The Accelerated BSN (ABSN) is designed specifically for bachelor's prepared individuals
who want to pursue a career in nursing.
The curriculum for the ABSN option is the same as those for the Traditional BSN but is offered in four contiguous semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall), allowing students to complete the program in an accelerated time-frame. This curriculum format provides students the flexibility to work part-time, allows for greater financial aid opportunities, and provides an option at the beautiful WCU Biltmore Park campus in Asheville.
Applicants are encouraged to start the application process early.
Cohorts begin annually, each Fall (August) and graduate the following year during
the month of December.
Class schedules vary each semester but typically include classes two days per week and clinical one to two days per week.
Many of the clinical rotations are held in Buncombe County and the surrounding areas, but on occasion travel to more distant sites may be required to provide the optimal clinical experience.
Upon completion of the program of study, students will be eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
ABSN Option applicants must meet the following admission requirements:
Note: Students are required to earn a minimum grade of "B" or better for NSG 101 prior to admission to the program. Students are permitted only one repeat for NSG 101 and NSG 346 for grade replacement.
Students may elect to complete the course prerequisites at a community college or other university.
Note - Admission to the ABSN Option is highly selective. The School of Nursing uses a holistic admissions review for the ABSN Program. Admission selection criteria for eligible applications will be based on:
In addition to applying to WCU, students must also submit a supplemental program application
for the ABSN Program.
Deadlines for Fall 2019:
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The ABSN required courses are laid out in 4-semesters
There are financial benefits that are possible due to this program change. Students will now be able to work part-time around their class and clinical schedules due to the 14-17 credit hour course load per semester. To learn more, contact the WCU Office of Financial Aid (finaid.wcu.edu) for more information.
Students can also apply for the CFNC Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)
opportunity. The priority deadline for applying is April 1. For more information,
There are also a variety of scholarships that may be available to current students, awarded by the School of Nursing and external organizations. To learn more, visit the Nursing Scholarships website.
The Director of Student Services conducts advising sessions monthly for students wanting
more information about upcoming admission cycles. Topics that will be covered include
general information about the program, admission requirements, prerequisites/transfer
equivalencies, preparing for the TEAS exam, etc.
Sessions are from 3:30-5:30pm and are held at the WCU Programs at Biltmore Park location. A reservation is required. You will receive directions and the room location upon confirmation of your reservation.
Attending an advising session is required prior to requesting an individual advising appointment.
To reserve a seat at an upcoming session, click HERE.
If dates are not showing available, all seats have been filled for the date. You can check back to see if someone dropped their reservation.
Upcoming Advising Session dates include:
January 8, 2019 - Only for those who have reviewed all information and are applying for fall 2019