ABSN Prerequisite Course Information

Accelerated Nursing Program Prerequisites for Non-Nurses

For those looking to pursue an accelerated BSN program, Grand Canyon University offers ABSN prerequisites online and on campus. This set of prerequisite courses aims to prepare you with a basis of medical and professional knowledge that can help you gain entry into an ABSN program. Pursuing your GCU ABSN prerequisites online or on campus provides you with the opportunity to work toward your academic and career goals by completing courses in a format that works best for you.

Benefits of GCU’s ABSN Prerequisites

When you complete your ABSN prerequisite courses at GCU, you are gaining more than a comprehensive pre-nursing education. Courses at GCU are instilled with a Christian worldview, emphasizing compassion, respect for ethics and human dignity. While preparing to enter the ABSN program, you will have the opportunity to establish your own connection between your faith and your work in the nursing field.

For convenience and flexibility, GCU offers ABSN prerequisites online. This online modality provides you with the opportunity to prepare for possible entry into the ABSN program by completing your pre-nursing courses on your schedule, without sacrificing other priorities. You will also have access to GCU’s online learning resources and a community of support while completing your courses.

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ABSN Prerequisite Courses

You will need to complete the following prerequisite courses to be eligible for enrollment into the ABSN program at GCU. If you previously completed some of these courses, they must have been completed within the past seven years for your credits to be eligible for transfer. These courses are:

C or higher within 7 years
GCU Course Code Credits
Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIO-202 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab BIO-202L 1
Microbiology BIO-205 3
Microbiology Lab BIO-205L 1
Applied Nutrition BIO-319 4
Applied Pathophysiology BIO-322 4
Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry CHM-101 3
Introduction to General, Organic and Biochemistry Lab CHM-101L 1
Lifespan Development PSY-357 4
Female GCU student completing ABSN prerequisite courses online

GCU Scholarships Available

GCU has scholarship options available to help make reaching your career goals more affordable and attainable. To explore the various scholarship options at GCU, you can find more information on our scholarships and grants page.

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Earn Your ABSN Prerequisites From an Accredited University

GCU is an institutionally accredited university, providing academic programs that have been reviewed and certified to meet high educational standards. The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing, the master’s degree programs in nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and the post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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

Accelerated Nursing Program (ABSN) Prerequisites FAQs

To help you better understand the ABSN prerequisite course process and requirements, read through some of our most frequently asked questions.

To view a list of the required prerequisites, refer to the above list of courses. For more information on specific course codes, or to get a credit evaluation for courses you may have previously taken, fill out the form on this page to get in contact with a university counselor.

Ultimately, whether a nursing program at a university chooses to accept a specific prerequisite nursing course is up to the discretion of that institution. Nursing programs will look at the accreditation of the university in which you completed your credits, rather than the format. Due to this, it may be helpful to ensure that you are completing online courses from an institutionally accredited university.

In order to be eligible for the ABSN program, you must earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25 or higher in your prerequisite courses. For questions regarding the GPA requirement, contact your university counselor for additional clarification.

If you have not completed any prerequisite courses, you will need to complete any remaining requirements prior to secondary admission. For more information on a timeline for completing your prerequisite courses, fill out the form on this page to get in contact with a university counselor.

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If you’re ready to enroll in accelerated nursing program prerequisites at GCU, contact us today to get started.