Accelerated BSN FAQs

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.

Below are the most common Accelerated BSN FAQs we receive from prospective students.

How will CSP’s online ABSN coursework prepare me for a successful nursing career?

Our Accelerated BSN follows a blended learning model comprising online nursing theory coursework led by esteemed professors, hands-on experiential learning in our nursing simulation labs in Portland and real-world clinical practice in local health care facilities that are among the region’s top employers.

This format provides a strong academic foundation, along with the clinical preparedness necessary to take the National Council Licensure Exam, or 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.

Is it possible to work while participating in this Accelerated BSN?

Both of our accelerated nursing program options — in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon — follow a rigorous, full-time format that could easily be considered a job in itself. We typically recommend that our students allow themselves the opportunity to focus on their Accelerated BSN education full time.

What type of student excels in this BSN program?

Because our Accelerated BSN program options in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon, are fast-paced, the students who tend to be the most successful in this type of learning environment are dedicated, self-motivated, organized and eager to learn. They anticipate the stress that is going to be involved and are not afraid to lean on their fellow students and faculty for support and encouragement.

Are there any financial aid options available for accelerated nursing students?

Our financial aid advisors can provide you with information regarding the funding options available for students. Our staff is also happy to assist you in the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which is the first step in determining your personal financial aid eligibility. Once your FAFSA is received, they can provide you with detailed information about your financial aid eligibility and any remaining steps.

Have additional questions about our 16-month ABSN program? Give us a call, or fill out the form to have an admissions counselor contact you.

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