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Nursing (Dual-degree) Overview and Requirements

In the dual-degree nursing program, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science through an accelerated three and a half year curriculum at Gordon (including summer classes) and a Bachelor of Science with a nursing major through an accelerated 16-month curriculum at Curry College. The average program completion time is four years and three months.


Program Schedule

  • Year one: All Gordon courses toward a B.S. in Health Science
  • Year two: Gordon courses, plus one online Curry course
  • Year three: Finish all Gordon courses, plus three online Curry courses
  • Year four +: Take the remainder of courses at Curry

Financial Aid

The accelerated nature of the dual-degree program saves students up to $29,000* and affords them two degrees in under five years. Students can retain financial aid packages awarded by Gordon until they complete all of the Gordon requirements (according to the above timeline, at the end of year three). For the final portion of the program, students will pay tuition at Curry College and may be eligible for scholarships. 


  • Anticipated successful completion of bachelor’s degree from Gordon in health science
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 at Gordon
  • Completion of all prerequisites required for the ACCEL courses
  • All other ACCEL Program requirements (including minimum grade requirements for Program coursework), as described by the Curry College School of Nursing Curry School of Nursing Baccalaureate and RN-BS Programs Policy & Information Booklet (updated annually)
  • Completion of a minimum of 48 credit hours at Gordon prior to enrollment in the first ACCEL course

A private, four-year, liberal arts college in Milton, MA, Curry College has been educating the Boston area’s top nurses for 40 years. The nursing program originated in Boston Children’s Hospital, which is ranked as the country’s #1 pediatric hospital by U.S. News and World Report. When the Hospital phased out its diploma program, the program moved to Curry to become the College’s School of Nursing, which now offers certificate, bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Located just seven miles from downtown Boston, Curry offers nursing students unparalleled access to dynamic, experiential learning at some of the world’s best academic medical facilities—including Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Curry’s program was the first in Massachusetts to be granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They were also one of 15 schools in the country selected for the pilot Robert Wood Johnson Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) project on which their curriculum is now based.

In addition to similarities in size, proximity to Boston and breadth of academic programs, Curry and Gordon share a long-held dedication to the liberal arts tradition—a framework that allows students from both institutions to think holistically, reason analytically, communicate persuasively and act morally.

Next steps

For more information, contact:

Patricia Lowry, RN, MSN
Coordinator, Dual Degree Nursing Program

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*Note: $16,000 of savings comes from completing six summer term courses in lieu of a fourth year at Gordon, and $13,000 comes from 12 credits counting toward degrees at both institutions. This is the average that a student would save by going through the accelerated/dual-degree program instead of doing a standard four years at Gordon plus an additional degree specifically at Curry. Calculations are based on average discount rates for Gordon and do not account for any additional savings through scholarships from Curry.

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