Concordia University, St. Paul’s Accelerated Nursing Program Overview

Whatever your reason for answering the call to become a nurse, Concordia University, St. Paul’s accelerated nursing program can help you achieve your goal in less time than many Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. Not only does our accelerated nursing program make it possible to earn a nursing degree in 16 months, but we also offer three start dates per year at each of our ABSN locations — in January, May or September — so you can start your journey sooner, too.

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How Concordia St. Paul's Accelerated Nursing Program Works

Our full-time ABSN program follows a rigorous, 16-month curriculum that teaches students the content and skills needed to become practice-ready nurses. The accelerated nursing program prepares you to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®) and be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

The ABSN at Concordia consists of:

  • Online courses: Accelerated nursing online courses delivered via an easy-to-use, interactive e-Learning platform
  • Skills labs: Learn technical nursing skills in skills labs alongside classmates at our ABSN learning sites.
  • Clinical experiences: Clinical learning in a variety of modalities is a vital part of your nursing education at both our Portland, OR, and St. Paul, MN locations

Due to our ABSN’s 16-month timeframe and the dedication required from start to finish, we recommend that students view their accelerated nursing program education as a full-time job.

Earn Your BSN Degree

At Concordia University, St. Paul, our goal is your success. Our accelerated nursing program prepares you to become more than a nurse — you become a leader who is ready to help transform the world of healthcare.

Through our small, caring community that encourages supportive student-faculty relationships and spiritual growth, you will learn to care for the whole patient — mind, body and spirit. Our holistic approach to healthcare education allows you to be prepared to promote health, offer quality nursing care and provide leadership, both within healthcare organizations and in the broader community.

Upon completing the accelerated nursing program at Concordia University, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with the clinical preparedness needed to take the NCLEX-RN, which is required to become a registered nurse.

Accelerated BSN FAQ

While our goal is to provide as much information as possible about Concordia University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), we understand you may have questions, and we’re here to help. Here are the most common Accelerated BSN FAQs we receive from prospective students.


How Will CSP's Online Coursework Prepare Me For a Successful Career?

Our Accelerated BSN follows a blended learning model, comprising online nursing theory coursework, nursing skills labs and clinical learning experiences in a variety of modalities.

This format provides a strong academic foundation, along with the content preparedness necessary to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®) and become an RN.


When Should I Apply to the Accelerated BSN?

Our accelerated nursing program offers three starts a year at both our St. Paul and Portland ABSN learning sites. That means you can fast-track your nursing school journey so you can graduate a career-ready nurse with a quality BSN sooner than with other programs.

Our admissions counselors can help you develop a personalized enrollment plan, including a plan for completing any necessary prerequisites and getting started in the BSN program.


How Many Students Does the Accelerated BSN Accommodate?

Our blended learning model gives us the flexibility to accommodate a greater number of qualified students than many other nursing programs. We start new cohorts three times a year.


What are CSP's NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates?

Oregon State Board of Nursing Baccalaureate RN Program Pass rates are available on oregon.gov/osbn. Minnesota Board of Nursing Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Program pass rates are available on mn.gov/boards/nursing.


Have additional questions about our 16-month ABSN program? Fill out the form to have an admissions counselor contact you to take the first step toward a life-changing, in-demand career in nursing.