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Get on the right path to a career as a nurse or nurse practitioner

Whether you’re looking at taking your career in a new direction or are just starting out, we’ll help you prepare to be accepted to an accelerated nursing or accelerated nurse practitioner program.

Accelerated Nursing & Nurse Practitioner Paths


Accelerated nursing programs are for you if you have completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing program but have made the decision to become a nurse. These programs are typically 12–18 months and focus on nursing classes that were not part of your bachelor’s degree.

The nurse practitioner (NP) profession is a mid-level provider, similar to a physician assistant. This is a master’s degree program. You can start a program to be an NP after completing a bachelor’s in nursing program (B.S.N.), or an accelerated nursing program, which will provide you with the B.S.N.

Prerequisites for most accelerated nursing programs:

  • General Biology (BIO101, 4 credits with lab)
  • Microbiology (BIO203, 4 credits with lab)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO326 and BIO327, 8 credits with lab)
  • General Chemistry (CHE101, 4 credits with lab)
  • Organic/Biochemistry (CH271, 4 credits with lab)
  • General Psychology (PSY101, 3 credits)
  • Human Development (PSY311)
  • Statistics (MAT161) or Biostatistics (BIO333, 3 credits)
  • Nutrition (FNI191 or 211, 3 credits)

Healthcare Experience

Graduate schools will expect that you have some experience in the medical environment, even if it is just volunteering at a hospital. We have relationships with several facilities within walking distance of the campus. Find out more about our current internship sites.

Recent Graduates

Alyssa Smith, Class of ‘20

  • B.S. Biology at SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Mercy College, Accelerated Nursing Program

Danielle Guimond, Class of ’19

  • B.S. in Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University, Accelerated Nursing Program
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