Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Second Degree Students (BSN)
The BSN 2nd Degree program is for applicants who hold undergraduate degrees in other majors and are interested in becoming a Registered Nurse. Our BSN 2nd Degree students have backgrounds in a variety of disciplines, ranging from the humanities to the sciences and engineering.
Applicants interested in the BSN 2nd Degree program are required to complete seven prerequisite courses. These prerequisites may have been completed during previous undergraduate studies. Remaining prerequisites can be completed at any accredited college, community college, or university. Students may apply and be admitted to the BSN 2nd Degree program while the prerequisites are in progress; however, all prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher before the program begins in the fall.
The BSN 2nd Degree program is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time enrollment (fall, spring, fall, spring). Graduates are awarded a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX exam to secure Registered Nurse licensure.
The School of Nursing selects applicants who have the greatest potential for success in the BSN program. We evaluate all prior course work and give preference to applicants with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Applications completed by the priority deadline of January 15th will be given priority for admission and merit-based scholarships. However, applications completed after the priority deadline will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
Required prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science in nursing for second degree applicants:
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II (with an organic component) or Organic Chemistry
Human Anatomy & Physiology I (including lab)*
Human Anatomy & Physiology II (including lab)*
Microbiology (including lab)*
*Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and their respective labs must have been taken within seven years of beginning the nursing program.
Human Growth and Development or Life Span Development