Accelerated BSN

The College of Nursing offers an Accelerated BSN (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 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.

Applications for the Spring 2020 Accelerated BSN program will be accepted from May 15, 2019 to July 15, 2019. Applicants to the program MUST complete ALL required prerequisites by the end of the Summer 2019 term for admission to the Spring 2020 semester. As part of the application process all applicants that meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be required to participate in a mandatory face to face group interview on September 6, 2019 (there will be no exceptions to the interview). Applications will be reviewed for eligibility after the application period has ended on July 15th.  Notification of acceptance to the ABSN program will be sent once the Admissions Committee has rendered a final decision, but should be sent out within 2 weeks of the interview. ABSN applicants must complete the Florida State University application and the College of Nursing application.  


How to Apply

To apply for admission to the College of Nursing you must follow the steps listed below. 

1. Apply to Florida State University

Click here to apply to the Florida State University


2. Apply to the College of Nursing

 Applications are accepted May 15 through July 15.

While we receive many qualified applications, all candidates are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 and a grade of B- or better in all prerequisite courses (can only repeat one prerequisite/one time) with a minimum 3.0 science prerequisite GPA to be eligible to apply.


3. Personal Statement Essay

Submit a typed essay using 12-point font, New Times Roman, and no more than 500-words answering the following questions:

What experience(s) has led to your decision to pursue a baccalaureate in nursing? 

What personal characteristics do you possess that are compatible with nursing? 

How will your desire for a career in nursing reflect the mission of the Florida State University College of Nursing?


4. Transcripts

Official transcripts must be sent to both the FSU Admissions Office and the College of Nursing, Student Services office, with application submission.

Attn: Brittany Stover
College of Nursing, Duxbury Hall
98 Varsity Way, Suite 103
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4310

Note: All transcripts must be received by the College of Nursing, Office of Student Services by July 15th deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. Current FSU students do not need to submit transcripts as long as their FSU records are up to date. FSU students are encouraged to check to ensure that all college level courses are listed on their FSU transcripts.


5. Interviews

As part of the ABSN application process the College of Nursing will be conducting face to face group interviews on September 6, 2019. All ABSN candidates that meet the minimum requirements will be required to participate in the interview process. Candidates will be notified by e-mail of the place and time of their interview on August 16, 2019. There will not be any exceptions to the interview process (no Skype, phone, etc.).


6. Resume

Please submit a resume with your personal statement essay.


7. Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed out approximately two (2) weeks after the interview date. All admitted students are required to complete a certified clinical clearance process and mandatory College of Nursing orientation prior to beginning the ABSN program.



Additional Information

Accelerated BSN Prerequisites for Admission (pdf 64.79 kB)

Accelerated BSN Program of Study (pdf 77.25 kB)

Accelerated BSN Program FAQ's (pdf 78.19 kB)

College of Nursing Student Policies

College of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook

For More Detailed Information & To Answer Questions:

Please contact the FSU College of Nursing Office of Student Services.

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