Nursing Accelerated (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

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Creighton University College of Nursing offers one of the nation’s most successful and longest running accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. Our fully accredited program recognizes and builds on your past education and experiences. Program participants who have at least a bachelor’s degree in another discipline can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in just 12 months. Classes start each January and August.

Omaha Campus

Creighton College of Nursing launched one of the nation’s first accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in Omaha in 1975. It is a true accelerated 12-month BSN program — one that is respected nationwide. Through the accelerated BSN program, participants who have at least a bachelor’s degree in another discipline can earn a BSN in just 12 months. Our students have access to exceptional hands-on learning experiences in multiple specialties at clinical sites that include CHI Health, Methodist health System, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and community-based sites.

Central Nebraska Campus

For more than 30 years, Creighton University has provided nursing education for central Nebraska students at its Central Nebraska Campus. To address the critical need for nurses in Nebraska, Creighton offers two pathways to a BSN:

  • 12-month accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Creighton’s Central Nebraska Campus
  • 3+1 dual degree program conducted in partnership with Hastings College. Program participants spend three years on the Hastings College Campus followed by one year in Creighton’s accelerated Bachelor of Science (BSN) program. Graduates earn two degrees in four years — a bachelor’s from Hastings College in biology-health systems and a bachelor’s in nursing from Creighton University.

Phoenix Campus

To help meet the growing demand for well-educated nurses in Arizona, Creighton launched its accelerated BSN program in Phoenix through a partnership between Creighton University and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in 2018. This fully-accredited program is ideal for those who already have a college degree and are looking to earn their BSN via an accelerated, 12-month program. Clinical experiences take place in Dignity Health Phoenix-based hospitals, Valleywise Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as with other clinical and community partners.


Well-educated nurses are in high demand. As a bachelor’s prepared nurse, you’ll be presented with a myriad of career opportunities. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a 26% increase in nursing positions created through 2020, reflecting more than 712,000 new nurse positions. Only 3 out of 5 nurses work in hospitals. Nurses also work in schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities, community health, government and social service agencies, and research.

    What You'll Learn

    Credit Hours

    • Critical thinking
    • Clinical decision-making
    • Professional communication skills
    • Strong theoretical knowledge and clinical skills

    Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares all students to:

    • Integrate respect for each person’s dignity, worth, and spiritual uniqueness into professional practice.
    • Synthesize knowledge and evidence from nursing and other disciplines to coordinate health care for diverse clients. 
    • Demonstrate clinical judgment and professional accountability that supports safe practice and quality client outcomes.
    • Collaborate and communicate effectively as a leader and advocate using diverse modalities.
    • Manage resources efficiently and effectively in the coordination and management of care. 
    • Incorporate deliberate reflection, self-awareness, and values consciousness into a process of personal and professional formation.  
    • Integrate professional, legal and ethical standards into nursing practice.


    Admissions Requirements

    Review the complete list of prerequisites and how to apply for the accelerated BSN.

    Tuition & Scholarships

    Learn more about tuition, aid and scholarships specifically for Creighton nursing students. Learn about how to apply for financial aid, and consult this important information for consumers.

    State licensure requirements

    Graduates who complete Creighton University College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing meet eligibility requirements to take the National Council Licensure Exam -RN (NCLEX-RN). All 50 states, and US state territories, require the candidate to take the NCLEX-RN prior to practicing as an RN.

    Graduates who complete Creighton University College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum meet requirements for all states with the exception of Maryland. The state of Maryland is an indeterminant state. For students seeking to take the initial NCLEX-RN in Maryland, the College of Nursing must complete an additional Maryland Board of Nursing approval application for out-of-state nursing programs. Any out-of-state nursing program must be approved Maryland State Board of Nursing before any student can be processed to take the NCLEX-RN exam.