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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

The accelerated BSN program’s objective is to offer individuals with non-nursing baccalaureate or higher degrees the opportunity to complete a nursing program in less time than a traditional baccalaureate program.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) defines accelerated BSN programs as those that can be completed in 12 to 18 months. The UT College of Nursing program is a 12-month accelerated program, not an abbreviated program. For those individuals who have the right balance of intellectual ability, time management skills, emotional fortitude, and personal and financial support, an accelerated BSN program can be the ideal entry into practice.

Program Features

  • 12-month program (August to August), completed in three full-time semesters
  • Direct transfer of previous baccalaureate degree credits
  • Minimum prerequisite course requirements
  • Excellent clinical experiences at major hospitals, community clinics, health departments, schools, and other health care facilities in the region
  • Highly qualified faculty who are experienced teachers, researchers, and leaders in nursing and health care
  • Technology-enhanced classrooms and accredited simulation laboratory facilities
  • Outstanding preparation for the NCLEX, the national licensing exam for RNs—UT College of Nursing graduates consistently exceed both the state and national pass rates

Prerequisite Requirements

  • All prerequisites must be completed, in progress, or planned at the time of application.
  • Prerequisites must be completed before the program starts in the fall.
  • It is not possible to complete any prerequisites concurrently with the upper-level nursing science courses.
  • All prerequisite coursework can be completed at any accredited institution. Student with questions about acceptable institutions should contact the UT Office of the Registrar.
  • There is no time limit on prerequisite course completion date. However, if you have science prerequisites that date back more than seven years, it may be beneficial to repeat these courses for preparation for the accelerated curriculum.
  • Contact the College of Nursing Student Services Office if you have questions regarding course equivalency. Use the transfer equivalency tables to find equivalent courses at other colleges/universities.
Chemistry I and II 8 semester hours with labs
Human Anatomy 4 semester hours with lab
Human Physiology 4 semester hours with lab
Microbiology Minimum 3 semester hours with lab
Statistics 3 semester hours
Human Development or Developmental Psychology 3 semester hours
Nutrition 3 semester hours
Bioethics/Medical Ethics (or another acceptable ethics course) 3 semester hours


The accelerated BSN program consists of 46 credit hours over 12 months, beginning and ending in August.

Fall (14 credit hours)
Health Assessment Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
Pathophysiology of Health Deviations Pharmacology I
Spring (16 credit hours)
Nursing Care of Adults Adult Health Clinical Immersion
Mental Health Maintenance & Restoration Nursing Research
Mini-term (4 credit hours)
Transcultural Issues Professional Leadership Issues
Summer (12 credit hours)
Pharmacology II Health Promotion & Maintenance Strategies in the Community
Nursing the Childbearing Family Care of Children, Adolescents, and their Families

For additional information, see the undergraduate catalog listing.

Undergraduate Handbook

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