Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

It’s not too late to start this year!

We offer a two-year BSN option which blends traditional pace courses with accelerated pace courses and starts July 2.

We are pleased to offer limited free summer on-campus housing for students enrolled in the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program.  Admitted students will receive housing dates and reservation details in the admission packet.

There is not a supplemental Bellarmine University application.

Transcript Review

We can provide fast feedback about your transcript(s) and pre-requisite coursework. Simply complete the form below by attaching unofficial copies of your transcript(s).

The one-year accelerated second degree BSN program is specifically designed for the individual holding a bachelors degree in another field who is drawn to the rich and diverse experience that nursing offers. This intensive 12-month program allows students to master clinical skills and the theoretical knowledge needed to assume nursing’s vital role in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

Students will be able to change careers efficiently in a climate that recognizes their previous experiences. This program consists of three semesters and each semester is divided into two seven-week sessions. We also offer a two-year accelerated option and a three-year part time option. These formats are designed for people who want to become a registered nurse but would like to advance at a less intense pace. Space is limited in these special formats.

Program Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences, and the discipline of nursing, in the provision of professional nursing care.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to ensure patient safety and enhance quality of care, within the context of the interprofessional team.
  • Integrate evidence-based practice in the planning of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments in healthcare delivery and practice.
  • Utilize health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes and practices to guide nursing interventions across the lifespan.
  • Function as a professional nurse in accordance with standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  • Incorporate information systems and patient-care technologies in the delivery of quality nursing care.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Bellarmine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

NCLEX Licensure

Upon successful completion of the BSN program requirements graduates are eligible to apply for licensure through their State Board of Nursing and register for the NCLEX examination.

Tuition and Fees

The May 2018 cohort tuition is $885 per credit hour (62 credit hours) and the course fees for the entire program are estimated at $1,433. (Tuition is the same whether a student is from Kentucky or moving here from out-of-state.)

*Tuition and fee rates for students who select the one year Accelerated BSN program will remain at the above rate for the duration of their three semester enrollment. Rates for students who select a part-time special format or who leave the one year format are subject to tuition increases.

Additional expenses for the nursing major include books, nurse packs, uniforms, transportation and personal living expenses. Lab fees are required in most nursing courses and cover the cost of maintaining the supplies for the nursing skills lab and physical assessment lab. Student insurance and handbooks are also covered by the lab fee. Other outside personal expenses include obtaining proof for the required health records, immunizations and CPR certification. Clinical assignments involve a variety of facilities and agencies in the Kentuckiana area. You are responsible for your own transportation, parking, and meals.

Funding Assistance
We are committed to providing you with a high quality education at a reasonable cost. Our staff will work closely with you to explore all of the resources and funding options available. Our goal is to ensure that every student receives our best offer of financial assistance and that your affordable investment in a Bellarmine education is a reality. Qualified Accelerated Second Degree BSN students are eligible for federal student loans and may also choose to apply to local hospital scholarship-to-work programs. For more information on how to fund your Bellarmine education, please visit and The Bellarmine school code is 001954.

Contact Information

Julie Armstrong-Binnix
Graduate Admission Officer
502.272.8364 / 800.274.4723

Graduate Admission