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 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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How Our ABSN Program Works

Over the span of four, full-time semesters, our ABSN program facilitates your progress from basic to advanced nursing competence 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 real-world nursing experience in diverse areas of practice, from adult care to community health.

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 professions to improve patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate clinical judgment within best evidence-based practice.
  • Apply leadership skills in the provision of patient-centered care.
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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 curriculum relevant to the licensure exam, 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.

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Accelerated Nursing Program Advice

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

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 know if you’re learning a concept properly.
  • Look to friends and family members for help and support (e.g., grocery shopping, child care).
  • 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 those who are self-motivated and highly organized.

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 of the 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 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 class starts three times a year, in 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 a high level of personalized attention.

What type of student excels in this accelerated nursing program?

We find that the students who are most successful in our ABSN program are dedicated, eager to learn, and highly organized.

Are there any financial aid options for the ABSN program?

Our Office of Financial Aid can provide you with 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, which is the first step in determining federal financial aid eligibility.

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For More Information

Contact us or download our free guide to learn more about our ABSN program.