ABSN Nursing Program in Albuquerque

16-Month Accelerated Nursing Program in Albuquerque¹

For aspiring nurses looking for nursing schools in Albuquerque, Grand Canyon University offers an accelerated nursing program that can help you reach your nursing goals in 16 months.1 Our ABSN program is designed to educate you in a timely fashion while still providing you with a well-rounded base of nursing knowledge and skills.

  • Online Courses: In your program, you will complete some of your coursework in an online format, allowing for convenient learning.
  • Simulation and Skills Labs: You will have the opportunity to attend hands-on immersive simulation and skills labs to put your new knowledge and skills into practice before you begin working with patients.
  • Clinical Experience: As an ABSN student, you will attend clinical experiences at area clinical sites in Albuquerque, where you will experience nursing first-hand, learning from faculty and other healthcare professionals.
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Earn Your ABSN From an Accredited University

GCU is an institutionally accredited university, earning accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission since 1968. Our accreditation status reflects our desire to provide students with a quality education that can help equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills they need for their desired career path.

For more information on the accreditation of nursing programs and other university approvals, please visit our University Accreditation and Regulations page.

To be eligible for our accelerated nursing program in Albuquerque, you will need to meet certain educational requirements and have completed prerequisite courses. To learn more about these requirements, determine your eligibility, and discuss enrolling in the ABSN program, fill out the form on this page, and a university counselor will be in contact with you.

As a prospective ABSN student, it's important to be aware of the financial commitment you have and the additional costs you are responsible for while attending GCU’s Albuquerque nursing program. To learn more about how much earning your nursing degree may cost, visit our cost of attendance page.

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In May 2022, nurses in Albuquerque had a median annual salary of $82,840, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.5

Nursing Career Outlook in Albuquerque

Nationwide, there is a need for registered nurses to join the workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for registered nurses to increase by about 6% from 2022 to 2032, faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 177,400 jobs in the field.3

Along with the majority of the U.S., the state of New Mexico is experiencing a shortage of healthcare workers. Many healthcare facilities, most notably nursing homes, are looking for qualified nurses to fill an excess of open positions.4 With these needs comes the opportunity for ABSN students to help fill those gaps.

Explore Albuquerque Attractions and Activities

Albuquerque is located in the heart of New Mexico. This centuries-old city holds a unique opportunity for you to discover diverse cultures, traditions and authentic art. Art fairs, museums, cultural centers, music festivals and Native American dances are only a few of the ways for you to appreciate and explore the southwestern culture of Albuquerque.6

You can also take advantage of Albuquerque’s high-desert climate, which includes an average of more than 310 days of sunshine annually. This allows you to explore the outdoors year-round, such as by skiing the slopes of the Sandia Mountains, playing on golf courses or exploring the vast desert landscape.7

Another way to experience Albuquerque is by indulging in its authentic New Mexican cuisine, with its defining ingredient – chile peppers. Experience many more flavors this area has to offer by attending food and drink festivals, culinary events, and by visiting numerous historic eateries.8

If you’re looking for high-flying spectating, you may choose to attend one of Albuquerque’s balloon festivals. These hot-air balloon festivals are known to be some of the most photographed events in the world. You may even consider taking a hot air balloon ride yourself while taking in stunning views of the ballooning capital of the world, Albuquerque.9

Why Choose GCU for Your Accelerated Nursing Program (ABSN) in Albuquerque?

Aside from online learning,2 immersive simulation and skills labs and convenient clinical rotations, there are other benefits of enrolling in GCU’s Albuquerque nursing program site. GCU courses are taught with a Christian worldview in mind, emphasizing principles such as respect for human dignity, compassion and ethical practices in healthcare.

You may also be able to apply your transfer credits to our accelerated nursing program in Albuquerque. A complimentary Lopes Credit Evaluation can help you determine how many of your credits are eligible for transfer. Speaking with a university counselor can also help you determine your eligibility and put you on the right track toward earning your nursing degree.

Accelerated BSN Program in Albuquerque for Non-Nursing Degree Holders

With multiple nursing pathways available, GCU’s ABSN program in Albuquerque is designed for individuals who have either a non-nursing degree or for those with transfer credits or no prior coursework.

Our program offers you the ability to pursue your nursing degree in a hybrid format, combining online classes,2 complemented by in-person learning in skills labs and immersive simulation suites. With three start date options per year, you can choose the most convenient time for you to enroll and begin your nursing studies in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Nursing Program Site (ABSN) FAQs

Browse through some of the most frequently asked questions about attending nursing program in Albuquerque to learn more about pursuing your ABSN degree.

GCU’s accelerated nursing program in Albuquerque can be completed in as little as 16 months.1 This timeframe includes your online courses,2 immersive simulation and skills lab experiences, as well as your clinical rotations, which you will complete at area clinical sites.

If you are an aspiring nurse searching for nursing schools in Albuquerque who has a previous college background, transfer credits, or no college background at all, our Albuquerque ABSN program may be a good fit for you. To review admissions requirements and learn more about attending our ABSN program, fill out the form on this page to get in contact with a university counselor.

If you are looking to accelerate your path to becoming a registered nurse in the Albuquerque area, GCU’s nursing program in Albuquerque may be ideal for you. The program offers you convenience through online classes,2 while also teaching you critical nursing practices through hands-on learning in immersive simulation and skills labs. Additionally, registered nurses in the Albuquerque area had a median annual salary of $82,840, as of May 2022.5


Albuquerque ABSN Learning Site

6200 Jefferson St. NE Suite 300
Albuquerque, NM 87109

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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.

2 While all courses are completed online, you will need to attend clinical, practicum and immersion hours in person locally.

3 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, retrieved on Jan. 8, 2024.

4 Furlow, B. (2023, Dec. 13). ‘Everywhere you go is short staffed’: New Mexico nursing homes in crisis. New Mexico in Depth. Retrieved Jan. 8, 2024.

5 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Registered Nurses, as of May 2022, retrieved on Jan. 2, 2024. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers nationwide with varying levels of education and experience. It does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as registered nurses, nor does it reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country or 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. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries. Your employability will be determined by numerous factors over which GCU has no control, such as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, the graduate’s experience level, individual characteristics, skills, etc., against a pool of candidates.

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9 Visit Albuquerque. (n.d.). Ballooning Culture & History. Retrieved Jan. 8, 2024.