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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

Creighton University College of Nursing offers one of the most successful and longest-running accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the nation. Ranking as a top-50 program by U.S. News & World Report, we’ve been providing quality accelerated nursing education for over 45 years with proven high NCLEX pass rates consistently exceeding the national average.

Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), our program recognizes and builds on your past education and experiences. Our full-time program allows students who have at least a bachelor’s degree in another discipline to earn a BSN degree in just 12 months compared with the traditional 4-year program.

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Months to complete the program

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Start date options
January start for Omaha and Phoenix. August start for Omaha, Phoenix, and Grand Island

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2021 first-time NCLEX pass rate

Program Details

The program consists of five eight-week terms, one two- week term and one three-week term. Courses are led by our dedicated faculty who create and share new knowledge to advance the discipline of nursing through teaching, service, research and professional practice.

You’ll learn:

  • Critical thinking
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Professional communication skills
  • Strong theoretical knowledge and clinical skills
  • Ethical decision making
  • Integrate respect for each person’s dignity, worth, and spiritual uniqueness
  • Demonstrate clinical judgment and professional accountability to safe practice and quality client outcomes
  • Collaborate effectively as a leader

Admissions Requirements

Application Materials

  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (instructor, employer and other)
  • Resume (Optional)
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended

Program Requirements and Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in another discipline from an accredited college or university prior to the start date for the program.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite coursework with a C (2.0) or higher prior to the start date of the program.
    • 3 semester hours (or 4.5 quarter hours) each of:
      • General Sociology
      • General Psychology
      • Developmental Psychology (must cover the lifespan)
      • Ethics
      • Statistics
    • 2-3 semester hours (or 3-4.5 quarter hours) of:
      • Human Nutrition
    • 4 semester hours (or 6 quarter hours) each of:
      • Human Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I
      • Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II
      • General Chemistry (cannot be an Introductory Chemistry, Survey of Chemistry or a combined General/Organic/Biochemistry course)
      • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, General Chemistry, Microbiology must be completed in the last 10 years.
  • Pre-requisites can be in progress when you apply to the program, but applicants must have one of the following course sequences completed before the application deadline.
    • General Chemistry and Anatomy (A&P I)
    • General Chemistry and Physiology (A&P II)
    • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (A&P I and A&P II)

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the program.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

English Language Proficiency is an important part of the application process for those whose first language is not English. The College of Nursing has the discretion to determine individual standards for how this requirement will be met using one or more of the following:

  • English Language exam scores. All applicants who have obtained a degree from an institution outside of the United States must present a TOEFL score of at least 100 an IELTS score of at least 7, or a DuoLingo score of at least 120. Scores over 2 years old will not be accepted. Students must ask the testing agency to send original scores to Creighton University (Institutional Code 6121).
  • Students who have completed a degree from the following countries may petition to waive the English Language Proficiency requirement: Australia, Canada, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Scotland, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, and Virgin Islands.

The College of Nursing reserves the right to require students to re-take the exam. It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether an English Language Proficiency exam is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a university in the United States or another approved country.

International Students

Any course work taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated course-by-course by a NACES approved credentialing agency. Official evaluations must be sent directly from the agency to Creighton University.

See the details related to your specific campus below:

  • Omaha and Phoenix Campuses: International students are welcomed into this program and F-1 visas will be supported upon admission.
  • Grand Island Campus: Due to the specific features and requirements of these programs, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

OPT Disclaimer for Accelerated Nursing Students:
Optional Practical Training (OPT) permits international students to receive full-time employment in their field of study upon completion of a degree program. If eligible, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) can grant F1 visa holders up to 12 months of OPT for each higher degree level they obtain.

Many students entering Creighton’s Accelerated Nursing Program have already utilized their bachelor’s level 12 month OPT opportunity. This means they will not be eligible for another OPT opportunity after completion of the Accelerated Nursing Program; even if it’s an entirely different field of study. Please be mindful of this as you make plans during your 60-day grace period, after completion of your degree. If you have questions about your options, please email

Our Campuses

If you’re driven to make a difference in the lives of others, the Creighton University College of Nursing is the right place for you. Creighton’s fully accredited program gives you access to a community of professionals who will guide you on your path to contributing something meaningful to the world. Get exceptional hand-ons experience at all three campuses and support from faculty, administrators and advisors throughout your time.

You’ll reap the benefits of a long standing tradition of excellence from any of the three locations in Omaha and Grand Island, Nebraska and Phoenix, Arizona.

  • On our main campus in Omaha, we’ve been training nurses for nearly 60 years. Our students have access to exceptional hands-on learning experiences in multiple specialties at clinical sites, including CHI Health, Methodist Health System, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha VA Medical Center and community-based locations.
  • Students appreciate smaller class sizes and hands-on experience at our Grand Island campus located within CHI Health St. Francis, a designated “magnet hospital.” In addition, they receive top-level clinical experiences at CHI Health Good Samaritan and Richard Young Behavioral Health in Kearney and Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings and other community-based locations.
  • And in Phoenix, students begin their training at the new 195,000-square-foot state-of-the-art health sciences campus. Clinical experiences occur in Dignity Health,, Valleywise Health, Destiny Springs Healthcare, Aurora Behavioral Health, Children’s Rehabilitative services and other clinical and community partners.

Dates & Deadlines

The table below details the application deadlines and start terms. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.

Start TermPriority DeadlineSecondary Deadline
August (Omaha, Grand Island, and Phoenix)April 1May 1
January (Omaha and Phoenix)September 1October 15


Still have questions?

Reach out to an Enrollment Specialist.
Harmony Lathan, Accelerated BSN Graduate
“My biggest take away from Creighton is that you are never alone. You always have someone in your corner and you can/should always ask questions.”
— Harmony Latham, ABSN Current Student, Grand Island
Harrison Jones
“Creighton University laid the foundation for who I am as a nurse today, and I think a comprehensive education was a necessary part of my journey.”
— Harrison Jones, ABSN, Phoenix
Kaylee Taylor
“The learning and clinical experiences you will have at Creighton will set you up for success for the rest of your nursing career.”
— Kaylee Taylor, ABSN, Grand Island

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. View cost of attendance.

Financial Aid
To help make your studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available scholarships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Creighton University are accredited by the CCNE – the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Nurses are in high demand. With a BSN, you’ll have myriad career opportunities. And, you’ll be job-ready as our program has a 96% pass rate for NCLEX, the exam to earn your RN license. Bureau of Labor Statistics' research projects a 9% increase in nursing positions through 2030—nearly 200,000 job openings per year. Only 3 out of 5 nurses work in hospitals. They work in schools, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities, community health, government and social service agencies, and research.

Graduates who complete Creighton University College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing meet eligibility requirements to take the National Council Licensure Exam-RN (NCLEX-RN). All 50 states, and U.S. state territories, require the candidate to take the NCLEX-RN prior to practicing as an RN.

Graduates who complete Creighton University College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum meet requirements for all 50 states.

Creighton University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program in Nebraska has been approved by the Nebraska State Board of Nursing, DHHS Licensure Unit, PO Box 94986, Lincoln NE, 68509-4986

Creighton University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program in Arizona has been approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, 1740 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85007 and the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1740 W Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

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