Accelerated BSN Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses are designed to provide you with the foundational knowledge and academic preparation necessary for the rigor of Mercer’s Second Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) track. Prerequisite courses exist in order to ensure that each student has the best academic basis possible before taking on the challenge of an ABSN track.

How many prerequisites you will need to take depends on your previous college experience, previous bachelor’s degree, grade point average (GPA), and completion date. Your enrollment counselor will help you identify which prerequisite courses you may need to complete prior to enrolling in the accelerated nursing track.

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Prerequisite CourseCredit Hours
BIOL 245 & BIOL 245L Human Anatomy and Physiology I* & Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory*4
BIOL 246 & BIOL 246L Human Anatomy and Physiology II* & Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory*4
BIOL 256 & BIOL 256L Microbiology for Allied Health* & Microbiology for Allied Health Laboratory*4
PSYC 260 Psychopathology3
MATH 220 Applied Statistical Methods3
BIOL 325 Pathophysiology*3
NUTR 206 Nutrition3
PSYC 227 Lifespan Development3
Religion (may be waived in lieu of another course)3
TOTAL30

*Required science courses must have been taken within five years prior to entry into the accelerated nursing track.

Do I need to complete prerequisites before I apply to the ABSN track?

To be eligible for Mercer’s ABSN track, applicants must complete all 30 hours of prerequisite courses (while meeting GPA requirements) prior to enrolling.

To learn more about ABSN prerequisite courses, please contact our admissions team.

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