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.


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 GPA of 3.0 for all prerequisites.
  • Minimum grade of “C” for all prerequisites. (Only one retake is permitted)

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

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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.

Human Anatomy or Anatomy & Physiology I (w/ Lab)4
Human Physiology or Anatomy & Physiology II (w/ Lab)4

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. As a plus, you’ll become familiar with the e-learning platform you will use once enrolled in the ABSN program. These prerequisite courses set you up for success and ensure you’ll be putting your best foot forward when you start your ABSN coursework.

To get started on your path toward becoming a nurse, complete the form above to speak to an admission counselor.

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ABSN 101 Guide

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