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Program Overview

Program Overview

Nursing by nature is a service-minded, selfless profession, and is considered a ministry to society.

We know that each person’s journey to a nursing career is unique. The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree or higher in another field of study who desire to pursue this impactful career.

The ABSN program takes all the exceptional qualities of the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and condenses it, providing an expedited degree completion option. This option allows qualifying students to earn a BSN degree in 16 months through a hybrid format (online and in-person learning components), while maintaining the same rigor and high-quality of the traditional nursing program.


Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the ASBN must submit a program application, as well as meet or exceed the following prerequisite requirements:

1. Complete and earn at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in a prior Bachelor’s Degree.

2. Earn a "B" average or higher in the three prerequisite science courses:

  • Introduction to Microbiology (4)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (4)

3. Earn a "C" or higher in the ABSN prerequisite courses:

  • Any Social Science Course (3)
  • College Algebra or higher Math Course (3)

4. The following courses are recommended, not required:

  • Chemistry
  • Medical Terminology
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition

Prior to Entering the ASBN Program Nursing Courses

The following must be completed prior to entering the ABSN program. An unsatisfactory result in any of the categories below may disqualify the student.


  • Health History-documentation of appropriate immunizations must be submitted prior to course registration.  
  • Drug Screens and Background Checks-completed annually during enrollment through a third party testing facility. Additional drug screens may be required in accordance with the policies of clinical placement sites.
  • CPR Certification- BLS-Health Care Provider- must be provided through the American Heart Association. A CPR certification card must be provided prior to the beginning the program.




Accelerated BSN

  • BI 3153 Nursing as a Kingdom Vocation (3)
  • NURA 2103 Pathophysiology Concepts of Disease (3)
  • NURA 3013 Health Assessment (3)
  • NURA 3024 Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • NURA 3033 Pharmacology for Nursing (3)
  • NURA 3045 Foundations of Professional Nursing (5)
  • NURA 3056 Comprehensive Adult Health Nursing I (6)
  • NURA 3063 Evidenced Based Practice and Theory (3)
  • NURA 3074 Family Nursing Infant to Adolescent (4)
  • NURA 3084 Family Nursing Women's Health (4)
  • NURA 4016 Comprehensive Adult Health Nursing II (6)
  • NURA 4026 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing (6)
  • NURA 4033 Nursing Leadership and Management (3)
  • NURA 4042 Nursing Capstone (2)
  • NURA 4054 Community Health Nursing (4)
  • NURA 4183 Applied Christian Values in Nursing (3)
Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

$899 per credit hour

The ABSN student fees are $3,500 per semester

* This includes general university student fees and nursing fees

Set up for Success

100% of graduates from our nursing program are working in health care careers. Research shows 79.6 percent of employers want BSN-prepared nurses as lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and positive outcomes are expected of them (AACN, Oct. 2017).

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who care deeply about you as an individual. Our small class sizes allow meaningful connections to form among students and faculty. As we strive to create approachable environments that foster community, you gain invaluable knowledge from nursing content experts.

Nashville, TN

What better place to earn your nursing education than the health care capital of the nation? Nashville, Tennessee is home to countless health care facilities which our nursing students utilize, as an extension of the classroom. Gain hands-on experience in patient care only minutes from campus.

Our Faculty

  • Chelsia Harris headshot

    Chelsia Harris

    Executive Director, Nursing

    Chelsia Harris is originally from Hartman, Arkansas. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Arkansas Tech University in 2004, her master of science in nursing degree as...

    Meet Chelsia Harris
  • Ashley Jackson headshot

    Ashley Jackson

    Assistant Program Director, ABSN Program

    Ashley Jackson is a Nashville native. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Belmont University in 2016, her Master of Business Administration from Lipscomb University in 2022, and...

    Meet Ashley Jackson
  • Christine Deere headshot

    Christine Deere

    Professor of Practice Nursing

    Christine Deere grew up in a Chicago and moved to Nashville, TN to attend Lipscomb University in 2012. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Lipscomb University...

    Meet Christine Deere
  • Sarah Brewer headshot

    Sarah Brewer

    Assistant Professor

    Sarah Brewer is originally from Topeka, Kansas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Washburn University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Belmont University. She...

    Meet Sarah Brewer
  • Mary Hesselrode headshot

    Mary Hesselrode

    Associate Executive Director for Academics

    Mary Hesselrode grew up in a military family and lived in several locations nationally and internationally. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Harding University in Searcy,...

    Meet Mary Hesselrode
  • Jennifer Hicks headshot

    Jennifer Hicks


    Jennifer Hicks is originally from New Jersey. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Harding University in 1981, and her master of science in nursing degree from Vanderbilt University...

    Meet Jennifer Hicks
  • Lori Kelly headshot

    Lori Kelly

    Assistant Professor

    With research interests that include medication administration error reduction and reporting in nursing simulation, Lori comes to Lipscomb with years of experience from all over the country. She was born...

    Meet Lori Kelly
  • Roletha Pillow

    Roletha Pillow

    Associate Professor

    Roletha Pillow is a native of Nashville. After her academia appointment, Pillow earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University. She holds several nursing licensures, certifications and professional nursing...

    Meet Roletha Pillow
  • Jenna Sissom headshot

    Jenna Sissom

    Assistant Professor

    Jenna Sissom is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her Master Science of Nursing in Nursing Education...

    Meet Jenna Sissom
  • Jill Stafford headshot

    Jill Stafford

    Assistant Professor

    Jill grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama. After graduation, Jill married her husband, Mark, and they moved...

    Meet Jill Stafford
  • Beth Twomey headshot

    Beth Twomey

    Assistant Professor

    Beth Twomey is originally from Smyrna, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Belmont University and her Master Science of Nursing in Nursing Education from Middle...

    Meet Beth Twomey
  • Kathy Williams headshot

    Kathy Williams

    Assistant Professor

    Kathy Williams brings over 35 years of nursing experience into the nursing program here at Lipscomb University. She grew up in Henderson, Tennessee where she attended Freed-Hardeman College and earned...

    Meet Kathy Williams
  • Carlie Woodroof headshot

    Carlie Woodroof

    Non-Teaching Instructor in Nursing

    Carlie Woodroof is originally from San Jose, California. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Oklahoma City University in 2016 and her master of science in nursing...

    Meet Carlie Woodroof

Career Paths

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