Abilene Christian University (ACU) School of Nursing

Located in west Texas, Abilene Christian University School of Nursing provides a caring, compassionate and Christian Nursing education by providing a CCNE accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Students Schools Scholarships

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Abilene Christian University (ACU) was founded in 1906. It is a private, nonprofit university affiliated with Churches of Christ and committed to providing a Christian nursing education. ACU's academics are faith-based and differ from many universities.

Abilene Christian University School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The School of Nursing at Abilene Christian University (ACU) is founded in three areas:  Compassion, Caring, and Christian. Nurses, as one of the largest group of healthcare workers in the medical community, are in high demand and the graduates of ACU find instantly rewarding careers as Registered Nurses.

ACU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing is for those who are interested in pursuing this fast-paced nursing career incorporating moral and ethical beliefs rooted in Christian values.

ACU provides state-of-the-art classrooms and simulation lab and it provides hands-on training through clinical experiences in and out of the hospital setting.

Freshmen students may begin as Pre-nursing students. After two (2) years of general education courses, the student can then apply for admission into the School of Nursing.

Abilene Christian University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After successfully passing the examination, the graduate is eligible to apply for state licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Nursing at ACU?

ACU School of Nursing has lifelong values of Christian service and leadership to use throughout the entire nursing career and to use in every nursing experience.

What are some other opportunities available in the BSN program?

  • State-of-the-art technology available in classrooms and simulation laboratories
  • Clinical experience in acute and critical patient care areas as well as clinical experience in community-based health care settings
  • ACU provides the option to travel abroad
  • Work alongside faculty on research projects
  • Approach learning through evidence-based and problem-based clinical presentations
  • Community outreach through education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Goals

  • Graduate Christ-centered students who can obtain Registered Nurse licensure and function independently providing safe, professional patient care.
  • Keep the academic standards at or above the standards set by the Texas Board of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Train the student to adapt in the fast paced and ever-changing health care system.
  • Start a foundation of continuing education for BSN graduates to pursue through certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and graduate education in nursing.
  • Begin the stages of assessing, identifying and developing plans to address local and global health care and spiritual needs.
  • Collaborate with University Development and Advancement committees to continue to support and enhance the nursing program.


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Abilene Christian University's School of Nursing.

Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


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