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Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing*

Drake University's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (ABSN) is designed for aspiring nurses who are eager to make an immediate impact in healthcare.

This program stands as a beacon of excellence, merging Drake's esteemed academic reputation with cutting-edge nursing education. The Accelerated BSN program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and clinical experience needed to thrive in today's dynamic healthcare landscape. 

At the heart of Drake's ABSN program lies a commitment to fostering compassionate, competent, and culturally competent nursing professionals. Students will embark on a rigorous curriculum blending theoretical instruction with hands-on clinical practice, guided by experienced faculty dedicated to student success. Whether delving into nursing foundational courses or developing critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in real-world healthcare settings, students will emerge prepared to meet the evolving needs of diverse patient populations with confidence and expertise. 

Science meets humanity as Drake's ABSN program embraces a holistic approach to nursing education, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical decision-making, and lifelong learning. Through partnerships with top healthcare institutions and community organizations, students will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of modern healthcare delivery while championing health equity and social justice. As graduates of Drake's ABSN program, nurses will be poised to lead change, drive innovation, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities across the globe. 

Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be a beacon of excellence in nursing education, shaping the future of healthcare through the relentless pursuit of better.

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Admission to the Drake University Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is based on academic and personal qualifications that are necessary for successful, competent practice as a nurse.

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Iowa Board of Nursing Approval and ACEN Accreditation

*The Iowa Board of Nursing has approved Drake University's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) proposal, qualifying graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) required for practice as a registered nurse. The program is in the process of pursuing accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

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