Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is a 12-month full-time, year-round program. Students are admitted as juniors, having completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts at another regionally accredited college or university.

How to Apply 

  • Submit an application for admission with application fee.                                             Apply Now

  • Submit official transcripts from a regionally accredited college/university.  Official transcripts must be send directly from all colleges/universities attened confirming:

    • Completion of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree

    • Completion of the required science courses, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry.  Required science courses must be completed within 10 years of the applicant’s enrollment into the Accelerated BSN program. 

  • Submit any other academic verification requested by SACN. 

  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-admission test prior to your review by the Undergraduate Admission and Progression Committee with a TEAS score in the advanced or exemplary range. 

  • If your primary language is not English, a passing TOEFL score is required. 

  • You will need a Transfer/Withdrawal/Dismissal Form if you have attended another nursing or professional health care program, but did not complete it. 

Application requires: 

  • A typed essay that discusses the applicant's plan for success and time management strategies in one page or less.

  • Three professional references that speak to the applicant’s work ethic and previous academic success.  No personal references from family, peers, or friends will be accepted.   Reference forms provided upon request.


  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) for nursing science courses of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Students are granted acceptance pending completion of the prerequisite courses. 
  • Decisions regarding the acceptance of each applicant are made by the Undergraduate Admissions and Progression Committee based on the fulfillment of admission requirements. 

Saint Anthony College of Nursing conducts its program and implements policies on a non-discriminatory basis with respect to race, age, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, military service, status upon military discharge, disability or handicap, and creed. 

The College retains the right to accept the most highly qualified applicants. 

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Courses are delivered in a variety of methods including face-to-face, hybrid, and online asynchronous.  Courses vary in length depending on the term.  Clinical experiences will be at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center and multiple clinical agencies throughout Rockford and the surrounding areas.  The clinical hours vary in length, but could be up to 12 hours per day, several days a week.  Below is a list of courses and descriptions for your review.

Accelerated BSN Program Curriculum (PDF - 192.3 KB)

Accelerated BSN Course Descriptions (PDF - 185.0 KB)