ABSN Prerequisites and Eligibility Requirements

Our second-degree ABSN program builds on your non-nursing college education to make the 16-month transition into nursing possible. While many incoming ABSN students have a background in biology, health sciences, or psychology, there’s also a lot of academic diversity within the program; no previous healthcare experience is required to enroll. We’ve had students who previously studied education, finance, public policy, and so on before deciding to pursue nursing.

Eligibility Requirements

Before you can apply and/or start in our ABSN program, you must have a:

  • Non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  • Minimum grade of “B” in each science prerequisite. (Only one retake is permitted.)
  • Minimum grade of “C” in statistics. (Only one retake is permitted.)

*Please note that international students are not eligible for the ABSN program.

Prerequisite Courses

We only have four prerequisite course requirements for our ABSN program, which is a huge advantage for second-degree students eager to transition into nursing, without having to spend more time than needed satisfying requirements. These courses lay the foundation for your success in nursing school.

CourseMinimum Grade RequirementCredits
Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology I (w /Lab)B4
Human Physiology or Anatomy & Physiology IIB4

Prerequisites must have been completed within eight years of your ABSN program start date.

When you’re ready to begin the ABSN prerequisites, we make it convenient for you to do so by offering these courses online through Xavier.

You may qualify for provisional admission into the program by completing these courses through us. And you’ll become familiar with the e-learning platform you will use once enrolled in the ABSN program. To find out, complete the form below to speak with an admission counselor.