Second Degree BSN Curriculum

How Credits are Calculated

Transfer credits from your previous degree 36 credits
Prerequisites* taken for the Second Degree Program 25 credits
Credits taken at Duquesne University School of Nursing in the Second Degree Program 67 credits
Total Credits for the Second Degree Program 128 credits

*Prerequisites may be completed at any accredited college or university, and online courserwork is acceptable. For example, we do accept credit from Portage Learning, which offers all prerequisite courses required for the Second Degree program.

After Completion

Upon completion of the Second Degree BSN, students are eligible to begin graduate nursing coursework in one of three Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) specialties:

Second Degree Coursework

12-Month Pathway

Here is a breakdown of the 67 credits earned through the 12-month Pathway of the Duquesne University School of Nursing Second Degree Program.

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
UPNS 119 Contemporary Professional Nursing and Technology 3
UPNS 124 Cultural Issues in Health Care 3
UPNS 200 Fundamentals of Nursing and Clinical Ethics (4 theory - 2 clinical lab)         6
UPNS 218 Health Assessment (3 theory - 1 clinical lab) 4
UPNS 326 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice 3
UPNS 339 Genetics in Nursing and Health 3
Total 22

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
UPNS 309 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
UPNS 323 Adult Health and Illness (4 theory - 2 clinical)                                                   6
UPNS 344 Nursing for Children's Health 3
UPNS 348 Nursing for Maternal-Newborn Health 3
UPNS 355 Behavioral Health (2 theory - 1 clinical) 3
UPNS 357 Population Health (2 theory - 1 clinical)                                                         3
UPNS 411 W Nursing Ethics Across the Lifespan 3
Total 24

Summer Semester

Course # Course Name Credits
UPNS 400 Critically Ill Adult (4 theory - 2 clinical) 6
UPNS 422 Role Prep II 3
UPNS 423 Evidence Based Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice 3
UPNS 426 Leadership and Management in Clinical Environments (4 theory - 2 clinical) 6
UPNS 430 Gerontological Nursing Practice 3
Total 21

W = Writing Intensive

Revisions to courses and curricula are ongoing.

16-Month Pathway

Here is a breakdown of the 67 credits earned through the 16-month Pathway of the Duquesne University School of Nursing Second Degree Program.

Fall Semester, Year 1

Course # Course Name
Credits
UPNS 119 Contemporary Professional Nursing and Technology 3
UPNS 124 Cultural Issues in Health Care 3
UPNS 200 Fundamentals of Nursing and Clinical Ethics (4 theory - 2 clinical lab)              6
UPNS 218 Health Assessment (3 theory - 1 clinical lab) 4
UPNS 326 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice 3

Total 19

Spring Semester, Year 1

Course # Course Name
Credits
UPNS 309 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
UPNS 323 Adult Health and Illness (4 theory - 2 clinical) 6
UPNS 339 Genetics in Nursing and Health 3
UPNS*** Clinical Speciality Course (2 theory - 1 clinical)                                              3
UPNS*** Clinical Speciality Course (2 theory - 1 clinical) 3
Total 18

Summer Semester, Year 1

Course # Course Name
Credits
UPNS 423 Evidence Based Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice 3
UPNS 426 Leadership and Management in Clinical Environments (4 theory - 2 clinical) 6
UPNS 430 Gerontological Nursing Practice 3
Total 12

Fall Semester, Year 2

Course # Course Name
Credits
UPNS*** Clinical Speciality Course 3
UPNS*** Clinical Speciality Course 3
UPNS 400 Critically Ill Adult (4 theory - 2 clinical)                                                                6
UPNS 411 W Nursing Ethics Across the Lifespan 3
UPNS 422 Role Prep II 3
Total 18

W = Writing Intensive

***Students will be assigned two clinical speciality courses in the Spring Semester Year 1 & Fall Semester Year 2.
Clinical Speciality Courses include UPNS 344, 348, 355, 357.

Revisions to courses and curricula are ongoing.