Eligibility Requirements and ABSN Prerequisites

Unlike most accelerated nursing programs, our ABSN programs near Las Vegas and Salt Lake City do not require you to have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to apply. However, you must have some college experience and a solid academic track record to begin the admissions process. Your program eligibility also hinges on pre-admissions testing and your completion of the ABSN prerequisites.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for our ABSN program in Nevada or Utah, you must meet the following GPA requirements:

I have a bachelor’s degree

I don’t have a bachelor’s degree

Last 60 credits must meet the minimum 2.75 GPA requirement. Prerequisite courses must also meet the 2.75 GPA requirement.

  • Coursework must be directed toward an academic program of study. Completed coursework in sports, physical fitness, band, and dance activities or training courses will not be included in the calculation.
  • Occupational, technical, certificate, or professional training coursework is not included in the last 60 credits.
  • Developmental or remedial courses are not included in your last 60 credit GPA.
  • Credit-by-examination credits will be accepted if the credit meets the minimum required score. Credit will be transferred based on evaluation of score and exam.
Minimum of 54 credits from an accredited post-secondary institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Math and science prerequisites must also meet the 2.75 GPA requirement.

  • Coursework must be completed towards an academic program of study. Sports, physical fitness, band, and dance activities or training courses will not be included in the calculation.
  • Occupational, technical, certificate, or professional training coursework are non-transferable.
  • Developmental or remedial courses are not transferable.
  • Credit-by-examination credits will be accepted if the credit meets the minimum required score. Credit will be transferred based on evaluation of score and exam.

Additional Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of the ABSN prerequisites
  • Satisfactory completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Satisfactory completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable
  • Independent evaluation of foreign (non-U.S.) coursework, if applicable

Prerequisite Requirements


Before starting the accelerated nursing program, you must complete a series of ABSN prerequisites, with your academic history determining the number of courses required. When it comes to the core nursing prerequisites, credit transfers are at the discretion of our College of Nursing.

As long as you meet all of the other admissions requirements, you can apply to our ABSN program while completing the prerequisites. If you get accepted into the program, your start date will be determined by when you complete your last prerequisite course.

I have a bachelor’s degree

I don’t have a bachelor’s degree

You must earn a “C” grade or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. You must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in the math and science prerequisite courses as well as maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
Chemistry or Biochemistry + Lab Chemistry + Lab
Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II + Labs Anatomy + Lab
Microbiology + Lab Physiology + Lab
Statistics Microbiology + Lab
U.S. and Nevada Constitution* Math
Statistics
English Comp I & II
Humanities
General Physiology
General Sociology
Electives
U.S. and Nevada Constitution*

*Applies only to Nevada-based students and does not need to be completed prior to an ABSN program start.

Credit by Examination

We make it possible to “test out” of certain ABSN prerequisites, which is also known as credit by examination. You must meet the minimum test score requirements to receive credit. With a minimum score, you will be awarded a grade of “C” and three credits. Please be aware that our College of Nursing does not accept credit by examination for any science-based courses and that we review everything on a case-by-case basis.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Prospective ABSN students must complete the ATI TEAS within our specified requirements before applying to the program. This pre-entry exam helps us determine an applicant’s academic preparedness in the areas of reading, math, science, and English. ABSN applicants are not permitted to take the TEAS more than three times in a calendar year. Because the minimum TEAS scores requirement may change from year to year, please speak with an admissions advisor about satisfactory test results.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Prospective ABSN students must take the TOEFL if they attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States and did not earn a grade of “B” or higher in English Composition. The same testing applies to those who have not completed a year-long series of English Composition courses. The test helps measure an individual’s ability to use and understand English at the university level. There are three ways to take the TOEFL: paper, computer, or online. Each test medium is scored differently, so please speak with an admissions advisor about the minimum score requirements.

Foreign Coursework Evaluation

If you attended a college or university outside of the University, you must have an independent evaluation of your academic credentials performed by World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates (JSA). Please speak with an admissions advisor as to what must be included in the evaluation.

Contact us to have one of our admissions advisors review your qualifications. Please note that meeting our admissions and ABSN prerequisite requirements does not guarantee enrollment in the ABSN program. Admissions requirements are subject to change without notice.

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