Jacksonville University expands accelerated nursing program

Published on January 12, 2023 at 1:41 pm

Jacksonville University is expanding its accelerated bachelor’s degree program in nursing with the addition of a new clinical partner: Mayo Clinic.

The accelerated program offers a path to a bachelor’s degree in nursing in just one year.  

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JU said the program strives to meet the growing need for nurses in Florida and across the U.S. The expansion will double the number of students in the program at JU’s Arlington campus.

JU launched the accelerated bachelor’s degree program in 2021 in partnership with Baptist Health, followed by expansion in 2022 with Flagler Hospital.

With the addition of Mayo Clinic, students will have three pathways into the program with three separate start times — fall, spring and summer — providing flexibility for people seeking a career change, JU said.

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JU President Tim Cost, in a news release, called Mayo “the most esteemed hospital in the state of Florida. We look forward to continuing to invest in our partnership with one of the most trusted names in health care.”

Students will earn their clinical hours at the Mayo campus in Jacksonville, one of three campuses in the U.S. The others are in Rochester, Minnesota, and Phoenix.

U.S. News & World Report recognized Mayo as the No. 1 hospital in Florida for 2022-2023.

“Nurses are the heartbeat of Mayo Clinic and a critical part of the quality care that we provide to our patients,” Dr. Kent Thielen, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, said in the news release. “Educating and training the nurses of tomorrow is a top priority across all of health care, and we look forward to partnering with JU on this accelerated nursing program.”

Nearly one in four students at JU majors in nursing, making it one of the university’s most sought-after programs, JU said.

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field are eligible for the accelerated degree program, with the completion of several prerequisite courses for those coming from outside health care backgrounds.

Applications are open now for a program beginning in summer 2023. For information or to apply, go to

author image Reporter, WJCT News 89.9 email Dan Scanlan is a veteran journalist with almost 40 years of experience in radio, television, and print reporting. He has worked at various stations in the Northeast and Jacksonville. Prior to joining the WJCT News team, Dan spent 34 years at The Florida Times-Union as a police and current affairs reporter.

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