Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

ABSN Nursing Students in SimulationThe Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (ABSN) is a second degree program for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and the required pre-requisites. This is a full-time, campus-based program that lasts for 16 months.  Our students focus on health wellness and disease prevention, clinical leadership, evidence-based nursing practice and culturally relevant care.  Our faculty practice dynamic teaching-learning strategies, simulations, virtual and standardized patients and more.  Our unrivaled Center for Nursing Discovery is the only accredited health care simulation education facility in North Carolina, and you’ll have access to it! Our faculty are committed to preparing students to deliver safe, high-quality nursing care to patients and their families.

As a student, you’ll complete 58 credit hours of study and receive nearly 800 hours of clinical experience.  Our students get the unparalleled advantage of clinical experiences at multiple sites in the Duke University Health System, top-notch healthcare systems in the Raleigh-Durham, NC, area and around the world. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse and entry into professional nursing practice.

The accelerated baccalaureate degree in nursing at the Duke University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Learn more about the application and admissions process.

ABSN Clinical Immersion Experiences

As an ABSN student, some of your clinical hours may be fulfilled locally or globally.

Students who choose local clinical placements will work with culturally rich and diverse populations in Durham County, NC, including Latinos, refugees and immigrants, as well as an array of vulnerable groups, such as those living in poverty, homeless persons and the elderly. Current local community and public health partners include: Durham Housing Authority, Families Moving Forward. Urban Ministries, Church World Service, The Immaculate Conception Church, Partners for Youth Opportunities, Learning Together.  Local clinical immersion groups fulfill their hours on a weekly basis throughout the semester.

ABSN student with children at global clinical immersionStudents who go abroad will travel to one of our clinical sites for a two-week immersion experience during the break between second and third semester. These rich learning environments provide students with invaluable insights into diverse health care systems, community-based initiatives and treatment protocols in different cultural settings. GCIE activities typically include: community assessment, clinical observations, hands-on experiences in the local health care centers or polyclinics, health promotion teaching, home visits, environmental health visits with local health officers and cultural enrichment activities. Visit global academic and clinical sites to learn more.

Why Choose Duke?

An ABSN degree from Duke University School of Nursing offers:

  • Innovative curriculum emphasizing wellness and health promotion as well as evidence-based nursing practice across the lifespan

  • State-of-the-art facilities and technology for clinical teaching, including high-fidelity simulators, standardized patients, interactive modules, case studies and lectures/videos in digital formats

  • Personalized advising from faculty

  • Clinical learning with a small faculty-to-student ratio (usually 1:6)

  • Clinical experiences at Duke University Health System and other respected health systems across the Triangle

  • International clinical immersion experiences through the Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives

  • Wide ranging benefits that come with learning at a nationally ranked university and an internationally recognized teaching medical facility

  • Improved opportunity for post-graduation employment that reaches far beyond North Carolina

  • Early consideration for admittance of ABSN graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher into the Master of Science in Nursing Program - learn about the ABSN-MSN Pathway.

Apply to the Duke ABSN program today.

Embracing Diversity For An Engaged Community

Embracing diversity is a crucial component for engaging with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective. Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish. Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations. Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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