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

Accelerated Nursing (ABSN)

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Turn a bachelor's degree into a BSN

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 4 semesters, starting in the summer semester and continuing for four consecutive semesters. Graduates of this accelerated nursing track are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and upon successful completion to practice as a registered nurse (RN). A BSN 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) program

January 15 for a Summer Semester (May) clinical start


Mercy College's ABSN track is designed for those with a prior bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and prepares you to become a registered nurse at a faster pace.

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 the prescribed order as noted below.

Semester I: NUR 256, NUR 259, NUR 318
Semester II: NUR 316, NUR 328, NUR 418
Semester III: NUR 326, NUR 416
Semester IV: 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. Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as the basis for clinical judgement.
  2. Apply quality improvement strategies to promote a culture of safety.
  3. Incorporate evidence-based practice to ensure effective nursing care.
  4. Use informatics and healthcare technologies to manage and improve the delivery of nursing and health care services.
  5. Demonstrate leadership strategies within the complex healthcare system to recognize and influence health policies and laws.
  6. Collaborate in interprofessional partnerships to optimize health.
  7. Provide health promotion and disease prevention interventions to improve population health outcomes.
  8. Incorporate professional and ethical behavior, the commitment to lifelong learning, and professional values into nursing practice.
  9. Provide holistic care to diverse populations across the lifespan.


Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Overall job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic region. 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 median national annual salary for registered nurses ranges from $75,330 [].

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field 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. Pre-requisite courses must have been completed with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite College Level Courses *

  • Chemistry with or without lab (3-4 credit hours – any combination of 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 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. (It is highly recommended that Pathophysiology is completed before the start of the program but may be taken during the first semester.)

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