John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Entry Option

ABSN Program Option Information / Enrollment Requirements

 Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Entry Option for the 2023 Cohort

ABSN Cohort Internal Application

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The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Entry Option is designed for second-degree students who are high-level achievers and desire to pursue a career as a professional registered nurse. The ABSN Entry Option curriculum is delivered in block format over 12 months (January to December). The course work is very intense and rigorous. This entry option is designed for full-time study Monday through Friday and may also include nights and weekends. Therefore, it is expected that students do not work during this year of study, and in preparation for the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam for registered nurses.

Plan of Study and Degree Requirements
The second – degree student enrolled in the ABSN Entry Option requires 120 semester hours that includes transfer credits for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Pre-requisite courses may be taken through any accredited community college, college, or university and transferred to meet university degree requirements. It is advised that students refer to the NC Community College equivalency chart before enrolling in any pre-requisite courses to confirm equivalency. If interested in taking these courses at N.C. A&T, please contact the Office of Extended Learning at (336) 334-7810.

 Qualified Applicants must meet the following Admission Criteria (Before Admission)

NOTE: Admission is a very competitive process and dependent on the pool of applicants.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum graduating cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (Bachelor’s degrees obtained outside of the UNC System may require additional general education. See back page for general education requirements).
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses with a “C” or better on the first attempt, prior to enrollment
  • TEAS Test results must meet or exceed National Mean (students may retake until benchmark met at time of application) For TEAS info visit
  • CNA I listing with NC Nurse Aide Registry (Course must include at least 30 hours of clinical learning) NOTE: Check local community college for course offerings.
  • Writing sample and possible interview for further admission consideration
NOTE: After Admission, current immunizations, a negative drug screen, and a negative background check will be required.

ABSN Courses
  Pre-Requisite Courses
Course Code Subject Credits
BIOL 221 General Microbiology 4
FCS 157 Intro. to Human Nutrition 3
FCS 260 Intro. to Human Development 3
NURS 415 Health Care in a Global Society 3
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
MATH 224 Statistics I 3
* CHEM 104 General Chemistry IV 3
*CHEM 114 General Chemistry Lab 1
*BIOL 350 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
*BIOL 351 Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4


*Please note that General Chemistry, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II cannot be older than 5 years at the time of application.

Admission Process
Prospective students should submit an application to the university Office of Undergraduate Admissions according to the following application periods:
January (Spring) Admission
August 1—October 1

Step #1: Submit an application to the university through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. When completing the application, select Nursing (Accelerated BSN) as your major choice.

Step #2: Submit official transcripts from every school and college you have attended. The review process will not begin until all transcripts have been submitted.

Step #3: You will receive an official evaluation from the university indicating your transferrable courses. All prerequisites must be met at the time of application.

Step #4: You will receive communication from the School of Nursing outlining any additional requirements needed.

NOTE: Applications are accepted once a year (spring) and are prescreened for university requirements. Proof of high school completion and official transcript(s) from each college and/or University attended is required. Early applications will more likely result in enrollment if all requirements are met.

All accelerated courses are held at our Union Square Campus. Please take a tour at the link below.

University Tuition & Fees
Accelerated students are assessed at the distance learning rate for tuition and fees. Please see the link below: Tuition and Fees

Upon acceptance into the entry option, students should anticipate additional required fees for nursing compliance. Please see the Estimated Fee Sheet for details.

University General Education Requirements
Any student who has earned a Bachelor’s degree outside of the University of North Carolina School System may be required to meet university general education requirements. Required general education is listed below by Student Learning Outcome.

A complete listing of approved general education courses can be found at the General Education Course List.


Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Entry Option for 2023 Cohort

ABSN Cohort Internal Application

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