If you have a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or want to change majors, you can apply for our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program to become a nurse in as few as 15 months. This intense program combines classroom instruction, training in nursing simulation facilities, research opportunities, and extensive clinical experience.

This program prepares you for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®).

Career Paths

The ABSN program prepares you as a generalist in beginning positions in all areas of nursing practice, including maternal, child, mental, adult, and community health nursing. It also provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

Notable employers for our nursing graduates include:

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • Northeast Regional Medical Center
  • University of Missouri Hospitals

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Featured Courses

Study the nature of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microscopic organisms applied to human economy and nature. 
Explore principles and concepts of pathophysiology presented as alterations of normal physiological regulatory mechanisms in disease states.
Learn a conceptual framework of nutrition principles from a nursing – physiological point of view with a particular emphasis on nutrients, dietary guidelines, and disease management and prevention across the lifespan and across cultures.
Examine the structure and function of the human body, using a systems approach.
Focus on nursing practice with adults, including the gerontological population, experiencing acute or chronic health alterations in a variety of acute care settings.
Study the concepts of the science of human care nursing, family, and child development are integrated with the nursing care of well and ill children and adolescents.

Student Opportunities

Nursing Simulation Center

Nursing Simulation Center

You can receive personalized instructions in the Nursing Simulation Center, which provides opportunities to practice your nursing and decision-making skills in a controlled environment.

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Clinical Sites

With an emphasis on community-based nursing practice, you can engage in a wide range of clinical experiences:

  • adult and obstetric acute care at Northeast Regional Medical Center
  • geriatric and mental health experience through local agencies
  • pediatric experiences in community, school settings and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.

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Nursing Student Organizations

Get involved with organizations like the Nursing Student Association and Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society, to develop your leadership skills and strengthen your professional network.

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Accreditation and Approval

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Truman State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org/).

Additionally, Truman’s nursing program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN).

How to Apply

Applying for the nursing major is a two-step process:

SUMMER START: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Apply by July 1