Each term is slightly different depending on the cohorts that we are admitting and based upon our clinical arrangements. Generally, 24 students are admitted every fall, spring, and summer. Special evening and weekend cohorts are offered at different intervals. Generally, an additional 16 students are admitted to these special cohorts each Fall.
Students must apply and be admitted via undergraduate admissions to receive a full transcript evaluation.
Ideally, you will want to apply at least one semester prior to when you want to start at Kent State. You should apply to the University prior to completing the Accelerated application. Applications to Kent State are available at www.kent.edu/apply.
You will first need to apply and get accepted to the university. The accelerated sequence application is online, and is available:
All applicants must have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and a minimum Cumulative GPA of a 2.75 (average of all regionally accredited, collegiate coursework). In order to begin the Accelerated sequence, students must be admitted to the university as a post-undergraduate degree seeking student and have completed the following:
Applicants must have and a minimum Science GPA of a 2.75 (A&PI, A&PII, Micro and chem) to be considered. Students who are in progress with any prerequisites may apply for the program so long as they will be completed before the program begins. Please note that meeting the prerequisites for admission is not the same as being competitive for admission. There is a prerequisite shift commencing with the Fall 2018 admission class. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission.
Yes, you can - as long as you will be finished with your prerequisites prior your intended program start date. Preference is given to students who have completed the prerequisites at the time of application, but all applicants who will have the prerequisites completed before classes begin and who have the appropriate GPA (2.75) will be considered. Please note that meeting the prerequisites for admission is not the same as being competitive for admission. There is a prerequisite shift commencing with the Fall 2018 admission class. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission.
Please note that no clinical courses can be completed prior to the start of the Accelerated sequence. However, you will need to complete the following prerequisites prior to starting the sequence (effective Fall 2018):
There is a prerequisite shift commencing with the Fall 2018 admission class. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission.
No, Kent State no longer requires references from students applying to the ABSN sequence.
The average GPA is a 3.5 for acceptance. (This means that we have accepted higher and lower). Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission and what it takes to be competitive for admission.
No, we do not. If you are not accepted for a semester, you will need to reapply for the following semester to be considered again. It is recommended that the student meet with an ABSN academic advisor to discuss how to create a stronger application.
Yes, Kent State offers two different cohort sequences for students seeking evening and/or weekend options: the Cleveland (Weekend) Cohort and the Summa (Evening/Weekend) Cohort.
The College of Nursing has partnered with various hospitals in Cleveland, OH (e.g. University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, etc.) to offer a five-semester, Accelerated sequence. Students admitted to the Cleveland Cohort take the majority of their courses and nearly all clinicals at a facility in the greater Cleveland area. The Cleveland Cohort typically admits 16 students every other Fall (odd years). The next Cleveland Cohort will begin in the Fall of 2019. See our cohort page to learn more.
Similar to the Cleveland Cohort, this cohort typically admits 16 students every other Fall (even years) for a five-semester sequence partnered with Summa Health Systems of Akron, OH. Classes typically meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-9:00pm at the Kent Campus with clinical typically being held on Saturdays at a Summa facility. Some semesters will also require clinical work on Friday and/or Sunday. The next Summa Cohort will begin in the Fall of 2020. See our cohort page to learn more.
You may take non-clinical courses at other universities. Once you are admitted to Kent State, you will need to complete a Transient form in Student Services to determine if the course(s) will transfer. To verify course equivalencies, please visit the transfer credit guide.
The Accelerated Nursing Sequence is an extensive program lasting four to five (4-5) consecutive terms in length (not counting prerequisites). Prerequisites generally take two semesters to complete but most student take at least a year to create a competitive application. Attend an ABSN Information Forum to learn how we determine admission and what it takes to be competitive for admission.
The sequence is offered at the Kent campus only.
You will have hospital-based clinicals at various facilities throughout Northeast Ohio: University Hospitals Portage Medical Center (formerly Robinson Memorial), Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, or Akron City Hospital to name a few. We also work with non-hospital agencies such as Jennings Center for Older Adults, Town Hall II, and Coleman Professional Services to name only a few.
Some students have worked while in the sequence, mostly part-time in the evenings or weekends. Students in the Summa cohort or Cleveland cohort can work part-time during the regular work week. It can be done, but we highly recommend that you focus more on the sequence than work because it is an intensive program. Students who work more than 16 hours a week are less likely to complete the sequence.
Select courses are offered online giving students the opportunity to have both online and traditional learning experiences.
No, because nursing courses are offered in a sequence (one is a prerequisite for the next, etc.) the clinical courses are not able to be taken out of order or earlier. Once you are accepted into the sequence, it is four or five semesters, depending on the cohort.
No, it does not. Instead, we offer a broad amount of clinical experience that will prepare you for such areas as gerontology, pediatrics, etc.
No, we do not.