Accelerated BSN Track FAQs
Below are some of the most common questions asked about ABSN@CTX.
1. What are the general admission requirements for ABSN@CTX?
Since the ABSN track is an accelerated curriculum, students are required to have a minimum of 60 credits from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrollment. These 60 credits may include prerequisites and general education coursework taken through Concordia Texas. Plus you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite natural science courses. Your Admission Counselor will help you with this process.
Additional ABSN track requirements:
- An official transcript from each regionally accredited institution attended.
- Satisfactory completion of all prerequisites, including Concordia Texas Distinctive Prerequisites.
- Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS VI) within one year of beginning the ABSN program. No more than two attempts will be accepted to reach minimum score requirements.
- CPR certification from the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course.
- Clinical clearance immunizations, background checks, criminal history checks, drug screening, etc.
2. How will this online-based ABSN track prepare me for a successful nursing career?
Students in ABSN@CTX receive an accelerated, invaluable nursing experience created through a blended delivery with a combination of online coursework, hands-on preparation, and real-world application in a variety of settings. The experiential learning components of the ABSN track create practice-ready nurses. CTX’s College of Nursing’s BSN program’s curriculum has proven to be successful as 100% of graduates in 2017 passed the NCLEX-RN the first time.
3. Is the ABSN track 100% online?
No. It’s a comprehensive blended learning model which means we combine online coursework with onsite labs and clinical rotations that must be completed in person. The online learning component serves as a precursor to the in-person practicum you will complete at our skills and simulation lab site and in clinical rotations at local hospitals.
4. When should I apply for the ABSN track?
Concordia University Texas is enrolling accelerated nursing students right now. There are three start dates a year—January, May, and August—which means more students are able to start working toward their nursing degree with CTX every year. Plus, seats are available with no wait time.Before starting, you are required to complete a number of prerequisite courses, which can be done online through CTX. An admissions counselor will help you develop a plan to satisfy those requirements and guide you throughout the enrollment process.
5. Am I still eligible if I was previously enrolled in a nursing program?
If you have ever enrolled in a nursing program prior to applying to our ABSN track, you must submit an official letter from the original program that indicates you are 1) in good academic standing and 2) eligible to return to the program to be considered for admission into our ABSN track. Please let us know about your prior enrollment during your initial phone call with your admissions counselor.Also note: Previous nursing coursework outside of prerequisite courses taken is not transferable to the ABSN track curriculum.
6. To determine if I am a good fit for ABSN@CTX, what documents will you need from me?
Your admissions counselor will need unofficial copies of all transcripts from all schools where you have previously completed coursework. Although some transcripts may include transfer credit accepted by the institution, this may not capture all coursework, grades, and terms of completion. When calculating a cumulative GPA for admission purposes, your admissions counselor must take a holistic look at all grades earned in courses above the developmental level. This includes grades for which you may have earned a replacement.
7. How many students does ABSN@CTX accommodate?
The Accelerated BSN track’s blended learning model allows Concordia University Texas to instruct a greater number of qualified students than many other programs. New nursing student cohorts start three times a year and there are seats available with no waitlist.
8. Is it possible to work while participating in the Accelerated BSN track?
In order to be successful, a nursing student needs to be dedicated and self-motivated due to the pace and thoroughness of the accelerated track. This is a full-time commitment, and some consider it to be a job in and of itself. While it may be possible to work while participating in the Accelerated BSN track, you should talk to an admissions counselor about your options.
9. What type of student excels in this accelerated nursing learning format?
The ABSN track at Concordia University Texas is fast-paced and demanding, so the students that are most successful are dedicated, self-motivated, organized, and eager to learn. They are able to anticipate the demands of their workload and are comfortable utilizing the support of their fellow students and faculty.
10. Are there any financial aid options available for the accelerated nursing students?
Our Student Success Coordinator can provide you with information on funding options available for nursing students. Our staff is happy to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the first step in determining your financial aid eligibility.
Please contact an admissions counselor if you have additional questions.