Accelerated Second-Degree Program

Accelerated Second-Degree Program

If you are looking to change careers by entering into the dynamic profession of nursing, or if you are a recent college graduate looking for a challenging career focus, you should consider the Accelerated Second-Degree Program.

The program is designed for people with bachelor’s degrees outside of nursing to fast-track their entry into professional nursing. Students complete the program in 16 months.

Upon graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and will qualify to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). You will be prepared to launch your new career as a registered nurse—making a difference for your patients, their families, and communities.

  • Begin your studies in the Spring (new for 2018) or Summer semesters
  • Study and learn in a state-of-the-art, nursing simulation center
  • Get hands-on experience at one of more than 50 clinical affiliates
Course Title    Credits 
Clinical Nursing 1: Nursing Foundations  Includes Lab + add. Learning 
Clinical Nursing 2: Nursing Care of the Older Adult  Includes Clinical + add. Learning 
Pathophysiology in Nursing   
Pharmacology in Nursing   
Principles of Medication Administration   
Clinical Nursing 3: Gender Specific Nursing Across the Life Span  Includes Clinical + add. Learning  4.5 
Clinical Nursing 4: Behavioral Health Nursing Includes Clinical + add. Learning 4.5 
Research in Nursing  
Health Assessment in Nursing Includes Lab 
Clinical Nursing 5: Nursing Care of the Ill Adult 1 Includes Clinical
Clinical Nursing 6: Nursing Care of Children and their Families Includes Clinical + add. Learning 4
End of Life Nursing Care  
Leadership and Management and Contemporary Issues in Nursing Includes College Lab 4
Clinical Nursing 7: Nursing Care of the Ill Adult 2 Includes Clinical
Clinical Nursing 8: Community Centered Nursing Includes Clinical 5
Transition to Professional Nursing Practice  
 Total   62
Admissions Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Chemistry 1, Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, and three credits of Introduction to Sociology or Anthropology.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.33 and a cumulative science GPA of 3.33.
  • Before enrolling, you will also need satisfactory scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) examination. Applications should be submitted by November 15 for spring admission or March 31 for fall admission.


Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn
School of Nursing

David M. Keepnews, Dean