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The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Is the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program accredited?

We will begin the process of applying for accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) as soon as allowed, which is after we enroll students in the program in August 2023. All Cabarrus College nursing programs are accredited, so we expect accreditation will occur shortly.


How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is four semesters, which includes a summer semester (18 months).


When can students begin the program?

The program will enroll its first class in August 2023 (pending NC Board of Nursing approval in January 2023). Students will be admitted in both August and January thereafter.


What are the admission requirements?

Admission requirements are:

  • An official transcript from an accredited institution documenting a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions or high schools attended demonstrating:
  • Grade of C or better in math (Algebra or Statistics), Psychology (Growth & Development), Nutrition and Humanities/Fine Arts elective.
  • Grade of B- or higher in Anatomy and Physiology I with a lab, Anatomy and Physiology II with a lab and Microbiology with a lab, all completed within the last 5 years.


Is listing on the NC Nurse Aide-I registry required for admission?

This is not a requirement to be admitted to the program; however, evidence of completion of a state-approved Nurse Aide I course within the last 12 months or listing on the current NC NA-I registry is required prior to the start of clinical courses.


Is the TEAS test required for admission?

No, the TEAS test is not required.


How much does the program cost?

For program costs, please refer to the Tuition and Fees section of this site.


What are the clinical experiences like?

Clinical experiences will be conducted in a variety of acute care and outpatient facilities. Supervised clinical experiences begin very early in the program and will allow you to work with clinical faculty and staff nurses to provide high-quality care for patients.  The final semester will include a practicum experience designed to allow you to work with a nurse preceptor to manage care for a group of patients.


Am I eligible for financial aid?

This will depend on your individual circumstances.  A large percentage of our students receive aid, which includes a mix of scholarships, loans, grants, work/study, institutional gift aid and federal financial aid. Our dedicated financial aid team will work with you individually to find all aid for which you are eligible.  The first step is to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  See the Financial Information section of our website for more information.


Atrium Health Forgivable Loan FAQs


Are students in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)program eligible for the Atrium Health Forgivable Loan program?
Yes.  ABSN students are eligible for the Atrium Health Forgivable Loan.


How much is the available through the Forgivable Loan?

Up to $10,000 may be borrowed. 


What is the work commitment required to receive loan forgiveness?

One year of full-time work (at least 32 scheduled hours per week) at a qualified Atrium Health facility is required to forgive every $5,000 utilized. You must begin work within six months of graduation.


Is employment with Atrium Health likely?

While participation in the loan forgiveness program does not guarantee an offer with the Atrium Health system, there is currently a shortage of nurses and jobs are readily available.


What happens if I use the loan but do not go to work for Atrium Health within six months of graduation?

You will have to repay the loan with monthly payments. Refer to your loan documentation for repayment terms. Participation in the loan forgiveness program does not guarantee an eligible position with Atrium Health.


Will participation in the Atrium Health Loan Forgiveness program affect my salary when I am fulfilling the work commitment?

No, you will receive your full salary. Your work commitment is what repays the loan, so there is no payroll deduction. However, the Atrium Health Loan is a taxable benefit that begins when service repayment employment begins as an Atrium employee.


Can the Forgivable Loan be used to pay for books and other expenses?

No, it is applied only to tuition.


Can I use the Atrium Health Forgivable Loan at any college or university?

No, the Atrium Health Forgivable Loan can only be used at Atrium Health’s Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and Carolinas College of Health Sciences.