5 Things You Didn’t Know About Earning Your BSN from Marian University

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Marian University ABSN students in sim lab

If you are thinking about becoming a nurse at Marian University, here is a list of things you may not know about the ABSN program.

1. You don’t need a medical background to become a nurse quickly.

Many people have fears about becoming a nurse because they don’t have a healthcare or medial background. However, not having a medical background shouldn’t hold you back from earning your bsn.

Marian University offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that allows students to get the medial background they need to become a nurse. The program only takes 16 months of professional nursing study and the main qualification to enroll in the accelerated nursing program at Marin University is having a previous bachelor’s degree. To enroll in the program, you don't need to have a medial background in any way. In fact more than 60% of the students considering the program do not have a science or healthcare in their backgrounds.

2. The online-based curriculum makes it easier to go back to school.

Marian University's online-based ABSN program combines the flexibility of online coursework with the rigor and experience that comes with simulation labs and in-hospital clinicals. If you have other responsibilities in your life, like a family to care for, you'll be able to schedule studying around those other obligations. But since you can't become a nurse without in-person practice and patient interactions, you will need to be present at one of our ABSN sites a few times per week and attend clinical rotations.

3. You will have plenty of support in the accelerated nursing program.

Marian University's accelerated nursing program offers one-on-one advising. This advising starts before you even enter the program. The advisors at Marian will help you create a personalized academic plan based on your background and goals including your target start date.

Once you are enrolled in the program you are still not alone. The staff at Marian University is still a resource to you. After enrolling in the program, you will be assigned to a cohort (a group of students that you regularly have class with). You will be encouraged to network with this group and use them as a support system as well. Finally, you will also have your own personal network to help you though the demands of nursing school.

Nurse blogger Shannon Barnes recently wrote a blog post about just this. It’s safe to say, you will not be alone when you become a nurse at Marian University.

4. Indianapolis and Nashville are both great places to live and work.

Marian University offers the ABSN program in both Indianapolis and Nashville. You do have to live in or very close to one of these cities to be successful in the program. Here are a few highlights about both of the cities:


  • Marian University partners with St.Vincent Health. There are many great hospitals within the St.Vincent Health system where you will get to work and get hands on experience.
  • The cost of living in Indianapolis is very affordable, so your money will go further when you live in Indianapolis. If you are considering relocating for a nursing program, this would be a very cost effect place to move to.
  • This city is big but not too big. There is a lot to keep you busy in the city, but you won’t get lost in endless hours of traffic. Indianapolis is home to many sports teams, as well.
  • If this list didn’t convince you that Indianapolis is great here are a number of other facts about Indianapolis.


  • Marian University in Nashville partners with St. Thomas Heath. This partnership will give you the opportunity to work in many of the top hospitals around Nashville, TN.
  • The weather is beautiful! Nashville has long springs and falls and the average temp is around 70 degrees.
  • There are lots of jobs available after you graduate. Nashville was rated #3 in job growth according to Forbes.
  • There is lots to do in this city. Nashville is home to more than 100 parks, 30 museums and 13 colleges! They city also has a great music and food scene. You won’t be at a loss for things to do.
  • If this list didn’t convince you to move to Nashville, then head on over here to see other reasons why Nashville is a great place to live

5. Earning your BSN in as few as 16 months is possible.

Getting your bachelor’s degree in nursing in just 16 months is going to be a lot of work. However, it’s very doable and you can do it. All you have to do is take the first step. The first step to becoming a nurse at Marin University is to contact us, and we will have an advisor reach out to you to create a custom plan for you.