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Best 29 Accelerated Nursing Programs in the US in 2021

July 22, 2021 | Staff Writers

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University of Texas Medical Branch

  • Galveston, Texas

The University of Texas Medical Branch is focused completely on health science programs, including nursing programs. One of its nursing programs is an accelerated BSN. This RN-to-BSN program allows students to complete their degrees in only two semesters.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $5,374 in-state; $15,414 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
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University of North Carolina

  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The University of North Carolina is known as one of the top public universities in the South, so it comes as little surprise that its accelerated nursing program is world-class. It offers an accelerated BSN program. Students can also enroll in the traditional BSN program.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: 8980/36159
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
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Purdue University

  • West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue University offers the top accelerated nursing program in Indiana. It offers both a traditional BSN and an accelerated BSN. The accelerated BSN program is only open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in another field.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $9,992 in-state; $28,794 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
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East Carolina University

  • Greenville, North Carolina

East Carolina University may not be the most well-known institution on our list, but it has one of the top accelerated nursing programs in the country. ECU offers traditional, accelerated, and RN-to-BSN tracks at the bachelor’s level. The accelerated track can be completed in roughly one year.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $7,238 in-state; $23,515 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
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University of North Florida

  • Jacksonville, Florida

The University of North Florida offers a strong accelerated nursing program at an affordable rate. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing can apply to the accelerated BSN program. UNF also has a traditional BSN and an RN-to-BSN option.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $6,389 in-state; $20,793 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 22:1
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6

West Virginia University

  • Morgantown, West Virginia

West Virginia University is well-known for the strength of its nursing department. This department offers an accelerated BSN. As with the other accelerated BSN programs on this list, students must have first completed a bachelor’s in another field.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $8,976 in-state; $25,320 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
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7

Florida International University

  • Miami, Florida

Florida International University makes it three Florida-based institutions in the first eight programs. FIU offers an accelerated BSN. Students can complete their degrees in only a year and a half.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $6,565 in-state; $18,963 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 25:1
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8

University of Delaware

  • Newark, Delaware

The University of Delaware has a world-class accelerated nursing program. The BSN program offers several tracks, including an accelerated option. The RN-to-BSN program also allows students to complete their degrees at an accelerated rate.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $14,280 in-state; $35,710 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
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9

Indiana University

  • Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University offers some of the best health science programs in the nation. This includes its nursing program, which offers an accelerated BSN. Students can complete the accelerated BSN in only four semesters.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $10,947 in-state; $36,512 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
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10

University of Wisconsin

  • Madison, Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin – Madison has the top nursing program in the state. It has a standard accelerated BSN program for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field. It also has a unique accelerated dual BSN/MSN program.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $10,725 in-state; $37,785 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
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San Diego State University

  • San Diego, California

San Diego State University boasts the top accelerated nursing program in California. Its BSN program allows students to pursue their degrees at a standard or accelerated rate. If they choose to pursue their BSN at an accelerated rate, they must take a heavy course load during their first two years in the program.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: 7510/19390
Student-to-faculty ratio: 25:1
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12

Stony Brook University

  • Stony Brook, New York

Stony Brook University is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It offers an accelerated BSN track. Students in this track can graduate in only one year.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $10,175 in-state; $27,845 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
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13

Binghamton University

  • Binghamton, New York

Binghamton University is another SUNY member institution. Students with a degree in another field can enroll in the accelerated BSN program. The school has an on-campus residential area specifically for nursing students.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $10,201 in-state; $27,791 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
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University of Cincinnati

  • Cincinnati, Ohio

The University of Cincinnati has a unique and innovative accelerated BSN program. Students can follow the standard timeline or create their own accelerated BSN track by taking a larger course load. No matter how students structure their schedules, the BSN program requires 120 credits of coursework.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $11,660 in-state; $26,994 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
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University of Oklahoma

  • Norman, Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma offers one of the best-accelerated nursing programs in the region. In addition to the accelerated BSN track, UO also offers traditional and RN-to-BSN tracks. Students must complete 127 credits of coursework.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $11,763 in-state; $27,144 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
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16

George Mason University

  • Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason University is a public institution with a leading nursing program. It offers both traditional and accelerated BSN tracks. Students graduate with 600 clinical hours under their belts.

Yearly tuition: $12,564 in-state; $36,024 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
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University of Maryland

  • Baltimore, Maryland

University of Maryland – Baltimore County has the leading nursing program in the state. Students can complete the program at the standard rate or take more classes to complete their degrees at an accelerated rate. The BSN program requires 120 credits of coursework for students to graduate.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $12,028 in-state; $27,662 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
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18

Ohio State University

  • Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State University may finish behind the University of Cincinnati, but it still offers one of the leading nursing programs in the Midwest. Students can pursue the BSN at their own pace, whether that is part-time, standard, or accelerated. This program requires students to complete 121 credits to graduate.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $11,084 in-state; $32,061 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1
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University of Houston

  • Houston, Texas

The University of Houston has the leading nursing program in the city. Students must complete roughly 60 credits of prerequisites to be accepted into the BSN program. If students take classes at an accelerated rate, they can complete these prerequisites in only a year and a half.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $9,221 in-state; $21,749 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 23:1
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Rutgers University

  • Camden, New Jersey

Rutgers University – Camden has the top nursing program out of the three Rutgers institutions. It offers an accelerated BSN for students who already have a bachelor’s in another field. This accelerated track can be completed in only 15 months.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $15,264 in-state; $31,500 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
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Rutgers University – Newark

  • Newark, New Jersey

Rutgers University – Newark may have been edged out by its sister institution in Camden, but it still has a leading nursing program. Students can take more than 12 credits per semester to graduate at an accelerated rate. They must complete 126 credits of coursework to graduate.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $14,826 in-state; $31,608 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
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University of Washington

  • Seattle, Washington

The University of Washington offers the top accelerated nursing program in the state. Students can complete their degrees at an accelerated rate by taking more than four classes per semester. This program requires students to complete 151 credits of coursework and more than 1,000 hours of clinical experience.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $11,465 in-state; $38,166 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 21:1
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23

University of Virginia

  • Charlottesville, Virginia

The University of Virginia has a unique nursing program. Students begin taking nursing courses in their freshman year instead of only taking general education courses. Students can complete their degrees at an accelerated rate by taking more than four classes per semester.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $17,798 in-state; $50,900 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
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University of Illinois

  • Chicago, Illinois

The University of Illinois – Chicago, better known as UIC, has the top nursing program in the city. The accelerated RN-to-BSN track allows professional nurses to complete their degrees in less than two years. A traditional track is offered for new college students.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $13,874 in-state; $27,566 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
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University of Minnesota

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

The University of Minnesota has long been known for its world-class nursing department. Students can complete the BSN at an accelerated rate by taking more than four courses per semester. The first year of this program is filled with general education courses while the next three are comprised of nursing courses.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $15,027 in-state; $33,325 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

  • Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is known for its nursing program. Its nursing program offers numerous degrees, including a BSN. Students who want to complete this degree at an accelerated rate must have a bachelor’s degree in another field.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $15,616 in-state; $28,716 non-resident
Student-to-faculty ratio: 21:1
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Emory University

  • Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University is a mid-sized private institution with a strong nursing program. It offers an accelerated BSN track for students who already have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. Students can benefit from plenty of personalized attention due to Emory’s low student-to-faculty ratio.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $53,804
Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
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Drexel University

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University is a prestigious private institution in Philadelphia. Students get plenty of professional nursing experience as part of their BSN program. Students who have already completed general education courses can finish their BSN degrees at an accelerated rate, graduating in less than two years.

School Overview

Yearly tuition: $54,516
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
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University of Miami

  • Coral Gables, Florida

The University of Miami, ranked top-50 in the nation, has a fast-track Accelerated-BSN program designed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s nurses. It is the perfect program for students with a bachelor’s who are committed to earning their BSN in just 12-months.

School Overview

Cost: $40,000 – $42,000
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Our Ranking Methodology

We used a simple formula to rank the institutions on this list. Our formula takes two statistics into account for each school: yearly tuition rate and student-to-faculty ratio. If the school being evaluated is a public institution with differing tuition rates for resident and non-resident students, we only looked at the resident tuition rate. Our formula functions by taking the yearly tuition rate and multiplying it by the student-to-faculty ratio. Example: ABC State College has a yearly tuition rate of $10,000 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. It would have a rating of 100,000 (10,000 x 10). Lower ratings are desirable when using our formula.  

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