Launch your second career in nursing

Enrolling in the online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at Elmhurst University is your fast track to building a new and fulfilling career as a registered nurse (RN) from a University that supports you and is grounded in intellectual growth, integrity and social justice.

With your prior bachelor’s degree in any discipline as your foundation, you’ll earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through our online ABSN program in just 16 months. You’ll be fully prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and be well-positioned for your new role providing direct patient care.

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Fast-Track BSN
This full-time, 16-month online accelerated nursing program leverages your experience and prior education.

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Integrated Support
Dedicated student advisors will be at your side to support you from application to graduation.

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Pioneering Program
This is the first online accelerated BSN degree program of its kind in Illinois.

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.

This prelicensure nursing program is currently designed for individuals who reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. It is specifically tailored toward second-career professionals who want to enroll in a fast-paced, immersive program to change careers and become an RN.



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Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*

#3 in Most Innovative Schools

#6 Best BSN Program in Illinois

#7 in Best Undergraduate Teaching

#17 in Best Regional Universities in the Midwest

Online ABSN Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university 
  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA 
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Must reside in an approved state. Visit our State Authorization page to confirm your eligibility for the distance ABSN program.

Your enrollment advisor will help you determine which prerequisites you need before you can start the online ABSN program. If you haven’t earned credit for these courses prior to your start date, your enrollment advisor will help you with next steps. You will need 25 credit hours of prerequisites courses, and you must have earned a "C" or better 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)

Online Accelerated BSN Curriculum Sample

Important Dates
  • Spring 2022 Start:
    January 31, 2022
  • Fall 2022 Start:
    August 29, 2022

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NRS 309 Adult Health I

Focuses on theories, principles and processes for adult populations experiencing common health problems within priority areas of care. Emphasis is on nursing care of the older adult. A systems framework is used to discuss clinical prevention and patient-centered care for select chronic care issues, including end of life. Introduces methods for evidence-based decision-making to support the role of provider of care. The beginnings of leadership skills and ethical practice in promoting optimal care outcomes in acute and community-based systems are fostered. Includes supervised laboratory experiences and clinical practicum.

NRS 315 Adult Health II

Focuses on theories, principles and processes for care of adults from diverse populations experiencing select acute, chronic and complex health problems. A systems framework facilitates integration of knowledge from previous nursing and science courses. The roles of provider and designer of nursing care are developed. Application of evidence-based methods for use in decision-making support basic leadership skills and ethical practice in promoting optimal outcomes. Includes a supervised clinical practicum in a variety of settings.

NRS 316 Family Health: Childrearing

Focuses on theories, principles and processes related to care of the child from infancy through adolescence within the context of family. Using a systems framework, delivery of family-focused nursing care emphasizes clinical prevention, health promotion and health restoration. Influences of genetics, environment and social policies on family and child health nursing roles are considered. Provider, designer and manager of care roles are developed. Basic leadership skills and ethical practice are fostered in a supervised clinical practicum in a variety of settings.

NRS 409 Family Health: Child Bearing

Focuses on theories, principles and processes related to reproductive health from early to older adulthood within the context of family. Using a systems framework, family-focused patient-centered care addresses perinatal, women’s and men’s health. Clinical prevention, genomics and end-of-life issues are examined. Provider, designer and manager-of-care roles in ethical practice with vulnerable populations are developed. Basic leadership skills are demonstrated through values clarification and conflict management in family-centered clinical decision making and management of care outcomes in a supervised clinical practicum in a variety of settings.

NRS 411 Synthesis: Adult Health III Complex Care

Focuses on synthesis of theories, principles and processes in nursing roles of provider and designer/manager/coordinator of care in complex health care systems. Care for diverse groups of patients with multisystem health problems is addressed. Emphasis is on increasing autonomy and collaborative leadership in interprofessional teams, ethical practice and achievement of safe and quality care outcomes. Includes practice in a supervised clinical practicum.

While Elmhurst University Department of Nursing is recognized for our quality education and excellent outcomes, our commitment to student success is what defines us. Our faculty provides students with individualized attention and are passionate about helping students succeed and achieve their dreams.

Diane Salvador, Executive Director, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences