The Accelerated Curriculum in Nursing was initiated at Creighton University in May of 1975. It is a one-calendar-year curriculum for individuals who hold non-nursing baccalaureate or higher degrees. Before admission to the Accelerated curriculum, an individual must have completed the courses in the social/behavioral and natural sciences (or acceptable substitutes) required in the traditional curriculum. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is awarded at graduation.

Admission (Omaha, Hastings, and Phoenix Campus-Based Programs)

Admission to the College of Nursing is a two-tiered process. Acceptance is conditional until both separate steps are successfully completed.

  1. Academic acceptance is based on academic credentials and application materials.
    1. A baccalaureate or higher degree in another discipline from an accredited college or university.
    2. A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
    3. Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum of “C” (2.0) grade or above.
    4. Personal statement describing evidence of potential and motivation for nursing, long-term goals, and ability to meet the demands of a rigorous program.
    5. Evidence of prior work success and/or ability to handle a rigorous academic schedule. This includes providing to the College of Nursing transcripts from all colleges attended.
    6. Three recommendations addressing academic and personal attributes; someone from your academic life, preferably an instructor; an employer(if you have never been employed, a supervisor or director of volunteer work will be accepted); and a third person who may be another instructor, employer, or professional colleague.
    7. Evidence of a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 100 on the Internet-Based (IBT) or an IELTS(International English Language testing System) score of 8 is required for all international applicants whose first language is not English or who have obtained a high school diploma or college degree outside of the United States. Scores over 2 years old will not be accepted. The College of Nursing reserves the right to require students to re-take the exam. It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether a TOEFL score is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a United States University.
  2. Validation of the applicant's ability to meet the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor requirements of the challenging nursing curriculum, with or without reasonable accommodations, consistent with the American Disabilities Act is required. Students must complete the Safety and Technical Standards form attesting to their ability to meet these requirements.
  3. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The ability to speak and write correct grammatical English is imperative. Foreign students may enroll in Creighton University’s English Language Program on a full- or part-time basis in order to improve their English skills.

Conditions of Enrollment

Certain conditions  must be met for enrollment into courses within the College of Nursing:

  1. Completion of immunizations required of all Creighton University Health Sciences students.
  2. Background investigations of all current and fully accepted students.
  3. Drug testing consistent with clinical agency contracts.
  4. Verification of a physical examination to provide evidence that the student is free from contagious disease and not a health hazard to patients in various settings.
  5. Completion of certification in Basic Life Support (BLS). Either Red Cross-"Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer" or American Heart Association "Health Care Provider" are accepted. Courses should be labeled "professional level" and include instruction of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Prerequisite Requirements

The following courses and other requirements must be completed prior to beginning the Accelerated (Nursing) Curriculum.

Applicants may be conditionally accepted prior to completion of designated prerequisites if their plan of study indicates that all courses will be completed prior to entry. However, an applicant file will not be considered until two chemistry courses and either anatomy or anatomy and physiology are completed. All students must provide evidence of completion via official transcripts prior to starting the program. All courses must carry a grade of “C” (2.0) or above to be accepted for transfer to Creighton. All courses must come from an accredited college in order to qualify. If prerequisite courses are on the quarter system, they must be equivalent to the total semester hour credits as defined below. If courses are on the quarter system(quarter hour=2/3 semester hour) all equivalent prerequisite courses must be completed and the total semester credits must be at least 18(equivalent to 27 quarter hours).

  1. Statistics course (3 semester hours)
  2. Behavioral Sciences (9 semester hours)
    1. General Psychology (3 semester hours)
    2. General Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 semester hours)
    3. Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours). This course should cover the lifespan (from infancy through old age).
  3. Ethics (3 semester hours)
    1. Bioethics or Ethics (3 semester hours). The application of ethical theories to contemporary problems of human life; emphasizes the process of making ethical/moral judgments.
  4. Physical and Biological Sciences (21-23 semester hours)
    1. Microbiology (4 semester hours)
    2. Inorganic/General Chemistry (3-4 semester hours)
    3. Organic/Biological Chemistry (4 semester hours)
    4. Anatomy and Physiology (8 semester hours - this may be two combined courses or a human anatomy course and a human physiology course)
    5. Nutrition (2-3 semester hours)

In addition to the above required courses, 32-34 semester hours will be allocated from liberal arts and science courses completed in the previous baccalaureate degree to fulfill graduation requirements. A block of 96 transfer credits is added to the student's academic record after the student enrolls in the Accelerated Nursing program at Creighton. This block credit represents the prerequisite coursework and Magis Common Core courses, as well as additional elective credit needed to be considered a 5th-year student to satisfy financial aid purposes.

  1. Science credits earned over 10 years ago will be individually evaluated.
  2. A total number of 128 hours is required for the BSN degree.

College of Nursing-Hastings Collaborative 3+1 Program)

The College of Nursing also offers a 3+1 collaborative dual-degree with Hastings College.  The dual degree collaborative between Hastings College with Creighton University's College of Nursing allows students, who have not yet been awarded a baccalaureate or higher degree, to be awarded a degree from both Hastings College and Creighton University.  In this program, students complete 3 to 3.5 years  on the Hastings  College campus followed by one year(12 months) in the Creighton University ANC-BSN program on the CU Hastings-Mary Lanning campus.  Students in the 3+1 nursing program graduate with two degrees-a baccalaureate degree from Hastings College and and BSN from Creighton ANC-BSN program. The applicant to this program must meet the following admission and progression criteria:


  1. A student’s minimum academic profile should be at least a 3.75 high school GPA
  2. ACT Composite Score of at least 26 (SAT 1190: combined critical reading and math)

PROGRESSION: through the Hastings College curriculum for guaranteed admission into the College of Nursing’s  ANC program:

  1. Evidence of academic achievement of at least 3.0 grade average or higher on a 4.0 scale  overall
  2. Completion of all prerequisite courses with a “C” or above:
  • Statistics course (3 semester hours)
  • Behavioral Sciences (12 semester hours)
  • General Psychology (3 semester hours)
  • General Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 semester hours)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours). This course should cover the lifespan (from infancy through old age).
  • Bioethics or Ethics (3 semester hours). The application of ethical theories to contemporary problems of human life; emphasizes the process of making ethical/moral judgments.
  • Physical and Biological Sciences (21-23 semester hours)
  • Microbiology (4 semester hours)
  • Inorganic/General Chemistry (3-4 semester hours)
  • Organic/Biological Chemistry (4 semester hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 semester hours - this may be two combined courses or a human anatomy course and a human physiology course)
  • Nutrition (2-3 semester hours)
  1. No more than two “C” grades in science courses (BIO 111, BIO 113, CHM 111, CHM 113, BIO 321, SCI 313)

Accelerated Nursing Curriculum (58 credits)

First Semester

NUR 288Health Assessment Across the Lifespan2
NUR 289Health Assessment Practicum1
NUR 252Human Pathophysiology3
NUR 290Care Management I: Concepts for Health Promotion and Outcomes Improvement5
NUR 291Care Management for Health Promotion And Outcomes Improvement Practicum I5
NUR 341Foundations of Pharmacology for Nursing3
Total Credits19

Second Semester

NUR 381Care Management of Populations2
NUR 382Care Management of Populations Practicum1
NUR 386Research and Evidence-Based Knowledge for Care Management3
NUR 390Care Management and Outcomes Improvement II6
NUR 391Care Management and Outcomes Improvement Practicum II6
NUR 394Health Care Management and Leadership2
Total Credits20

Third Semester

NUR 485Policy and Advocacy in Health Care2
NUR 492Transition to a Values Based Profession2
NUR 496Care Management and Outcomes Improvement III4
NUR 497Care Management and Outcomes Improvement Practicum III4
NUR 498Care Management and Outcomes Improvement Capstone Practicum7
Total Credits19

Accelerated Nursing Curriculum (58 credits)

(Effective Spring 2018)

First Semester

NUR 235Foundations and Health Assessment Concepts2
NUR 236Foundations and Health Assessment Concepts Practicum1
NUR 243Care Management Concepts I5
NUR 244Care Management Concepts Practicum I5
NUR 252Human Pathophysiology3
NUR 341Foundations of Pharmacology for Nursing3
Total Credits19

Second Semester

NUR 258Population-Based Health I1
NUR 312Evidence Based Practice I3
NUR 323Professional Concepts I: Leadership2
NUR 338Population-Based Health II1
NUR 343Care Management Concepts II5
NUR 344Care Management Concepts Practicum II5
NUR 421Professional Concepts II: Policy and Advocacy2
Total Credits19

Third Semester

NUR 436Professional Concepts III: Transition to a Values-Based Profession2
NUR 443Care Management Concepts III5
NUR 444Care Management Concepts III Practicum5
NUR 450Evidence-Based Practice II1
NUR 480Population-Based Health III1
NUR 489Capstone Practicum6
Total Credits20