Why Elms for your Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing?

  • Earn your bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree in 20 months.
  • Benefit from personalized instruction — our cohort is capped at 24 students.
  • Gain experience in intercultural nursing by volunteering on mission trips to Jamaica.
  • Applicants must already hold an associate’s, bachelor’s, or higher degree in a non-nursing major.

Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing

The Accelerated Second Degree is a rigorous, full-time program for completing a baccalaureate in nursing in 20 months – two academic years plus one intensive summer semester.

Our program is based on a cohort model: an integrated, cohesive group, limited to 24 students, that functions at an accelerated pace.

Admission is highly competitive. Candidates must already hold an associate’s, baccalaureate, or higher degree in a non-nursing major, and complete all entry requirements.

Elms College has a rolling admission policy for Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing candidates.

Meet a Professor: Br. Michael Duffy, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC


Click to view course requirements for the accelerated second degree in Nursing.

72 credits. Total credits are inclusive of Elms College core requirements.

Core Nursing Requirements (63 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
NUR 1100Introduction to Contemporary Nursing Practice3
NUR 2103Medical Dose Calculations1
NUR 2107Health Assessment of the Adult4
NUR 2109Pathophysiology3
NUR 2201Fundamentals of Nursing5
NUR 2205Pharmacology3
NUR 3005Nursing Care of the Adult I3
NUR 3005LNursing Skills Lab I1
NUR 3406Mental Health Nursing4
NUR 3206Nursing Care of the Adult II4
NUR 3206LNursing Skills Lab II3
NUR 3400Evidence-Based Nursing3
NUR 4007Childrearing4
NUR 3608Childbearing5
NUR 4605Nursing Care of the Older Adult5
NUR 4700Population-based Health Nursing4
NUR 4707Nursing Leadership and Management of Care5
NUR 4902Senior Seminar2

Required Non-Nursing Courses (6 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
PHI 2408Health Care Ethics3
SSD 3004Introduction to Cultural Competence3
Any Religion (REL) course3

College Core Courses* that may also be required (for those applying with an associate’s degree)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
Any ART (ART) course3
Any History (HIS) course3