Accelerated Nursing Program

While most Accelerated BSN programs are second-degree options, Pacific Lutheran University’s accelerated nursing program north of Seattle, Washington, considers applicants who have at least 60 college credits in another field of study. Plus, our ABSN program does not have a waitlist—enrolling students every February, June and September.

How Our Accelerated BSN Program Works

Pacific Lutheran University nursing students working in simulation lab

Our Accelerated BSN program builds on your non-nursing college education to make the 16-month transition into nursing possible. The full-time program blends online nursing coursework with hands-on nursing labs and in-person clinical rotations. It is a rigorous learning path that requires hard work and dedication to succeed. But not to worry, you will have access to resources that can support you all the way through.

  • Online accelerated nursing coursework lays the foundation for your education by focusing on the fundamentals of professional practice.
  • Nursing skills and simulation labs at our ABSN program site allow you to develop your applied skills and clinical judgment alongside faculty.
  • Clinical rotations at local health care facilities provide real-world patient care experiences in diverse areas of nursing practice.

In summary, we teach you the fundamentals and theories of nursing practice online. You convert this knowledge into psychomotor skills during your nursing labs. From there, you learn how to pull everything together within the scope of diverse clinical practice via nursing simulation and clinical rotations.

After you earn your BSN degree from Pacific Lutheran University, you will be prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®). Over the past several years, our BSN graduates have achieved first-time NCLEX pass rates above 90%.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ABSN program?

An ABSN program is an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. It is a learning path that allows individuals with a non-nursing college education to become a nurse. Given the rigorous, fast-paced nature of these programs, students must commit to full-time study.

How long is the ABSN program?

The ABSN program at Pacific Lutheran University takes as few as 16 months to complete. And because the program has three start dates a year, eligible individuals can begin their nursing education as soon as possible.

When are the start dates?

The ABSN program at Pacific Lutheran University has three start dates a year, enrolling students every February, June and September. As a result, the program can accept many students annually.

Where is the program offered?

While the Pacific Lutheran University campus is in Tacoma, the university operates its ABSN program from a satellite facility north of Seattle, Washington in Lynnwood. The facility is just for accelerated nursing students and features state-of-the-art nursing skills and simulation labs.

What degree is an ABSN?

An ABSN program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Our students complete the same professional nursing curriculum as traditional four-year BSN students, but within a compressed time frame. An Accelerated BSN program does so by allowing students to build on their existing non-nursing college education.

What is an online ABSN program?

A lot of confusion surrounds online ABSN programs. They are BSN programs for non-nurses, not working registered nurses. And they are not 100% online. Online ABSN programs follow a hybrid learning model that combines online accelerated BSN coursework with hands-on nursing labs and in-person clinical rotations. Nursing is a hands-on occupation, so it would be impossible for non-nurses to enter the profession with online learning alone.

Contact us to learn more about our accelerated nursing program near Seattle, Washington.

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