The College of Nursing offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) curriculum for qualified and highly motivated students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field and desire a career change. The full-time campus-based 12-month ABSN program incorporates all of the components of a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. This program also offers students access to a variety of educational and clinical experiences as well as expert nursing faculty and technological resources. The rapid pace of the ABSN curriculum demands a full-time commitment to academics.
The graduate of the Florida State University ABSN program is well-prepared to complete the national licensure exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN) and practice in all health care settings. Graduates from accelerated nursing programs are highly valued by employers who recognize the additional skills and education these graduates bring to the workplace.
How to Apply
1. Apply to Florida State University
Students must apply as a transfer student; second bachelor’s degree Accelerated Bachelor in Nursing with the FSU Undergraduate Admissions office at least two to three months before planning to apply to the College of Nursing.
* You do not have to be accepted to the University to apply to the College of Nursing at FSU*
2. Apply to the College of Nursing
This application requires a university identification number (EMPLID) to apply. All students receive their EMPLID number after they apply to the university. Prior FSU students will use their already assigned EMPLID number.
Applications are accepted August 15ththrough September 15th.
While we receive many qualified applications, all candidates are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 and science GPA of 3.0. In addition, all prerequisite courses need a grade of B- or better (See ABSN Program Prerequisite sheet referenced below for further changes.) .
3. Personal Essay Statement
Upload a typed essay using 12-point font, New Times Roman, and no more than 500-words to the electronic BSN application answering the following questions:
Essay questions will be posted at a later date.
Official transcripts must be sent to the FSU Admissions Office.
•Remember send final transcripts for Summer final grades.
•Students are responsible for checking your MyFSU account for updates to your Admissions application.
Late materials will not be accepted.
As part of the ABSN application process the College of Nursing will be conducting face to face group interviews on October 30th, 2020. Completion of admission requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program. Candidates will be notified by e-mail on October 2nd, 2020 of their assigned place/time for the interview. There will not be any exceptions to the interview process (no Skype, phone, etc.).
Please note that admissions decisions will not be made until after the application cycle ends. This process may take up to 6 to 8 weeks. You can expect to receive an email confirming or denying your acceptance into the program.
Accelerated BSN Prerequisites for Admission (pdf 64.79 kB)
Accelerated BSN Program FAQ's (pdf 78.19 kB)