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Online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing


  • 16-Month, Full-Time Program
  • Online Coursework with Two Residencies
  • Affordable Tuition Rates Nationally

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Make A Difference As A Registered Nurse

Cleveland State University’s online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program prepares engaged and passionate aspiring nurses for practice through an affordable, fast-paced degree pathway. With this degree you’ll be ready to work as a bedside nurse, caring for patients in various healthcare settings. This program can prepare you to become a nurse in less time because it accounts for work already completed with your first degree.

Accredited by the CCNE

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Higher Learning Commission

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CSU’s online ABSN is an accelerated, immersive opportunity for aspiring nurses with non-nursing bachelor’s or master’s degrees to become registered nurses. You’ll build real-world competency, experience integrated clinical placement services and receive comprehensive support throughout your academic journey.

  • Online coursework with two residencies 
  • You will complete 764 clinical hours and 171 lab hours  
  • Clinical placement services are provided as part of the program 
  • Two residencies to refine skills and learn face-to-face at our state-of-the-art nursing resource laboratory in downtown Cleveland, Ohio 
  • Strong community-focused program 
  • You can complete this program infour semesters/16 months (full-time) 
  • NCLEX preparation support integrated throughout the program and upon program completion you will be fully prepared for the NCLEX exam with access to ATI and Kaplan tools 

Our skilled, engaged faculty are active in healthcare initiatives and research, and share your passion to improve healthcare for all. You’ll also benefit from CSU’s more than 50-year commitment to delivering quality nursing education with a mission of inspiring innovation and inclusivity, promoting health equity and wellness, and educating with excellence. It’s our mission to empower lifelong learners who advance excellence in professional nursing. 

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Curriculum Sample

Introduces the student to the purpose of theory development in nursing, selected nursing models, and the philosophy and conceptual framework of the CSU School of Nursing. Explores attributes, values, nursing history and ethics that support the professional nurse practice. Emphasizes acquisition of knowledge and skills for facilitative and therapeutic communication and the appreciation of cultural diversity. Includes writing across the curriculum (WAC) assignment. (2 credits)

Introduces the student to various classifications of drugs used in the care of clients experiencing stressors. Emphasis is on nursing implications. (3 credits)

Introduces the research process and the contributions of research to the improvement of nursing practice. Focuses on the critical analysis and interpretation of research reports and the development of strategies for implementation of research findings. (2 credits)

Focuses on leadership and management theories and concepts as they relate to the practice of nursing and the delivery of care in a variety of community-based settings. Emphasizes the use of change theory and quality assurance concepts. Approaches to developing leader/change agent and consultant/collaborator roles are explored. (2 credits)

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No Application Fee!

In honor of nurses everywhere, there is NO application fee for our online ABSN program. 


Frequently Asked Questions

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Cleveland State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Cleveland State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the largest regional accreditor in the U.S.  

An online accelerated BSN program is a fast-track degree that allows students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any discipline to transition into the nursing profession.

A registered nurse (RN) is a licensed healthcare professional who provides care to patients across the lifespan in a variety of community settings.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median total annual wage for registered nurses is $81,220.

177,400 new registered nurse jobs are expected to be created between 2022 and 2032 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This four-semester (16 month) program requires 69 credits of coursework and 764 clinical hours and 171 lab hours.

Yes. You’ll work directly with a dedicated nursing faculty advisor and an online student experience coach and will have access to University resources such as tutoring, writing support, counseling and more.

Yes. Clinical placement services are included as part of your program so you can focus on learning and your nursing education.

The online ABSN costs $434.60* per credit hour for in-state students ($20,860.80 total* + fees) and $619.70* for out-of-state students ($29,745.60 total* + fees). Financial aid may be available to our online students.

*Tuition rates as of 01/22/2024. Rates are subject to change. Visit

Yes. Our faculty members are dedicated, caring and experienced professionals who want you to succeed. They are tenure-track professors who are active in initiatives and research addressing issues such as maternal health, informatics, palliative and end stage of life care, chronic pain management and eliminating barriers to care for underserved communities.

Clinical Placement Services

Our clinical placement services team will work with you to find clinical placement opportunities in your area. These FAQs can help you better understand the clinical placement services provided as part of your accelerated nursing education experience at CSU.


How does the clinical placement process work?

You’ll work directly with your dedicated clinical placement team who will help identify a suitable clinical placement site within a reasonable distance from your home and coordinate the preceptor details.


How do I prepare for nursing clinicals?

You’ll work with and remain in close communication with your placement team throughout your program. This team will advise you to ensure you complete all requirements, meet deadlines and have completed all requirements on your nursing clinicals checklist.


When can I expect to receive details regarding clinical placement?

Prior to each clinical start date, your placement team will notify you of your clinical assignment and start date. Once confirmed and communicated, you’ll be encouraged to work with your preceptor to establish your schedule.


What can I expect from my clinical experience?

Each individual clinical placement will be its own unique experience due to the variety of health care environments students will work in. During your clinical rotations which go hand in hand with your nursing courses, you’ll work under the close supervision of your preceptor and, indirectly, the CSU clinical faculty.

RN Salary & Projected Growth in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky

Registered Nurses nationwide can anticipate a promising career and salary trajectory. In Ohio, the average registered nurse's salary is $86,369*, with employment projected to grow by 7% by 2030**. In Indiana, RN salaries average $91,924* with a projected 8% growth**, while Kentucky sees the highest average salary of the three at $117,787* and a 9% projected employment growth by 2030**.

State Avg Salary Projected Employment Growth (2020-2030)
Ohio $86,369 7%
Indiana $91,924 8%
Kentucky $117,787 9%


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Our Online ABSN Program Outcomes

  • Apply competent and compassionate nursing practice that integrates the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and lifelong learning of professional nursing. 

  • Gain a liberal education for generalist baccalaureate practice across a variety of settings in the community using knowledge and skills from the natural, physical, behavioral, nursing sciences, the humanities, our stress and other nursing frameworks.

  • Acquire knowledge of basic organizational and systems leadership for quality care and patient safety, and use of leadership skills to effect change that optimizes the safe delivery of quality nursing care.

  • Develop skills in the ethical application of patient care technology and information management in the delivery of quality nursing care. 

  • Develop knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, professional and regulatory environments, and the impact on the equitable delivery of healthcare to individuals, families, communities and populations. 

  • Use interprofessional communication and interdisciplinary collaboration to optimize teamwork and improve patient healthcare outcomes.   

  • Utilize the nursing process and concepts of population health for disease/disability prevention, health promotion and therapeutic intervention at each level of care to individuals, families, groups and communities across the lifespan.   

  • Incorporate responsible, accountable and ethical behavior when enacting the roles of professional nursing.  


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