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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

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About the ABSN

The ABSN program, for individuals who have previously earned a Bachelor's degree, is an accelerated version of the BSN program, which condenses the two year (six quarter) course progression into five consecutive quarters (including two summers), allowing students to complete a BSN degree in slightly over one year.

As described in the UW School of Nursing philosophy of undergraduate education, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a professional program that builds on a foundation of knowledge in science, humanities and related professional disciplines. BSN graduates are prepared as general clinical practitioners, and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) in order to obtain Washington State RN licensure.

BSN coursework emphasizes critical thinking, health and human functioning, care and therapeutics, person/environment fit and health care resources. Clinical experiences occur in a wide variety of hospital and community settings serving diverse populations; role development, decision making, health status evaluation, and scholarship are emphasized. The BSN program is highly competitive, and demands rigorous academics combined with experiential learning.

Program Accreditation

The University of Washington Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2019.