Toledo Campus: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

Accelerated Nursing (ABSN)

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Turn a bachelor's degree into a BSN

Built on the foundation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-licensure program, the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) track prepares graduates for professional nursing practice. The ABSN track option is designed for non-nurses with a bachelor's degree looking to become a nurse quickly.

Earn a BSN in 5 semesters, starting in the summer semester and continuing for five consecutive semesters. Graduates of this accelerated nursing track are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse examination to practice as a registered nurse (RN). A BSN nurse is prepared to plan, provide, and coordinate care for clients experiencing problems across the health-illness continuum.

Priority Review Dates for Admission to Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Nursing

January 15 for a Summer Semester (May) clinical start


Accelerated nursing tracks help you become a nurse, by building on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-licensure program foundation at a faster pace. Mercy College's ABSN track requires you already have a bachelor's degree. This is a nursing track designed for non-nurses.

* Must also complete 3 Credit Hours in Religious Studies and 3 Credit Hours of Medical Ethics.
* Students must meet the graduation requirements required by Mercy College of Ohio for a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Note: Nursing program courses are sequential and must be taken in a prescribed order as noted below.

Semester I: NUR 256, NUR 259
Semester II: NUR 316, NUR 318
Semester III: NUR 326, NUR 328
Semester IV: NUR 416, NUR 418
Semester V: NUR 426, NUR 428 and NUR 481

The baccalaureate program of study is further based on sound principles of adult education progressing from simple to complex, familiar to unfamiliar, and general to specific. The Program provides students with the opportunity to achieve program objectives through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, and competencies necessary to function as professional nurses who meet the healthcare needs of individuals across the lifespan. The following student learning outcomes emphasize Christian values, critical thinking, clinical competence, and professional development:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of liberal education (Arts and sciences) in making clinical judgments for diverse populations with complex health problems.
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills, quality improvement, and patient safety in caring for populations with complex health problems.
  3. Demonstrate ability to participate in basic nursing research by sharing evidence-based nursing practices with the inter-professional healthcare team.
  4. Employ knowledge and skills of information management in patient care technology.
  5. Apply principles of legal, ethical and economic policy related to influencing healthcare delivery and practice.
  6. Effectively communicate and collaborate with interdisciplinary professionals to deliver evidence based, patient-centered care.
  7. Provide therapeutic nursing interventions that assist populations, communities, groups, and individuals across the life span whose lives are affected by, illness, distress, disease, disability or death.
  8. Incorporate professional behavior, the commitment to lifelong learning, and professional values, including legal and ethical aspects into the practice of nursing.
  9. Integrate holistic care to a diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.


Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Overall job opportunities for Registered Nurses are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting. Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024. In fact, registered nurses are projected to generate approximately 711,900 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation. []

Salary Range

The national annual salary for registered nurses ranges from $47,150 – $102,990, with the median wage being $68,450. []

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
  2. Admission to Mercy College of Ohio.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Completion of required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the first nursing course – See list below.
  5. Prerequisite math and science courses must have been completed within the past seven (7) years with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite College Level Courses *

  • Chemistry with lab (4 total credit hours – any combination of inorganic, organic and biochemistry) Mercy College course CHM 111 meets this requirement.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (8 total credit hours) Mercy College courses BIO 220 and BIO 221 meet this requirement.
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credit hours) Mercy College course BIO 210 meets this requirement.
  • Pathophysiology (3 credit hours) Mercy College course BIO 290 meets this requirement.

*Those who have already taken these courses or plan to take them from another regionally accredited institution should contact the admissions office.

Take ABSN nursing education pre-reqs at a reduced tuition rate.

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