The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is designed for individuals from all work backgrounds, including LPNs, CNAs, paramedics, veterans with medical training, or non-healthcare related ﬁelds*, who desire to transition to the ﬁeld of baccalaureate nursing. As a nurse, you will make a difference in the lives of others. You will be challenged and satisﬁed, knowing that nursing is more than just a profession, but rather a passion.
The ABSN program provides students with a professional foundation, integrating nursing theory with skills required for nursing practice. Through the ABSN program, you will gain valuable patient care experience, critical decision making skills, and conﬁdence. This full-time program of study combines online learning with hands-on clinical practice.
*Those with a healthcare background will have the opportunity to validate competency on previously gained skills.
The ABSN program is a 63-credit hour, full-time, accelerated program that consists of online instruction with testing, simulations, labs, and clinical rotations completed onsite at our Oak Brook, IL regional center and at local hospitals and healthcare facilities. You will start and complete the program with your class group in about 16 months. The curriculum is based on the mission, philosophy, and conceptual framework of Olivet Nazarene University’s Department of Nursing.
Graduation requirements include successful completion of the ABSN curriculum, a GPA of 2.75 or above, and 128 semester hours of college credit, which will include required general education, Bible, and prerequisite courses. Graduates of this program will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The ABSN program is designed for those who hold an associate degree (AA or AS) or baccalaureate degree in another ﬁeld or have earned at least 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements of a 2.75 cumulative GPA for previously earned credits, earned a 77% overall, 75% math, 60% A&P on the HESI exam, and complete all prerequisite courses with a grade “C” or better.
- $4,000 GPA Scholarship for all new incoming students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA on the 9 science and nursing pre-requisite courses.
- $2,000 HESI A2 Scholarship for those who receive a score of 94% or higher on the HESI. According to Elsevier, a score above 90% is considered to be excellent.
- $1,000 HESI A2 Scholarship for those who receive a score of 86% to 93% on the HESI. According to Elsevier, a score above 80% is considered to be very good.
- No limits on the number of scholarships awarded to each student who qualifies. Awards may range from $1,000 to $6,000 max per student.
The scholarships are exclusive to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Olivet Nazarene University.