Accelerated Second Degree Nursing

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Program Overview

For students who have earned a bachelor's degree in another field, the school offers an Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program in an accelerated format. Upon completion of prerequisite courses, students matriculate and complete degree requirements in approximately 15 months. A total of 60 credits must be earned at Fairfield University after the first degree is awarded.

Admission is competitive and students are expected to have completed all prerequisite and non-nursing courses prior to admission. Students need a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a B or better in prerequisite courses to begin the program. Applicants normally have completed science courses with grades of A or B in the last 10 years.

For more information, contact Carole Pomarico, adult program director, at or set up an informational appointment by calling 203-254-4000, ext. 4150.

The admission application priority deadline for the 2021 Accelerated Second Degree Nursing cohort that begins Friday, May 28, 2021 is Monday, December 15, 2020.

Upcoming Information Session

The Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies hosts an Information Session for the 15-month Accelerated Second Degree program twice a year. It's a great way for prospective students to learn more about the program, meet our nursing faculty, and tour our state-of-the-art nursing facility and its simulation labs and modern classrooms.

Our next Information Session will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. 

Please Note: 
Given the requirements of current COVID-19 safety precautions, we are changing our upcoming Information Session on April 22 from a campus event to a Virtual Online Session.

Program presentations begins at 6 p.m. followed by an online Q&A.

Please note: This program is for students who currently hold a Bachelor's degree in another field and wish to pursue an accelerated second degree in Nursing (BSN).

Degree Program Requirements

Core Courses for Second Degree BSN

Humanities: 5 courses distributed as follows:

  • English (6 credits)
  • Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)
  • Religious Studies (3 credits)

Prerequisites: 6 courses

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Anatomy and physiology (8 credits)
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Chemistry (4 credits)

Selected prerequisite requirements may be met through challenge exams or transfer of credit from approved academic institutions. For all admitted second-degree nursing students still taking prerequisite coursework, please have your course instructor complete and submit the Mid-Term Grade Report showing mid-term grades. 

General Electives: 11 courses (33 credits)

Summer 1

NS 110 Introduction to Professional Nursing
NS 112 Healthcare Delivery Systems
NS 270 Health Assessment
NS 272 Geriatric Nursing
NS 307 Therapeutic Nursing Interventions

Fall 1

NS 301 Wellness to Illness
NS 303 Basic Concepts of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
NS 305 Mental Health Nursing
NS 312 Patterns of Illness I

Spring 1

NS 310 Research in Nursing
NS 314 Nursing of Women and the Childbearing Family
NS 323 Nursing of Children and Family
NS 325 Patterns of Illness II

Summer 2

NS 321 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management
NS 330 Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing
NS 332 Transition: Professional Nursing Practice


At Fairfield, our dedicated faculty play a critical role in our students' personal and moral development as healthcare providers. Meet the faculty and staff at The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Application Information

Applicants to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program at the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies should send original supporting application materials that cannot be uploaded into the online application to:

Fairfield University
Office of Admission for Part-Time and Continuing Studies
Kelley Center
1073 North Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

  • A Completed Application for Admission Form. Complete the online application. After you have submitted your application, you can use this site to track the status of your application, and check if your supporting documents, such as transcripts and recommendations, have been received.
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history.
  • A Personal Statement describing your purpose in undertaking a baccalaureate nursing education. Include the factors or experience that led to your decision to pursue a BSN at Fairfield University.
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor.  Recommendations are completed online and you will need to enter the email address of your recommender.
  • Interviews. Applicants are required to participate in an interview with Professor Carole Pomarico, adult program director, as a part of the admission process. Contact (203) 254-4150 to schedule an appointment.

Measles and Rubella Immunization: Connecticut law requires that students born after December 31, 1956 provide proof of measles and rubella immunization. Although this is not required to complete an application, you must provide proof of immunization prior to course registration. Please keep in mind that this process can take some time, and that you must be in compliance before registration. Immunization verification information should be submitted directly to the University's Health Center.

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, you must also submit:

  • Certificate of finances in U.S. dollars. Bank seal & official bank signature is required on bank letterhead.
  • Certified English translations and course-by-course evaluations from approved evaluators of all academic records.
  • TOEFL test results if student's native language is not English. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390. (composite score of 550 for the paper test, 80 for the Internet based test is recommended, or or IELTS score of 6.5)

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials for Admission

If you are applying for admission to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program and have earned your undergraduate degree outside of the United States, please arrange to submit an evaluation of your coursework for your application file. Our preferred evaluator is World Education Services, Inc. but we will also accept evaluations from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. You will need to contact the evaluator directly for an evaluation application. Please request a detailed evaluation (a course-by-course evaluation) in English of your academic records and also request that an official copy of your evaluation be mailed directly to your application file at the following address:

Fairfield University
Office of Part-Time and Continuing Studies Admission
Kelley Center
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-519

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Telephone: (212) 966-6311 or toll free 1-800-937-3895

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3470
Telephone: (414) 289-3400

International Transfer Students

International transfer students currently in the US with an F-1 Visa and attending another institution must submit the following documentation in addition to the above application requirements 30 days prior to the start of the semester:

  1. A copy of the student's unexpired passport visa
  2. A copy of the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (the small, white card stapled into the passport)
  3. Copies of the previous I-20's issued to the student by other institutions
  4. SEVIS Transfer form


Life After Fairfield

Nurses diagnose human responses to actual and potential health problems, identify individual strengths and nursing care needs, and plan and deliver culturally competent care that promotes, maintains, or restores health. The role of the nurse is conceptualized as helping clients across the life span to maximize their optimum potential.

Nursing practice integrates scientific problem-solving with holistic caring. Based on research and theoretical knowledge, the nursing process is used as a problem-solving approach to analyze information and prioritize patient care needs for individuals and groups.

Characteristics of professional nursing practice include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Decision-making
  • Accountability

Behaviors integral to professional nursing's role are:

  • Advocacy
  • Political activism
  • Effective communication
  • Collegiality
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Scholarship

Nurses function as integral members of multidisciplinary teams, engage in interdependent roles, and collaborate with other healthcare providers, lients, and family members. Leadership and management skills are essential to shape the future of healthcare and help others attain goals and facilitate change.

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