Accelerated Nursing

The Accelerated Nursing program which was scheduled to begin May 2020, has been suspended until May 2021 due to the national response to COVID-19. 

Tentative dates:

  • March 20, 2021 – Priority deadline for applicants
  • April 1, 2021 – Notification of acceptance
  • May 1, 2021 – First tuition payment due 
  • May 24, 2021 - Orientation and classes begin

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.

Accelerated Nursing at Carroll College

The Program
The Accelerated Nursing program 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 program includes coursework and clinical experiences designed to make them 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.

Timeline for May 2020 Cohort

  • March 20 — Priority Deadline for Applications (Students that apply before March 20 will be given priority in admission.)  The program is limited to 20 students.
  • April 1 — Letters of acceptance mailed 
  • May 1 - First tuition payment due (payment plans and Financial Aid may be available.  Information will come in the application acceptance or students can contact to discuss options)
  • May 18 — Orienation and classes begin
  • August 2021 — Planned completion date for first cohort

Admission Requirements

Students who do not fulfill all of the below admission requirements can contact to learn about how they can complete prerequisites to the program at Carroll College.

Those admitted to the program must:

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

  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 May 2020 is March 20.

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 Bach students (2nd Bachelor’s Degree) are not eligible for any Carroll College gift aid or tuition benefits.

A Post Bach 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.

Other Information

Tuition: Final tuition and fees are being set but will be approximately $18,000 per semester. The program goes over four semesters for a total approximate cost of $72,000. 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 this program must live in Helena due to the intense 15 month focus from May through the following August. Students in this program are eligible to live in the Carroll College apartments. Due to the nature of the program over the 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.

Press Release Announcement

Carroll Addresses Workforce Needs with New Accelerated Nursing Program
Carroll College is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Accelerated Nursing program designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree (in any field) and want to complete additional coursework required to become a licensed Registered Nurse. Accelerated Nursing students will graduate in 15 months with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carroll College. Read more


Accelerated Nursing Program Tentative Schedule 2020-2021
Summer Session 1 (6 weeks)
May 18 – June 26, 2020
Summer Session 2 (6 weeks)
June 29 – August 7, 2020
NU 201 Fundamentals (4)
NU 202 Assessment (4)
NU 208 Nutrition for Healthcare (3)
NU 301 Care of the Family (4.5)
Fall Session 1 (8 weeks)
August 26 – October 15, 2020
Fall Session 2 (8 weeks with Fall & Thanksgiving Breaks) October 21 – December 17, 2020Semester
NU 302 Psychosocial Health (4.5)
NU 308 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology (3)
NU 304 Illness Across the Lifespan 1 (4)
NU 305 Clinical Nursing Care I Part 1 (2)
13.5 - 16.5
One Theology course (3) and One Philosophy course (3) must be taken in the fall or spring if not already completed. One must be an ethical reasoning course.
Spring Session 1 (8 weeks with Spring Break)
January 19 – March 12, 2021
Spring Session 2 (8 weeks)
March 15 – May 13, 2021
NU 305 Clinical Nursing Care I Part 2 (2)
NU 307 EBP Research Methods (3)
NU 404 Illness Across the Lifespan II Part 1 (2)
NU 404 Illness Across the Lifespan II Part 2 (2)
NU 414 Community & Public Health Nursing (4)
One Theology course (3) and One Philosophy course (3) must be taken in the fall or spring if not already completed. One must be an ethical reasoning course.
Summer Session 1 (6 weeks)
May 17– June 25, 2021
Summer Session 2 (6 weeks)
June 28 – August 11, 2021
NU 413 Clinical Nursing Care II (4)
NU 406 Leadership & Management (4)
NU 417 Capstone Clinical & Seminar (3.5)
NU 427 Comprehensive Nursing Review (3.5)