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What colleges offer an accelerated RN program?

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Colleges and universities in 46 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia offer accelerated RN programs. The University of Florida, Duke University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville offer accelerated baccalaureate RN programs to individuals who have already obtained a bachelor's degree in a different field.

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Accelerated RN programs, also known as fast-track baccalaureate programs, generally require 11 to 18 months for completion.

Roseman University in Henderson, Nevada offers a 15-month accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing program for a cost of roughly $60,000 for tuition and fees. Eligible students must hold a bachelor's degree in another field. Students complete coursework and simulation lab work online. Students are required to complete 1,000 hours of clinical work in local medical facilities partnered with the university.

The Medical University of South Carolina School of Nursing offers a four-semester, 16-month program at the university campus in Charleston. The program focuses on laboratory and clinical work. In-state tuition is $30,000, while out of state tuition is $44,000.

The Saint Louis University College of Nursing provides a 12-month accelerated BSN program costing on average $38,000. Begun in 1971, SLU created the first accelerated RN program in the United States. Students complete coursework and simulation lab work on campus and clinical work in St. Louis hospitals and medical facilities.

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