ABSN—Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

ABSN studentsThe 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:

  1. Integrate concepts from the arts and sciences in promoting health and managing complex nursing care situations.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision, and oversight of nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  3. Translate principles of patient safety and quality improvement into the delivery of high quality of care.
  4. Appraise, critically summarize and translate current evidence into nursing practice.
  5. 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.
  6. Describe the effects of health policy, economic, legal, political, and socio-cultural factors on the delivery of and advocacy for equitable health care.
  7. Demonstrate effective professional communication and collaboration to optimize health outcomes.
  8. Deliver and advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual, family, community and population levels.
  9. Demonstrate value-based, professional behaviors that integrate altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice and respect for diversity and human dignity.
  10. 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.