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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), 18-Month

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Become a practicing nurse in the field in only 18 months with D’Youville’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Overview & Distinctions


D’Youville’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing allows you to build on previous education and life experiences to take on new roles and begin a career at the front line of healthcare. Through educational experiences designed to support your learning and challenge you to rapidly develop your skills, you’ll become an advocate for patient outcomes and be prepared for a career in nursing in only 18 months.

Our accelerated BSN was developed at the request of our healthcare partners and reflects our goal to build leaders dedicated to serving our communities. In our program, you’ll learn from working professionals and educators who understand the importance of ensuring our students graduate ready to take on vital, under-filled roles in healthcare.


A Leader in Nursing Education

Since establishing the region's first baccalaureate degree in nursing in 1942, D'Youville's Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing has been a leader in nursing education. With degrees offered at all levels, our graduates go on to become nursing leaders and stay connected to the D'Youville community.

Connected to Your Career

Our accelerated BSN was developed and created with student outcomes in mind. During your clinical phase and after graduation, you'll be connected to our healthcare partners and during your education, you'll be one of the first students to learn in our innovative, state-of-the-art Health Professions Hub.

Designed For Your Success

From small class sizes to engaged faculty who know your name and are always willing to help, our programs are designed and delivered in a way we know will lead to your success. At D'Youville, our students learning experiences extend beyond a single program and connect students learning across all of our healthcare fields. When you graduate, you won't practice in a bubble and we ensure that's how you learn here.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education.

Admission Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Application deadline for this program is December 1. Classes begin in May.
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Short personal statement detailing why you want to be a nurse and your plan for success in this accelerated program
  • Previously completed a pathophysiology course



The accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum is designed for students to build on their previous educational success to obtain their BSN and begin their career in the most expedient format possible. Over six semesters, student learning experiences will combine clinical, lab, and work outside of the classroom to achieve learning outcomes.

Find detailed course information for the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Course Requirements for the Major

NUR-110 Population-Based Nursing 3
NUR-210 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4
NUR-240 Fundamentals of Nursing 4
NUR-260 Nursing Care of the Older Adult Chronic Conditions 5
NUR-285 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
NUR-360 Nursing Care of the Adult Acute and Chronic Health Conditions 7
NUR-380 Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR-470 Concepts in Community and Mental Health Nursing Care 6
NUR-471 Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Families 6
NUR-480 Nursing Care of Patients With Complex Health Needs 6
NUR-485 Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety 3
Total Credits 50



Graduates of the accelerated nursing BSN program are uniquely qualified to take on roles in healthcare and build upon previous career and educational success. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing notes:

"Graduates of accelerated programs are prized by nurse employers who value the many layers of skill and education these graduates bring to the workplace. Employers report that these graduates are more mature, possess strong clinical skills, and are quick studies on the job."

Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and begin your career as a practing nurse. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that job prospects for registered nurses are expected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for other occupations.

For students interested in advanced degrees, the program will provide you with a solid foundation for advanced study and practice. If you're interested in an advanced degree, the D'Youville School of Nursing offers programs that lead to specilizations and rewarding careers.

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Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience

D’Youville students benefit from the close relationships that the institution has developed over the years with the region’s top-ranked hospitals and healthcare organizations. This program was developed with input from our healthcare partners to connect students to vital roles in healthcare to ensure our healthcare workforce meets the needs of our communitites.

Clinical experience opportunities are available throughout Western New York and in a variety of hosptial and healthcare settings.


Coming to the close of my senior year in the nursing program I’ve had some time to think about what got me here. I had many doubts about getting through nursing school at the start and wondered if I should switch programs because of how time consuming and rigorous the course work was. Thankfully I had my nursing friends there to keep me going and really show me the light at the end of the tunnel. This program can be tough at times, but the experiences I’ve had during clinical and class time showed me that it is a rewarding profession and completely worth it.

— Marco, BSN, '19

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