Second Degree BSN Program
The Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program enables a non-nurse with a baccalaureate degree to obtain a BSN in one year. After 12 month of intensive full-time study, during which time all requirements for a BSN degree are met, students are eligible to take the nursing licensure examination.
The Second Degree BSN program begins in August and includes three semesters of intensive course work comprised of more than 850 hours of clinical practice in state-of-the-art health care settings, creative Web-enhanced seminars for non-clinical courses, and traditional classroom instruction.
How Credits are Calculated:
|Transfer credits from your previous degree||36 credits|
|Prerequisites taken for the Second Degree Program||24 credits|
|Credits taken at Duquesne University School of Nursing
in the Second Degree Program
|Total Credits for the Second Degree Program||120 credits|
Upon completion of the BSN, students are eligible to apply to begin graduate nursing coursework in one of three Master of Science in Nursing specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner, Forensic Nursing, or Nursing Education.
For more helpful information, read the FAQs section.
|Required Prerequisite Course Work = 24 credits|
|Biology or Chemistry with lab||3 credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology I with lab||4 credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology II with lab||4 credits|
|Microbiology with lab||4 credits|
- Courses must have been completed within the past 10 years.
- Course work may be completed at any accredited college or university.
- A grade of "C" or higher in the course is necessary for the credits to be accepted.
- Course work must be completed prior to enrollment in the program in August.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholarships
Five nursing students in the Second Degree BSN program were awarded an academic scholarship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant is administered through the foundation's New Careers in Nursing scholarship program and is the third year that the School of Nursing has received funding. The School of Nursing is among only 55 nursing schools in the nation, and one of only two in the state, to be awarded this competitive scholarship.
This year's winners are (l to r): Mikayla Osborne, Janet Adu Frimpong, David Rueda, Willa Cotton and Akilah Scott