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Accelerated Second Degree BSN

The accelerated second degree BSN (ABSN) is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher in another field and wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is a full-time, 15-month option.

The ABSN program starts in mid-May and concludes the following August.  

Graduates qualify to take the NCLEX-RN, the licensure examination for eligibility to become a registered nurse. Current reports indicate that MSU BSN graduates who took the NCLEX–RN examination in 2018 had a combined first-time pass rate of 93 percent.

Students can attend classes in one of two locations:

  • MSU campus in East Lansing
  • Detroit Medical Center in Detroit

The healthcare needs of individuals, families and populations demand a highly qualified nursing workforce prepared for the challenges of the future. This accelerated nursing program builds on prior learning to provide a broad professional preparation based on nursing science and grounded in biological, physical and behavioral sciences and the humanities.