Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN (ABSN)

About our Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN

Build on what you learned from your previous degree(s) program or career path to become a Registered Nurse. The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN track is designed for those who have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-nursing field and are looking for new challenges.

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. 

Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Application/Admission

Early submission of an application is recommended. Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN applications are reviewed as per the following deadlines.  Applicants should apply online, directly to the School of Nursing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of our frequently asked questions about the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN.

Facts about 2nd Degree Students

The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program has attracted students from all over the country. 

Professional Licensure Notification

Graduation from our accredited program is your initial step toward obtaining a professional RN license and practicing as a registered nurse.  The U.S. and its territories usually require  a professional license  to be employed.  If you plan on being employed after you  graduate, please visit Nursing by clicking on this link for state specific requirements. 

See the list of states students graduating from University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing have taken the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN): 

 California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, 
Massachusetts,  Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island,  South Carolina, 
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia