Nursing - Accelerated BSN

The accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program option is designed for individuals with a previously earned bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university who wish to earn a BSN and enter the nursing profession. This program can be completed in 14 months of study and is located at CMU-Columbia in the Forum Shopping Center. Clinical experiences will occur in a variety of mid-Missouri health care facilities.

This program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Selection of students for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is based on the following criteria:

  • Complete an application to Central Methodist University and to the ABSN program
  • A BA or BS degree in any field from an accredited college or university (official transcripts must be submitted from ALL colleges or universities attended)
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better: Anatomy with lab, Physiology with lab, Microbiology with lab, Chemistry, Pathophysiology, and College Algebra OR Statistics.
    • Students must have earned a grade of "C" or better in no more than two (2) attempts per course and must have earned a Science (all of the listed prerequisites except College Algebra or Statistics) sub-cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the ABSN program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all college coursework
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the student's character, work ethic, motivation, and general ability to complete an intensive course of study.
  • A personal interview with members of the nursing faculty
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V (administered by the nursing department for a nominal fee) with a minimum score of 70 in the areas of "reading" and "science."

Accelerated Nursing - Curriculum Plan

Year One

Term V
NU308-Health Assessment (4 hours)
NU307-Adaptation Nursing Applications (5 hours)
Total: 9 hours

Term I
NU461-Gerontology (3 hours) +
NU309-Psychosocial Integrity (3 hours)
NU304-Nursing Research (2 hours) +
Total: 8 hours

Term II
NU312-Pharmacology I (2 hours)
NU322-Maternal/Child Nursing (4 hours)
NU321-Public Health and Community Nursing Concepts (3 hours)
Total: 9 hours

Term III
NU313-Pharmacology II (2 hours)
NU334-Evidence Based Adaptation Nursing I (8 hours)
Total: 10 hours

Term IV
NU434-Evidence Based Adaptation Nursing II (8 hours)
NU456-Leadership and Management (2 hours) +
Total: 10 hours

Year Two

Term V
+NU451-Concepts of Adaptation Nursing Practicum (6 hours)
+NU452-NCLEX Review (2 hours)
+NU456-Leadership and Management (1 hour)
Total: 9 hours

Total program credit hours: 55

Pre-requisite courses for entrance into Accelerated BSN Program: Anatomy with lab, Physiology with lab, Chemistry, Microbiology with lab, Pathophysiology, College Algebra or Statistics

This plan will change depending on when a cohort begins.

+ Designates an online hybrid course.