Accelerated Second Degree (ASD), Nursing

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).

Contact us for more information about this highly competitive program.

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

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum

Program Benefits

  • 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)

Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) Criteria

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.

Application Process

  • Complete the online USJ Undergraduate Student application
  • Submit all official transcripts. USJ participates in multiple eTranscript services; you may have your institution submit an eTranscript to: [email protected]. If your institution only mails physical transcripts, have them mail to: University of Saint Joseph, Attn: Office of Admissions, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 061178
  • One letter of recommendation, academic or professional
  • Program essay, one to two pages in length, addressing your decision to transition to a career in nursing.
  • Current resume

Checklist of ASD Program Prerequisite Courses

Note: The following are the nine (9) ASD Program Prerequisite Courses (If taking course prerequisites at another institution, please refer to the University of Saint Joseph’s Academic Catalog (under Program Curriculum option below) for course descriptions to ensure course content is met. Or, use this link for online Transfer Equivalencies).

An earned grade of B- or better is required in all science prerequisite courses.

  • Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
  • General Biology (4 credits) (Science Prerequisite Course). This course may be waived for students who have earned a grade of B or better in Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) (Science Prerequisite Course)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) (Science Prerequisite Course)
  • Principles of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (4 credits) (Science Prerequisite Course) [satisfied outside of USJ with General Chemistry II and Introduction to Organic Chemistry]
  • Microbiology (4 credits) (Science Prerequisite Course)
  • Biochemistry of the Human Body (4 credits) (Science Prerequisite Course)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan (3 credits)


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 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.

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