FAQs

What grade point average (GPA) do I need to be considered for the Accelerated BSN option?
Students are expected to have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in order to be considered for admission.

I am a senior in college, can I apply?
Many applicants to the Accelerated Track are new graduates. All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree prior to the start of Accelerated Track classes in August.

What are the prerequisite courses?
Students are required to complete the courses listed below prior to starting the accelerated program. Prerequisite course credit is awarded only when a grade of C or higher is earned. Prerequisite courses must be taken from, minimally, a regionally accredited college or university. In addition, all prerequisite courses must be equivalent to the Quinnipiac University course credit and descriptions. Links to the course descriptions are provided. Prospective students should use the descriptions and course credit to identify equivalent courses at other colleges or universities. All prerequisite courses taken at Connecticut community colleges are accepted.
All prerequisite courses must have been completed within five (5) years of admission to the program.

Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs at the 200-level [4 credits each course, 8 credits total]:
-- Biology 211
-- Biology 212
Microbiology with lab at the 200-level (4 credits):
-- Biomedical Sciences 213
Statistics, behavioral, biostatistics or statistics in psychology, at the 200-level (3 credits):
-- Mathematics 206
-- Mathematics 275
-- Psychology 206

What is a regionally accredited college or university?
Accrediting agencies are private educational associations that develop criteria and conduct evaluations to determine whether or not a college or university meets the established criteria. There are many different accrediting agencies including regional accrediting agencies and postsecondary institutions of education must request an agency evaluation to receive accreditation from that agency. Transfer credit at Quinnipiac University is accepted only from regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Visit http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ for more information and a listing of regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Regional accrediting agencies include:

  • Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
    o Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
    o Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  • North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, Inc.
  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Will the courses I completed for my previous bachelor's degree transfer to meet Quinnipiac's Core Course requirement?
All official transcripts from prior academic institutions will be evaluated. Transcripts are evaluated for core requirements, current prerequisites (completed within the last five years) as well as open electives. Transfer credit is awarded only for courses from regionally accredited institutions with a grade of C or higher, and all prerequisite courses must be equivalent to the Quinnipiac University course description.

Please refer to the University Catalog for specifics.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The program is completed in 12 consecutive months. Students begin the program in a traditional junior year from August to May and complete the remainder of the nursing major requirements in a 15-week intensive summer session, May to August.

When does the program begin?
The Accelerated BSN Program in nursing is a consecutive 12-month program beginning each year in August and ending at graduation the following August.

What degree will I earn?
You will earn a bachelor of science in nursing and be eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®).

I am completing prerequisites, can I apply now?
It is recommended that at least some prerequisite courses are completed at the time the application is submitted, but many students are completing their prerequisite coursework during the application process. To assess the student's progress, the Admissions Committee may request the student's mid-semester grades. Deferred admissions are not granted.

What is the cost and is there financial aid available?
The cost of tuition can be found at the Undergraduate Admissions Tuition and Fees page. Tuition and fees do not include
the cost of housing, books, uniforms, or travel to and from clinical sites. Financial aid is available for eligible students. Accepted students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for consultation. The office can be contacted at 203-582-8750 or financialaid@quinnipiac.edu.

Can I continue to work during the program?
The Accelerated Track in nursing is a full-time intensive program. During the fall and spring semesters you may be able to work on a very limited basis, however, it is not recommended. Summer sessions meet eight to 10 hours daily, five days each week for 15 weeks and some weekends. This schedule does not account for the time students require for reading, homework assignments, test preparation, lab and clinical preparation. You will not be able to work during the summer. Please check the semester credit loads illustrated in the course curriculum plan.

Is there a "less accelerated" plan to complete a BSN?
If you are a college graduate and wish to complete a second degree at a slower pace you are eligible to apply as a transfer student to the traditional undergraduate program. You may complete the program over two academic years or four semesters following completion of the pre-professional undergraduate curriculum requirements. Please obtain a traditional undergraduate application from the Transfer Admissions Office. The office can be contacted at 203-582-8612 or admissions@quinnipiac.edu.

Where are the clinical affiliations?
Students participate in a variety of clinical experiences in both acute, long term care and community settings located throughout the greater New Haven area and slightly beyond. Most placements are within a 60-minute drive from campus. Although students generally carpool, you will need to have your own transportation. View a complete list of sites

When do I need to submit my application?
The application deadline date is Jan. 2; the electronic application is available to students only during the period of August through Jan. 2 of each year. We suggest submitting your application early in the application period to ensure that all documents are received before the Admission Committee convenes in mid-January. 

When will I know if I have been accepted?
Applicants will be notified of an admission decision beginning March 1. The deposit due date is May 1 and classes begin in August for the fall term.

How can I get an application?
Applications must be submitted electronically. The Accelerated Track in Nursing electronic application is posted early in August. Paper copies of the application worksheet and the information contained within this webpage may be obtained by contacting the Office of Admissions at 203-582-8600 or 800-462-1944 or by e-mail at   admissions@quinnipiac.edu.

What are the special requirements for international students?

  1. Upon application, international students must submit English language descriptions of all secondary schools, colleges and universities attended.
  2. International students with transcripts from outside the United States should submit official transcripts from all prior collegiate academic institutions to the World Education Service (www.wes.org) for evaluation. There is a charge to the student by WES for this service. Students should send certified copies of all transcript translations with the application to the Quinnipiac University School of Nursing where they will be reviewed again in the application process for University core requirements, prerequisites and open electives. All official transcript translations must be received on or before Dec. 1.
  3. Currently, the University requires non-English-speaking applicants to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information and registration forms can be obtained from the TOEFL Program, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540 or http://www.ets.org/toefl. Normally a minimum score of 550 (213 on the CBT computer-based TOEFL or 77 on the Internet-based TOEFL) is required for admission. All TOEFL scores must be submitted with the Application to the Quinnipiac University School of Nursing on or before Nov. 1.
  4. All special requirement materials for international students must be sent with the initial application. Do not send the materials under separate cover.

Is there housing available for Accelerated BSN students?
On-campus housing is limited for Accelerated BSN students. The Office of Residential Life can provide information about off-campus housing. The office can be contacted at 203-582-8666 or residentiallife@quinnipiac.edu.

What is the best way to have my questions answered if I do not find them here or on the webpage for the accelerated program for nursing?
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend a scheduled Information Session. A detailed description of the program is offered in addition to a question-and-answer forum. Prospective students with specific questions may stay after the Information Session for additional guidance.

Information and the curriculum for the Accelarated BSN for Second Degree Students

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