Accelerated Bachelor of Science & Accelerated Bachelor of Science to Master's

In order to meet the growing demand for nursing education for people who have or will have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, OHSU School of Nursing has reinstated an Accelerated Bachelor’s of Science with a major in nursing degree program (ABS). The ABS program is designed to allow those students who currently have or will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major other than nursing to take the nursing courses required to get the B.S. with a major in nursing. This generalist nursing program is five quarters of full-time nursing coursework starting summer term on both the Portland and Ashland campuses. This program will prepare the graduate for R.N. licensure and will also give interested students the necessary credentials to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. At the completion of the Bachelor of Science Nursing curriculum, the B.S. degree is awarded and graduates are eligible for professional registered nurse licensing examinations. 

The School of Nursing also offers an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program in several specialty areas::

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (Available in both Portland and Ashland)
  • Nurse-Midwifery (Available in Portland only)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health (PMHNP) (Available in Portland only)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Available in Portland only)
  • PhD (Available in Portland only)

This accelerated option is designed for students who have a degree in another field and allows them to pre-identify their graduate area of interest. If admitted students complete five terms of undergraduate coursework, received the B.S. degree in nursing and are eligible for nursing licensure, they can continue seamlessly into the Family, Nurse-Midwifery or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program to achieve the Master of Nursing of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This pathway is a great option for applicants who are already familiar with the Family, Nurse-Midwifery or Psychiatric Mental Health fields and are seeking an Advanced Practice degree. Additional application items are required.