Accelerated Second Degree (ASD), Nursing

Earn a B.S. in Nursing through our 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).

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Program Outcomes

  • Integrate the aesthetics and empirics of nursing with the natural/behavior sciences, the humanities, and interprofessional education to provide holistic care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in leadership that promote quality improvement and patient safety
  • Implements an evidence-based and theoretically guided framework for nursing practice including the five patterns of knowing in nursing and transition theory
  • Utilize data from diverse sources with knowledge and skill in informatics and patient care technology to promote safety and optimal patient outcomes
  • Appraise and respond to the economic, legal, political, and social issues that impact the health and wellness of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations through emancipatory knowing
  • Communicate and collaborate with other members of the health care team to advocate for high-quality and safe patient care
  • Deliver culturally appropriate nursing care through health promotion and disease prevention to populations on a local and global level
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for ethical professional behavior and nursing care
  • Demonstrate competent nursing practice in diverse settings caring for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations


  • Study in USJ’s state-of-the-art facilities alongside highly qualified Nursing faculty
  • Complete all Nursing courses over 15 months (two summers and one full academic year – May through August)

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

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