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Accelerated Nursing Program (Second-Degree BSN)

Build upon your academic experience and expand your career prospects with the University of Mount Union’s post-baccalaureate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for adults who hold a previous bachelor’s degree in any subject. This accelerated BSN program uses state-of-the-art nursing facilities and hands-on clinical environments to equip you for a nursing career in just 15 months.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Mount Union is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN).

The application deadline for the May 2023 start date is April 14, 2023.

Quick Facts about the Accelerated BSN Program

Extend your education by completing a second degree in nursing. Our fast-paced program allows you to:

  • Complete the accelerated BSN program in as little as 15 months (see ABSN curriculum).
  • Invest in one of the most affordable accelerated BSN programs in Northeast Ohio.
  • Learn from outstanding faculty who are also active nursing professionals.
  • Use our new health and medical sciences facility equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms.
  • Complete simulations integrated into all lab and clinical courses.
  • Gain experience with electronic medical records systems.
  • Benefit from Mount Union’s strong clinical affiliation agreements.
  • Class of 2021 completion rate: 86%.
  • Class of 2021 NCLEX-RN pass rate: 100%.

ABSN Program Courses

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) curriculum is a 64-credit-hour, 15-month program that includes a sequence of clinical and non-clinical courses (excluding any prerequisite courses needed).

We base our BSN curriculum upon standards of nursing education from professional organizations, accreditation standards, state boards of nursing and changing societal needs related to health care. The curriculum reflects a commitment to evidenced-based nursing practice for individuals, families and communities that is grounded in an understanding of societal factors that influence health status and the delivery of health care.

Courses in the ABSN program prioritize the student experience with small class sizes and intensive one-on-one instruction led by highly qualified faculty in both classroom and health care environments.

Careers with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

The accelerated nursing program prepares you for a thriving professional career in nursing. Nurses are highly sought after, and the field is expanding: the Bureau for Labor Statistics projects 194,500 new nursing jobs per year, with nursing careers increasing 9%. Nursing is also a stable, lucrative career, with an average national salary of $75,000.

A BSN is the fastest-growing degree for a career in nursing, recommended by both the American Nurses Association and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Learn More About the Accelerated BSN Program

The accelerated BSN at Mount Union is tailored for bachelor’s degree holders seeking a second degree in nursing. Through this 15-month, career-focused program, you will gain hands-on practical experience, use cutting edge medical technology and learn from dedicated professional faculty.



Accelerated BSN Admission Requirements

Students need to meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  1. Hold a Baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited higher education institution, and
  2. Preference will be for students with an overall average GPA of 2.75 or greater in their earned bachelor’s degree, and
  3. Complete or have completed the following courses or equivalent courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better*:
BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
BIO 200 Microbiology with Lab
BIO 290** Pathophysiology**
CHE 110 & 115 General Organic and Biochemistry with Lab
PSY225** Lifespan/Human Growth and Development**
MTH 200/123 Basic/Elementary/General Statistics                 

*Completion of the prerequisite courses within the last five years. The program director will consider a prerequisite completion time frame of longer than five years on a case-by-case basis.

**This course could potentially be completed while matriculated in the program at Mount Union depending on the start day of the program. Check with program director.

ESL Requirements

  • 6.5 on IELTS/ 80 on TOEFL/105 on Duolingo: Direct Entry Admission with no required English as a Second Language courses required.  Highly recommend a two-credit medical terminology course during the first semester  
  • 6.0 on IELTS (IELTS scores are in .5 increments, so the next level up is 6.5; no range needed here)/ 70 – 78 on TOEFL/ 95-100 on Duolingo (Duolingo scores are in 5 point increments, so the next level up is 105): Provisional nursing student and required to complete two English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and a two-credit medical terminology course. No nursing courses or prerequisite science courses can be taken until both ESL courses or the medical terminology are/is completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • 5.5 on IELTS/ 61 – 69 on TOEFL/ 85-90 on Duolingo (minimum university requirements): Provisional nursing student and required to complete two English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and a two-credit medical terminology course. No nursing courses or prerequisite science courses can be taken until both ESL courses and the medical terminology are completed with a grade of C or higher.

Services for International Students

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