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Accelerated Second Degree (ASD), Nursing, B.S.

Earn a B.S. in Nursing through this accelerated, competitive program

USJ’s Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (ASD) offers students with baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines the opportunity to gain a B.S. with a concentration in Nursing.

Students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may apply for admission to the Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing. Students in the ASD program are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree upon completion of Nursing academic requirements. Graduates of the ASD program will then be eligible to take the National Council licensing examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX).

Valued Mentorship

“The University of Saint Joseph was my first and only choice when selecting an accelerated nursing program for those with a previous Bachelor’s degree. I would recommend the ASD program at the University of Saint Joseph to any student who values mentorship.” - Michael Andrews '16

Application deadline is February 1 of each year for the May Cohort of each year.

All Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) in Nursing program applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Conferral of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to the start of the ASD Program in May of each year.
  • All final official transcripts for any ASD prerequisite courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 across all college or university courses taken.
  • Grade of B minus (B-) or better in all science prerequisite courses.
  • It is required that all science prerequisite courses must be taken within the last five (5) years. All non-science courses must have been completed within the last five (5) years.
  • Only one repeated science prerequisite course is permitted.
  • Admitted students must also complete a criminal background check and pass a drug screening with an acceptable outcome before taking their first nursing course.

Nursing Annual White Coat Ceremony

Reading Time: 2 minutes On Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, the department of Nursing held their 5th Annual White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony celebrated the rite of passage for nursing students entering the practice. This year, USJ welcomed almost 82 students in the traditional undergraduate Nursing program, the Class of 2020, as well as the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program,

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