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 Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)


Program update- Effective for Fall  2017 ABSN applicants:
Nursing 201 – Introduction to Nursing – is no longer a required prerequisite course for the Accelerated BSN program. 
Please direct questions to Student Services ( or 865-974-7606)

Click on the slide image to view Dr. Gary Ramsey's (former Chair of Undergraduate Programs) presentation on Nursing as a Second Career.

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, personal and financial support, an accelerated BSN program can be the ideal entry into practice.


Unique features of our program:

  • Twelve-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.
  • State-of-the-art classroom, learning resource center, and 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.

Information Sessions

Students interested in learning more about the Accelerated BSN program are encouraged to attend an Information Session. Open to any interested student, these sessions will cover topics including program prerequisites, typical prerequisite substitutions, the application and selection process, curriculum, costs, and scholarship opportunities.

Information Sessions (PDF)


For More Information

Student Services Office
(865) 974-7606

Undergraduate programs in the College of Nursing are accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and are unconditionally approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.


Note: Application deadline is January 20, 2017 for Fall 2017 admittance.

How to Apply

Students applying to the Accelerated BSN program must: 


  • The College of Nursing utilizes NursingCAS for the Accelerated BSN program. NursingCAS,, is a centralized application service for nursing programs.
  • If selected in the application process, schedule and participate in an interview with College of Nursing faculty (TBA).
  • Applicants must also apply for admission to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the Accelerated BSN program. Please see to complete your Undergraduate Admissions Application.
  • Applicants who fail to submit a required application item by the deadline or fail to schedule or attend the interview will be ineligible for consideration.

Program Prerequisites

Accelerated BSN Prerequisites (PDF)

Application Instructions

Application Instructions (PDF)


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