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Averett University ABSN Program

Founded in 1859, Averett has a long-standing commitment to engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program offered by Averett University in Norfolk, Virginia, provides students the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in as few as 16 months.

ABSN Program Details

The accelerated nursing program at Averett offers three start dates each year — in January, May, and August — so students can start earning their degree sooner. The curriculum at Averett consists of 66 credit hours of nursing courses, with components including:

Online Courses

Students learn the foundational nursing concepts through interactive online courses. Online courses offer flexibility and adaptability. Students can tailor their education to their needs while also maintaining the structure of deadlines and scheduled exams.

Skills and Simulation Labs

Nursing labs offer a safe, collaborative environment where students can apply their knowledge to hands-on situations. Skills labs teach students how to perform various nursing tasks, such as inserting IVs, managing catheters, and interviewing patients. In the simulation labs, students work with high-fidelity manikins in small groups to perform nursing care in various scenarios.

Students participate in 97 hours of simulation lab in total.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations at Averett provide students the opportunity to practice their nursing skills in a real-world healthcare environment. Accelerated nursing students work in a variety of healthcare facilities in the Norfolk area, completing a total of 488 hours in clinical rotations.

ABSN Admission Requirements

Students with at least 60 non-nursing college credits or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for the ABSN program at Averett University. Other admission requirements include:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.
  • Pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V exam, scoring 65 percent or higher, within a year of applying.
  • Complete all prerequisites with a grade of “C-” or better:
    • Anatomy and physiology I and II with lab
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Introduction to statistics
    • Developmental psychology
    • Students without a prior bachelor’s degree have additional general education course requirements.


Averett University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), located at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, (404) 679-4500. The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Averett University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The Virginia Board of Nursing has granted initial approval for the accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Registered Nurse Program located in Norfolk, Virginia.

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