ABSN Prerequisites and Education Requirements*

Our 16-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) in Portland 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.

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, it’s possible to take the ABSN prerequisites you need to start the core nursing curriculum.

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.

*The following information is for Fall 2020 students.

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
PSY321Human Growth and Development3
MTH123College Algebra3
MTH231Research and Statistical Techniques3

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.

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 D 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.

Transfer Credit Guidelines

Concordia University will accept college-level credit hours from regionally accredited institutions. Concordia University does not give credit for experiential learning (life experience). Only courses with a grade of D or above will be accepted for transfer credit of general education courses and D- or above for elective courses. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Concordia University. A minimum of 45-semester credits must be completed at the 300 or 400 level. The GPA of coursework that is over 10 years old will not transfer to Concordia.

If you have completed your transferable associate’s degree, Concordia recognizes the following Block Transfer Degrees as fulfilling all general education requirements except REL 401N and HUM 351N (which must be completed at Concordia University):

  • Oregon: The Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT); Associate of Science Oregon Transfer in Business (ASOTB)
  • Washington: The Washington Transfer Associates of Arts (WTAA), also known as the Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA and AS-DTA)
  • California: Any associates degree if you also met the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements and earned the IGETC certificate

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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