Accelerated BSN (ABSN)


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, students develop nursing knowledge and skills under the guidance of experienced faculty and are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

Students in this program attend classes full-time, and will learn to be a professional ethical nurse leader, able to provide safe, quality, equitable, and compassionate care to others. 

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Karla Larson, Ph.D., RN
Dean of the College of Health Professions


Carrie Gillies
Admissions Counselor, ABSN Program


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Karla Larson, Ph.D., MSN, RN
Dean of the College of Health Professions


Carrie Gillies
Admission Counselor



Why Choose Bushnell?

The Accelerated BSN program prepares ethical nurses to lead the way toward evidence-based quality improvement within a variety of healthcare and educational communities. The School of Nursing embraces 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.

Program Objectives

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

Beacon Points of Pride

  • Ranked#2 Best Nursing School  in Oregon, According to Nursing Degree Search
  • 2022 NCLEX first-time pass rate: 100%
  • 2023 NCLEX first-time pass rate: 100%
  • 12-month curriculum
  • Small cohort size
  • Clinical experience opportunities in a wide array of settings


Bushnell University is regionally accredited by both 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 (CCNE).

Cost of Attendance

Per Semester:

Housing & Food: $5,650
Books & Supplies: $525
Personal: $700
Transportation: $700
Tech Fee: $150
Student Fee: 

  • Semester 1 – $1,650
  • Semester 2 – $400
  • Semester 3 – $0

Application Dates

NEW as of December 2023: We are moving to a rolling admission model. Applications for both the fall and spring cohorts will be open in NursingCAS. The application for the fall (August) cohort will close on April 1st, and the application for the spring (January) cohort will close on September 1st.

Clinical Practice

Students will have the opportunity to participate in learning activities in a variety of settings. These may be in acute care hospitals, clinics, schools, specialty hospitals, and community-based care settings.

Assigned clinical rotations may be any day of the week and any hour of the day, including traditional day, evening, and night shifts, and may be at sites up to 75 miles from the Bushnell University campus. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Visit Campus

If you’re interested in seeing campus and our nursing program facilities, please contact our nursing admissions counselor, Carrie Gillies at

To view our nursing space in partnership with PeaceHealth, please visit our Center for Education & Research Hall photo gallery.

Integration of Faith

We welcome students who have no faith commitment or are from other faith commitments. Bushnell University is not a “church,” nor do we require students to be Christians or to subscribe to any faith statement. At the same time, all students should be prepared to be exposed daily to a Christian worldview and to be encouraged to a Christian faith commitment. As a community, we are committed to living our heritage and mission.

Life at Bushnell

ABSN Curriculum

Hear From Our Students

"I was looking for an ABSN program and this one is close to home. I already have a bachelor's degree and this program spring-boarded from the content of my previous degree. I want upward mobility in my nursing career, I am good with the academic rigor, and I wanted to maximize my time. I appreciated the connection with faculty and their availability."
Rachel Meighan '23
"The accelerated aspect was not the most important to me, it was getting a bachelor's degree. I really liked and appreciated the huge variety of clinical experiences. I also appreciated the constant opportunity to reflect on what I was learning."
Brittany Petersen '22
"I’m so grateful to be part of the ABSN program at Bushnell. While it’s been incredibly challenging, this experience has helped me grow in my ability to care for others and make an impact on the health and well-being of my community. I’m confident that the nurses coming from my cohort will deeply impact the lives of those they serve."
Chris Masciotra '22

Meet the Faculty

Janet Welch, RN, MSN
Director of Nursing

“The Bushnell University ABSN program offers a smaller cohort size allowing you to get to know your peers and a wide variety of clinical practice experiences related to the focus of each course.  These experiences occur across the lifespan and continuum of client care — from acute care hospitals to outpatient clinics, community agencies, and client homes.

By becoming a registered nurse, you will provide care that makes a meaningful difference to others using a Christian worldview, translate evidence into practice as an ethical nurse leader, and immediately impact the quality and safety of health care in your community.  Bushnell faculty and staff are 100% committed partners who support your learning and are invested in your success.  Come learn with us!”