Pre-licensure Accelerated BS in Nursing (ABSN)

The Pre-licensure Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is designed to provide students the foundation necessary for a career in nursing.

Pre-licensure Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Overview

Become a nurse sooner and complete the program up to a year earlier than completing a RN license and bachelor's degree separately. Our online classes and clinical experiences offered in various care settings maximize time and give future nurses the experience necessary to enter the workforce. UMass Global’s career-centric courses are taught by practicing clinical faculty to prepare students to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for RNs.

UMass Global’s ABSN program:

  • May be completed in as little as 3 years
  • Is taught by practicing nurses
  • Offers rolling admissions for Fall, Spring & Summer trimesters
  • Prepares students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

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Spring I (Jan 9, 2023)

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University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees at University of Massachusetts Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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    Both the faculty and staff members have been very supportive in every way, manifesting their core values in action. Students are accorded the same respect and dignity regardless of their cultural background, color, gender or religion.
    Jacinta A | Doctor of Nursing Practice
    It was a big sacrifice with two daughters in college and it takes persistence and patience. Brandman* is very supportive of students. They push their students in the right direction and motivate them. It was a positive experience and coming from a family of nurses, that’s saying a lot.
    Lorelei P. | Doctorate of Nursing Practice
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    sharon h nurse practitioner brandman
    It was always my goal to become a Nurse Practitioner. I wanted to mentor other nurses who were new to the profession and share my experiences with them.
    Sharon H. | Doctorate of Nursing Practice

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Self-evaluation and goal statement
    • Three online recommendation forms
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
    • Completion of all required science courses (BIOU 101, BIOU 332, BIOU 340, BIOU 341, CHEM 101)
    • Spring 1 2023: October 15, 2022
    • Summer 1 2023: February 15, 2023
    • Fall 1 2023: June 15, 2023
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    Program Curriculum

    • Prerequisites (19 credits)


      CHMU 101 - Introduction to Chemistry 4
      BIOU 101- Introduction to Biology 3
      BIOU 332 - Microbiology 4
      BIOU 340 - Anatomy and Physiology A    4
      BIOU 341 - Anatomy and Physiology 4
      Total Prerequisite Credits


    • Basic Skills (33 Credits)


      ENGU 103 - Writing and Rhetoric


      ENGU 104 - Writing About Literature


      COMU 101 - Public Speaking I 3
      MATU 203 - Introduction to Statistics        3
      CHMU 101- Introduction to Chemistry 3
      BIOU 101 - Introduction to Biology 3
      BIOU 332 - Microbiology 3
      BIOU 340 - Anatomy and Physiology A 3
      BIOU 341 - Anatomy Physiology B 3
      PSYU 320 - Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
      SOCU 101 -  Introduction to Sociology 3
      PSYU 101 -  Introduction to Psychology    3
      LBSU 302 - Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
      LBSU 304 - Liberal Arts: Core Foundations 3


      Select  6 credits from two different areas:






      Fine Arts


      Foreign Language




      Liberal Studies




      Religious Studies


      Total General Education Credits

      *LBSU 302 and LBSU 304 cannot be satisfied in transfer and must be taken at University of Massachusetts Global.
      Note: All University of Massachusetts Global undergraduates are required to complete 9 credits in general education Humanities areas. For students in this program, 3 of those credits are satisfied by the core degree requirement NURU 407 Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in Health and Nursing.

    •  Nursing Core Courses (68 credits)
      NURU 403 Managing Health Care Reform


      NURU 404 Healthcare Communication and Collaboration


      NURU 405 Evidence-Based Thinking for Scholarship and Practice


      NURU 406 Improving Patient Health Care Outcomes: Quality Care & Patient Safety


      NURU 407 Cultural and Spiritual Diversity in Health and Nursing


      NURU 408 Information, Patient Care, and Decision-Support System Technology


      NURU 428 Pathophysiology across the Lifespan


      NURU 429 Pharmacology across the Lifespan


      NURU 431 Foundations of Nursing Practice I and Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan


      NURU 432 Foundations of Nursing Practice II


      NURU 433 Foundations of Nursing Practice I Practicum (135 practicum hours)
      NURU 435 Foundations of Nursing Practice II Practicum (135 practicum hours)
      NURU 441 Adult Gerontology-Centered Care                 
      NURU 443 Adult Gerontology-Centered Care Practicum (90 practicum hours)
      NURU 451 Acute Care Nursing I  
      NURU 452 Acute Care Nursing II
      NURU 453 Acute Care Nursing I Practicum (90 practicum hours)   2
      NURU 454 Acute Care Nursing III
      NURU 455 Acute Care Nursing II Practicum (45 practicum hours) 1
      NURU 457 Acute Care Nursing III Practicum (45 practicum hours)   1
      NURU 461 Family-Centered Care – Pediatrics
      NURU 462 Family-Centered Care - Childbearing
      NURU 463 Family-Centered Care – Pediatrics Practicum (45 practicum hours)
      NURU 465 Family-Centered Care – Childbearing Practicum (45 practicum hours)
      NURU 471 Mental Health Care   
      NURU 473 Mental Health Care Practicum (45 practicum hours)           
      NURU 481 Community-Centered Care                
      NURU 483 Community-Centered Care Practicum (90 practicum hours)
      NURU 491 Theory and Practice: Leadership in Nursing
      NURU 492 Capstone of Professional Nursing Practice   
      NURU 493 Theory and Practice: Leadership in Nursing Practicum (90 practicum hours)
      NURU 495 Capstone of Professional Nursing Practice Practicum (90 practicum hours)       
       Total   Nursing Core Credits ( 945 clinical practicum hours) 68
       Total  Credit Hours for the Degree 120

      *Students who are unable to complete practicum hours within the schedule 8-week section will be placed in NURU 499 Independent Practicum for pl-ABSN Clinical Hours Completion until all hours are satisfactorily achieved. There are no fees associated with this course.

      Students must complete NCLEX Preparation I & II as a requirement of this degree program

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Browse through frequently asked questions about the pl-ABSN Nursing program at UMass Global. 


    Do I have to live in the greater San Diego area to attend the pl-ABSN program?

    Although the general education requirements can be completed from various geographic locations, students must reside within commuting distance of the San Diego campus for the nursing core courses.

    How often will I be on campus?

    Students will be required to be on campus 2-3 days per week for skills lab and proctored testing and at an assigned San Diego clinical partner site 1-2 days per week during clinical practicums.

    How much time do I need to dedicate to the program?

    The pl-ABSN program is a rigorous accelerated program. Students can expect to spend 40-50 hours per week completing course requirements during the nursing core courses. This time is divided between online course work, virtual classes, clinical practicum hours in the skills lab and at clinical partner sites, and homework/study time.

    Does University of Massachusetts Global help students locate a preceptor or clinical site?

    University of Massachusetts Global works closely with the San Diego Nursing and Allied Health Service-Education Consortium and the San Diego clinical agencies to ensure clinical placements for students. Students are not required to identify their own preceptors and must attend clinical practicums as assigned.

    How can I strengthen my application?

    Criteria considered for a strong application include a well-written goal statement that clearly describes the student’s nursing aspirations (not a resume), strong recommendations with written commentary providing clear examples of the student’s strengths, a high cumulative GPA, and strong academic performance in prerequisite science courses.

    Does UMass Global have a program for LVNs and/or applicants with relevant military education and experience? If so, what coursework is required?

    LVNs and/or individuals with relevant education and experience wishing to earn a BSN degree and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN are encouraged to apply for the program. There is a process for advanced placement, allowing program credit for previous education or for other acquired knowledge in the field of nursing, including military education and experience. Applicants interested in advanced placement should contact the Program Director via email for more information.

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