Accelerated Nursing

With support from Governor Gianforte and AccelerateMT, scholarships are available for new students who intend to work as nurses in Montana after graduation based on incoming GPA and financial need.

Reach out to the Carroll Admission team and the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Accelerated Nursing at Carroll College

May 2023 cohort timeline:

  • October 1, 2022 - Priority application deadline for applicants
  • November 15, 2022 - Initial Decisions Release via Mail 
  • February 1, 2023 - Application Deadline
  • February 2, 2023 - Rolling Admission until Cohort Capacity is Reached
  • February 15, 2023 - Final Decisions Released
  • May 1, 2023 - First Tuition Payment Due
  • May 19, 2023 - Accelerated Nursing Orientation 
  • May 22, 2023 - Classes Begin
  • August 2024 - Completion date for May 2023 cohort

Should prospective students wish to take college-level coursework elsewhere, specifically the theology and/or philosophy requirement (if applicable), Carroll College will need to receive an official college transcript in order to evaluate courses for transfer.

The Accelerated Nursing program track is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and want to complete additional coursework required to become a licensed Registered Nurse and work in healthcare. Building on a long history of excellence in nursing, the 15-month intensive track includes coursework and clinical experiences designed to make these graduates immediately employable and effective in one of the hottest career fields in the country.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Carroll College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( The program is also approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Students who do not fulfill all of the below admission requirements can contact to learn about how they can complete prerequisites at Carroll College. Applicants to the accelerated nursing track must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to their enrollment in the program.

Those admitted to the accelerated nursing track must:

  1. Complete or be enrolled in the following prerequisites (or their equivalent) with a “C -” or better at the time of program enrollment: 
    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs* 
    • Essentials of Chemistry + lab*
    • Organic & Biochemistry*
    • Microbiology with lab*
    • Intro to Sociology
    • Statistics
    • General Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology

    *All required science classes and labs must be face-to-face (online courses will not be accepted). The nursing department may grant an exception on a case-by-case basis for Organic & Biochemistry, which does not require a lab.

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 and decreased access to face-to-face science classes, exceptions to this policy will be considered dependent on the course descriptions and if classes and labs were initially set up as in-person courses. Please contact admissions for further information. Be prepared to provide a syllabus for review. 

  2. May be completed upon application or taken concurrently with the accelerated nursing classes.
    • One theology class
    • One philosophy class

    Note: For the theology or philosophy classes, one must be an ethical reasoning course.

  3. Other requirements:
    • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Have an overall college career Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (This includes all attempted credits at an accredited college or university).

Admission Process

The priority application deadline for the 2023 cohort is October 1st, 2022 with a preliminary application deadline of February 1st, 2023. Rolling admission consideration for applications submitted after February 1st will be evaluated until cohort capacity is reached.

Successful applicants will then need to:

  1. Read the Nursing Statement of Understanding and the Essential Functions for Nursing Student Clinical Performance.
  2. Complete the Carroll College Application
  3. Complete criminal background check as instructed by the Department of Nursing, to be paid by the student. When ordering your background check, select if you are a Montana resident or out-of-state resident. Do not select the drug test option. Students with background checks that reveal a record will be evaluated individually to determine whether they will be admitted to the nursing major.  Alcohol and drug violations may interfere with Montana Board of Nursing approval to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.
  4. Provide documentation of freedom from communicable tuberculosis and immunity to hepatitis B, varicella, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR).

Accelerated Nursing Financial Aid

Financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office is designed to assist students in paying for their expenses associated with earning a degree. Federal financial aid is available to assist in paying for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and student living expenses while enrolled. Students may qualify for federal work-study, and loans only. Post-baccalaureate students (2nd Bachelor’s Degree) are not eligible for any Carroll College gift aid or tuition benefits.

A Post-bacc student may be eligible for Federal Direct Stafford Loan limits based on their annual FAFSA results and aggregate loan limits ($7,500-12,500 annual limit). First-time Federal Direct Stafford Loan borrowers must complete a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling. Students may also be eligible for private student Loans which are loans available for students who need extra funding after receiving the annual maximum in Federal Direct Stafford Loans. These are credit-based loans and generally require a co-signer. For more information on some private loan options, you may view our FastChoice Comparison Tool. For information regarding aid at Carroll, view our Federal Loan Financial Aid webpage.

Veterans: Yellow Ribbon 

Any student that is 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI-Bill, has remaining entitlement, and meets the admission requirements is eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. To learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program, please contact Brandy Keely.

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Other Information

Tuition: Final tuition and fees are located on our cost of attendance page. The accelerated nursing track is four semesters and students will be sent full tuition and fee information at the time of inquiry. Some Financial Aid may be available depending on what aid a student has already taken. Our Financial Aid Office will work one on one with students. Please contact Financial Aid.

Housing Options
Students for the accelerated nursing track must live in Helena due to the intense 15-month focus from May through the following August. Students in this track are eligible to live in the Carroll College apartments. Due to the accelerated track being over two summers, only the apartments are available. The Carroll College apartments are conveniently located on campus. Housing information will be sent to students at the time of admission.