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Become a Nurse Quickly with a Second-Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing - ABSN

*The Marymount Online Second-Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is currently designed for students who can come in person to Virginia to complete their clinicals.


Throughout May, Marymount University is proud to celebrate National Nurses Month! We honor the dedication, strength, and impact nurses are making around the globe. If you are considering a fulfilling career change, Marymount is here to support you as you live and learn with purpose. Discover more about the rewarding field of nursing and how we prepare graduates to make a difference in health care.

If you’re ready to take the next step, begin your application now. Enter the code TRANSFER to waive the application fee.

Answer Your Calling for a More Fulfilling Career

You have the desire to make a greater impact in the world and you’ve seen what nurses can do. Join the growing body of healthcare professionals by becoming a knowledgeable, skilled nurse with Marymount’s fast-paced, accelerated nursing program.

The ABSN program, or Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, is for anyone who currently holds a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field. As one of the only distance accelerated nursing programs in Virginia, Marymount’s Accelerated BSN program helps professionals make a smooth transition from any other career to become the next nurse hero. It is for individuals looking to dedicate a short amount of time for a long-term payoff through a second-degree nursing program.

Program Features At a Glance

  • 65 Credit Hours/17 courses
  • 640 Clinical Hours
  • Four semesters/16 months to complete
  • 17 courses/7 and 14-week semesters
  • Values-based education located in Virginia
  • Clinical Placement Services at no additional cost
  • NCLEX-RN prep course included at no cost and occurs at the end of the program

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university in any field
  • GPA minimum 2.8 (TEAS required if cumulative GPA is lower – this includes other GPAs and not exclusive to Bachelor’s)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A writing sample
  • Prerequisite courses are required. For a full list of prerequisite courses, please see the FAQ section below.
  • Designed for students to complete their clinicals in-person in Virginia
Transfer Credits

Marymount University generally accepts credits for courses taken at a regionally-accredited institution within the last ten years and completed with a grade of C or higher.

Want to know how your credit will transfer? Search our equivalency database to find out.

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Please note that just because a course is not listed in the equivalency database, that does not mean it will not be accepted. Credit acceptance is at the discretion of Marymount University.

Tara Peterson

"Prior to enrolling in the ABSN program at Marymount, I graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and served for 8 years on active duty in the US Coast Guard. It was an experience with a family member that really influenced my decision to separate from the Coast Guard and become a nurse."

- Tara Peterson

Earn Your BSN Degree in Just 16 Months

The motivation to change careers often ignites an urgency that can be met with an accelerated nursing program like the ABSN. While this program requires 100% commitment due to its intensity, it provides all the necessary clinical nursing skills and didactic coursework to prepare you to enter the contemporary healthcare environment as quickly as possible. In just 16 months, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse.

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Is This Program Right for Me?

The online ABSN from Marymount’s Malek School of Nursing Professions is rigorous, requiring full-time work and total dedication – between 8 to 12 hours of study per day. You will use an online learning platform to complete your coursework, with direct access to your professors and cohort. The ABSN is specifically for residents of the DC metro area. It is geared toward second-career professionals who currently possess a bachelor’s in any field and are open to enrolling in a challenging and fast-paced program.

The ABSN program is not meant to be juggled with any job – full or part-time. Students find success by dedicating their time solely to this fast track program. As such, it’s strongly advised that you take a year off to dedicate all your energy to this rigorous program. Students will engage in learning through a combination of online learning activities as well as live synchronous video conferencing sessions with faculty and fellow students. All work is done online except for clinicals and one skills residency that will take place on Marymount’s main campus.

The ABSN program is for individuals who can complete their clinical experience and residency in Virginia. This program is not for employed nurses. It is specifically tailored to individuals seeking to transition to a career in nursing from another unrelated field.

"Throughout the program, I was impressed with the professors' attention and devotion to students with genuine concern for our success. Through mentorship and guidance of professors, I successfully navigated and passed classes with flying colors."

- Phyo Myo