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Accelerated BSN Option

BSN students


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. The deadline to apply is early 2020.

about the ABSN program

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).

admissions requirements

ABSN Option applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Graduate of an approved, regionally-accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a different discipline which contains a rigorous portion of general education and liberal studies coursework.
    • Registrar's Office will determine if the degree has sufficient general education and other coursework requirements to waive the required WCU liberal studies requirements.
    • The degree may be in progress at the time of application but must be conferred before starting the ABSN program.
  2. GPA: two GPA scores will be calculated, weighted 25% each:
    • The first GPA will be based on the last 60 hours of academic credit (undergraduate and/or graduate). A minimum of 3.0 is required for the last 60 hours.
    • The second GPA will be based on the three completed science prerequisites required at the time of the application. If more than three science prerequisites are completed by the program application deadline, the three highest scores will be used to determine the science GPA.
  3. TEAS Admission Assessment Score. Official scores must be sent to WCU Nursing from Assessment Technology Institute (ATI). To learn more, visit the TEAS website.
  4. Complete the Western Carolina University WCU application.
  5. Completed ABSN application (available in September, 2019).
  6. Completion of the following prerequisite courses, or approved equivalents, with a grade of ‘C’ or above.*
    • Chemistry 132 – Introductory Chemistry with lab (4 hours) CHEM 139 and 140 are also acceptable *
    • Chemistry 133 – Survey Organic/Biochemistry with lab (4 hours)*
    • Biology 291 – Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (4 hours)*
    • Biology 292 – Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (4 hours)*
    • Environmental Health 260/261 – Etiology of Infectious Disease with lab (3 hours)*
    • Psychology 150 – General Psychology (3 hours)
    • ND 338 – Normal & Therapeutic Nutrition (Usually only taken through WCU)
    • NSG 101 – Introduction to Professional Nursing (must earn a B or higher) (through WCU)
    • NSG 346 – Pathophysiology for Nursing (may only be repeated once for a total of two attempts) (usually only through WCU)
  7. Completion of three of the five science prerequisites by the program application deadline. All other prerequisites may be in-progress at the application deadline but must be completed and passed with a grade of 'C' or higher prior to matriculation. The five sciences that apply to this rule are indicated with an (*) asterisk.

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:


Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort of the ABSN program will become available September, 2019.

program costs


NC Promise Reduced Tuition Information

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 ( 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, visit
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.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are held monthly for students wanting more information about the program and admission requirements. 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 information session is required prior to requesting an individual appointment.

Students need to apply to WCU for admission prior to the SON reviewing any transcripts.

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.


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