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Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor (A-BSN) Program

ABSN1UNE's Accelerated Second Degree Bachelors Program (ABSN) is an academically rigorous 17-month professional program designed for highly motivated and committed students who have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing. Students build on a foundation of knowledge from previous learning and engage immediately in nursing content starting in the winter term. 

Throughout the next 17 months, students are deeply immersed in nursing course work and clinical experiences that emphasize clinical reasoning and judgment, health and human functioning, care and therapeutics, person, environment and health care resources. Nursing skill laboratories combined with simulation, and clinical experiences occur in a variety of hospital and community settings.  Caring for diverse populations enhances the process of integrating theory to practice. 

Minor adjustments to the curriculum in the accelerated program enable content to be included from the Westbrook College of Health Professions Core courses that are part of the 4-year nursing program.

Upon successful completion of the curriculum, The University of New England awards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX).

To Apply

All applications to UNE's Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor program must be completed through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS).


Anatomy & Physiology I & II w/Lab
Microbiology w/Lab
Chemistry w/Lab
Human Growth and Development

The sciences and statistics must have been completed within the past 5 years to be considered.

Curriculum for Accelerated Second
Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing

See the Catalog for more information on the curriculum

Apply Online or Request Information about a Nursing Program