Online Coursework
Study online and gain hands-on experience through clinicals and one on-campus residency.Study online and gain hands-on experience in clinicals and one campus residency.

Clinical Placement Support
Collaborate with our team to find a clinical placement in Virginia, free of charge.

Learn with Purpose
Earn your BSN in just 16 months and make a difference in your community.

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.

Change careers with an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) 

The demand for skilled, caring health care professionals continues to grow. In just 16 months, Marymount University’s online Accelerated BSN empowers you with clinical nursing skills and didactic coursework to meet the rising need for nurses, make a rewarding career change and enter the contemporary health care environment. You will build on your previous bachelor’s degree—gaining knowledge, experience and confidence to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and become a Registered Nurse (RN). 

Our online ABSN is an accelerated nursing program that is full-time and requires students to be in Virginia for clinicals and one residency.

Why Marymount?

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

Backed by Experience
The Marymount University Malek School of Nursing Professions has equipped and inspired future nurses for over 50 years.

Purpose-driven and Action-oriented
Our nursing programs are grounded in compassion, personal growth and service to others.

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

Based in the D.C. Area
Located in Arlington, VA, Marymount’s campus is near the D.C. area and allows students to gain valuable knowledge on health care policy.Located in Virginia, our campus is near the D.C. area and allows students to gain valuable knowledge on health care policy.

Dedicated Student Support
Whether you have questions about enrollment, degree paths or clinical placement, our staff are available to support you along the way.

Is This Accelerated Nursing 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.

Are You Eligible?

Our online ABSN program is full-time and requires students to be in Virginia for clinicals and one residency. By studying near our campus in the D.C. area, you’ll have exposure to health care policy and start your nursing career in an advantageous location. D.C. is one of the top-paying areas for registered nurses, with an annual mean salary of $98,5401. Overall, jobs for registered nurses are projected to grow by 6% between 2021 and 2031, opening up an estimated 195,400 jobs over the decade2.

1 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational and Employment Wage Statistics 2021

2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nurses 2021


Admission Requirements

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited U.S. college or university. Prerequisite courses are required. For a complete list of prerequisite courses, please see the FAQ section below.

To apply, you must complete an online interview and submit:

  • Transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A writing sample


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"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