Online RN to BSN Program

Accelerated BSN Program

Accelerated nursing programs are developed for devoted and ambitious students who are passionate and ready to concentrate on the nursing curriculum. The accelerated nursing program at Valparaiso University is designed for transfer students who have general education and science credits and for individuals seeking a second degree. It leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as 15 months.

Learn more about the accelerated nursing program by exploring prerequisite courses and degree requirements.


A New Career Accelerated

Hala Filipowicz ’20 spent just 15 months in Valparaiso University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, but its mission made a lasting impression on how she viewed her role in the medical field.

“I don’t have to hold a doctorate to pursue great opportunities in healthcare like nursing,” Hala says. “I’m able to work with many populations of patients and serve real needs in communities.”

Admission Requirements

Admission to the ABSN program at Valparaiso University is competitive and based upon a defined set of criteria. Minimum criteria for admission into Valpo’s accelerated BSN program include the following:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA in previous college course work.
  • No grade of less than a C in any science course.
  • A minimum of 76 transfer credits.

If you are interested in having your transcript reviewed to determine your eligibility for the accelerated nursing program, contact the College of Nursing and Health Professions at 219.464.6335 or email Jennifer Smolnicky, academic advisor, at

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.

Chemistry 4
Lifespan Development 3
General Psychology 3
Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II 8
The Human Experience 8
Human Nutrition 3
Humanities 3
Microbiology 4
Statistical Methods 3

The ABSN program requires that students complete at least 67 credit hours of study to earn their degree. Students begin with basic nursing courses focused on the professional role in nursing, health assessments, therapeutic interventions, and social determinants of health.

As students progress throughout the accelerated BSN program, they learn about caring for diverse segments of populations, such as children, adults, and elderly patients. The curriculum also provides students in the accelerated nursing program with courses focused on mental health, public health, global health, and management strategies.

To learn more about the course requirements and credit hours for earning a degree from Valpo’s ABSN, explore the table below.

Summer Semester Credits
Nursing 201 Professional Role in Nursing 3
Nursing 203 Health Assessment 3
Nursing 210 Therapeutic Interventions for the Professional Nurse 4
Interprofessional Education 213 Social Determinants of Health 3
Fall Semester Credits
Nursing 325 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
Nursing 351 Gerontological Nursing 3
Nursing 356 Nursing Care of Adults II 5
Nursing 415 Introduction to Nursing Research 3
Theology 200 The Christian Tradition 3
Spring Semester Credits
Nursing 341 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
Nursing 354 Nursing Care of Adults I 5
Nursing 425 Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family 5
Nursing 458 Complex Healthcare Needs of Adults 4
Summer Semester Credits
Nursing 460 Public Health Nursing 5
Nursing 470 Management/Leadership Strategies for the Professional Nurse 3
Nursing 480 Professional Role Practicum 5
Interprofessional Education 318 Global Health Issues 3
Total Credits 67

Apply to the Accelerated Nursing Program

Interested in applying to one of the top accelerated nursing programs in Indiana? If you’re motivated and eager to excel in fast-tracked classes and clinical experiences, take the next step. Apply to Valpo’s accelerated BSN program today or request more information about the program.