Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Find out if you qualify for Wilkes’ online accelerated BSN program

Start a Meaningful Career With an Online ABSN

The Wilkes University online ABSN is a fast and flexible pathway to becoming a nurse in Pennsylvania. It is designed specifically for career-changers who already hold a bachelor’s degree.

Online coursework offers flexibility, while your on-campus residency and in-person clinicals provide hands-on experience.


The Wilkes online ABSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and features:

  • 48 credit hours / 11 courses
  • 2 residencies (1 on-campus & 1 online)
  • 2 start dates per year (Summer and Fall terms)
  • A 15-month duration (4 semesters)
Admission Requirements

Please note: the minimum requirements are outlined below. Admissions may request additional information for a more in-depth review.

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA
  • Statement of professional goals
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 6 prerequisite courses (see “Prerequisites” tab for details)
  • Available to residents in Pennsylvania

For more details on requirements and the admissions process, please fill out the form to Access Your Program Guide

Why Wilkes?



Our Accelerated BSN program is designed to build on your bachelor’s degree in any field. You will need some scientific knowledge to keep up with the accelerated and intense nature of the program though. The following courses ensure that you are familiar with basic concepts you’ll need to succeed in the online ABSN.

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  • BIO 113 — Microbiology with Lab
  • BIO 115 — Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
  • BIO 116 — Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
  • CHM 111 — Chemistry with Lab
  • MTH 150 — Elementary Statistics
  • NSG 200 — Principles of Normal Nutrition
Program Outcomes

Upon graduation, you will be fully prepared to join the nursing profession—this includes taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam to become a licensed registered nurse (RN).

Competency-based assessment ensures you’ll graduate ready to enter the field and begin your new career.



Start Your New Career with a Strong Foundation

Wilkes University was the first CCNE-accredited school in PA to offer an online ABSN, and we also boast PA’s longest-running CCNE accreditation at the baccalaureate level.

Every cohort of students that we graduate helps us improve the program, which means we’re continuously learning to better prepare you for your new career.

Wilkes is a small, non-profit university that offers big opportunities. Our students enjoy a supportive environment here and go on to do great things at leading healthcare providers, such as:

  • Geisinger
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • St. Luke’s Health Network
  • Tower Health
  • Vanderbilt
  • UPMC
  • The University of Pennsylvania