Accelerated nursing degrees allow students to complete a bachelor of nursing in as little as a year. Online degree programs are sought after by many as a means of completing an accelerated degree. The accelerated program has grown in popularity as a reaction to the US's nursing shortage of recent years. Understandably, an accelerated nursing program requires long hours and diligent participation. Also, the schools that offer accelerated programs are often very selective with candidates. It is a great program for those seeking a quick route to a lucrative career, but it is not without its challenges.