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Accelerated BSN for Second Degree Students

The accelerated BSN track is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in another discipline interested in pursuing nursing as a second bachelor's degree. The curriculum builds on the individual's prior educational preparation and the degree is completed in one calendar year, starting in August, with students concentrating solely on nursing courses.

Accelerated BSN students begin the program in a traditional junior year from August to May and complete the remainder of the nursing major requirements in a 15-week intensive summer session, May to August. The accelerated BSN must be pursued on a full-time basis and consists of one full calendar year.

Graduates earn a BSN degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® and qualify for entry-level nursing positions or graduate study. Students who are considering graduate nursing studies at Quinnipiac should review our doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program.

The BSN program at Quinnipiac University is accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Questions? Go to frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Curriculum + Requirements

The BSN degree under this track is 127 credits, including: prerequisites, general education requirements and nursing courses, which are distributed as follows:

Course Title Credits
University Core Curriculum Requirements
UC Freshman Composition 6
UC Quantitative Literacy 3
UC Sciences 7
UC Social Sciences 6
UC Humanities 6
UC Fine Arts 3
UC Open Electives/Additional Transfer credits 20
Total: 51
Prerequisite Requirements
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
Microbiology with Lab 4
Statistics 3
Total: 15
Junior Year 2014-2015
NUR 300 Core Concepts in Nursing 3
NUR 302 Nursing Science & Information Literacy 3
NUR 304 Health Promotion & Wellness 3
NUR 306 Health Assessment 3
NUR 330L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab I 2
NUR 307 Core Nursing Practicum 2
Total: 16
NUR 324 Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs I 4
NUR 325 Adult Care Practicum I 2
NUR 326 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy I 2
NUR 428 Community & Public Health Nursing (7-week course before Spring Break) 3
NUR 429 Community & Public Health Nursing Practicum (14 weeks) 2
NUR 408 Research & Evidence-Based Practice (7-week course after Spring Break) 2
NUR 340L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab II 2
Total: 17
Accelerated Summer 2015
Summer Session I
NUR 322 Care of Women, Children & Families 4
NUR 323 Women, Children & Families Practicum 2
NUR 400 Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing  3
NUR 401 Psychiatric & Mental Health Practicum 2
NUR 424 Care of Adults with Complex Health Needs II 3
NUR 425 Adult Care Practicum II 2
NUR 426 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy II 2
NUR 430L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab  2
Total: 20
Summer Session II
NUR 432 Contemporary Issues & Roles in Nursing 3
NUR 433 Capstone Practicum  2
NUR 434L Capstone Seminar Lab 1
NUR 440L Holistic Nursing Integration Lab IV 2
Total: 8

Nursing Credits: 61
University Core & Electives: 51
Pre-Requisite Courses & Transfer Credits: 15

Total: 127

Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN® examination, and qualify for entry-level nursing positions or graduate study. Learn more about graduate nursing programs at Quinnipiac.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B) and completion of prerequisite course work. All prerequisite courses must be taken within the last five years with a grade of C or better and must be completed prior to entering the accelerated track.

Transfer credit is evaluated according to University policy.

A criminal background check is required prior to attending the mandatory orientation.

Application deadline: Jan. 2
The application deadline is Jan. 2 for enrollment in the following fall semester. However, we suggest submitting your application early to ensure that all documents are received. Applicants will be notified of an admission decision beginning March 1. Deposit due date is May 1. Learn more about applying.

The application worksheet (PDF) offers guidance on the application process, including helping to collect and organize the information required for a complete application. The worksheet is not the application, nor is it part of the application. It is merely a guide to help you complete Accelerated BSN for Second Degree online application.

Download the evaluator form (PDF).

The mandatory orientation for the accelerated program in nursing will be held June 5 and 6, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information Sessions

Information sessions for the accelerated track in nursing are offered several times a year on the North Haven Campus by Cory Ann Boyd, director, RN to BSN and accelerated programs in nursing.

Upcoming sessions:

  • September 28, 2016, 5-7 p.m., North Haven Campus, MNH 105
  • November 30, 2016, 5-7 p.m., North Haven Campus, MNH 105
  • March 22, 2017, 5-7 p.m., North Haven Campus, MNH 105
  • June 28, 2017, 5-7 p.m.

The School of Nursing is located in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the University's North Haven Campus.

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Other Accelerated Track Information

Select learning experiences in hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, schools and community health agencies begin with the first nursing course and continue throughout the program. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from clinical agencies.

CPR Certification
CPR Certification for the Health Care Provider must be obtained before enrolling in any nursing course and kept current through graduation from the program.

Health Requirements
The school has several additional health requirements in addition to those specified by the admissions office. Submission of documentation of a physical examination and PPD on the form supplied by the nursing department is required of all students upon admission to the pre-professional component and annually thereafter. If the student has a positive PPD or has previously received BCG vaccine, a chest X-ray is required. Documentation of hepatitis B vaccination (or signed waiver declining immunization), proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, and current tetanus booster is required upon admission to the professional component. Some clinical sites may have additional health or clinical requirements.

Background Check
A completed criminal background check is now required of each student in the School of Nursing. This has become necessary as many agencies now require that students have a background check before beginning clinical experiences. Quinnipiac University currently uses a third-party vendor to conduct background checks for students in all of our health professional programs. Since background checks vary, all undergraduate and graduate nursing students must obtain the background check from the Quinnipiac University vendor regardless of whether they have had additional checks at their place of employment. Further details about cost and procedures will be provided by the nursing school's clinical coordinators and the criminal background check policy is posted on the Nursing Student Community Blackboard website. Students who do not pass the background check may not be able to fully matriculate into the clinical portion of the program.

Technical Standards
Given that nursing is a practice discipline, there are certain performance expectations that must be met. To that end, the School of Nursing has developed a set of guidelines known as technical standards. They are intended to ensure the safety of the student and those who are entrusted to his/her care. The technical standards include: sensory, communication, motor, intellectual/conceptual abilities, and behavioral, social, and professional attributes.

Scholarship Support

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN) seeks to increase the number of professional nurses by recruiting and enrolling students into the profession from groups underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Since 2011, Quinnipiac School of Nursing has been selected to receive funds from the foundation. Eighteen Quinnipiac nursing students have each received $10,000 scholarships to support their studies in nursing.

Learn more about support for nursing students.


Quinnipiac endorsed as one of few holistic nursing programs in the nation

The American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) has again endorsed the School of Nursing's undergraduate and graduate programs. The school is one of 12 nursing schools with holistically-endorsed programs, and only the second school with endorsed DNP programs.


Serve Your Passion

Miguel Rosa witnessed life and death situations while deployed in Afghanistan. The experience inspired the young father to shift his career path from finance to nursing.


School of Nursing receives $10,000 grant to support students

The School of Nursing has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation. The gift will be used to support nursing students with scholarships and emergency financial assistance in times of a serious need.