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  • Home / Academics / Find a Program / Second Degree Nursing Programs | Ursuline College | Ursuline - Liberal Arts College in OH

    Second Degree Accelerated Program: BSN for Bachelor’s Degree Holders


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    Nursing, BSN, Second Degree Accelerated Program Second Degree Accelerated Program: BSN for Bachelor’s Degree Holders

    Considering a career change to nursing? Take the first step with the 15-month accelerated BSN program for bachelor’s degree holders.

    How to Apply

    Ready to take the next step? Apply online and receive a decision within two weeks.


    The Accelerated Nursing Degree for Bachelor's Degree Holders

    If you hold a bachelor's degree in another field and want to enter nursing, the Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP) will give you the right clinical experience. This 15-month accelerated nursing program in Ohio includes all the courses of a fully approved and accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in an accelerated format. After successful completion of this accelerated second degree nursing program, you will be eligible to sit for the RN licensing exam (NCLEX).

    96% Passage Rate

    Year after year, 96% of Ursuline SDAP students pass the national RN licensing exam on their first try. This means you'll learn the skills and concepts that matter most in the nursing profession.


    The National League for Nursing has designated the Breen School of Nursing a national Center of Excellence and U.S. News & World Report ranks Ursuline's nursing programs among the nation's top nursing programs.

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    SDAP Application & Admission Requirements

    Applications for our accelerated BSN program are accepted on a rolling basis for cohorts that begin in January, May, and August. To be considered, applicants must have a 2.5 or above from their graduating institution. They also must have passed all the science prerequisites within two attempts earning a grade of “C” or higher. A withdrawal or a “W” is considered an attempt. See the full prerequisite list under course requirements.

    Ursuline College Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP) Tuition & Fees:

    Second Degree Accelerated (Nursing) Program per credit: $551
    Matriculation Fee (one-time charge for new students only): $250

    Course fees for our accelerated degree programs vary. Please see class schedules on the registrar's webpage for any fees associated with specific courses. For more information on other expenses, visit our Accelerated/UCAP Tuition and Costs page.

    Accelerated Nursing Degree Accreditation in Ohio

    The Breen School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

    Learn more about our BSN program in our BSN Handbook.


    Careers: Second Degree Accelerated Program: BSN for Bachelor’s Degree Holders

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistcs, the need for registered nurses is expected to grow by 12% from 2018 to 2028. With the rise of nationwide shortages, the enhanced role of nurses in the future of medicine, including growth in nurses providing primary care and in non-clinical roles like hospital administration, play into a job market that’s trending in your favor.

    When you graduate from the accelerated nursing program at Ursuline, you will have the clinical experience to function as a decision maker and caregiver within and across Ohio's health care systems. Nurses today work autonomously in a variety of acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community-based agencies. As a nurse, you might choose to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner, a nurse educator, administrator, clinical specialist, or consultant.

    Nursing also offers professional, personal, and economic rewards, with flexible opportunities for hours and career patterns. Earning potential in the field of nursing is excellent, as most of our BSN graduates begin their careers earning nearly $60,000 annually with opportunities for growth.

    Next Stop: Nurse Practitioner?

    With a BSN and registered nurse licensing (RN), you may choose to further progress in your career by earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Learn more.

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