Since 1831, Xavier University has followed a Jesuit education philosophy that prepares students to make the world a better place by helping them cultivate lives of reflection, compassion, and informed action. We’re the fourth oldest Jesuit-based higher learning institution in the United States and among the 28 that are part of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).

Welcoming students of all faiths, we educate those who desire knowledge in the service of others and a willingness to always do more. We offer more than 90 undergraduate programs at our main campus in Cincinnati, Ohio, and maintain consistently high student success rates.

By enrolling in our ABSN program, you can expect to earn a quality education that puts you among the 65,000+ Xavier College of Nursing graduates who are making a difference around the globe.

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At the Xavier College of Nursing, our mission is to graduate nurse leaders who are prepared to improve and safeguard the health care needs of individuals, families, and entire communities.

The College of Nursing offers several undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, including the 16-month ABSN program for second-degree students. While based on the main Cincinnati campus, the College of Nursing operates two standalone ABSN Learning Centers in Ohio– Cleveland and Columbus.

Each of our locations educates students with high-tech medical equipment and all the tools you’d find in a real-life hospital setting. Whether you’re on our main campus in Cincinnati or the vibrant downtown spaces of Columbus and Cleveland, you’ll find the support needed to hone your core nursing skills and clinical judgment.

We frame all of our nursing programs within the Jesuit philosophy of holistic care, providing students with an education that not only focuses on their academic mastery and personal growth, but also contributes to the greater good of society.

In fact, we are among the few universities to have the endorsement of the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, which means our ABSN graduates can sit for the Holistic Certification Exam after passing the NCLEX-RN® exam. Graduates of non-endorsed schools must actively practice as a holistic nurse before they can pursue certification.

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What is the benefit of having a nursing education grounded in Jesuit values?

We teach you how to apply nursing skills safely and effectively as well as understand how illness can impact patients from a physical, psychological, social, cultural, and religious perspective.

It’s an educational philosophy that not only focuses on your academic mastery and personal growth, but also contributes to the greater good of society. And, because of this approach, our nursing graduates are eligible to sit for the Holistic Certification Exam after passing the NCLEX-RN® exam.

What is an ABSN program?

It is an accelerated nursing program for students who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and want to quickly transition into the nursing profession. The Xavier ABSN program is a second-degree nursing program.

ABSN 101 Guide

Download our ABSN 101 Guide to help you successfully navigate the accelerated path to nursing.