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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

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Two Nurses - BuildingThe 15-month-long, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) trains adults with 59 hours of previous college credit—or bachelor's degrees in fields other than nursing—to become registered nurses (RNs). It will prepare you to work in pediatric, surgical, adult, geriatric, and other fields of nursing. It also makes you eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which you must pass to become an RN. As an RN, you can work in hospitals, hospices, homes, nursing homes, workplaces, schools, medical missions, the military, and other medical settings.

While nurses are in high demand, the Institute of Medicine offers the public additional guidance: increase the proportion of nurses with bachelor's degrees from 50 percent to 80 percent by 2020. A BSN from Anderson will help you enter the workforce with an edge: it will launch your career, open doors to leadership and management positions, and qualify you for graduate-level training in nursing and healthcare.

Are you a first-time freshman or transfer student with less than 59 hours of college credit? Read about our Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (TBSN).

ABSN Admission Requirements

Applicants with a bachelor's degree Applicants without a bachelor's degree
(with at least 59 hours of college credit)
Completed Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing application
Two personal reference forms completed by a professor/teacher, employer, or pastor
Official transcripts of all college coursework from all institutions you've attended (including transcripts from classes you may be taking now)

Completion of the four science courses below within the last five years and achievement of an overall 3.0 GPA in these classes:

  • CHE 105 Essentials of General, Organic & Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    (4 credits)
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    (4 credits)
  • BIO 215 Fundamentals of Microbiology (4 credits)

*There may only be a one-time repeat of any of the four science courses.

Completion of the two following math and psychology courses:

  • MAT 108 Finite Probability and Statistics
    (3 credits)
  • PSY 205 Human Development (3 credits)
Completion of the following courses from the Anderson University core curriculum or their equivalents:
  • BIO 150 – Human Biology (4 credits)
  • ENG 101 – English Composition and Speech I
    (3 credits)
  • ENG 102 – English Composition and Speech II
    (3 credits)
  • KIN 135 - Lifetime Wellness (2 credits)
  • PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • CHR 105 - Introduction to the Bible (3 credits)
  • CHR 305 - Christian Worldview and Contemporary Application (3 credits)
  • Any 200 level English literature course (3 credits)
  • Any 6 credit hours from Humanities, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Natural Science, Social & Behavioral Science (6 credits)
  • Electives (7 credits)
Achievement of an overall GPA of 3.0 in your last 59 credit hours of coursework
Personal interview with the admission committee of the School of Nursing
Clear, urine drug test
Negative background check
Record of the following immunizations:
  • Hepatitis B titer or immunization
  • Documented tetanus within last 10 years
  • Flu vaccine
  • Rubella titer or immunization (measles)
  • TB skin test
  • Meningitis
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella titer or immunization (chicken pox)
Evidence of health insurance
American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider certification

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