Perfect for college graduates and career changers, our second-degree ABSN program makes it possible to earn a quality BSN in 16 months. To begin the accelerated nursing admissions process, you need a non-nursing college degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7. Also, you must satisfy the ABSN prerequisites before you can start the program.

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As long as you’re eligible, you can apply for a spring, summer, or fall term at one of our three ABSN program locations in Ohio—Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Columbus.

Each location is designed to support students with state-of-the-art equipment and resources. Whether you choose Cincinnati, home to our main campus, Cleveland or Columbus, both in the heart of bustling urban spaces, Xavier puts the tools for a comprehensive nursing education right into your hands.

Due to the competitive nature of nursing school, we recommend contacting our admissions team as soon as possible. We follow a rolling admissions process, which means we review applications as they come in, rather than waiting for the submission deadline to pass. Admitted students have the opportunity to secure a spot in their preferred term on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deferral Policy:
If you are admitted for a term and do not want to start that term you will have to wait one year to reapply.


We not only have one of the most accessible ABSN programs in Ohio, but also one of the most supportive admissions teams around. By choosing Xavier University for your accelerated nursing education, you can expect a high level of personalized attention from your admission counselor every step of the way.

Your assigned accelerated nursing admissions counselor will help you navigate the entire admissions process. They will advise you on what documents you will need to gather, which requirements you will need to fulfill and keep you informed on any deadlines you will need to meet. They will be there to answer any questions you have and make sure you have a smooth application process.

Contact us to learn more about our Accelerated BSN admissions process.

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What are the basic admissions requirements for Xavier’s ABSN program?

Whether you’re interested in our Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Columbus ABSN program, you must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above to meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Additionally, before you can begin nursing school, you must satisfy our four prerequisite requirements.

How much does the program cost?

Take a look at our ABSN tuition and fees page to see a breakdown of the costs of our program. Your nursing education is an investment in your future, and you may be eligible for financial aid or other scholarships to help cover the cost.

How can I get help applying to the program?

Our admissions counselors are a great source of support and are ready to help you gather all the necessary documents to apply to our program. They can also help you identify which requirements you may need to meet and answer any questions you may have.

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ABSN 101 Guide

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