After approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing last week, Northeastern University announced it is now taking applications for a new accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) program on their Charlotte Campus. Northeastern University is based on Boston, with four additional graduate campuses in Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.

Northeastern University’s School of Nursing in Boston has been preparing nursing leaders in practice, education, and research for over 50 years. With a successful ABSN program already in place at the Massachusetts campus, Northeastern plans to bring that same quality of nursing education to the Charlotte campus with a full-time rigorous program including online coursework and hands-on clinical practice.

The new ABSN program is a 16-month nursing program for professionals that hold bachelor’s degrees in non-nursing fields who are looking to make a career change. Northeastern’s accelerate program will combine online coursework with hands-on experience at their uptown Charlotte nursing center and clinical rotations at Charlotte healthcare facilities. Three start dates will be offered each year, and the first class is scheduled to begin in September.

Northeastern’s BSN graduates have a first-time NCLEX pass rate of 91 percent, exceeding the nationwide average and the average for BSN programs in North Carolina from 2011-14. ABSN students will also be prepared to pass the NCLEX upon graduation to become registered nurses.

One of the main goals for the university’s new program is to address the nationwide nursing shortage as it begins to reach critical levels. Northeastern’s regional dean and CEO, Dr. Cheryl Richards, and Northeastern’s nursing school dean, Nancy Hanrahan, are both supportive of the decision to open an accelerated nursing program. As demand for baccalaureate level RNs reaches unprecedented levels nationwide, there has never been a better time to enter the profession.

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Northeastern University established the Bouvè College of Health Sciences in 1962 to house its School of Nursing. The College of Health Sciences employs top-notch faculty and world-renowned researchers to fulfill the health care industry’s demand for a strong workforce through an interdisciplinary approach to health care with a mission of being a center of excellence in health education, research, and service. The National League of nursing designated the Northeastern University School of Nursing a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education from 2013-2017.

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