Become a nurse in just 12 months!

If you hold a bachelor’s degree and are looking to transition to nursing, our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) second degree program offers a fast-track to your new career in just 12 months. In this rigorous face-to-face program, you will develop critical nursing skills under the guidance of experienced faculty.

Upon your completion of the ABSN program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®). As a Bushnell Nurse, you will be a professional, competent, bachelor’s prepared nurse leader able to skillfully provide safe, quality, and compassionate care to others in their time of need.

Program Delivery

The Accelerated BSN program takes students through 44 credits of intensive knowledge and skills development in 12 months. Courses are taught in-person on our campus in Eugene, Oregon, in cohort groups of 16 students. The program includes 16 semester credit hours of clinical practice experiences in a variety of community, acute care, and other healthcare settings.


The ABSN program prepares:

  • Entry-level nurse generalists for initial licensure as a registered nurse
  • Ethical nurse leaders who function to the full extent of their education and scope of practice
  • Professional, competent, compassionate, and skillful registered nurse practitioners
  • Nurses grounded in the arts, sciences, knowledge, and values of the nursing discipline


Graduates of this program will:

  • Understand, integrate, and apply established and evolving nursing knowledge and ways of knowing as well as knowledge from other disciplines, the arts, sciences, and humanities to support clinical judgment and inform nursing practice.
  • Provide holistic, just, respectful, compassionate, coordinated, evidence-based and developmentally appropriate person-centered care to individuals across the lifespan.
  • Engage in collaborative activities aimed at improving the health status and outcomes of populations and communities across a variety of settings at the local, regional, national, or global levels.
  • Critique, apply, and implement nursing knowledge and best evidence generated from research in a way that considers patient preferences and values, the nurse’s experience, and improves health, enhances clinical practice, or influences policy.
  • Employ established and emerging principles of safety and improvement science into nursing practice and care delivery in order to minimize risk to recipients and care providers as well as improve system effectiveness and individual performance.
  • Engage in intentional collaboration and communication across professions and with care team members, patients, families, and communities in order to optimize care, enhance the health care experience, and improve health outcomes.
  • Understand systems-based practice and develop knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as change agents and leaders within complex systems of health care.
  • Understand and utilize information and communication technologies and informatics tools to guide and inform nursing practice and care, enhance communication and connections, and improve health.
  • Develop a professional nursing identity that embraces the values of integrity, altruism, inclusivity, compassion, courage, humility, advocacy, and caring.
  • Engage in activities that promote personal health and growth, expansion of professional knowledge, skills, and abilities, and development as an ethical nurse leader.

Pursue Your Purpose

The mission of the School of Nursing, as an integral part of Bushnell University, is to respond to the higher educational and healthcare needs of our culturally diverse communities. We prepare ethical nurse leaders and educators to lead the way toward evidence-based, quality improvement within a variety of healthcare and educational communities. We embrace Bushnell’s mission to foster wisdom, faith, and service through excellent academic programs grounded in the arts and sciences that demonstrate compassion and respect toward all people served.

Learn more about our School of Nursing.

Important Dates
Cohort StartApplications OpenApplication Deadline
Fall (August)February 1May 17
Spring (January)June 1September 17
School of Nursing Faculty
School of Nursing
Linda Veltri, Ph.D., RN
Dean of Nursing
Professor of Nursing

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee MSN, Gonzaga University BSN, Whitworth College B.A., Whitworth College Dr. Linda Veltri, Dean of the School of Nursing, is responsible for …

School of Nursing
Sheryl Oakes Caddy, JD MSN RN CNE
Associate Professor School of Nursing

J.D., Williamette University M.S.N., Walden University B.S.N., Oregon Health Sciences University A.D.N., Linn-Benton Community College Sheryl Caddy began teaching at Bushnell in the summer …

School of Nursing
Stacy January, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor in Nursing

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Health Nursing, Walden University MSN, Walden University ADN, Portland Community College Stacy January started teaching at Bushnell as adjunct faculty in …

School of Nursing
Katy Lemieux, BSN, RN
Nursing Instructor

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Western Governor’s University Associate Degree in Nursing, Lane Community College Bachelor of Science in Sociology, University of …


Bushnell University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The ABSN program is affiliated with Bushnell University’s baccalaureate degree program in nursing accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)                    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education