ABSN Requirements

While previous healthcare experience is not necessary to enroll in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing track at the University of the Incarnate Word, there are certain ABSN requirements you must meet before you can begin the admissions process.

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UIW ABSN Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the UIW ABSN track, students must:

  • Have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • OR  60 college credits from an accredited institution
  • AND meet the UIW Undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements

Additionally, applicants must:

  • Submit a completed application through NursingCAS
  • Achieve a proficient score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The Total score and the Individual (Reading, Math, Science, English) scores will be considered. The target* scores for the individual sections are:
    • Reading: 75Math: 64Science: 60
    • English: 60
  • Complete Acknowledgement for Legal Requirements form and submit as instructed to begin the background check process.
  • Complete all of the prerequisite courses.
  • Provide official copies of transcripts for all schools attended.
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*Applicants who do not achieve the TEAS individual section target scores may be required to complete supplemental, content-specific, academic success support assignments prior to beginning the BSN program.

Grounds to not be considered for admission vary.  More information can be found here, as well as what to include in your application if you were previously enrolled in a different nursing program.

Note: The ABSN is currently not accepting applications from international students. Only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible.

Preparing for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The ATI TEAS tests the concepts learned in prerequisite math, science and reading/writing courses to determine whether applicants are prepared for a healthcare education. Students who study every day throughout the semesters and the breaks will score better on the ATI TEAS than those who memorize material for exams, which tends to be a recipe for quickly forgetting material. You can visit the Assessment Technologies Institute®, LLC to register and schedule to take the ATI TEAS exam. You’ll also find excellent preparatory options for the TEAS on their site.

Requirements Upon Admittance

Following admission into the Accelerated BSN track, students will need to provide:

  • Complete immunization record
  • Documentation of CPR certification (American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers)

Documentation of First Aid certification (American Heart Association or American Red Cross)

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For More Information

Contact us to find out more about the accelerated BSN requirements for admission.