Marian University partners with St. Vincent to offer Second Degree, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program to IU Students

With the growing demand for nurses in Indiana, there has never been a better time to consider a career in nursing. Registered nurses are Indiana’s most in-demand occupation, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s “Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs” list. This is largely due to the state’s nursing shortage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment of registered nurses will grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024 nationally due to aging and retiring baby boomers, increased access to health insurance and advances in health care that extend the average life span. Additionally, nearly half of all recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed, according to BLS. Marian University’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program allows college graduates to earn their BSN in as little as 16 months, while also meeting the urgent need for skilled nurses.

State schools can only accept a limitednumber of students into their nursing programs. For those students who hope to become nurses but end up with degrees in non-nursing fields, Marian University’s 16-month, ABSN program may be a perfect match. The hybrid program combines the flexibility of online coursework with hands-on skills training and clinical rotations within the St. Vincent hospital network. Our partnership with St. Vincent not only provides clinical expertise to our students, but also gives Marian University nursing students a unique edge in their education with more space for clinical rotations, allowing us to accept up to 72 students per start. It also affords us the opportunity to offer our students three start dates per year in January, May and August.

Our accredited ABSN program, while rigorous and fast-paced, will prepare you for a rewarding nursing career. Interested students should visit for more information or stop by the Marian University table at the Sport & Business Career Focus Fair on October 12th from 6pm-8pm in the Georgian Room at the IMU.

Deb Downard, Director of Community & Corporate Relations


By Deb Downard
Deb Downard Director of Community & Corporate Relations