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BS in Nursing Jumpstart

Transfer up to
61 Credits
A median of 43 credits accepted
Receive 30 credits for prior education and successful completion of NCLEX-RN

Begin Your BS in Nursing Without Missing a Beat

Be Unstoppable

You won’t let anything get in the way of your goals, especially when those goals include the bigger earning potential and better opportunities that come with earning your bachelor’s degree in nursing.

If you are a recent associate degree in nursing graduate waiting to take the NCLEX-RN, with Excelsior’s Jumpstart program, you can keep the momentum going and start on your BS!

This provisional admission program allows students to start taking bachelor’s-level courses while awaiting NCLEX-RN results. Students provisionally admitted have one year from the admission date to obtain RN licensure. After successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and submission of final transcripts, students are fully admitted into the RN to BS in Nursing program with up to 9 nursing credits already completed!

Meet the faculty program directors.

Fast Facts:

Hospitals with a higher percentage of nurses with a BS in Nursing had both a higher standard of patient care and a lower incidence of patient post-surgical mortality. (Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)


A typical Bachelor of Science graduate earns $1.19 million over their working lifetime –more than twice as much as a typical high school graduate. (Source: The Hamilton Project)


The average median salary for a registered nurse with a BS is $70,000. (Source: BLS)


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credit hours

Online BS in Nursing Jumpstart Program Details

BS in Nursing Jumpstart (provisional admission to the RN to BS in Nursing program) is open to:

  • Graduates of an RN diploma program of nursing
  • Graduates of an accredited college or university in the United States with an associate degree in nursing

Why Wait?

BS in Nursing Jumpstart lets you transition from your AD in Nursing into a BS in Nursing program all while saving time and money toward your degree.

  • Apply for provisional acceptance into Excelsior’s RN to BS in Nursing program and take up to 3 courses right away.
  • Pass the NCLEX-RN and earn a permanent RN license within 12 months of your provisional admittance date to seamlessly continue with your BS in Nursing.
  • Balance work and life with our 100% online program designed for nurses by nurses, and take advantage of transfer credit options, financial aid, and support resources.

Excelsior’s flexible, fully online RN to BS in Nursing program is designed for working nurses like you! Our expert faculty, and dynamic, engaging courses will prepare you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need to take your career to the next level.

Visit our program page to read more Excelsior’s RN to BS in Nursing program courses, meet the faculty program director, and find out how you can increase your jumpstart by transferring in credit for certifications and prior learning.

  1. Be sure to read the complete list of application requirements
  2. Complete your Provisional Admittance Acknowledgment Form
  3. Speak to an admissions counselor who will walk you through how to submit your transcripts and complete your application

Common Careers with an
Online BS in Nursing Jumpstart

  • Case Manager
  • Nurse Manager
  • Public Health Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Research Nurse
  • Nurse Entrepreneur

Jennifer Gentry
Associate in Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing
2004, 2011, 2015

Each time I went back for another degree the information was very relevant to what I was doing, and it was almost as though Excelsior was acting as my mentor/preceptor into the new role that I had stepped into. What I was learning in school, I was applying to day-to-day work and what I was learning in day-to-day work, I was applying in my degree program. You just can’t beat that.

Recognitions & Accreditations

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New York State Board of Regents – Recognized Programmatic Accreditation

Excelsior College’s nursing programs are programmatically accredited by the New York State (NYS) Board of Regents, State Education Department Office of the Professions (the Regents). The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the Regents as a state agency for the approval of nursing education programs since 1969. More information about the NYS Board of Regents’ Recognized Programmatic Accreditation may be helpful for students or graduates to present to a school they are attending or to an employer seeking more information about their Excelsior College nursing degree.

ACEN Accreditation

The bachelor’s and master’s nursing programs at Excelsior College are accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the bachelor’s nursing program in March 2019 is Continuing Accreditation.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master’s nursing program in March 2019 is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding these programs at acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

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Center of Excellence Recognition

The National League for Nursing (NLN) designated Excelsior College's School of Nursing a 2016-2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, in recognition of the School's sustained achievements in creating environments that promote student learning and professional development. This is the fourth consecutive designation.

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.