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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Overview


The University of Providence’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program (ABSN) is a 12-month program designed to prepare students for a rewarding career as a registered nurse. The accelerated BSN program combines online and in-person lessons with in-person skill labs and clinical immersions at one of our two clinical locations in Anchorage, AK, or Lewistown, MT.

The accelerated BSN program is designed for applicants who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree in any field. Students enrolled in our program are expected to relocate to or reside in the greater Anchorage or Lewistown area before the program’s start in January and through the program’s conclusion in December. Due to the intense nature and high demand of the accelerated BSN program, students are encouraged to refrain from outside employment while enrolled.

The accelerated BSN program is recognized by EduMed as one of 2024’s Best Online Nursing Programs in Montana. The accelerated BSN program was ranked alongside just 6% of post-secondary institutions, meeting specific program requirements and accreditation standards. The program is offered alongside the university’s existing catalog of Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing programs. The accelerated BSN program is taught by passionate, experienced faculty who are invested in helping students reach their professional goals and a successful nursing career. The University of Providence’s accelerated BSN curriculum emphasizes a quality education centered around serving all patients. This is reflected in clinical rotations focusing on various nursing skills and practices.

Program Highlights

Clinical Locations In Lewistown, MT, and Anchorage, AK

Accelerated BSN students will engage in a combination of educational skill labs and guided clinical immersions. By utilizing clinical facilities in Lewistown, MT, and Anchorage, Alaska – along with our partnerships with Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown and Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, students will be exposed to various nursing disciplines, practices, and specialties.


**(Lewistown Applicants) Dormitories are NOT available to students at our Lewistown, MT site.  Students in Lewistown will need to find unaffiliated housing in the local community. In addition, Lewistown students will need to provide their own transportation to clinicals, labs, and classes as directed.**

**(Anchorage Applicants) Providence Alaska provides reduced-price dormitories for nursing students to reside on the medical center campus.  Clinicals, Labs, study rooms, and meeting places are within a 5-minute walk from the medical center. Students who choose to reside in Providence, Alaska, dormitories will be required to reach out to the Anchorage site coordinator to set that up.**

Intensive, Full-Time Course Immersion

Accelerated BSN students are required to complete 54 credits of nursing coursework. Accelerated BSN coursework is delivered over a 12-month period beginning in January and concluding in December. Coursework, skill labs, simulations, and clinicals will be dispersed over three semesters, each containing two eight-week learning intensives. Students are expected to attend courses on a full-time basis, with minimal breaks between eight-week intensives and semesters. Due to the program’s intensity, students should not expect to maintain outside employment while enrolled.

Program Accreditation

The University of Providence is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the Montana Board of Nursing. In addition, all baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Graduates of the accelerated BSN degree program are eligible to sit for national licensure through the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), the exam required to become licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). The accelerated BSN degree program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX exam.


The University of Providence ABSN NCLEX Pass Rates

2020 – 94.12% | 2021 – 86.36% | 2022 – 69.70% | 2023 – 80.50%

Application Information

Applications for the accelerated BSN programs will be reviewed starting in April and are accepted until June. Applicants must hold a previously earned bachelor’s degree in any field to qualify for the program. Accepted students are expected to reside in or relocate to Anchorage, AK, or Lewistown, MT, by the program’s start in January and maintain residency through the end of the program in December.

Pre-Requisite Courses

The accelerated nursing program requires eligible students to complete the following prerequisite courses. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I AND II WITH LABS (8 TOTAL CREDITS) MUST BE COMPLETED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. All additional prerequisite courses can be completed before or after admission into the program. APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL PREREQUISITES BEFORE THE START OF THE PROGRAM IN JANUARY 2025. For prerequisites to qualify for credit, they must be completed by the student with a grade of C (75%) or higher within the last 10 years.


Required at application time

  • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (4 Credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (4 Credits)


Not required at application time

  • Microbiology with lab (4 Credits)
  • Statistics (3 Credits)
  • Nutrition (3 Credits)



Application Deadlines

Admission cycles for the accelerated BSN program applications, will start being reviewed on April 1st until June 15th. Courses begin annually in January and run through December of the same year. Applicants must apply to the Lewistown, MT, or Anchorage, AK clinical site. Those accepted into the program must relocate to or reside in these locations at the time of the program’s start.


Important 2025 Cohort Deadlines

Applications for the 2025 BSN Cohort will start being reviewed on April 1, 2024, and will be accepted until June 15, 2024.

Learn more about our admissions process on the Undergraduate Admission Page.

Program Vision

At the University of Providence Great Falls Nursing Program, our vision is to set the standard for nursing excellence through transformative education, innovation, and compassionate care. We aspire to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical grounding necessary to lead in the dynamic field of healthcare. Our commitment extends beyond academic excellence to nurturing a community of professionals who are dedicated to improving health outcomes, advocating for vulnerable populations, and contributing to the global health landscape with integrity and respect. We envision our graduates as pioneers of change, equipped to address the complexities of modern healthcare with confidence, empathy, and unwavering dedication to the well-being of all individuals.

Program Mission

The program’s mission is “to prepare graduates for accountable and professional nursing practice that is relationship-based, vigilant, theory-guided, and grounded in the best possible evidence.”

A graduate of the program will be a leader in healthcare. Graduates will be excellent communicators, clinicians, and leaders of change. A graduate is a lifelong learner and will enhance the nursing profession by providing nursing evidence-based practice that is population-centered, as well as grounded in spiritual, ethical, and compassionate care.

Conceptual Framework

The program’s mission is supported by a conceptual framework consisting of the following constructs:

Relationship-Based Care

The University of Providence’s Accelerated BSN Degree Completion Program honors the patient and family as the center of the care delivery team. In relationship-based practice, excellent patient care outcomes are achieved through collaborative and sacred relationships among the patient, his or her family, and the healthcare team.


Nursing vigilance is reflected in unwavering attention to both the patient and the care delivery environment. This vigilance protects patients from harm and ensures their safe passage as they journey through the continuum of their care experience.

Professional Accountability

The professional nurse is accountable for nursing outcomes of care delivery by ensuring vigilant care processes, maintaining expertise in practice, and creating healing care environments. The professional nurse is answerable for practice that consistently meets established standards. This accountability includes the steadfast pursuit of opportunities to coach and mentor other members of the inter-professional healthcare team. Nurses are at all times responsible for their own self-care, professional development, and proactive career management.


Constant, complex change is the expected norm and sets the context for contemporary life in health care delivery. Professional nurses thrive in–and are prepared to lead and manage positive change in improving health, with patients, colleagues, and communities.

Program Themes

Nursing students at the University of Providence will learn these themes and more:

  • Compassion, ethics, and spirituality
  • Patient and family-centered care
  • Leadership and effective advocacy
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Population and Community Health
  • Transforming healthcare
  • Safety and quality outcomes
  • Professional accountability
  • Collaboration and inter-professional teams
  • Reflective practice and lifelong development

Program Information

Learning Outcomes

Traditional BSN students at the University of Providence will achieve these outcomes and more:

  1. Integrate a compassionate and ethical understanding of the human experience into nursing practice using the foundations of a liberal arts education.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making to engage healthcare teams in creating, promoting, and managing safety and quality outcomes.
  3. Apply nursing practices informed by research, evidence-based practice, and innovation to optimize health.
  4. Utilize information technology to communicate, mitigate errors, and make improved clinical decisions related to the care of diverse populations.
  5. Advocate to influence change in legal, political, social, and economic factors that transform healthcare delivery.
  6. Collaborate with the inter-professional team to improve patient/family outcomes and the work environment.
  7. Provide compassionate, spiritual, ethical, and culturally appropriate care across the lifespan and the continuum of care.
  8. Practice preventive care, health promotion, and disease intervention across care settings for self, individuals, families, the community, and populations.
  9. Assume professional accountability to uphold the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Nurse Practice Act (in the state in which the nurse practices) and the ANA Code of Ethics.
  10. Demonstrate reflective nursing practice.
Skills You’ll Learn

Accelerated BSN students at the University of Providence will learn these skills and more:

  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Coordinating care of individuals, families, and community
  • Checking and monitoring vital signs
  • Time management and stamina
Course Layout

The University of Providence’s accelerated BSN program is administered over 12 months, starting in January and concluding in December. Students will enroll in 3 semesters with an average of 3 classes per semester or 8 – 10 average credit hours per semester. Students will complete a total of 54 credits upon graduation. Courses are delivered in two eight-week intensives per semester. Students progress through the course in the cohort model respective to their designated clinical site location.

Accelerated BSN Course Layout

Semester 1: First 8-Weeks
  • NRS PL 313 Nursing Practice Fundamentals (4 credits)
  • NRS PL 376 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts I (3 credits)
  • NRS PL 370 Introduction to Professional Nursing (1 credit)


Semester 1: Second 8-Weeks
  • NRS PL 372 Nursing Concepts I (4 credits)
  • NSR PL 412 Nursing Ethics and Spirituality (3 credits)
  • NRS PL 378 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts II (3 credits)


Semester 2: First 8-Weeks
  • NRS PL 430 Clinical Concepts I (3 credits)
  • NRS PL 410 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • NRS PL 422 Quality and Safety in Nursing Leadership (2 credits)


Semester 2: Second 8-Weeks
  • NRS PL 374 Nursing Concepts II (3 credits)
  • NRS PL 414 Population Health (3 credits)
  • NRS PL 421 Nursing Leadership (4 credits)


Semester 3: First 8-Weeks
  • NRS PL 440 Clinical Concepts II (4 credits)
  • NRS PL 474 Nursing Concepts III (3 credits)
  • NRS PL 425 Health Promotion in Nursing (2 credits)


Semester 3: Second 8-Weeks
  • NRS PL 417 Global Perspectives in Healthcare (2 credits)
  • NRS PL 450 Transition to Nursing Practice (6 credits)
  • NRS PL 495 Senior Seminar (1 credit)


*****Course listings are designed to demonstrate a ‘sample’ student schedule for an accelerated BSN student. Individual student schedules may not reflect the listed order of courses listed here*****

Providence Health & Service Partnership

Our unique partnership with Providence Health Services allows eligible Providence Caregivers and their dependents to receive a quality education from an accredited university.

Why Choose The University of Providence

At the University of Providence, we have created a platform designed to prepare aspiring nurses to serve as leaders in nursing. Our dynamic curriculum offers valuable, in-demand courses specifically tailored to meet the current needs of registered nurses while giving students the tools to become lifelong learners in healthcare practices and applications. Our graduates will meet the needs of the current workforce and be prepared to lead current and future nurses in providing quality, compassionate care to all patients through quality, evidence-based education.

Caregivers can find more information about these benefits by visiting the Heal The World page.

Tuition Discounts & Employer Benefits

Caregivers who enroll in our Accelerated BSN program can receive discounted tuition rates as part of our ongoing partnership with Providence Health Services and additional employer education benefits now offered through the Guild Education Benefit. These incentives allow eligible caregivers and their dependents more ways to save on higher education. These include:

  • Tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year. This reimbursement is available to eligible caregivers at the start of each year and can be applied toward the Accelerated BSN program.
  • Direct pay through Guild Education helps eligible caregivers cover most up-front program costs. (Caregivers will be able to utilize this benefit starting in the Spring 2024 enrollment period.)


Caregivers can find more information about these benefits on by visiting the Heal The World page.

Careers with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Registered Nurses are the largest group of professionals within the healthcare system, holding over 3.1 million jobs in 2021. In addition, registered nursing jobs are projected to grow between 2021 and 2031, adding 195,400 jobs in the same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Registered nurses work across the healthcare continuum – including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, long-term care facilities, and specialty care facilities. In addition to different locations, registered nurses with a BSN can work in various roles within nursing – including acute care, critical care, home health, geriatric care, and more. Discover more nursing careers for BSN holders on our blog.


Program Costs

The University of Providence is committed to affordability and providing pricing transparency for all School of Health Professions programs. Pricing transparency at UP includes:

  • Accessible and up-to-date information on tuition costs, university fees, application and admission fees, deposit amounts, and additional program costs.
  • Total cost of attendance worksheets to allow easy viewing of specific tuition layouts by program, by semester.
  • Information about scholarship opportunities and tuition discounts for specific groups.
  • Information about the financial aid process.


Visit our Tuition and Fees page to access the latest pricing information. Access the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Estimated Cost Breakdown sheet to view specific pricing information for this degree program, including a cost breakdown by semester and associated program costs. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the financial aid process at the University of Providence.


The University of Providence’s Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited through regional and national accrediting boards.

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The University of Providence is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Information can be found on the NWCCU website, and Comments can be directed to the NWCCU staff at the following address:


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100

Redmond, WA 98052

(425) 558-4224


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.


Montana Board of Nursing

The University of Providence is accredited by the Montana Board of Nursing. Information can be found on the Montana Nursing Board website, and Comments can be directed to the Montana Nursing Board staff at the following address:


Montana Board of Nursing

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

(406) 841-2380


Contact Information


Danette Schloeder, MSN, DNP

Clinical Instructor of Nursing