Mercer ABSN Program FAQs
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at Mercer University in Atlanta.
1. When are the ABSN program start dates?
We offer three program starts each year — in spring, summer, and, fall. This allows you time to fulfill any prerequisite course requirements and still enter nursing school as soon as possible.
2. What are the ABSN program admissions requirements?
In addition to needing a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, you must:
- Complete the prerequisites for the program prior to enrollment.
- Have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher (including a 3.0 GPA for all science courses).
- Submit a resume and admissions essay.
- Earn a minimum composite score of 76% on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
- Satisfactorily complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable.
3. Do I need to complete prerequisites before I apply to the ABSN program?
To be eligible for our ABSN program, you must complete the prerequisite requirements prior to enrolling.
4. Is the ABSN program 100% online?
No. While there are many aspects of nursing you can learn via online coursework (for example, nursing theory), nursing is a hands-on field. Our program blends the convenience and flexibility of online learning with hands-on skills and simulation labs designed to prepare you for your clinical rotations and, eventually, your first day on the job.
5. Can I work during the Accelerated BSN program?
We understand that some students may have a financial need to work while in the program; however, we strongly recommend against working while in our accelerated BSN program. With 21–22 credit hours of study each semester, Mercer’s ABSN program is like working a full-time job. When talking to your enrollment counselor, be sure to let him or her know of any financial concerns you have.
6. How much does the ABSN program cost?
Over three semesters, tuition cost for the 56-credit hour ABSN is $56,844.99. ABSN nursing fees and universities fee are $2,805.
Additional ABSN costs may include application fee, health insurance, books, uniform, transportation, etc. These are not included in the above tuition cost or nursing/university fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
For additional information, contact an enrollment counselor or the nursing admissions office.
7. Where will I attend labs, tests, and other sessions?
Our state-of-the-art learning site in Atlanta is home base for the Mercer ABSN program. Located at 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30339, this facility includes skills and simulation labs, offices, classrooms, testing rooms, and areas for independent and group study.
8. What type of student excels in this accelerated nursing learning format?
The ABSN program at Mercer University is not for everyone. In order to earn a BSN in as few as 12 months, our program is very fast-paced and demanding. To be successful in this program, you need to be highly motivated, organized and eager to learn. You also need to be able to admit when you need help. Our instructors and faculty members want you to succeed and will go above and beyond for you, but you have to let them know when you need help.
9. Is financial aid available for students of Mercer’s accelerated second-degree BSN program?
When you talk to your enrollment counselor, you’ll discuss how to pay for the ABSN program, as well as go over funding options available to nursing students. He or she can help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — the first step toward determining your eligibility for financial aid.