Frequently Asked Questions
Persons interested in nursing, who have a bachelor's degree and who can attend school full-time. Before you apply for the program, take time to consider your financial situation, career goals, family responsibilities, and your ability to become a full-time college student again. ABSN is a full-time accelerated program which would require students to devote forty (40) or more hours per week to lectures and clinical work for a 12-month period.
The ABSN program is a full time program that can be completed in 15 months.
No, there is no part-time option for this program. Employment is strongly discouraged while students are enrolled in the program. ABSN is a full-time accelerated program, and in order to be successful in the program, your time commitment will include hours during the day, evening, and weekends for classes, class preparation, and clinical rotations.
- The ABSN Program admits students twice a year, Summer and Fall.
- Deadline for Fall 2016 admission is June 1, 2016. Deadline for Summer 2017 admission is January 17, 2017.
- Important Notice
Concordia University Irvine campus will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
Application deadline for ABSN Summer 2017 has been adjusted to Tuesday, January 17, 2017, by 4:00 pm PST.
The tuition for 2016 -2017 academic year is $735.00 per semester unit. The ABSN Program requires 59 units total (incl. Theology classes). Students need to plan approximately $48,000 - $50,000 for the program (includes tuition, books, uniforms, insurance, etc). Tuitions and fees are tentative and subject to change. Please refer to the Bursar website for tuition and fees.
Yes, a limited amount of financial aid is available. Please contact financial aid department for financial aid related questions ([email protected]).
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required. Cumulative GPA is defined as a combination of B.A/B.S and classes taken after degree completion.
All foreign transcripts must be detail-evaluated by the International Education Research Foundation (IERF). This organization will convert your transcript to US credit units and US semester grades. An official IERF report must be submitted with your application.
Completion of a bachelor degree in another country does not necessarily mean you are an international student. It is possible for U.S. Citizens and/or U.S. Permanent Residents to earn a degree from a foreign school.
International students are defined as students who are enrolled at institutions of higher education in the U.S. who are neither a U.S. Citizen nor a U.S. Permanent Resident.
Summer Admission: December 15th; Fall Admission: April 15th
All international students and students who completed their first degree from non-English speaking countries are required to achieve a TOEFL score of 100 or better in order to apply to the ABSN Program. TOEFL score is not required if students earned their Bachelor degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university/college.
Prerequisite classes are transferable from any regional accredited college/university, provided the course descriptions meet CUI's requirements.
Applicants may choose to complete prerequisite classes at CUI as "non-degree seeking" students. These classes will be offered as undergraduate classes which will follow CUI's catalog requirement and undergraduate's schedules. Non-degree seeking students are limited to twelve (12) units per semester.
CUI will not accept any transfer students from other nursing schools. You will have to apply to the program and follow the admission procedure for general ABSN applicants. Core nursing classes are non-transferable. You'll have to repeat all classes upon acceptance into the ABSN program.
Online classes from a regionally accredited college/university are acceptable.
However, the following classes are not acceptable to be completed online:
- Chemistry (w/lab)
- Anatomy (w/lab)
- Physiology (w/lab)
- Microbiology (w/lab)
- Oral Communication (Public Speech and/or Interpersonal Communication)
Yes, there is a time limit on science prerequisite classes. All science classes with laboratory portion are required to be completed within five (5) years of intended admission term. Human Nutrition is required to be completed within seven (7) years of intended admission term (i.e. for Summer 2012 admission: the last acceptable science courses are from Spring 2007, and the last acceptable nutrition course is from Spring 2005). Non-science prerequisite classes (general education) do not have time limit.
Yes, applicants are allowed to have a maximum of two (2) classes in-progress by the deadline with proof of enrollment. All pre-requisite classes must be completed by May 31st (Summer applicants) or October 1st (Fall applicants). Please be advised that admission to the ABSN program is very competitive. Any in-progress classes at the time of application might give a disadvantage in the admission selection process.
If you completed your class(es) very close to the deadline, provide either an unofficial transcript OR signed and sealed letter from your professor, verifying your progress report and/or current grade(s).
If your degree is not posted by the application deadline, here are the steps you need to take:
- You are still required to provide official transcripts from your college (even without degree posted).
- You will need 2 (two) additional letters to be included in your application packet
- Letters need to come from your academic advisor and registrar/enrollment office. Both letters:
Provide final official transcripts with degree posted as soon as available.
- Must include verification that you filed for graduation and are ready to graduate once grades are posted.
- Must be in signed and sealed envelope.
Due to the high volume of applicants, the admission counselor will not grant individual appointments to discuss prerequisite classes or transcripts.
If you have questions about an individual course, send an e-mail to [email protected] with the following information:
- Course name and number
- College name and the semester when course was completed
- Course description from the college official catalog
If you need to have your entire transcript evaluated, you must complete and follow the instructions of the "pre-evaluation transcript" form. Pre-evaluation forms submitted 5 (five) weeks prior to an admission deadline will be automatically be considered for next admission term. The processing time will be 6-8 business weeks.
Please refer here for the ABSN program general timeline.
The best way to check on the status of your application is to review the weekly emails that the Admission Office will send to you after starting the online application. The weekly emails list each of the documents that are required for your files and the dates that each item was received. If there is no date listed next to any required item(s), it means that the Admission Office has not received them.
Yes, an admission interview is required and it is by invitation only – not every applicant will be invited to an interview. ABSN Admission Committee will review all completed files after each deadline and then, if the Committee determines you have a strong application profile, you will be contacted via email for your assigned schedule. If you are invited to interview, please plan on making your own travel arrangements. It is mandatory for invited candidates to be present on campus for the interview process. If you fail to appear during the interview, the Committee will automatically assume that you withdraw from the admission process.
Each admission term the program is limited to forty (40) students. The average range of acceptance rate is 18% - 22%.