Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is the fastest route to a nursing career for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. The curriculum is designed to be completed at an intense pace in just 12 months--one of the shortest accelerated nursing programs in California. Students accomplish program objectives in a short period of time by building on previous learning.  Course and clinical instruction is offered in short, intensive courses with minimal breaks as compared to students in traditional entry-level programs.

Clinical education partnered with lecture and laboratory instruction is a hallmark of the ABSN program. At the culmination of the program, graduates are prepared to sit for the NCLEX and practice as an RN in a facility of their choosing. Many graduates choose to continue their education to obtain higher-level leadership positions.

Samuel Merritt University ABSN NCLEX Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers in 2015: 91%
National Average: 88%

ABSN Cohorts

The ABSN program is the most widely available at Samuel Merritt University, with approximately 320 spaces available annually. It is the only program that is offered on all three of our campuses. There are multiple start dates, clinical locations, and application deadlines. The table below outlines when and where each ABSN cohort is offered and the associated start date and application deadline. 32 or 48 students are enrolled in each cohort, creating ample opportunity for qualified students to obtain a seat.

Semester

Start of Program

Prerequisite Deadline

Application Deadline

FALL COHORTS

San Mateo*

Early November

End of  summer prior to start

April 1

Sacramento

Mid-September

End of  summer prior to start

April 1

SPRING COHORTS

San Mateo**

Beginning of January

End of fall prior to start

July 1

Sacramento

Beginning of January

End of fall prior to start

July 1

SUMMER COHORTS

San Mateo*

End of April

End of fall prior to start

December 1

Oakland

End of May

End of fall prior to start

December 1

San Mateo**

Beginning of June

End of spring prior to start

December 1

* = Classes take place in San Mateo; clinical rotations are in the San Francisco Bay area.
** = Classes take place in San Mateo; clinical rotation are in South Bay/Peninsula area.  

Questions about the ABSN program can be directed to the appropriate admission counselor at each campus:

OAKLAND
Anne Seed
aseed@samuelmerritt.edu
(510) 869-1550

SACRAMENTO
Kirsten Petersen
kpetersen@samuelmerritt.edu
(916) 646-2770

SAN MATEO
Derric Bynum
​dbynum@samuelmerritt.edu
(650) 292-5565