ABSN Requirements

If you’re ready to fast-track your journey to becoming a nurse, the Harding accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing track is your path toward a fulfilling new career.

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To begin your nursing education, you must first meet the following ABSN requirements:

  • 2.78 or higher GPA in pre-nursing courses (for conditional admission)
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • 64+ credit hours (liberal arts and nursing prerequisites)
  • Successful completion of all prerequisites
  • HESI Admission Assessment Exam (used as part of the admissions evaluation)
  • Completed state and national criminal background check
  • Completed official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT composite score of at least 83, with a minimum speaking score of 26 (if applicable). The test must have been taken within the previous calendar year of admission.
  • Students must submit one character reference to complete the application (cannot be a family member). This reference will receive an email with a short questionnaire about the student.

Harding University offers three start dates each year: fall, spring and summer. Fall semester enrollment begins in August.

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If you meet the above academic requirements and believe you have been called to become a nurse, you owe it to yourself to reach out to our dedicated admissions counselors as soon as possible so that they can help you navigate the accelerated nursing school application process.

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For more information about our ABSN admission requirements, please contact an admissions counselor.