Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, no matter the field of study, our accelerated nursing program in Chicago can put you on the fast track to a BSN degree. It’s the perfect way for students from a non-nursing background to transition into a nursing career in as few as 16 months.

The demand for our ABSN program has been very high and the applicant pool competitive, so it’s important that you meet all the admission requirements to apply, including a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

How an ABSN Program Works

Loyola ABSN Students

A second-degree ABSN program builds on the undergraduate degree you already have, making it possible to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree in 16 months. The curriculum requires a significant amount of time and energy to keep pace and involves three stages of learning:

  • Accelerated nursing courses establish the foundation of your education.
  • Skills and nursing simulation labs put your course knowledge into practice.
  • Clinical rotations provide diverse, real-world patient care experiences.

Together, our comprehensive ABSN curriculum prepares you to sit for the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam. In fact, our 2021 BSN program graduates achieved a first-time NCLEX pass rate of 88.6%. Once you pass the NCLEX, you’ll be able to call yourself a registered nurse and practice the profession in all types of health-care settings.

Hybrid Learning Option

By choosing our ABSN program in Downers Grove, Illinois, you will complete your nursing curriculum online and in-person. Most of your lecture coursework will be completed online at a time and place convenient for you. Each week, your course faculty will meet with your class at a scheduled day and time at the program site to focus on applying what you have learned in your lectures, reviewing key concepts, and conducting examination preparation and review sessions. You will complete your skills and assessment labs, and simulation learning experiences at the Downers Grove site as well. Your clinical learning experiences will be scheduled with our healthcare facilities in the Chicagoland area.

Onsite Option

If online learning isn’t for you, our ABSN program in Maywood, Illinois, has you complete all aspects of your accelerated nursing education face-to-face with faculty. You’ll attend class, labs, and simulations at our Health Sciences Campus and visit area health-care facilities for clinical rotations.

Contact us to learn more about our Accelerated BSN program options near Chicago.

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