ABSN Program Requirements and Prerequisites

While you don’t need prior nursing training or health-care experience to take the accelerated path to nursing, we do need you to meet certain academic requirements before you can begin the admission process. Your program eligibility also hinges upon the successful completion of the ABSN prerequisites.

Academic Requirements

  • A BA or BS degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Satisfactory completion of the ABSN prerequisites
  • Satisfactory completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable

GPA Guidance

We factor the ABSN prerequisites into your GPA. So, if your cumulative GPA is just below 3.0, you could potentially raise your average by doing well in your prerequisite courses, thus making you eligible for the program.

ABSN Prerequisites

While you can apply to our ABSN program with some prerequisites in progress, you must satisfy the course requirements before you can start nursing school.

Science CoursesCredit Hours
Organic Chemistry or  Chemistry for Health Professionals (must include lab)4
Anatomy and Physiology I & II* (must include lab)8*
Microbiology3

*May take these separately as 4 credits of human anatomy and 4 credits of human physiology. Both courses must include labs.

Non-Science CoursesCredit Hours
Introduction to Psychology3
Developmental Psychology3
English (2 courses)6
History3
Statistics3

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in each science course
  • Earn a grade of “C-” or better in each non-science course
  • Complete each science course within 7 years of entering the program
  • Prerequisite courses must be from regionally accredited institutions

Prerequisite Transfer Credits

Depending on your previous area of undergraduate study, you may have already satisfied many of the ABSN prerequisite requirements. We accept transfer credits from accredited institutions within and outside of the Chicago area. Please refer to our ABSN Transfer Guide or speak with an enrollment advisor to see if your credits are transferable.

TOEFL Requirement

If your undergraduate degree comes from a higher learning institution outside of the United States, you must take the TOEFL and score within our English proficiency requirements. We also require a Catalog Match transcript evaluation for any coursework completed outside of the United States.

Background Check

While not required for admission, you’ll also need to complete a criminal background check before you can begin the ABSN program. Please be aware the results of your background check may impact our ability to place you in a clinical setting.

Contact us to learn more about the ABSN program academic requirements and prerequisites.

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