 12 months of OPT for each higher degree level they obtain.

    Many students entering Creighton’s Accelerated Nursing Program have already utilized their bachelor’s level 12 month OPT opportunity. This means they will not be eligible for another OPT opportunity after completion of the Accelerated Nursing Program; even if it’s an entirely different field of study. Please be mindful of this as you make plans during your 60-day grace period, after completion of your degree. If you have questions about your options, please email globalengagement [at] creighton [dot] edu 

    English Proficiency Requirement

    English Language Proficiency is an important part of the application process for those whose first language is not English. The College of Nursing has the discretion to determine individual standards for how this requirement will be met using one or more of the following:

    • English Language exam scores. All applicants who have obtained a degree outside of the United States must present a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7. Scores over 2 years old will not be accepted. Students must ask the ETS (the testing agency) to send original scores to Creighton University (Institutional Code 6121).
    • Completion of an undergraduate degree from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Scotland, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, and Virgin Islands.


    The College of Nursing reserves the right to require students to re-take the exam. It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether a TOEFL score is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a university in the United States or another approved country.



    When does the program start?

    The program starts two times per year for the Omaha and Phoenix campuses: August and January. The Grand Island campus starts every August.

    What are the class sizes?

    The Omaha and Phoenix cohorts will admit about 48 applicants each term. The Grand Island campus will admit up to 20 students.

    When are the application deadlines?

    The deadlines for the Spring start are September 1 and October 15. The deadlines for the Fall start are April 1 and May 1. All application materials must be submitted prior to the application deadline. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline has passed. Each term will have two deadlines: a priority deadline and a secondary deadline. It is recommended to apply by the priority deadline for the best chance of admission.

    When should I apply?

    You can start the application process at any point. We recommend applying early to ensure that we receive all application materials prior to the deadline. Please note: If you are applying through NursingCAS, there is about a week turnaround time between when your application is completed through their system, and when it is sent to us. Keep this in mind when applying close to the deadlines.

    Do I need all my prerequisite courses done before I can apply to the program?

    Pre-requisites can be in progress when you apply to the program, but applicants must have one of the following course sequences completed before the application deadline.

    • General Chemistry and Anatomy (A&P I)
    • General Chemistry and Physiology (A&P II)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (A&P I and A&P II)

    All pre-requisites must be completed prior to the start date of the program.

    Is there a time limit on any of the pre-requisite courses?

    There is a 10-year limit on the four science pre-requisites: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and General Chemistry. There is a potential to override this rule depending on the grade you initially received, when you took it, and how you have used the knowledge from these courses since you took them. To petition this requirement, please reach out to our enrollment specialists at nursing [at] creighton [dot] edu

    Where should I complete any prerequisite courses that I still need to take?

    Pre-requisites can be taken through any accredited institution and must meet our semester hour requirements. If you have questions about specific courses we can accept, please email nursing [at] creighton [dot] edu.

    What is the minimum grade I can receive on a prerequisite course?

    You need to have a C (2.0) or higher for each prerequisite course.

    What if I have questions about prerequisites?

    Contact our admissions counselors to set up an appointment or request a transcript evaluation.

    Is there a waitlist?

    Waitlists will be determined after each application deadline. If there are more qualified applicants than spots available, a waitlist may be formed. The waitlist will be valid for the specific term you applied to.

    Can I apply to multiple campuses?

    We ask that all applicants choose a preferred campus to apply for. When selecting a campus, there will be an option within the application that asks “If a spot isn’t available at the campus selected above, would you like to be considered for another campus?”

    You will first be considered for your preferred location. You will only be offered a spot on another campus if your preferred campus is full.

    What if my GPA is below a 3.0?

    We require at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA with all previous college credit. Due to the academic rigor of the program and the competitiveness of the applicant pool, it is rare to be admitted with a GPA below the 3.0 mark. The admissions committee will review all complete applications and weigh acceptance on all aspects of the application. This includes your, GPA, pre-requisite grades, personal statement and recommendation forms. Having below a 3.0 can be grounds for denial.

    Do you require any entrance exams such as the TEAS or HESI?

    No, we do not require the TEAS or the HESI.

    What financial aid is available?

    You’ll complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for federal aid. Since the Accelerated program is a secondary degree program, fewer scholarships are readily available. The College of Nursing offers need-based and endowed scholarships once you are an enrolled student here, but these are not awarded upon acceptance into the program. You’re welcome to contact our Financial Aid Office with further questions at 402.280.2732.

    Can I still work during the program?

    You will not have enough time in your schedule to continue outside employment during your enrollment in our program.

    Do I need letters of recommendation?

    Three letters of recommendation are required. Each reference will need to complete the recommendation/appraisal forms, which we provide within the application. No personal recommendations from family or friends will be accepted. Required recommendations include:

    Academic (e.g. faculty)
    Professional reference of your choice

    Can I apply through NursingCAS?

    You can choose to apply either directly through our website or NursingCAS. Do not apply through both systems. If you apply through NursingCAS, you will not need a supplemental application through our system. Please be sure to visit our website to have a clear understanding of our admissions requirements.

    I attended Creighton University for my previous degree. Do I still need to request Creighton University transcripts?

    No. We are able to access those transcripts for you, however, any non-Creighton transcripts that you previously submitted to Creighton for your previous degree may need to be resent.

    Where should I have my transcripts mailed?

    All official transcripts for the accelerated program can be emailed to EnrollmentServices [at] creighton [dot] edu or mailed to:

    Creighton University
    Enrollment Services
    2500 California Plaza
    Omaha, NE 68178