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Concordia University, St. Paul ABSN Programs

A Lutheran university founded in 1893, Concordia University, St. Paul has since held a high standard across all areas of a liberal arts education. Concordia University, St. Paul offers their 16- month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon. Through the accelerated nursing program, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and be ready to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®). The ABSN program at CSP helps students earn their degrees sooner by offering three start dates each year — in January, May, and September.

ABSN Program Details

At CSP, the 16-month ABSN program consists of 61 total nursing credit hours divided into four semesters. Students learn through a hybrid online format, with the curriculum divided into online classes, nursing labs, and clinical experiences.

Online Nursing Classes

Online classes in CSP’s accelerated nursing program allow students to learn in a place that works best for them. Nursing students benefit from incorporating self-directed online learning into a structured program alongside peers and attentive instructors.

Skills Labs and Simulation

During nursing labs, students meet in the well-equipped lab setting alongside a small group of students and their clinical instructor. Skills labs help students gain dexterity with a variety of nursing tasks, such as placing IV catheters, inserting nasogastric tubes, and drawing blood.

Then in simulation at CSP, students practice mock health care scenarios with manikins, providing a safe space to learn how to manage complex, high-pressure situations.

Clinical Learning

The final piece of the accelerated nursing education at CSP includes clinical learning experiences in various modalities. CSP’s clinical experiences take place locally, either in St. Paul, Minnesota, or Portland, Oregon.

ABSN Admissions Requirements

If you have at least 60 non-nursing college credits or a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible to apply to the ABSN program at Concordia. To apply, students should also meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V exam, scoring 65% or higher, within a year of applying.
  • Complete all prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better:
    • Human anatomy and physiology I and II with lab
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Chemistry for health sciences
    • Lifespan developmental psychology
    • Quantitative reasoning for health care professionals
    • Intercultural Communication


Concordia University, St. Paul, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604. To learn more about HLC, please call 1- 800-621-7440 or visit hlcommission.org.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Concordia University, St. Paul is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

The Accelerated BSN in Portland is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing, located at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road, Portland, OR 97224, 971-673-0685.

This school is a business unit of a corporation and is authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees and certificates described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97310.

Concordia University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the accelerated BSN program.

Ready to Begin Your Nursing Journey?

If you are interested in Concordia University St. Paul’s ABSN program, complete the form to have an admissions representative contact you.

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