Earn Your ABSN in 16 Months¹
Prepare yourself to succeed in the nursing profession and contribute to the greater good through servant leadership with the 16-month ABSN nursing program at Grand Canyon University (GCU).1 This accelerated BSN program for non-nurses 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 BSN Program for Non-Nurses
GCU’s accelerated BSN program is designed for individuals who have a non-nursing college education and 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-month time span.1 While the ABSN curriculum is rigorous and requires dedication and commitment, it also offers a hybrid learning model to provide a well-rounded educational experience.
As an ABSN degree student, you will complete much of the 16-month nursing program curriculum online.1 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 can sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) and enter the profession as a practice-ready nurse.
Nursing Careers for ABSN Program Graduates
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.3 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.
Accelerated BSN 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 for non-nurses 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 requirements.
Individuals who meet our academic requirements are eligible for our ABSN program. 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 an institutionally accredited university, 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, (only applicable for Arizona students). 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.
Accelerated BSN Program 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: Depending on the state where the student has enrolled, they may require a different or additional general education course. See University Policy Handbook.
Required General Education Courses
Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Program FAQs
1 Secondary Applicants must transfer a minimum of 60 of the required 123 credits or have completed a baccalaureate degree which includes nine prerequisite courses/labs and 10 general education courses prior to starting the core nursing courses, which can be completed in as few as 16 months. Direct Entry Applicants that do not transfer 60 credits but meet the minimum requirements can complete these credits through GCU prior to starting the core nursing courses. Depending on the state where student has enrolled or intends to complete the program, student may require additional courses. This may include, but is not limited to, additional general education courses, courses in the major, clinical courses, or a different course sequence. See University Policy Handbook. For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university approvals, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.
2 Retrieved from Niche.com, Grand Canyon University Rankings, in September 2022
3 Retrieved from: Nurse Journal, The 10 Best Places to Work as a Registered Nurse, in May 2022.
4 Retrieved from: Nurse Journal, Where Do Nurses Work? A Breakdown of the Various Job Settings for Nurses in May 2022.
5 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Registered Nurses as of May 2021, retrieved on April 28, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 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. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
6 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.