Welcome to the ABSN Entry Option


We are excited you are considering North Carolina A&T School of Nursing to pursue a dynamic career in nursing!

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Entry Option is designed for second degree students who are high level achievers and desire to pursue a career as a professional registered nurse.  The ABSN Entry Option curriculum is delivered in block format over 12 months (January to December). The course work is very intense and rigorous.  Students should plan to commit an average of 28-32 contact hours per week for classes, virtual learning labs and clinicals. This entry option is designed for full-time study Monday through Friday and may also include nights and weekends. Therefore, it is expected that students do not work during this year of study and preparation for the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam for registered nurses.                                                       

Plan of Study and Degree Requirements

Prospective students complete 27 hours of prerequisite courses prior to admission to the option. Prerequisite courses may be taken through any accredited community college, college, or university. It is advised that students contact the North Carolina A & T State University Admissions office at (336)334-7946 before taking a course to confirm equivalency of the course. The second degree student enrolled in the ABSN Entry option will complete 64 hours in the nursing curriculum towards the 124 hours required for graduation. Admission is a very competitive process and the entire academic record is reviewed.

Minimal Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a graduating cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses with a “C” or better before enrollment
  • TEAS Test results at the National Mean—currently 64.3%
  • Interview and essay that demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills
  • CNA I listing with NC Nurse Aide Registry (visit ncbon.org for more information). Note: CNA I course must contain a clinical component. 

Admission Process

Application period for each ABSN Cohort begins January of each calendar year. Prospective students should submit an application packet following provided instructions to the School of Nursing by June 30.
Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee within the School of Nursing. If you are selected for admission to the ABSN Entry Option Cohort, you will be notified to apply for admission to North Carolina A & T State University. Additional information regarding enrollment criteria will be provided with the conditional letter.

Prospective students should submit an application packet to the School of Nursing according to the following  application deadlines:

April 1, 2015– Early Admission Decision (1st consideration for Scholarship funding and guaranteed space for admission if admission  requirements are met)

July 1, 2015 – Standard Application    Submission Deadline (consideration for limited financial support)

Oct 1, 2015     Application Deadline (last date for consideration (if spaces are available), please contact  Tiffany Morris, ABSN Entry Option Coordinator  via email @ tdmorris@ncat.edu  or call  (336)-285-3580

Information Sessions will be held in the fall and spring semesters.

Thank you for your interest in our ABSN Entry Option. We are excited about delivering this entry option for highly motivated and committed students who desire to pursue a career as a professional registered nurse.

Taking ABSN Prerequisites

ABSN Curriculum Guide

ABSN Fact Sheet

Prerequisite Courses

ABSN Information Sessions

Enrollment Criteria

 2016 ABSN application packet

Request for Unofficial Transcript Evaluation

ABSN Entry Option Fee Summary