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Nursing BSN for 2nd Degree

Make the successful transition to a nursing career in our regionally renowned program.


This track within the BSN program is tailored specifically for students who feel a new calling to serve in a healthcare setting, even if their previous studies were in a different field.

Students with a degree from an accredited college or university may be eligible to enroll in our undergraduate nursing program to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, gaining the clinical practice and academic background necessary for success.

Degree requirements can be completed in approximately one year (three semesters) with courses being offered in an 8-week format. The track format delivers course materials online with in-person campus lab, and clinical disbursed throughout the semesters. Campus labs and clinicals take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

What Sets Us Apart

Get experience early

Clinical practice begins early in the program as you experience complex patient care in simulated situations to learn and apply cognitive, psychomotor, and decision-making skills. Our simulation lab offers eight patient simulation rooms with varied simulators that prepare future nurses for real-world scenarios in a range of healthcare field and industry positions. 

Focus on your success

The 2nd Degree track weaves computerized assessment technology throughout each semester as well as an RN NCLEX Review Course to help achieve student success. In the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) and Nu Sigma WU’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honorary, you’ll develop leadership skills that you can take to the multiple job and career planning fairs we connect you to. 

One-on-one faculty attention

Full-time experienced nursing faculty, not teaching assistants, will advise you and lead classes that are small and attuned to your personal learning style. We place an emphasis on clinical practice, including in courses for pediatric, maternity, and psychiatric nursing. 

Establish high academic standards

Adherence to high academic standards promotes strong program outcomes. Application of theoretical concepts of evidence-based practice foster critical thinking and development of problem-solving skills.

Steps to Apply for Nursing as a Second Degree

  1. Fill out the online Nursing as a Second Degree application.
  2. Submit an official transcript indicating a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. If a bachelor's degree has not yet been attained, but will by the start of the program, the Admissions Committee will review the transcript on an individual basis.
  3. Send official transcript(s) from step two to:
    Waynesburg University
    Office of Admissions
    51 W College St.
    Waynesburg PA, 15370
  4. A one-page essay addressing why you want to become a nurse.
  5. Proof of completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of C or higher:
    • Human Development: A Life Span Perspective
    • Human Anatomy with a lab
    • Human Physiology with a lab
  6. And, must fulfill all stated admission requirements listed under the Basic BSN section (TOEFL iBT scores and criminal record checks) of the academic catalog.
  7. Stay tuned. The Admissions Committee may request additional information, including but not limited to high school transcripts, additional test scores, letters of recommendation and/or a personal interview. The Admissions Committee also reserves the right to recalculate a GPA based on all colleges/universities attended.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Waynesburg University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

Academic Catalog

Need to find a course description or review your degree requirements? View the current online catalog at the link below.

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