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

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

2023 Cohort Enrollment Requirements  


The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is designed for second-degree students who are high achievers and desire to pursue a career as a professional registered nurse.

The ABSN curriculum is delivered in block format over 12 months (January to December). The course work is very intense and rigorous. This 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, or in preparation for the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam for registered nurses. 

Plan of Study and Degree Requirements

ABSN students require 120 semester hours 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.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the ABSN program is highly competitive and dependent on the qualifications within the pool of applicants. The admission criteria are:
  • 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 the back page of the curriculum guide 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. The program must include at least 30 hours of clinical learning. Check local community colleges for course offerings.
  • Writing sample and possible interview for further admission consideration

After Admission, proof of current immunizations, a negative drug screen and background check will be required.

For additional support on applying to the ABSN program, watch the NCAT Registration video 2021 update - YouTube.

Click here to download the ABSN Cohort Internal Application.

absn-graphic.pngAdmission Process

Application periods for the program are as follows:

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 choice of major.

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 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 admission requirements are met.


All accelerated courses are held at our Union Square Campus.

University Tuition & Fees

Accelerated students are assessed at the distance learning rate for tuition and fees. Please see Tuition and Fees

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

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.