Second Degree Accelerated BSN

BSNExpress Overview

The Second Degree Accelerated BSN ("BSNExpress") is a 14-month second degree program for college graduates with a bachelor's degree in another discipline that incorporates all the standard components of the nursing program in a concentrated timeframe. This program -- which is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education -- usually begins on the third Monday in May of each year and ends in August of the following year. While the program is intense, students are able to take advantage of some of the same opportunities that are available to other BSN students.


A student in this program must be able to devote considerable time to studies due to the intense, concentrated nature of the program. The number of clinical hours and courses are the same as the traditional program. Students are encouraged to submit copies of their college transcripts well in advance of their planned entrance into the program in order to allow for complete evaluation and appropriate advisement regarding prerequisite completion. Students are accepted to the Second Degree Accelerated BSN (BSNExpress) program on a rolling basis, depending on progress in prerequisite courses. Please refer to the Admission page for more detailed information.

The Second Degree Accelerated BSN offers:

  • class cohesiveness, which fosters a unique support system and learning community for the students
  • international and multicultural study - a valuable enhancement to the curriculum
  • opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects and related initiatives
  • opportunities for professional membership and involvement
  • faculty who are expert mentors available to the students as they pursue this second degree
  • Graduate studies opportunities


Contact us

Questions? Please contact:

Kristin Barkdoll, program assistant, at 610.519.7137

Colleen Meakim, program coordinator, at 610.519.7955

If you are sending a transcript for review you may scan and email it to Mrs. Barkdoll or fax it to her attention at 610-519-8365. Your communication MUST include your name, address, email address, phone number and date of birth.

Second Degree Option: BSNExpress Program