Student Nurses

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Become a registered nurse in just 12 months! Offered in Oakland, Sacramento & San Mateo

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is the fastest route to a nursing career for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. The curriculum is designed to be completed at an intense pace in just 12 months--one of the shortest accelerated nursing programs in California. Students accomplish program objectives in a short period of time by building on previous learning.  Course and clinical instruction is offered in short, intensive courses with minimal breaks as compared to students in traditional entry-level programs.

Clinical education partnered with lecture and laboratory instruction is a hallmark of the ABSN program. At the culmination of the program, graduates are prepared to sit for the NCLEX and practice as an RN in a facility of their choosing. Many graduates choose to continue their education to obtain higher-level leadership positions. Although the program is completed at an intense pace, it is achievable.

Why choose SMU? 

  • 8:1 student to clinical faculty ratio
  • One of only three Health Science Simulation Centers west of the Mississippi to receive national accreditation
  • More than 100 clinical sites in Northern California
  • Seven ABSN cohorts per year with more than 330 seats available annually 

There's never a bad time to start preparing for the ABSN program. Fill out the form on this page to get program information delivered to your email. You'll get invites to upcoming information sessions and webinars, plus reminders about upcoming application deadlines. We promise not to spam you and we'll only deliver relevant information to you once or twice a month. 

Samuel Merritt University is a private, non-profit university and is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The baccalaurate degree program in nursing is also accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( 

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