Nursing students working in the simulation lab

Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science

The program is a specially designed, accelerated curriculum for non-nurse college graduates (US bachelor’s degree or its equivalent) who wish to study nursing in a first professional degree program (BS). As a student in the program, you may progress according to a one-year, full-time plan. All students must complete prerequisites before entering the one-year program.

After completing study, the student receives a BSN and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The program consists of 50 or 52 credits in the nursing major that includes an opportunity to take a 3-credit undergraduate or graduate nursing elective course. The graduate course would be double-counted for the MS degree, should you continue into an LSN graduate program.

Admission to the graduate program is in the fall semester. If you do choose to go on for the master’s degree, you must submit an application to change to this graduate program by February 1st.

Prerequisite Courses

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to matriculation. The prerequisite course list for admission into the Accelerated BS in Nursing program is provided below:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • General Chemistry (3 credits)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Please note that all prerequisite coursework must be completed, with grades, ahead of the respective application deadline. The application deadline for January entry on our Westchester Campus is September 15, while the application deadline for our September entry on our NYC Campus is February 1. Additionally, all prerequisite coursework must have been completed less than ten years from the planned semester of enrollment and must be a grade of a B- or better.

View additional information regarding the application and supporting documents.

Important Information About The ABS, Nursing Major (Formerly Combined Degree Program)

  • Students who previously failed a nursing course or who were academically dismissed from a nursing program are not eligible for admission to this program.
  • Admission of students who have attended other nursing programs (without failing a class or being academically dismissed) will be considered on a case by case basis. These students may be required to provide additional application materials e.g., letter(s) of reference from didactic and clinical faculty.
  • The program is an intensive, rigorous program, so students must plan to consistently study to be successful. The full-time program requires students to dedicate as many as 36 hours of weekly class and clinical hours, not including study hours. We encourage students to think about personal and professional commitments and the significant amount of time necessary to devote to the program on a daily basis. Students taking 12 or more credits (one-year program) should not work.
  • The program's students must maintain a minimum of a "B-" average (80% and higher) in their undergraduate nursing courses and an overall CQPA of 2.75 or higher. For graduate courses, the passing grade is a "B."
  • Once admitted to Pace, students must attend a mandatory program clinical calculation exam session. Students must pass the clinical calculation exam that is given prior to each semester in order to take clinical courses.
  • Once admitted to Pace, students must attend a mandatory Orientation session.
  • Nursing students are required to undergo background checks and a 10 panel drug screen as part of the clinical clearance process.
  • The program's applications are not reviewed until all prerequisites have been completed. Applications will not be considered for admission until all required documents have been submitted to the Admission Office.
  • The application deadline for January entry is September 15. The application deadline for September entry is February 1.
  • Admission to the program is competitive, and class size is limited to a maximum of 80 students per class. Applications will be processed on a space available basis until the 80 seats are filled. To guarantee a seat, students must submit deposit within two weeks of admission. Students who do not submit deposit within two weeks of admission are NOT guaranteed a seat. Deposits received after all 80 seats are filled will be returned.
  • View a checklist of the documents required for a completed application.