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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.

New ABSN Curriculum – June 2019


Program Features

  • 12-month program (Fall 2018 start: August to August | Summer 2019 start: June – May), to be 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
Applicants must also meet the Tennessee statewide US history requirement for a bachelor’s degree One unit of high school level US History
6 credit hours of college level US History


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

N 333 Health Assessment N 312 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice for the Accelerated Student
N 319 Pathophysiology N 351 Pharmacotherapeutics I
N 419 Nursing Care of Adults N 420 Adult Health Clinical Immersion
N 422 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for the Accelerated Student N 423 Clinical Immersion: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing for the Accelerated Student
N 471 Nursing Research
N 342 Transcultural Issues N 454 Professional Leadership Issues
N 415 Maternal-Newborn Nursing for the Accelerated Student N 416 Clinical Immersion: Maternal-Newborn Nursing for the Accelerated Student
N 432 Community and Public Health Nursing for the Accelerated Student N 433 Clinical Immersion: Community and Public Health Nursing for the Accelerated Student
N 444 Pediatric Nursing for the Accelerated Student N 445 Clinical Immersion: Pediatric Nursing for the Accelerated Student
N 406 Pharmacotherapeutics II

For additional information, see the undergraduate catalog listing.

Undergraduate Handbook

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