Expand Your Career Potential…and make a difference every day
Sometimes your first choice for a career just isn’t the right one. What you do after realizing that...this is what will define you and your future.
Build on what you learned from your first degree program or career path to become a Registered Nurse. The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program is designed for those who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field and are looking for new challenges.
The field of nursing offers many benefits: a very promising job market; strong salaries; and great flexibility in terms of location, schedule, and type of working environment.
And we're not the only ones who think that:
- American Nurse Today's education guide calls out the 2nd degree program as a way to move into a new career or open career choices that you may not have previously had.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the nursing workforce will grow by 19% by 2022, and that there will be 1.05 million job openings for RNs by then.
In only three consecutive terms of full-time, on-campus study, students master the rigorous science and nursing coursework to prepare for practice in health care settings ranging from hospitals to clinics to non-profit organizations. In addition, students must complete 960 hours of clinical experience in diverse settings across the region including Pittsburgh’s six major teaching hospitals and more than 50 health care facilities. Upon completion, students are ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), required to become a registered nurse (RN).
The faculty, nursing courses, and clinical settings are the same as for students in Pitt Nursing’s well-regarded, 4-year BSN program.
Foundations for Graduate Study
The 2nd Degree program provides a solid foundation for graduate study, which is essential for those who wish to pursue careers in advanced practice positions (such as nurse anesthesia or nurse practitioner), research, and health care management. It is estimated that growth for nurses with graduate degrees will top 50%: many of Pitt’s 2nd Degree students go onto to pursue graduate studies.
Interesting Facts about 2nd Degree Students
20-25% of enrolled students are male
This program has attracted students from all over the country:
Students have earned their first degrees from such prominent institutions as:
- American University
- Bloomsburg University
- Boston University
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- New York University
- Ohio State University
- Princeton University
- University of California Davis
- University of Maryland – College Park
- Vanderbilt University
Teacher, Nurse, and First Responder – meet Mike Beach, the lead faculty for our Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program.
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