Northeastern ABSN Requirements for Admission

The Northeastern Accelerated BSN program, which blends online coursework and hands-on learning, has start dates in January, May and September, with applications typically due two months before the first day of class.

Our Boston ABSN location is tailored to students with a prior non-nursing bachelor’s degree. If you’re a transfer student with at least 62 college credits looking to complete your degree or you’re a second-degree student, our Charlotte ABSN program can help you earn a BSN in as few as 16 months.

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ABSN Eligibility Requirements

  • A non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution for students at our location near Boston
  • A non-nursing bachelor’s degree or at least 62 college credits from an accredited institution for students at our Charlotte location
  • Prerequisite course completion with a “C” grade or higher
  • Ability to meet all university technical standards, download the PDF here.
  • A personal statement
  • A video essay
  • 3 letters of recommendation
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ABSN Admissions Criteria

If you meet the ABSN requirements for our ABSN program, you are required to complete the following tasks as part of the admissions process:

  • Write a goal statement describing your nursing interests and future career plans.
  • Film a short admissions video to accompany your goal statement.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from academic and professional references.
  • Send us an updated resume.

About Your Admissions Video

Your admissions video does not need to be professionally produced — it can be as easy as using the video function on your smartphone. Your admissions video must:

  • Be at least two minutes long.
  • Have suitable lighting.
  • Be posted to YouTube, with the hyperlink listed in your goal statement.
  • Answer the question: What makes you a good candidate for the Northeastern ABSN program?
  • Show your face at all times.

Technical Standard for Admissions

We have identified a series of technical standards, or functional abilities, that are essential for success in our ABSN program and a career in nursing. Prior to enrollment, you must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet these technical standards, which include functional use of your human senses and the ability to perform fine and gross motor skills.

International Student Admissions Requirements

If you are someone who previously studied outside of the United States, you must meet a series of international ABSN requirements before you can apply to our ABSN program. In addition to the requirements listed above, you must have:

  • Lawful permanent residence in the United States.
  • A BS or BA degree (or a minimum of 62 non-nursing college credits for enrollment consideration at our Charlotte campus) from an approved learning institution.
    • Note: You can use the Degree Equivalency Tool on to see if your BS or BA degree comes from a learning institution recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a college or university in the United States.

Transcript Evaluation

Before our admissions team can determine if your degree is eligible, you must have your transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). It’s important to complete this step before speaking at length with an admissions counselor. A credential evaluation helps us better understand your academic achievements and whether or not you qualify for the ABSN program. Visit to begin your credential evaluation.

Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If your degree is from an institution outside of the United States where English is not the primary language, you must take the TOEFL and earn a score of 100. The test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. Use college code #3629 when taking the TOEFL.

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For More Information

These requirements are just a starting point for our ABSN program admissions process. Contact us to set up an appointment with one of our admissions counselors.