Accelerated Nursing Program FAQs

If you haven’t noticed, there is a lot of information surrounding our second-degree accelerated nursing program in Indianapolis. Therefore, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

1. When do classes start for the ABSN program?

We offer three ABSN program starts a year, in January, May, and August.

Marian University ABSN instructor teaching nursing students in simulation lab2. What is an online-based Accelerated BSN program?

Our online-based ABSN program takes a blended approach to an accelerated nursing education. The 16-month program follows a rigorous, effective sequence of online nursing theory coursework, hands-on skills practice and proctored exams at our ABSN program site, and diverse clinical experiences at St. Vincent.

3. What qualifications do I need to get into accelerated nursing school?

You must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.8 or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours you completed. You must also complete several science and humanities prerequisite courses within the specified requirements.

4. How will I know if I have to complete prerequisites?

Before starting the ABSN program, you must complete or show previous completion of seven prerequisite courses within our specified grade requirements. You will need to speak to your admissions advisor to see if you have any applicable credits from your past academic experience.

5. How much time can I expect to be in labs?

You can expect to be at our program site at least two days a week when it comes time to participate in labs.

6. How many clinical practice hours will I complete at St. Vincent?

While the exact location and length of each clinical rotation at St. Vincent will vary, you can expect to complete a total of 765 clinical practice hours in a wide variety of health care settings.

7. Can I work while attending accelerated nursing school?

The Leighton School of Nursing advises that ABSN students focus solely on their education given the time and commitment required to complete accelerated nursing program successfully.

8. Why are NCLEX pass rates important?

Every nursing school graduate must take and pass the NCLEX exam to earn RN licensure, which is one of the requirements for joining the nursing workforce. BSN programs with high NCLEX pass rates demonstrate a commitment to both student success and the nursing profession. Our Leighton School of Nursing consistently yields high BSN NCLEX pass rates for first-time test takers.

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