ABSN Requirements and Prerequisites

The great thing about the Notre Dame of Maryland University Accelerated 2nd Degree ABSN program is that it allows highly motivated students like you to apply your previous bachelor’s degree(s) toward a rewarding new career in nursing, even if you have no prior health care experience.

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To become eligible to enroll in our ABSN program, you must first meet a set of requirements, which involve completion of the following:

  • Non-nursing bachelor’s degree, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale)
  • ABSN prerequisite courses (22 credit hours) within the minimum grade requirements
  • ABSN program application
  • Current resume and personal essay
  • Earn a minimum composite score of 65% on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
    • EXEMPTION: A student applying for admission is EXEMPT from the TEAS requirement if they have 30 or more college transfer credits completed, have not repeated any required courses, AND have a transfer GPA of 3.3 or above
    • A previous TEAS score can be submitted if the test was taken up to one year before the time of application to the accelerated nursing program
  • Recommendation letters (2)
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Accelerated Nursing Prerequisites

To be eligible to apply for our ABSN program, you must complete six ABSN prerequisites in addition to meeting the other qualifications for our program.

CourseCourse DescriptionCredits
MAT 215Basic Statistics3
CHM 108*Survey of General, Organic & Biochemistry4
BIO 253*Microbiology4
BIO 201*Anatomy & Physiology I4
BIO 202*Anatomy & Physiology II4
PHL 330Ethics3
Total Required Credits22

*Prerequisite must have been completed with a minimum grade of C or higher within five years prior to enrollment.

If you’re not sure which prerequisite courses you need to complete to qualify for ABSN program eligibility, rest assured that our admissions team is here to help. Your assigned admissions counselor can review your academic history and unofficial transcripts from your previous degree program to help you make an ABSN prerequisite completion plan that aligns with your target start date at Notre Dame.

Please note that the costs and fees for prerequisite coursework are not include in the tuition and cost breakdowns for the ABSN program.

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Talk to an Admissions Counselor

If you meet all of the above requirements and have the drive to succeed in our accelerated nursing program, it’s highly advised that you contact one of our admissions counselors as soon as possible. Your assigned admissions counselor will help you gather all the required materials and complete all the steps necessary to apply for our program.

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For More Information

For more information about our ABSN program requirements and prerequisites, please contact an admissions counselor.