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Accelerated BSN Program for Second Degree Students


Some students find their calling in nursing after they've already completed their Bachelor's, and those students can find the training and education they need to follow their dreams with the Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP) at Ursuline College. The SDAP program was designed for those who have already obtained a degree, taking only 15 months to complete. Students will go through the program with their own cohort of 15-25 other students, making valuable connections with their future colleagues. Dedicated Education Units put students alongside experienced clinical nurses from world-renowned institutions like the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, ensuring they're learning relevant skills and building a strong network of fellow professionals. Taking a step into a new career can be intimidating, but SDAP students can be assured they're making a sound investment; Ursuline offers competitive tuition rates for the program that historically has a 100% NCLEX pass rate and a 100% job placement rate. When students are ready to jump into a new and lucrative nursing career, the SDAP program at Ursuline is the place to start.


Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum of a 2.5 GPA in first undergraduate degree for application consideration  
  • A grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses (Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Math, Nutrition, Sociology, Psychology, Lifespan Development)
  • A minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA in the lab sciences [Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits), Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry), and Microbiology.]
  • Science courses are to be no older than seven years; if older, they must be retaken
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed before the start of the SDAP program. PH 260 and UC 401 will be completed at Ursuline College concurrent with the nursing course of study
  • All prerequisites can be taken off campus, and official transcripts must be received before starting nursing courses

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Second Degree Accelerated BSN applicants must:

  • Clearly meet all Ursuline College admission criteria 
  • Supply proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • Have earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the first degree program provide a letter of recommendation, personal statement, or resume. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for cohorts that begin in January, May, and August of each year. Cohorts generally fill a year ahead of time. Applications will be considered for the open cohort regardless of desired start date. A minimum of 8 credits of prerequisite laboratory science must be completed at the time of application to Ursuline College. Prerequisite science courses are: *Anatomy & Physiology I and II, *Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry), *Microbiology

Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into The Breen School of Nursing. The strongest candidates will have an academic history of successful course completion with no repeated courses or multiple withdrawals. The Dean of the Breen School of Nursing will review mitigating circumstances on a case by case basis.

Limited seats available; a $250 nonrefundable deposit is required to secure a seat in the cohort.


**Required Prerequisite Courses

Courses

Credits

Anatomy and Physiology

4, 4

Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry)

4, 4

Microbiology

4

Math

3

Human Nutrition

3

General Psychology

3

Intro. to Sociology

3

Lifespan Development

3


**Ursuline Studies courses (Ursuline College Core Curriculum) must be taken at Ursuline College.

Courses

Credits

UC 401: Culminating Seminar

3

PH 260: Bioethics

3


**This is a fifteen month program. Nursing courses are scheduled and completed in a cohort fashion.

Sophomore Courses

Credits

NR 215: Foundations of Holistic Nursing Practice

3

NR 235: HNP: Health Assessment

2

NR 245: Holistic Nursing Practice

4

NR 205: Pathophysiologic Foundations                 for Nursing Practice

3

NR 255: Prof. Nursing Practice with Adults (I)

NR 265: Evidenced Based Prof. Nursing Practice

NR 275: Pharmacology and Therapeutics

5

2

3

 



Junior Courses



Credits

NR 325: Prof. Nursing Practice with Adults (II)

6

NR 335: Clinical PNP with Adults (II)

4

NR 345: PNP: Family -Child-bearing/Child-rearing

4

NR 355: Clinical PNP: Family

BI 220: Human Genetics and Genomics

4

3

 



Senior Courses



Credits

NR 435: Health Care Policy and Global Health

3

NR 445: Complex Psychiatric PNP

3

NR 455: Prof. Nursing Practice with Adults (III)

4

NR 465: Prof. Nursing Leadership: Theory

3

NR 404: Integrative Clinical Experience

5