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Accelerated Nursing Program

The Accelerated Nursing Program for second degree students at the Kent State University College of Nursing is a rigorous academic program that requires demonstration of critical thinking, strong written and oral communications skills, and the time, support, and resources to commit to an intensive four or five semester full-time program. The College of Nursing has created three Accelerated Nursing Cohort options, the Daytime, Evening/Weekend, and University Hospital Cohorts, to meet the needs of a wide array of students.

Admissions Requirements:  

Students are selected to the Accelerated Nursing Program based upon their cumulative GPA, science prerequisite GPA, recommendations, experience in health care, related coursework, and interview.

  • Acceptance into Kent State University
  • A baccalaureate degree (non-nursing)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Minimum of a college-level algebra course with a minimum grade of C.
  • A minimum science prerequisite GPA of 2.75, and a minimum of a grade of C in each course:
    • BSCI 20020: Structure and Function
    • BSCI 20021: Microbiology
    • CHEM 10050: Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Extra weight will be given to applicants with class-related, extra-curricular, job-related, or volunteer experience working with individuals and/or groups in a helping setting
Application Deadlines: Applications are only accepted during the following time frames:
  • Fall Cohort: April 1- June 1
  • Spring Cohort: July 1- Sept. 1
  • Summer Cohort : Dec. 1- Feb. 1

Cohort Options

The College of Nursing offers three cohort options for the Accelerated Nursing Program. Each cohort option is distinct with different start dates and durations. Applicants should read the following information carefully as some of this information has recently changed.

Daytime Cohort

  • The Daytime Cohort is a four semester sequence. Click here to review the Daytime curriculum plan.
  • This cohort will have traditional classroom hours (generally 8:00am to 5:00pm). Clinical hours are generally 7:00am to 7:30pm. Class and clinical will be Monday through Friday, but clinical may occur on Saturday or Sunday.
  • Clinical rotations will occur at any number of facilities in Northeastern Ohio, especially those facilities concentrated in Summit (Akron) and Cuyahoga (Cleveland) counties. Students may also have clinical in Mahoning (Youngstown), Stark (Alliance), Trumbull (Warren), or Portage (Ravenna) counties.
  • The Daytime Cohort accepts applicants for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Evening/Weekend Cohort

  • The Evening/Weekend Cohort is a five semester sequence. Click here to review the Evening/Weekend curriculum plan.
  • This cohort will have class on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Clinical hours will primarily be from 7:00am - 7:30pm; however, a weekday clinical may be required during the third, fourth, and fifth semesters.
  • Clinical rotations will take place at Summa Health Systems in Akron. Two exceptions are NURS 30020, which will be held at Akron Children's Hospital, and NURS 40020, which will be held at multiple locations throughout Summit County.
  • The Evening/Weekend Cohort accepts applicants only every-other-year. The College of Nursing will next be accepting Evening/Weekend applications for the Fall 2014 term.

University Hospital Cohort

  • The University Hospital Cohort is a five semester sequence. Click here to review the University Hospital curriculum plan.
  • The cohort will have class on Friday from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Clinical hours will be primarily on Saturday or Sunday from 7:00am-7:30pm; however, a weekday clinical may be required during the third, fourth, and fifth semesters.
  • Clinical rotations and the majority of courses will take place at University Hospital. Some courses will only by offered online or at the Kent State campus. Students can expect to have class on Kent campus only once a weekend in the 1st term and 3-4 times per term the remainder of the program.
  • The University Hospital accepts applicants only every-other-year. The College of Nursing will next be accepting UH applications for the Fall 2015 term.

For further information, comments, or questions about the Accelerated Nursing Program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions link, or e-mail ACCELBSN@kent.edu