Earn Your BSN in 16 Months1
Prepare yourself to succeed in the nursing profession as well as contribute to the greater good of society through servant leadership with the 16-month ABSN program at Grand Canyon University (GCU).1 This accelerated BSN program not only supplies healthcare employers with a steady stream of prepared nursing graduates, but also gives qualified individuals increased access to a quality nursing education for a faster transition into the nursing profession.
An Accelerated Nursing Degree for Job-Ready Nurses
GCU’s accelerated BSN program is designed for individuals who have a non-nursing college education but are interested in pursuing a career in nursing. No matter your previous field of undergraduate study, our fast-paced ABSN program builds upon your education by following a logical, effective sequence of coursework, labs and clinical rotations over a 16-month1 time span. While the ABSN curriculum is rigorous and requires dedication and commitment, it also offers a blended learning model to provide a well-rounded educational experience.
As an ABSN degree student, you will complete much of the accelerated nursing curriculum online. You will also attend hands-on nursing skills labs and immersive simulation experiences at our learning sites as well as complete supervised clinical rotations in local healthcare facilities.
Upon your completion of the accelerated BSN program, you’ll be prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) with confidence and enter the profession as a practice-ready nurse.
Individuals who meet our academic requirements are eligible for our ABSN program.
Nursing Careers for ABSN Degree Graduates
At GCU, our nursing school graduates are among the most sought-after nurses in the industry. Healthcare employers across the country appreciate the emphasis our nursing degree programs put on ethical decision-making, professionalism and servant leadership.
Once you earn your accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing and pass the NCLEX, you are ready to get your license and practice as a registered nurse (RN). RNs can pursue employment in any number of healthcare settings, including hospitals, emergency rooms, physicians’ offices, schools, birthing centers and public health clinics.2 You can also work with patients across the healthcare continuum or pursue certification to specialize in a specific area of practice, from pediatrics to gerontology.
ABSN Program Requirements and Admission Process
As a candidate, you do not need prior healthcare experience to apply to our accelerated BSN program; however, you do need a non-nursing college education to begin the admissions process. Our accelerated BSN program builds on your non-nursing college education by giving you credit for what you’ve already accomplished as an undergraduate, enabling you to jump right into professional nursing study on the first day of class.
Admissions requirements may vary by state, so it’s important to talk to one of our qualified admissions counselors to ensure you fulfill all the needed requirements.
Before you can apply to and/or start in our ABSN program, you must have a:
- Non-nursing bachelor’s degree or minimum of 60 non-nursing college credits from a regionally accredited institution, depending on the ABSN location you’re applying to
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 credit hours completed
- Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in the ABSN prerequisite courses
- Complete the HESI A2 entrance exam within the specified minimum requirements:
- 80% in Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary
- 80% in Math
- 75% in Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Pass a Grand Canyon University background check. The background check expires after six months from date ordered. Your admissions counselor can advise you when to complete this step.
- Obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card, if required, for the state in which your intended ABSN location resides. Contact your admissions counselor for more information on this requirement.
Our specialized ABSN enrollment counselors help make the admissions process as seamless as possible. Working exclusively with ABSN students, these counselors know the ins and outs of the program and are here to provide personalized support.
ABSN Prerequisite Courses
To be eligible for the ABSN program, you need a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in the below prerequisite courses. If you have already completed some of these courses, you must have done so within the last seven years for your credits to be eligible for transfer. Any prerequisites you have not previously completed can be taken online through GCU.
C or Higher w/in 7 years
|GCU Course Code||Req.|
|Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry||CHM-101||3|
|Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry Lab||CHM-101L||1|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II||BIO-202||3|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab||BIO-202L||1|
General Education Courses
In your previous college experience, you’ve probably completed most, if not all, of these general education courses. But if you haven’t, don’t worry. You can complete any of these courses online through GCU.
*Please note: In addition to the general education courses listed below, the following courses are also required, based on location:
- SOC-102 (for students outside Nevada)
- PSY-305 (for Nevada students only)
Required General Education Courses
Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Degree Program FAQs
1Based on location, applicants must transfer a minimum of 60 of the required 123 credits, or have completed a baccalaureate degree, and complete 9 prerequisite courses/labs and 10 general education courses prior to starting the core nursing courses which can be completed in 16 months. An additional prerequisite course is required for students enrolled in Grand Canyon University’s ABSN program in Nevada. For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university licensures, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page at gcu.edu/CONHCPAccreditation
2 Retrieved from: Nurse Journal, The 10 Best Places to Work as a Registered Nurse, in May 2022.
3 Retrieved from: Nurse Journal, Where Do Nurses Work? A Breakdown of the Various Job Settings for Nurses in May 2022.
4 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Registered Nurses as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Registered Nurses. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.
5 Please be aware that the ABSN tuition is subject to change without notice.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Required General Education Courses
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.