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The Accelerated BSN at DeSales University

Get on the fast track to a nursing career with a BSN degree in just 15 months with this second-degree program.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree (or will have one by May) and want to make a change to nursing, our fast, flexible, and affordable format will prepare you for beginning a nursing career.

What’s Different About the DeSales ABSN?

  • Last year's 2020 cohort had a 100% pass rate! Since the beginning of this program, our ABSN graduates have had an average first-time pass rate of 97% on the NCLEX-RN exam. 
  • BSN-prepared nurses are the preferred hire and 100% of DeSales ABSN graduates are employed within one year of graduation.
  • There is no required program entrance exam, though students must meet prerequisite and GPA requirements.
  • Nursing students practice in various clinical sites in the Lehigh Valley region and in our own state-of-the-art simulation center.
  • On-campus housing is available in newly renovated suites (based on availability).
  • Save money on your MSN/NP with our ABSN+ program qualified students can save up to 22% of the cost of a DeSales MSN program!

By graduation, DeSales ABSN students are confident and experienced with:

  • 60 laboratory hours
  • 630 clinical hours
  • An internship with additional clinical experience with an expert in the nursing field.
  • NCLEX-RN prep course and coaching (included in the cost of tuition)
  • A CCNE accredited BSN

To be eligible for the ABSN and ABSN Plus programs, you must have completed a bachelor's degree with a competitive GPA by May 2022.

Accelerated BSN and Accelerated Direct Entry BSN + MSN applicants to the May 2022 cohort are admitted as per the following deadlines:

  • Early Decision Deadline: October 15, 2021
  • Final Deadline: November 15, 2021

Take the next step. Request information, register for an information session, or apply now.


Optional Direct-Entry into the MSN Program

Thinking ahead? Save money and fast-track your MSN degree, too.

Qualified students can take up to three MSN courses as part of the ABSN program and enjoy direct-entry into the DeSales MSN Program with our special Accelerated Direct Entry BSN + MSN program.  By taking master's level courses at the undergraduate tuition rate, you can save significantly (up to 22%!) on the cost of your MSN degree.


Nurses with a BSN are given more responsibility, supervisory roles, and higher salaries. 

A BSN allows you to work in leadership and advisory positions. Nursing is a continually growing field for job opportunities and income. 

How to apply

  1. Submit your online application today – it takes just 10 minutes or less!
  2. Request your official electronic transcripts from your college or university directly to the DeSales Division of Nursing at
  3. Complete an interview with the Program Director.

Still have prerequisites to complete? You can still apply now! Contact us for more information. Questions? Call or email at 610-282-1100, x1509 or

It is suggested that students do not work while they complete the ABSN/ABSN Plus programs. This full-time program runs classes Monday through Friday between 8am-4pm. Clinical hours are held Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and occasional weekends. Clinical hours can be held in the day or evening.

Alumni Spotlight
Program graduate Courtney Graetzer ’15 explains how the ABSN program helped her nursing career.

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CCNE - Accredited