Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN

The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) in three consecutive terms. The curriculum is fast-paced and designed to build upon the individual’s previous education while providing the science and nursing content.  At the completion, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN).

Who can apply?

  • Individuals with a baccalaureate or graduate degree in another discipline
  • Senior baccalaureate students

Curriculum Design

Prerequisites Guidelines

Admission to the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN is highly competitive and is based upon proven academic achievement and grades earned in prerequisite courses.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the previous undergraduate or graduate degree is required.

The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN requires an applicant to complete 36 prerequisite credits. These courses may be taken at any college or university.  Courses from other institutions will be evaluated for equivalency to University of Pittsburgh courses only courses that are judged to be equivalent will be accepted as prerequisites. (Coursework taken at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing prior to admission may be taken as a non-degree seeking student.)

Required prerequisites include:

  • General & Bio-Organic Chemistry*+ (includes a lab) — 4 cr.
  • English Composition — 3 cr.
  • Human Growth & Development+ (birth to death) — 3 cr.
  • Psychology — 3 cr.
  • Sociology — 3 cr. 
  • Statistics (descriptive, probability & inferential) — 3 cr.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology*+ (includes a lab) — 6-8 cr.
  • Human Genetics *+ — 3 cr.
  • Microbiology*+ (includes a lab) — 4 cr.
  • Pathophysiology *+ — 4 cr.
    * Should have been completed within past 8 years
    + Should have achieved a grade of “B” or better

Course Equivalents

NOTE: Credits listed are term credits. Courses taken as quarter classes will be individually evaluated.

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