Why Choose Joyce’s Accelerated BSN Program

Staff Writer
Nov 1, 2021 | 0 min read

If you are looking to make a career change to the high-demand field of nursing, an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing will put you on the fast track to a rewarding career in healthcare.

1. What is Joyce's Accelerated BSN Degree?

An accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is one of the fastest, most efficient educational pathways to qualify nursing students for RN licensure. Our accelerated BSN program provides an expedited career trajectory for students with an existing bachelor’s in any non-nursing field. It allows qualifying students to transfer up to 60 of their existing college credits, so they can pursue a nursing degree without further academic prerequisites. Essentially, an aBSN through Joyce eliminates redundancies and gets you closer to your dream of becoming a nurse in less time.

2. What makes an Joyce's aBSN unique?

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes we recognize in regards to our nursing graduates confirms their competency as well-trained healthcare professionals. The quality and relevance of Joyce’s hands-on, experiential learning has provided our students with the skill set and confidence for a lasting career in healthcare. At Joyce University, you will join a legacy of highly qualified nurses.


Your hands-on education includes exclusive access to our state-of-the-industry nursing facilities including our Joyce Johnson Center of Simulation. In our facilities you will train on high-fidelity robotic patient mannequins, life-like synthetic cadavers, and in realistic clinical environments so that you’re ready to hit the ground running upon graduation.

Blended Learning

Our aBSN program includes a blended approach to learning. Blending online and on-campus coursework, students will learn nursing theory online while developing clinical skills at our on-campus simulation center. Blocked clinical intensives allow you to balance hands-on learning with your schedule. We make it a priority to provide flexible scheduling, so you can pursue both your career and personal goals.

Still considering whether you should get a BSN? Learn more in our article on 10 Reasons to Get a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.


Joyce’s is one of Utah’s leading nursing colleges. We have graduated thousands of degreed students prepared for their RN boards, many of whom have established lifelong friendships and professional contacts with classmates through their education experience. Our nursing graduates enter the workforce ready to succeed in a career healing patients, but also helping each other. With an Joyce aBSN degree, you can build up a reliable network of professional contacts to help you transition into and across the nursing field.


3. How does Joyce's Accelerated Nursing Program Work?

Our Accelerated BSN program is designed to get you on the hospital floor – or wherever you plan to practice nursing – as quickly and efficiently as your schedule allows. It is fast and intense, but you won’t be left alone to accomplish your goals. Our combination of lecture, laboratory, and in-person clinical experiences prepares graduates to pass the NCLEX – the majority on their first try. And because we want to make your financial and professional goals a reality as soon as possible, no previous nursing experience or prerequisites are required for qualifying applicants.

Applicants must submit proof of a non-nursing bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75. Once accepted, students typically attend on-campus or online instruction 2-3 days per week depending on the semester. You should expect to commit 40+ hour per week to your education to complete the following:

120 total credit hours – (60 hours of transfer credit from previous baccalaureate education and 60 credit hours of core courses)
517.5 required clinical hours

4. How long is Joyce's accelerated BSN program?

Joyce’s Accelerated BSN program is approximately 20 months with 517.5 required clinical hours. That means the distance between enrollment for your aBSN degree and applying for your first job can be as little as 20 months.

5. What does Joyce's aBSN program curriculum look like?

Joyce’s aBSN curriculum is designed to not only develop your clinical judgement skills – your exposure to evidence-based practice will enable you to become employable as an RN in a variety of specialized fields. In just 5 semesters, you’ll be able to sit for your boards and then enter the medical field with the competence to proficiently navigate healthcare technology, supplied with the resources for delivering lifesaving results.

Here are the semesters at a glance:

Semester 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice, Introduction to Nursing and Evidence-Based Practice

Semester 2: Essentials of Nursing I: Understanding Nursing Practice, Pharmacological Principles, Statistics for Nursing Practice

Semester 3: Essentials of Nursing II: Care of Clients and Communities, Quality, Safety, and Technology in Nursing, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Semester 4: Care of the Adult Client, Care of the Childbearing Family

Semester 5: Care of the High Acuity Client, Transition to Nursing Practice and Leadership, NCLEX Testing Orientation


*Our aBSN curriculum is designed to meet the licensure and certification requirements in the state of Utah. Contact the licensing agency in your desired state of practice to ensure your license will be viable.

Ready to enroll? Learn how we can help you reach your career goals. Get more information about our aBSN program and financial assistance by calling (801) 890-4704.

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