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Accelerated BSN

BSN students


The Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program is designed specifically for individuals that have already completed a Bachelor's degree, but want to pursue a career in nursing.

The curriculum for the ABSN option is the same as the Traditional BSN but is offered in four continuous 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 and allows for greater financial aid opportunities. ABSN courses are conveniently held at our Biltmore Park Instructional site in Asheville, NC. 

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. Because clinical sites are throughout the Asheville area, personal transportation is required. 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).

Information sessions are held virtually through Zoom and are geared for students wanting additional 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.

A reservation is required and zoom links will be sent out via email the morning of the session.

Upcoming Sessions

  • October 13 from 7:00-8:00pm EST

Additional dates and times to be determined, if you would like to be contacted about future sessions for the program please fill out the “Reserve a Seat” form below.

Reserve a seat at an upcoming session

Please Note: Attending an information session is required prior to requesting an individual appointment. We also ask that you complete your WCU application for admission and provide all official transcripts to the University before you ask for evaluation of your coursework.

We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2022 program start. Applicants must apply to WCU in general as a transfer student through University Admissions. This application will be to be admitted to WCU as an "interested-in-nursing" student. In addition, prospective students must apply to WCU's ABSN program through the centralized nursing application service, NursingCAS 2021-2022 Cycle. The WCU application and all official academic transcripts must be submitted by January 5, 2022. The NursingCAS application is due January 15, 2022. Please note that if you apply to WCU near the end of 2021 or just before January 5, you will not receive a decision from WCU about your acceptance to the University before the January 15 NursingCas deadline. Thus, applicants should complete both processes and await news of both types of acceptance. Review of applications will begin promptly after the deadline. Interviews will take place during the month of February with final decisions expected to be made made in March.

ABSN applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. General acceptance to Western Carolina University as an "interested-in-nursing" student
    • Applicants should complete the University Transfer Application
    • Applicants who need to take NSG 101, NSG 330/338, or ND 346 at WCU should apply for the appropriate semester; for instance, those who plan to take their first WCU course in the Spring of 2022 should apply to WCU for Spring of 2022
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
    • Registrar's Office will determine if the degree has sufficient general education 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
  3. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of coursework taken
    • A Science GPA score will be taken for three of the five completed science prerequisites (if more than three science prerequisites are complete by the program application deadline, the three highest scores will be used to determine the science GPA)
  4. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
    • Official scores must be sent to WCU Nursing from Assessment Technology Institute (ATI). To learn more, visit the TEAS website
  5. Completion of the ABSN program application for Fall 2022 admission through NursingCAS
  6. Completion of Course Prerequisites (or approved equivalents, with a grade of ‘C’ or above) Note: these pre-requisites are currently under revision; we are awaiting approval from the NC Board of Nursing; courses that may be affected are NSG 101 and CHEM 133.
    • Science Prerequisites (3 of 5 must be complete by application deadline; the rest must be planned for completion by the end of the summer before the program start; the application requires a pre-requisite completion plan within NursingCAS)
      1. Chemistry 132 – Introductory Chemistry with lab (4hr)
      2. Chemistry 133 – Survey Organic/Biochemistry with lab (4hr)
      3. Biology 291 – Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (4hr)
      4. Biology 292 – Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (4hr)
      5. Environmental Health 260/261 – Etiology of Infectious Disease with lab (3hr) [Note: this is a microbiology course]
    • Nursing Prerequisites
      1. NSG 101 – Introduction to Professional Nursing (must earn a B or higher/taken through WCU)
      2. ND 330: Human Nutritional Needs [Note: this requirement may be transferred in through an approved equivalent; this requirement was previously ND 338 – Normal & Therapeutic Nutrition. which is still acceptable]
      3. NSG 346 – Pathophysiology for Nursing (may only be repeated once; this course is generally taken through WCU online the summer prior to the program start; in rare cases, equivalent transfer courses can be approved)
    • Math and Social Science Pre-requisites
      1. MATH 130 or higher - MATH 170 (Statistics) preferred
      2. Psychology 150 – General Psychology (3hr)

Note: Three of the five science prerequisites must be complete by the application deadline and all must be complete by program matriculation. Nursing prerequisites may be taken online through WCU the summer prior to the start of the program.

Transfer Credit:
To see what courses will transfer into the University to meet the prerequisite requirements you will need to complete the WCU Transfer Application. The application will require all official transcripts and official test scores (AP, CLEP, DANTES, etc.) to be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office for processing. To conduct a preliminary evaluation of transfer credits, prospective students may consult the Credits Earned Elsewhere page   Use the Look Up tool linked there to see how courses taken outside of Western Carolina University will transfer into WCU.

You can utilize the NCCC Course Equivalents document to assist you when signing up for prerequisites at a local community college.


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.

The ABSN Curriculum Plan provides the courses that will be taken during each of the four semesters of the program.

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