Accelerated Option

Nursing students receive instruction in the Virtual Nursing Learning Center

The Accelerated Option is designed for transfer students who have general education and science credits and for individuals seeking a second degree.

Minimum Criteria for Admission into the Accelerated Option:

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA in previous college course work.
  • No grade of less than a C in any science course.
  • A minimum of 58 transfer credits.

The curriculum can be completed in as little as 15 months. The time frame is applicable to students who have completed all prerequisite study and begin the program during Summer Session I, which begins in May. If students have not completed all prerequisite courses prior to starting the program or choose to start at another time, the program length will vary.

Prerequisite Courses
Course Credits
Chemistry 4
Child & Adol. Development 3
Electives 16
General Psychology 3
Human Anatomy & Phys. I & II 8
Human Experience 10
Human Nutrition 3
Humanities 3
Microbiology 4
Physical Education (waived) 1
Statistical Methods 3


Accelerated Option Curriculum - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Summer Semester Credits
NUR 201 - Professional Role in Nursing 3
NUR 203 - Health Assessment 3
NUR 210 - Therapeutic Interventions for the Professional Nurse 4
NUR 212 - Introduction to Community-based Nursing and Health Promotion 3
Fall Semester Credits
NUR 325 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
NUR 351 - Gerontological Nursing 3
NUR 356 - Nursing Care of Adults II 5
NUR 415 - Introduction to Nursing Research 3
THEO 200 - The Christian Tradition 3
Spring Semester Credits
NUR 341 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
NUR 354 - Nursing Care of Adults I 5
NUR 425 - Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family 5
NUR 458 Complex Health Care Needs of Adults 4
Summer Semester Credits
NUR 418 - Global Health Issues 3
NUR 460 - Public Health Nursing 5
NUR 470 - Management/Leadership Strategies for the Professional Nurse 3
NUR 480 - Professional Role Practicum 5
Total Credits 67

If you are interested in having your transcript reviewed to determine your eligibility for the Accelerated Option, contact the College of Nursing and Health Professions at 219-464-5289 or e-mail

If you're interested in applying, visit the Valparaiso University Admission Website.