New Accelerated BSN Program at St. Luke's College

September 5, 2023

The St. Luke’s College ABSN program provides an additional pathway for students to become a Registered Nurse with small class sizes and access to real-life patient care experiences in a hospital-based educational setting.

The ABSN program was developed as a response to the changes in health care and the increased need for nurses and nurse leaders. The tri-state area of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota have all identified the need for additional nurses. 

“There has been an emphasis on the growing need for nurses due to increased retirement from the profession and the rise of an aging population,” says Dr. Shannon Merk, Associate Dean of Nursing. “The accelerated program will create more opportunities to increase the nursing workforce and improve patient outcomes for the growing populations in need of health care.”

“This unique program is the only one of its kind in western Iowa,” says Dr. Kendra Ericson, St. Luke’s College President. “It will enable students who are looking for a fast-track program to complete their nursing degree within 12 months, getting them started in a nursing career sooner.”

Transfer students who have completed all required prerequisite general education courses are potential candidates for the accelerated program. The first semester will begin in January 2023. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse.   
Students interested in joining the program can apply online or contact the Office of Admissions via email at or call (712) 279-3149.