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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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Omaha, Nebraska

Creighton Nursing launched one of the nation’s first accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees in Omaha in 1975. It is a true 12-month accelerated BSN program—one that is respected nationwide. Through the accelerated BSN program, participants who have at least a bachelor’s degree in another discipline can earn a BSN in just 12 months. Our students have access to exceptional hands-on learning experiences in multiple specialties at clinical sites that include CHI Health, Methodist Health System, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, and community-based sites.

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Grand Island, NE hospital

Grand Island, Nebraska

For more than 30 years, Creighton University has provided nursing education at its central Nebraska campus. To address the critical need for nurses in Nebraska, Creighton offers two pathways to a BSN:

  • 12-month accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on Creighton’s Grand Island Campus located at CHI Health St. Francis.
  • 3+1 dual degree programs conducted in partnership with York College and Hastings College. Program participants spend three years on the York College or Hastings College campus followed by one year in Creighton’s accelerated BSN program on the Grand Island campus. Graduates earn two degrees in four years.

CHI Health St. Francis offers Creighton nursing students a top-level clinical experience. Clinical experiences take place in St. Francis, CHI Health Good Samaritan and Richard Young Behavioral Health in Kearney, Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings as well as other clinical and community partners.

CHI Health will also offer scholarships and guaranteed job placements to five students on the Grand Island campus every year.

Phoenix, Arizona

To help meet the growing demand for nurses in Arizona, Creighton launched its accelerated BSN program in Phoenix through a partnership between Creighton University and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in 2018. Clinical experiences take place in Dignity Health Phoenix-based hospitals, Valleywise Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as with other clinical and community partners.

The 195,000-square-foot Phoenix campus opened in 2021 at Park Central in midtown Phoenix. The campus will be home to nearly 900 students by 2025.

The modern facility—which features cutting-edge technology, equipment and spaces—enriches Creighton’s Jesuit education. On campus and in the community, students have a wide variety of opportunities to develop skills and transform health care.

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Creighton Phoenix Campus
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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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96%

2020 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.

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 globalengagement@creighton.edu

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 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).
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from one of the following countries: 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.

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
Kandis McCafferty
“We work hard to place our students in an environment where they are going to grow and learn and be successful. Where we know they will make a difference and be happy.”
— Kandis L. McCafferty, PhD, RN, Associate Professor and Director, Director of Simulation - College of Nursing

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.

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

 

Accreditation

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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Outcomes

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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