Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

Nursing students in purple scrubs

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is designed for students who have already completed or are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, do not have a registered nursing (RN) license, and have a strong background in science and humanities. This rigorous program allows students to “fast-track” our traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum in a condensed period of 5 back-to-back quarters instead of 6 quarters over 2 years. Students begin the ABSN program as non-nursing post-baccalaureates.

Successful students in the ABSN program are self-motivated, detail-oriented, and self-reflective. They have excellent school-work-life balance and are prepared for the intensity of both the scholarship and clinical exposure of an accelerated nursing program.


ABSN applications are due October 15 each year to begin full-time study the following Summer Quarter.


BSN Completion Options for Current RNs

Students who already have an RN license and want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree should consider applying to the RN-BSN completion programs at our UW Bothell or UW Tacoma campuses.


Learn from Nursing Leaders

The University of Washington offers the only accelerated post-baccalaureate nursing degree program in Washington State.  ABSN students will learn from experienced nursing researchers, faculty, practitioners, and will practice new skills in local hospitals and clinics such as the University of Washington Medical Center, ranked the #1 hospital in the state.

Students build nursing skills with interactive scenarios in our Center for Excellence in Nursing Education (Learning Lab) using the latest patient simulators. This allows students to practice nursing skills in a safe environment before performing the skills in the clinical setting. The hands-on patient care experience each quarter will be in small groups at one of our 700+ respected community partnership sites under the supervision of licensed care providers.


Multifaceted Learning Methods

ABSN students build on the science coursework they have completed through their previous degree in order to learn how to care for diverse patient populations.  This 5-quarter program includes:

  • academic coursework focused on critical thinking, health and human functioning, care and therapeutics, person/environment fit and health care resources
  • in-class lecture and hands-on experience with nurse practitioners
  • clinical simulation exercises in our Learning Lab, and
  • supervised direct patient care in the field


ABSN Graduates in the Field

Graduates from the ABSN program are able to apply for their registered nursing (RN) license when they sit for theNational Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) Our graduates work in many diverse settings, including hospitals, private practices, community clinics, correctional facilities, and non-profit organizations.

ABSN graduates who want to further specialize as an advanced practice nurse practitioner or clinical specialist are encouraged to explore the variety of graduate track options available through our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program.

Program Accreditation: 

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of Washington is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (