Marian University Accelerated Nursing Programs

Marian University Nursing Programs

Marian University is a Catholic university focused on advancing Franciscan values within a liberal arts education. They offer traditional and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Marian University's 16-month program has a transfer track for the Indianapolis location and a second-degree option available at both locations. This program has start dates in January, May, and August, so no matter when you decide to go back to nursing school, you’ll be able to get started soon.

Marian University’s ABSN program, designed to set its graduates up for success with the NCLEX, contains three components: online coursework, in-person skills and simulations labs, and clinical rotations. While completing online coursework, students can learn on their own schedules through a dynamic e-learning platform that accommodates visual, aural, tactile, and social learners. The nursing labs portion of the program allows for more hands-on learning with the opportunity to work with real medical equipment and lifelike medical manikins.

During your clinical rotations in Indianapolis and Nashville, you will be working with Ascension, one of the leading heath care systems in the nation.

ABSN Admission Requirements

In order for applicants to be eligible for Marian University’s ABSN program, they must meet a few requirements. There are two admissions pathways for Marian ABSN: second degree and transfer.

AS Health Sciences Program Transfer:

  • Completed at least 30 non-nursing college credits
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

ABSN Program:

  • Second degree students: completed previous baccalaureate or graduate degree from accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Transfer students from AS in Health Sciences (Indianapolis location only): Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher with completed AS in Health Sciences.

Several prerequisite courses also must be completed with at least a C grade. Students have the option to complete prerequisites 100% online through Marian’s Adult Programs (MAP).

Additionally, Marian University looks for applicants with personal qualities such as being a good communicator, possessing empathy and patience, being organized, and possessing the ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Marian University’s Accreditations

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation that was founded in 1895. This accreditation means this university has been closely evaluated and certified for meeting very specific standards of higher learning. To learn more about the HLC and its accreditation process, please call 800.621.7440 or visit

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Marian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887- 6791. CCNE is a national agency that contributes to the improvement of public health by ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.

Marian University’s Leighton School of Nursing meets the approval of the Indiana State Board of Nursing (IBSN), located at 402 W. Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, IN 46204. IBSN is responsible for ensuring nursing programs in Indiana demonstrate continuous success in preparing students for their pre-licensure exams.

Marian University’s ABSN program in Tennessee meets the approval of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, located at 665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor, Nashville, TN 37243. As a local government entity, the board is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans. The board proposes the minimum curriculum for every nursing program in Tennessee, approving those that meet its standards.

Ready to Begin Your Nursing Journey?

If you are interested in Marian University’s ABSN program, complete the form to have an admissions representative contact you.

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