Nursing education is now well established within the tertiary sector. Globally, recent years have seen the implementation of numerous admission pathways to a nursing degree, enabling applicants from varying backgrounds to enter the nursing profession. A major catalyst for these pathways has been to address the perennial shortage in the nursing workforce. The accelerated pathway is one such admission avenue where students possessing a degree in a discipline other than nursing qualify for admission and complete the degree in a condensed time. Students commence these courses equipped with a skills base developed from life experiences and previous tertiary study. These are used as facilitators throughout accelerated education to enhance course negotiation and performance. Minimal research is available exploring these course facilitators. This literature review examines the existent research to deepen an understanding of these facilitators described as unique to accelerated students. Implications for nursing education and nursing research are discussed.