This program is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree in another field and wish to transition into a career in nursing. The program is intensive; students receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing in 18 months provided they have met all general education requirements. The Accelerated 2nd Degree Program is a full-time program that includes weekends, daytime and evening classes.
Requirements for Admission
In order to be considered for admission into the Accelerated 2nd Degree Program, applicants must meet eligibility requirements and admission criteria. All students applying to the Accelerated 2nd Degree Nursing Program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a minimum grade of “B” in all science courses by June 1 preceding their entrance into the program. Students who do not meet GPA and degree requirements are not eligible to take the National League for Nursing Pre-admission-RN Examination and are not eligible to apply for admission into the program.
Students may take their last two prerequisite courses during the spring semester of the admission process. Prerequisite courses must be taken for a grade: courses taken on a credit/no credit (CR/NC) basis will not be accepted. Students may not take prerequisite courses during the summer immediately preceding the fall entry into the program. Proof of successful completion of courses taken in the spring must be received by the School of Nursing by June 1. Because admissions decisions are made before the spring term ends, applicants with pending grades will be conditionally accepted until receipt of final grades.
Acceptance into the nursing major is based on the following admission criteria: composite admission score (GPA plus score on NLN Pre-Admission-RN Examination) and completion of all admission requirements. The composite scores are rank ordered from the highest to the lowest, and admission decisions are given to those applicants with the highest scores.