Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Build a rewarding career with a Bellarmine BSN in just 12 months.

We’ve designed our one-year accelerated second-degree BSN program specifically for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and are drawn to the rich and rewarding experience that nursing offers. This intensive 12-month program allows you to master clinical skills and the knowledge needed to assume nursing’s vital role in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

With our accelerated BSN, you’ll be able to change careers efficiently in a climate that recognizes your previous experiences. Our program consists of three semesters, where 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.

Open Seats for May 2021 Program 

The 2021 Nursing CAS application is open. It takes 4-6 weeks for Nursing CAS to verify your application and submit it to us after you submit it to them with all required materials. We offer rolling admission so don't delay in submitting and completing your application.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there someone who can review my transcripts and provide information about the program?
A. Yes, simply complete the form on our Graduate & Second Degree - Transcript Review page. Please attach unofficial copies of your transcripts.

Q. When should I submit my application?
A. The priority application deadline is November 1. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible as this allows ample time to complete the immunizations and background check.

Q. Do I need to complete an entrance exam for admission consideration?
A. No, we do not require entrance exams such as the TEAS for admission consideration.

For more answers to common questions, please visit our FAQ page.

Alumni Story

Kristin Pickerell

“Bellarmine is well known for producing the best nurses. I was a nursing manager at one point in my career and I always sought out Bellarmine nurses when I was hiring. Not every nursing school has a separate critical care course with hands-on clinical practice. I knew that was going to prepare me to graduate and be able to go directly into critical care – which I did – right out of nursing school.”

Kristin Pickerell, BSN ’03, MSN ’09, DNP 14
Director of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness at Norton Audubon Hospital

Job Outcomes

Congratulations, class of 2020! Here are some of the places where you will find our new graduates working.

  • Baptist Health Louisville – Labor and Delivery / Delivery Team (Louisville, KY)
  • Baptist Health Louisville – Oncology (Louisville, KY)
  • Duke University Hospital – Critical Care float pool (Durham, NC)
  • Duke University Hospital – Neurology Intensive Care Unit (Raleigh, NC)
  • Emory University Hospital – General Medicine (Atlanta, GA)
  • Emory University Hospital – New Graduate Residency Program/ Emergency Stepdown (Atlanta, GA)
  • Frazier Rehab Institute – Pediatrics (Louisville, KY)
  • Mayo Clinic Operating Room – Neurosurgery and Spine (Rochester, NY)
  • Norton Children’s Hospital – Emergency Department (Louisville, KY)
  • Norton Children’s Hospital – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Louisville, KY) 
  • Norton Children’s – Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Louisville, KY)
  • The Jewish Hospital Mercy Health – Orthopedics/Neurology (Cincinnati, OH)
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Operating Room – Open Heart (Columbus, OH)
  • University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital – Perioperative Internship (Lexington, KY)
  • University of Louisville Hospital – Neurology Intensive Care Unit (Louisville, KY)
  • WakeMed Hospital – Medical/Surgical (Cary, NC)

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members. Read profiles of all of our distinguished faculty.

Ta'Neka Vaden Lindsay, DNP, APRN, WHANP-BC

Ta'Neka Vaden Lindsay, DNP, APRN, WHANP-BC
Interests: Minority adolescent pregnancy prevention; general women’s health concerns

Bev Bone, MSN, RN

Bev Bone, MSN, RN
Interests: Leadership; management

Britt A. Schloemer, MSN, APRN, CPNP

Britt A. Schloemer, DNP, APRN, CPNP
Interests: Pediatric health; developmental care in the neonatal intensive care unit; dietary therapy to treat epilepsy; patient education

Admission Requirements

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is for students who’ve completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university. Students must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and have earned a grade of B- or better in all prerequisite natural science and nutrition courses. For a complete list of admission requirements, please visit our Admission Requirements page.


The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing, Master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bellarmine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (



Disclosure for Students who Reside outside of Kentucky

  • Bellarmine University cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than Kentucky. Prior to enrolling in a Bellarmine program, a student who does not reside in Kentucky should contact applicable licensing board(s) in the student’s home state to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides.
  • Nursing licensure contacts: 

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.

 The 2019 first time pass rate was 90% and we are consistently above the national, regional, and local pass rates. 

Over the last 5 years, Bellarmine graduates have averaged a 93% first time pass rate (data from the Kentucky Board of Nursing website).

Tuition and Fees

Visit our Graduate Tuition Rates for the most up-to-date tuition and fees information. The program is 62 credit hours and the course fees for the entire program are estimated at $2,327. 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 the same 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, supplies, 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, Assistant Dean of Graduate Admission
502.272.8364 / 800.274.4723 or

Graduate Admission
502.272.7200 or

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