ABSN Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Accelerated Second-Degree BSN option?

The accelerated second-degree BSN option is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree and are interested in pursuing a BSN degree with eligibility to obtain licensure as a registered nurse (RN). This 12-month option begins in the spring semester annually

What is the difference between the BSN program and Accelerated SecondDegree BSN option?

A baccalaureate degree is not required for admission to the BSN. After admission to the BSN, students complete two years (4 semesters) of nursing courses and graduate with a BSN.

A baccalaureate degree is one of the minimum requirements for the ABSN. After admission to the ABSN, students complete one year of nursing courses in a more intense format.

Do I need a degree in science for the Accelerated Second-Degree BSN?

Students are not required to hold a degree in science. The requirement is a bachelor’s from an accredited college/university in any field of study.

Is there a time frame on prerequisite courses?

The Anatomy & Physiology prerequisite courses must have been taken within the last 5 years.

How many students are accepted each year?

A minimum of twenty students a year are accepted. Applicants would have to apply for admission to ECU, the College of Nursing, complete the required prerequisite courses and a pre-admission entrance exam before the deadline date. After the application deadline date, competitive applicants would be receiving an invite for a personal interview before final decisions are made.

Do I have to attend class on-campus?

Yes, the Accelerated Second-Degree BSN option is a full-time campus based option that will last for 12 months.

Once admitted, how long is it before I can take the NCLEX and begin working as a nurse?

During the one year, students are enrolled in an intensive, full-time, undergraduate-level series of traditional pre-licensure courses. At the end of 12 months, successful students would then graduate with their BSN degree and be able to take the NCLEX-RN. Upon passing this exam, students receive their RN license and are eligible to begin work as a registered nurse.