Accelerated Nursing (ABSN) Admissions

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Prepare your Accelerated Nursing Application

To be admitted to York College of Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program, you’ll need to either hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing discipline or have completed at least 65 college credits and the necessary prerequisite courses.

Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the ABSN admissions timeline, application requirements, and more. To apply for the second-degree nursing program at York, complete your application before February 2.

Accelerated Nursing Program Admission Requirements

Whether you have been working in your career path for years or you’re currently an undergraduate student interested in nursing education, you may be eligible to apply to York’s ABSN program. To be considered for admission to the accelerated-format Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than nursing from an accredited institution of higher education or have completed a minimum of 65 credits from a regionally accredited institution and meet our core curriculum requirements (see below)
  • Overall average grade point average of 3.0 or greater in their earned bachelor’s degree or current coursework
  • Completion of the prerequisite core curriculum courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better

Students who have failed a required nursing course or have been academically dismissed from a previously attended nursing program do not qualify for this program.

Find complete admissions information.

Prerequisite Courses

York’s ABSN program content is designed for students with previous instruction in certain subjects. If you don’t hold a baccalaureate degree, but have taken some college courses in an associate or partial bachelor’s degree, you may be considered for admission to the ABSN program if you have passed the following courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4cr.)*
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4 cr.)*
  • Microbiology with Lab (4 cr.)*
  • General Organic and Biochemistry with Lab (4 cr.)*
  • Lifespan/Human Growth and Development (3 cr.)
  • Basic/elementary/general Statistics (3 cr.)
  • Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • Introductory Psychology course**
  • Introductory Sociology course**

*Completion within the last five years. Timeframes of longer than five years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

**Highly recommended. The Program Director will determine if these courses need to be taken based on a transcript review.  

When you apply to York College of Pennsylvania online, you should be prepared to submit:

  • Two references (professional or academic)
  • Personal essay (writing prompts are provided)
  • Resume
  • Official college transcripts for all courses completed from post-high school institutions 

Find further admissions guidelines regarding your online application, what to do after you apply, and more.


The ABSN application deadline is February 2. Applicants will be notified of their admission status by February 16

  • Students completing coursework in the fall and/or spring semester can still apply for the ABSN, submitting final official transcripts to Admissions as soon as possible
  • Successful applicants with all prerequisite criteria completed will receive an ‘immediate offer’ by February 16
  • Applicants who have pending coursework and are still under consideration for program acceptance will receive a ‘contingent offer’ by February 16, which will become a full offer once prerequisites are met
  • Incomplete applications or late submissions will not be considered

After the application deadline, the Program Director works collaboratively with the Director of Transfer Admissions to make decisions regarding each student’s acceptance into the ABSN program. Interviews will be scheduled with applicants being considered for admission.

Once you are given your admissions status in the winter, get ready to hit the ground running. Orientation and classes begin in July.

The total cost for the Accelerated BSN program is estimated to be $48,000 - $52,000, which includes:

  • Tuition
  • Lab supplies
  • Simulation experiences
  • Books
  • Educational technology
  • Clinical requirements
  • Standardized testing

Find exact tuition and fees details, and learn about York College’s financial aid offerings.

Have questions? York College of Pennsylvania and the Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions are here to help you seek admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Are you ready to take the leap and begin your nursing career? Apply today. We’re thrilled to have you join us.

Learn more about everything the Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions has to offer.

Meet the Faculty

Stacy Lutter
Stacy Lutter, D.Ed., R.N.-B.C.
Chair, The Stabler Dept of Nursing
Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions
Cherie Adkins
Cherie Adkins, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions
Elizabeth Adwa
Elizabeth Adwa, M.S.N., PMHNP-BC
Instructor of Nursing
Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions
Nicole Byers
Nicole Byers, M.S.N., M.B.A., C.P.N.P.
Dr. Donald E. and Lois J. Myers School of Nursing and Health Professions