The curriculum for the Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Program for Second Degree (ABSN) students mirrors the traditional nursing program. The acceleration of the program is accomplished by giving the students up to 60 credits from their previous degree(s) placing non-nursing courses (psychology, sociology and nutrition) in the Lower Division and statistics in the Upper Division so that students are able to complete the program in 16 months.
All students are required to complete the prerequisite math, science and nursing support courses. Students are eligible to apply to the Accelerated Program once they are enrolled in the pre-nursing courses. Students admitted to the Accelerated BSN program are required to have a natural science GPA of 2.7. The natural science courses evaluated are chemistry, math, and biology. A cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required of students admitted to this program, but the competitive cumulative GPA is 3.00 or above.
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used as an assessment of math, science, reading, English and language skills. The TEAS is incorporated in a pre-nursing course. A nursing instructor in the pre-nursing theory course and a pre-nursing skills based course will evaluate each applicant for readiness to begin the study of nursing. Clinical locations are at a variety of health care facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and health departments in Durham, Wake, Orange, Chatham, Person, Vance, Granville, and Franklin counties. Please contact the Office of Student Support Services at 919-530-7235 to make arrangements to meet with an advisor or have additional questions answered.