ABSN Admission Overview

If getting into nursing school is what you want, our 16-month ABSN program allows you to start your education as soon as possible. If you meet our ABSN admission requirements, you can apply for a start date in February, June or September.

You need a minimum of 60 non-nursing college credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to begin our ABSN admissions process. Then, before we can admit you into the program, you must satisfy our ABSN prerequisite requirements. Keep in mind that prospective students are not permitted to apply to more than one program at a time, so choose your program wisely and commit wholeheartedly.

You will need to decide between our Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at our Tacoma campus, our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in Lynnwood, or our Entry Level Master’s of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) program at our Tacoma campus.

Our School of Nursing reviews applications for each term on a rolling basis, meaning we evaluate applications upon arrival rather than waiting for the submission deadline. As a result, we can provide you with an admission decision within weeks instead of months.

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Admission Support

While getting into nursing school is a process, our admissions representatives prove it does not have to be complicated. As a prospective ABSN student, we will pair you up with a dedicated admissions representatives who will support you every step of the the ABSN admissions process. This individual will help you develop and adhere to an academic plan that gets you started in our ABSN program sooner rather than later.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the accelerated nursing program cost?

While nursing school is an investment, it is worth it. Our ABSN program offers a high-quality education that provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a rewarding nursing career. For more information on tuition costs, visit our tuition page.

Why are the NCLEX pass rates important?

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is how registered nurses receive their licensure and start their nursing careers, which is why it is important to consider a program’s NCLEX pass rate. This helps indicate how well a program prepares its students to take the NCLEX.

Is the ABSN program accredited?

Pacific Lutheran University and the ABSN program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Washington State Department of Health. For more information on our accreditations and nursing approvals, visit our accreditations page.

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For More Information

Contact us to learn more about our Accelerated BSN admission process.