Become a registered nurse in under 2 years

Help fill the growing need for registered nurses in your community by enrolling in one of Elmhurst University’s online accelerated nursing programs. For those with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, Elmhurst offers two full-time second-degree nursing program options:

  • Accelerated BSN
  • Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice

Through these accelerated programs, you can fast-track your transition to a second career in nursing, gaining valuable hands-on clinical experience in your local community along the way.

Academically Strong
Accredited by the CCNE*
and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a leading Midwest university

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Dedicated student advisors will be by your side from application to graduation

Comparison of the distance MENP and ABSN programs

Both of our distance nursing programs offer a fast path to a new and meaningful nursing career. If you’re undecided about which program to choose, this comparison chart may help you select the path that’s right for you. It is important to note that the MENP program awards a master’s degree, and the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program culminates in a bachelor's degree.

GPA for admission 3.2 2.8
Program length 71 credits/20 months 60 credits/16 months
Clinical hours 850+ 450+
Program cost














RN, Clinical Nurse Leader




Ideal student


Students who want to enter nursing and advance to leadership roles to improve patient safety and quality outcomes


Students who want to enter nursing to follow their passion to care for others


*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Elmhurst University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

**Upon successful completion of the relevant licensure examinations


Kickstart Your Second Career in Nursing

The online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program will help you solidify your skills and knowledge for a career in nursing, while teaching you the required competencies in just 16 months. Work alongside registered nurses through a variety of hands-on experiences in Elmhurst’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab, and examine the factors that influence the well-being of diverse communities. Earning an accelerated BSN is the perfect opportunity for those looking for a second career as a BSN-prepared RN.

The online Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice (MENP) program allows you to pursue your Master’s of Science in Nursing in less than two years, preparing you with the foundations, skills and clinical experience to begin your career in the nursing profession. Enroll with a bachelor’s degree in any field and graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, perfect for anyone who is looking to advance to leadership roles in the nursing field or later add an advanced practice specialization.