Is This Accelerated Nursing Program Right for Me?
This accelerated program is a rigorous, full-time program requiring 100% of your commitment. It’s strongly advised that you don’t work, even part-time, but exclusively focus on the program for 16 months.
You will use an online learning platform to complete your nursing courses and have direct access to your professors and fellow students. All coursework is done entirely online except for your clinicals and two on-campus residencies that will take place on Elmhurst University’s campus, located just west of Chicago.
Meet Your Clinical Placement Coordinator
Tiffany Sharpe, Elmhurst University's dedicated clinical placement coordinator, discusses the numerous and invaluable ways she will support you during the most important part of your nursing education--your clinicals.
The Growing Need for RNs
There’s a growing need for RNs with BSNs. By 2030, one in three nurses will retire and 20 million adults will be age 65 or older, which means their health care needs will increase. In response to these projected changes, nearly 60% of RN job postings now require a bachelor’s degree. A BSN degree from Elmhurst University will prepare you for your second career in nursing and ensure you have the skills and experience to meet the healthcare needs of the future.
The professional and committed nursing faculty will teach, mentor and support you throughout this rigorous program.
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What is an online ABSN program?
What are clinicals and how does clinical placement work? Our clinical placement services team will answer your questions.
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An online ABSN program at Elmhurst University is your fast track to becoming a registered nurse (RN). With your prior bachelor’s degree in any discipline as your foundation, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in just 16 months. In an online ABSN program, you’ll complete all of your coursework online, but gain hands-on experience during two campus residencies and clinicals at sites in your local area. Upon graduation you will be eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN).
What does a registered nurse do?
Elmhurst’s campus residency will guide your nursing skills development in realistic health care settings, prior to your clinicals.
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How long is the accelerated BSN program?
Registered nurses perform a variety of functions in a health care setting. Their primary focus centers on clinical care - ensuring a high quality of patient care whether caring for patients alone or with a doctor. Registered nurses may also perform administrative functions, educate other aspiring health care workers and are frequently involved in policy creation and research projects.
The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at Elmhurst University can be completed in 16 months and includes two on-campus residencies.
Accreditation and Recognition
Learn about tuition, fees and financial aid options.
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When do ABSN classes start?
Elmhurst University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education* and is recognized by many national and regional publications.
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Is the online ABSN program accredited?
Our online online ABSN program offers two start dates per year. Classes start in August for the Fall term, and January for the Spring term.
Are the classes 100% online?
Yes, this accelerated online BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),* and the university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Can I work while enrolled in the online ABSN program?
No. All coursework is 100% online, but nursing clinicals take place at healthcare sites in your local area and two on-campus residencies are held at Elmhurst University. This rigorous program is a full-time commitment that is not self-paced; some courses include live sessions via Zoom.
What are the prerequisites courses and can I apply if I haven't completed all of them?
No, we strongly discourage students from working while in the program. ABSN students may spend 8 to 12 hours a day studying and completing clinical hours. It is best to give this accelerated program 100% of your focus to ensure you are well-prepared to take the NCLEX-RN and become a nurse upon graduating from the program.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, you may apply to the program without having completed all prerequisites, but you will need to show successful completion of the prerequisites prior to enrolling in the program. If you still need to complete the prerequisite requirement, an enrollment advisor can help you identify local and online options for satisfying this requirement.
You will need 25 credit hours of prerequisites courses, and you must have earned a "C" or better with a minimum 2.8 GPA within these prerequisite courses:
- Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
- Microbiology with Lab (4 credits)
- Statistics (3 credits)
- General Chemistry with Lab (4 credits)
- Lifespan Psychology (3 credits)
- Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Where should I send my transcripts?
If you’re concerned about paying for your education, you’re not alone. Your enrollment advisor can help you navigate the financial options that are available.
How do I apply to the ABSN program?
We encourage you to first schedule an appointment with the admission team to discuss the program and your goals. When you are ready to apply, please have all official transcripts sent to our online records team to ensure the quickest processing possible. They may be sent either electronically or via mail.
If sending electronic transcripts, send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please confirm this receiving address when ordering, as many sending institutions have default email addresses in their ordering systems. If sent to an alternate email address, it could create a delay in processing the application.
If sending transcripts via mail, send to the address below. Please confirm this receiving address when ordering as many sending institutions have default addresses in their ordering systems. If sent to an alternate address or office, it could delay the processing of the application.
Online Records Processing
1933 N Meacham Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
For any questions, please reach out to your enrollment advisor.
You can find more information and start your application on our Apply Now page. To learn more about the program and get answers to your questions, schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor.
*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Elmhurst University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.