Accelerated Nursing Program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

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Creighton University College of Nursing offers one of the nation’s most successful and longest running accelerated nursing programs for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Our fully accredited program recognizes and builds on your past education and experiences. Program participants who have at least a bachelor’s degree in another discipline can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in just 12 months. Classes start each January and August.

Omaha Campus 

Creighton College of Nursing launched one of the nation’s first accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Omaha in 1975. It is a true accelerated 12-month BSN program — one that is respected nationwide. Through the accelerated BSN program, participants who have at least a bachelor’s degree in another discipline can earn a BSN in just 12 months. Our students have access to exceptional hands-on learning experiences in multiple specialties at clinical sites that include CHI Health, Methodist health System, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and community-based sites.

Grand Island Campus 

For more than 30 years, Creighton University has provided nursing education at its central Nebraska campus. To address the critical need for nurses in Nebraska, Creighton offers two pathways to a BSN:

  • 12-month accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on Creighton’s Grand Island Campus located at CHI Health St. Francis.
  • 3+1 dual degree programs conducted in partnership with York College and Hastings College. Program participants spend three years on York College or Hastings College campuses followed by one year in Creighton’s accelerated Bachelor of Science (BSN) program on the Grand Island Campus. Graduates earn two degrees in four years. Students at York College who complete the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Health Services concentration) from York College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Creighton University. Students at Hastings College will graduate with a bachelor’s in biology-health systems and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Creighton University.

CHI Health St. Francis offers Creighton nursing students a top-level clinical experience. St. Francis carries a “magnet hospital” designation, which is awarded by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center and is considered the gold standard for nursing institutions. Clinical experiences take place in St. Francis, CHI Health Good Samaritan and Richard Young Behavioral Health in Kearney, Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings as well as other clinical and community partners. 

In addition to giving nurses the possibility of working in the area’s only cancer center at St. Francis, CHI Health will offer scholarships and guaranteed job placements to five students on the Grand Island campus every year.

Phoenix Campus

To help meet the growing demand for nurses in Arizona, Creighton launched its accelerated BSN program in Phoenix through a partnership between Creighton University and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in 2018. This fully-accredited program is ideal for those who already have a college degree and are looking to earn their BSN via an accelerated, 12-month program. Clinical experiences take place in Dignity Health Phoenix-based hospitals, Valleywise Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as with other clinical and community partners.

The College of Nursing in Phoenix is currently located in Park Central and will move to Creighton’s new Health Sciences Campus currently under construction next to Park Central. The College of Nursing program will join a full four-year medical school, and programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physician assistant at the new seven story, 183,000-square-foot building.

The first classes at the new campus will start August 2021.


Nurses are in high demand. As a bachelor’s prepared nurse, you’ll be presented with a myriad of career opportunities. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a 26% increase in nursing positions created through 2020, reflecting more than 712,000 new nurse positions. Only 3 out of 5 nurses work in hospitals. Nurses also work in schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities, community health, government and social service agencies, and research.

    What You'll Learn

     Credit Hours


    • Critical thinking
    • Clinical decision-making
    • Professional communication skills
    • Strong theoretical knowledge and clinical skills
    • Ethical decision making

    Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares all students to:

    • Integrate respect for each person’s dignity, worth, and spiritual uniqueness into professional practice.
    • Synthesize knowledge and evidence from nursing and other disciplines to coordinate health care for diverse clients. 
    • Demonstrate clinical judgment and professional accountability that supports safe practice and quality client outcomes.
    • Collaborate and communicate effectively as a leader and advocate using diverse modalities.
    • Manage resources efficiently and effectively in the coordination and management of care. 
    • Incorporate deliberate reflection, self-awareness, and values consciousness into a process of personal and professional formation.  
    • Integrate professional, legal and ethical standards into nursing practice.


    Curriculum for Nursing Terms


    TERM 1

    Course Name Credit Hours
    Foundations and Health Assessment Concepts 2
    Foundations and Health Assessment Concepts Practicum 1
    Human Pathophysiology 3
    Foundations of Pharmacology for Nursing 3

    TERM 2

    Care Management Concepts I 5
    Care Management Concepts Practicum I 5
    Population-Based Concepts I 1
    Evidence-Based Practice I 3
    Professional Concepts I: Leadership 2

    TERM 3

    Care Management Concepts II 5
    Care Management Concepts Practicum II 5
    Population-Based Concepts II 1

    TERM 4

    Care Management Concepts III 5
    Care Management Concepts Practicum III 5
    Population-Based Concepts III 1
    Professional Concepts II: Policy and Advocacy 2

    TERM 5

    Course Name Credit Hours
    Professional Concepts III:
    Transition to a Values-Based Profession
    Evidence-Based Practice II 1
    Capstone Practicum 6

    Accelerated Nursing Curriculum

    Admissions Requirements

    Review the complete list of prerequisites and how to apply for the accelerated BSN.

    Tuition & Scholarships

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    State licensure requirements

    Graduates who complete Creighton University College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing meet eligibility requirements to take the National Council Licensure Exam -RN (NCLEX-RN). All 50 states, and US state territories, require the candidate to take the NCLEX-RN prior to practicing as an RN.

    Graduates who complete Creighton University College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum meet requirements for all 50 states.


    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Creighton University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


    Creighton University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program in Nebraska has been approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing, DHHS Licensure Unit, PO Box 94986, Lincoln NE, 68509-4986

    Creighton University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program in Arizona has been approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, 1740 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85007 and the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1740 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007.