In today’s challenging job market, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) accelerated program allows anyone with a Bachelor’s degree the ability to make a relatively quick transition to a profession that offers a good salary, flexibility, and meaningful work. Programs require anywhere from six to fourteen specific prerequisites (usually science classes with the addition of classes like psychology, nutrition, and statistics). Once admitted, the accelerated course of study can last from one year to two years.

In the following ranking, we try to focus the things you care about the most: cost (we look a the “net cost” meaning the total cost minus the average student aid), completion rate (what percentage of people who start the program actually finish?), and the reputation of the school (roughly indicated by admission selectivity). We do this by looking at statistics provided by the National Center for Education Statistics which is part of the U.S. Department of Education. Each of these factors is equally weighted. We only consider schools that are fully accredited by the nationally recognized Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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