Accelerated Nursing Program Overview

Northeastern University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program gives undergrads from a non-nursing background the opportunity to fast-track into the profession. So, whether you have at least 62 non-nursing college credits or hold a bachelor’s degree in advertising, psychology, or anything in between, our ABSN program makes it possible for you to earn a quality BSN degree from a top-ranking university in as few as 16 months.

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Our accelerated nursing program prepares skilled, compassionate nurses to provide patient-focused care. Designed with the NCLEX in mind, students complete the program with the confidence needed to pass the NCLEX, earn their nursing license and embark on their healthcare careers.

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How Our ABSN Program Works

Our ABSN program offers two paths — second-degree and transfer  — that facilitate your progress from fundamental to advanced nursing competence through four full-time semesters via three distinct learning components.

  1. Online courses teach the fundamentals and theories of the nursing profession, from health assessment to drug therapy to ethical practice.
  2. Nursing labs teach the safe, effective application of core skills, from wound care to intravenous therapy, within a realistic, risk-free clinical setting.
  3. Clinical rotations at top healthcare facilities provide hands-on nursing experience in diverse practice areas, from adult care to community health.
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Together, these three learning components prepare you to sit for the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam with confidence and enter the workforce as a practice-ready nurse who can:

  • Provide competent, compassionate care to diverse patient populations.
  • Deliver care that meets the unique faith and cultural needs of patients.
  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to improve patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate clinical judgment within best evidence-based practice.
  • Apply leadership skills in the provision of patient-centered care.

NCLEX-RN Preparation

Every nursing school graduate must take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam to legally practice the profession. Our ABSN program not only provides a curriculum relevant to the licensure exam, but it also prepares you to take the test with confidence.

Northeastern provides an excellent education. It definitely prepared me for the NCLEX. I passed in 75 questions,” said ABSN alumnus Stephen W.

Accelerated Nursing Program Advice

As an ABSN student, you can expect to put a lot of time and energy into your studies. Many students think of our ABSN program as a full-time job and will tell you prioritization and planning are crucial to success.

Helpful hints to help see you through the accelerated path to nursing:

  • Get to know the expectations of your instructors right away.
  • Maintain a regular study routine so you don’t fall behind.
  • Study with other students to see if you’re learning a concept properly.
  • Look to friends and family members for help and support (e.g., grocery shopping, childcare).
  • Find an outlet that helps you relax and unwind from the rigors of nursing school.

Overall, the types of students who tend to be the most successful in our ABSN program are self-motivated and highly organized.

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ABSN Program FAQs

As you consider the accelerated nursing program at Northeastern, you may have more questions about how the ABSN works. Below are a few common questions we get about the program at Northeastern.

What are the general admissions requirements for the ABSN program?

Students must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 62 non-nursing college credits from an accredited institution and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must also complete any necessary prerequisites with grades of “C” or higher.

When should I apply to the ABSN program?

Our ABSN program offers start dates three times a year: January, May, and September. Applications are usually due two months before classes start.

How many students can the ABSN program accommodate?

Our blended learning model allows us to accommodate higher enrollment capacities than many other nursing programs in your area. We start new cohorts of students in January, May, and September. Clinical groups usually consist of five to eight students per instructor to ensure everyone receives personalized attention.

Are there any financial aid options for the ABSN program?

Our Office of Financial Aid can provide information regarding the funding options available for the program tuition. Our staff is also happy to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the first step in determining federal financial aid eligibility. We also offer scholarships to newly admitted students at our Burlington and Charlotte ABSN locations. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

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For More Information

Contact us to learn more about our ABSN program.