ABSN—Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The UW School of Nursing offers a fast-track professional program to applicants who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are looking for a second career in nursing. Our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program allows you to complete our BSN curriculum in five back-to-back quarters through an academically-rigorous schedule—about half the time of our traditional two-year (six quarter) BSN program.
You will learn from our nationally-recognized faculty in the classroom and build foundational nursing skills in our Learning Lab, allowing you to practice nursing skills in a safe environment before performing them in a supervised clinical setting. You will also gain over a thousand hours of hands-on patient care experience under the guidance of licensed care providers at one of our 700+ respected community partnership sites, including Seattle Children’s Hospital and the top-ranked University of Washington Medical Center.
As a graduate from our Accelerated BSN program, you are prepared to embark on a successful new career in nursing.
Our five-quarter (summer to summer) full-time program is designed for students who are self-motivated, detail-oriented, self-reflective and strongly committed. A solid foundation of science and humanities prerequisite coursework sets you up for success in our program.
The Accelerated BSN program includes:
- academic coursework focused on critical thinking, care and therapeutics, and health care resources
- in-class lecture with experienced nurse practitioners and researchers
- clinical simulation exercises in our Learning Lab, and
- supervised direct patient care in the field
ABSN Program Goals
The Accelerated BSN program prepares graduates to:
- Integrate concepts from the arts and sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
- Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision, and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
- Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality of care.
- Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
- Integrate knowledge, processes, and skills from nursing science; information and patient care technologies; and communication tools to facilitate clinical decision-making, and the delivery of safe and effective nursing care.
- Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
- Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
- Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels.
- Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice and respect for diversity and human dignity.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, clinical decision making, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of competent, evidence-based, holistic, and compassionate care to patients across the life span.