ABSN Prerequisites and Education Requirements

Our 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is rigorous, making it important that you feel confident and prepared before enrolling. Your previous education plays an important role in how prepared you are, which is why you may need to fulfill any outstanding prerequisite courses prior to beginning the curriculum.

Prerequisite and general education courses differ if you are interested in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 start date.

Depending on your previous education, you may have taken all or none of the Accelerated BSN prerequisites — or you took certain science courses more than seven years ago. Whatever the case, so long as your previous college coursework meets the GPA and accreditation requirements, you can complete any outstanding ABSN prerequisites with us to prepare you for your nursing program.

When you call, one of our admissions counselors will walk through your transcripts with you to determine which, if any, courses you will need to take.

Fall 2020 Cohort ABSN Prerequisite Courses

Your ABSN prerequisites lay the foundation for your success in our accelerated nursing education and are an essential part of your overall preparation as a nurse.

Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission with a “C” grade or higher, as well as a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

PrefixCourseCourse TitleCredits
BIO211General Biology I with Lab4
BIO284Microbiology with Lab3
BIO364Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab4
BIO365Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab4
CHM101Chemistry for Life with Lab3
CHM102Principles of Organic and Biochemistry with Lab3
COM309Intercultural Communication4
PSY230Lifespan Developmental Psychology3
PSY321Human Growth and Development3
MTH123College Algebra3
MTH231Research and Statistical Techniques3
ESS462Nutrition3

All science prerequisites must be current within seven years from the date of application. All math prerequisites must be current within 10 years. General education requirements transferred from another institution do not expire. Please contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Fall 2020 Cohort General Education Requirements

Students are required to complete 31 semester credit hours in general education in the content areas below. General education courses are eligible for equivalent transfer credit with a “C” grade or higher. Math and composition course requirements must be completed prior to beginning nursing core coursework. General education requirements may be satisfied by prerequisite requirements.

  1. Transfer Foundation, 14 credits
  2. Spiritual Foundation, 6 credits
  3. Intercultural Experiences, 5 credits
  4. Studies in Arts and Sciences, 6 credits

Students should work with an admissions counselor to determine their individual path to completion.

Spring 2021 Cohort Required Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission with a “C” grade or higher, as well as a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

PrefixCourseCourse TitleCredits
PSY230Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Note: PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (4cr) is a prerequisite to this course.
3
MAT165Quantitative Reasoning for Health Care Professionals3
CHE105Chemistry for Health Sciences
Note: CHE 115 General Chemistry (4cr) can be taken instead.
4
BIO120General Biology I with Lab4
BIO300Microbiology4
BIO315Human A&P I with Lab4
BIO316Human A&P II with Lab4
ENG120College Writing4
COM309Intercultural Communication
Note: COM 103 Interpersonal Communication is a prerequisite to this course.
4

All science and math prerequisites must be current within seven years from the date of application. General education requirements transferred from another institution do not expire. Prerequisite courses may be repeated in their entirety in order to meet the grade and GPA requirements. Only one withdrawal and two retakes of a prerequisite course are allowed. Please contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Spring 2021 Co-Requisite Courses

These courses may be completed before or during the nursing program

PrefixCourseCourse TitleCredits
THL200Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global Introduction to the Bible3
THL345Callings: Christianity and Vocation3

Spring 2021 Cohort General Education Requirements

Students are required to complete 38 semester credit hours in general education in the content areas below. General education courses are eligible for equivalent transfer credit with a “D” grade or higher for Minnesota students and a “C” grade or higher for students in Oregon. Students can only have six credits of general education left when they begin their nursing courses. Math and composition course requirements must be completed prior to beginning nursing core coursework. General education requirements may be satisfied by prerequisite requirements.

  1. Communication (4 credits)
  2. Writing (4 credits)
  3. Literature or History/Political Science (4 credits)
  4. Global Studies (4 credits)
  5. Social/Behavioral Studies (4 credits)
  6. Fine Arts (2 credits)
  7. Theology (6–7 credits)
  8. Health and Physical Education (3 credits)
  9. Science (4 credits)
  10. Math (3 credits)

Students should work with an admissions counselor to determine their individual path to completion.

Have questions about how you can use your non-nursing experience to become a nurse in 16 months? Contact us to talk to an admissions counselor today.

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