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Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program

The Second Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed for career changers who already have a bachelor's degree in another field. This full-time program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in as little as 15 months. The program is designed to provide a seamless entry into the Master of Science (MSN) program, and students may have the option to take up to three graduate nursing courses during the last two semesters of undergraduate clinical coursework. Learn more about MSN programs ►

Students interested in an accelerated path to the BSN degree may also be interested in The Nursing Academy, a unique academic partnership between Community Health Network and the University of Indianapolis. 

How it works

After completing all required prerequisites, the clinical phase of the Second Degree Accelerated BSN program consists of 38 credit hours taken full-time over 15 consecutive months.  Prerequisites courses may be needed depending on the previous degree and grades earned in selected classes. All students are required to take three non-clinical nursing prerequisite courses. Completion of the BSN degree prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®).

Clinical format

Students entering the clinical phase of the program are members of a cohort and remain with the same group of students throughout their program of study. The curriculum requires full-time enrollment and students should expect to attend class or participate in clinical activities four to five days a week. Part-time employment during full-time academic activities is possible but requires a flexible employment situation. Clinical courses in the Second Degree Accelerated BSN program are taught primarily in a face-to-face format on campus, as well in designated clinical practicum sites. Clinical practice may be conducted in hospitals, community-based settings, schools, day-care centers, and long-term care facilities, among others.  Simulation experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum. 

Curriculum & program schedule

The BSN degree consists of a minimum of 120 credit hours, with 46 credit hours designated nursing courses. The remaining credit hours consist of prerequisite science, math and general education courses. Coursework from the previous bachelor's degree will be evaluated for transfer credit towards the BSN degree.

See detailed course list, schedule and pattern sheet ►

Admission requirements

Admission to the Second Degree Accelerated BSN program is competitive. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.82 or higher. If an applicant has not achieved the minimum GPA during the previous degree, s/he is eligible to take up to 12 credit hours of prerequisite or other general education coursework to reset the GPA. Students must earn a “C” grade or higher in the major and support courses designated on the curriculum guide. 

Admission process

Step 1: Apply for University admission and second degree BSN pre-clinical admission here

Step 2: Apply for admission into the clinical component of the Second Degree Accelerated BSN. This process occurs each Fall and clinical courses begin each May. Announcements are emailed to eligible applicants to complete.

Program costs

2017-18 tuition for Second Degree Accelerated BSN courses and the nursing prerequisites is $872/credit hour.

Tuition costs for other prerequisite classes will vary depending upon whether enrolled in day, evening or accelerated classes. See current undergraduate tuition rates ►