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Complete your BSN in a little over a year.

Are you thinking you would make a great nurse, but your undergraduate degree is not in nursing? Fairfield University’s Accelerated Second Degree Nursing (BSN) program provides a unique opportunity for those with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than nursing to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in an accelerated format.

The program is designed to draw upon your prior education and experience, allowing you to earn a second bachelor’s degree in 15 months. Previous knowledge serves as a foundation for nursing courses as you develop the social awareness, critical thinking skills, aesthetic sensibility and values that prepare you to sit for the NCLEX licensing exam.

Fairfield’s Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program will teach you how to be a great nurse—and a great leader.

The next Accelerated Second Degree cohort begins on May 28, 2021. Applications are being accepted now through December 15, 2020.

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Best College for Nursing in CT

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Top 5
Nursing School in New England

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Industry at a Glance


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CT Nurses Hold a Baccalaureate Degree or Higher - The Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce

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)

General Electives: 11 courses (33 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 (PDF) showing mid-term grades.

NS 110 Introduction to Professional Nursing 3
NS 112 Healthcare Delivery Systems 3
NS 270 Health Assessment 4
NS 272 Geriatric Nursing 4
NS 307 Therapeutic Nursing Interventions 3
Total 17
NS 301 Wellness to Illness 4
NS 303 Basic Concepts of Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
NS 305 Mental Health Nursing 4
NS 312 Patterns of Illness I 5
Total 16
NS 310 Research in Nursing 3
NS 314 Nursing of Women and the Childbearing Family 4
NS 323 Nursing of Children and Family 4
NS 325 Patterns of Illness II 5
Total 16
NS 321 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management 3
NS 330 Community, Public, and Global Health Nursing 4
NS 332 Transition: Professional Nursing Practice 4
Total 11


Join the Office of Admission and the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies on Saturday, September 26, at 9 a.m. for our next Accelerated Second Degree Nursing information session. Meet the program director, learn details about our accelerated program, and have your questions answered one-on-one.

On April 22, 2020, the Egan School held a virtual information session for prospective students interested in applying to the next Accelerated Second Degree Nursing cohort, which starts on May 28, 2021. Potential applicants are encouraged to watch the recording below and contact program director Carole Pomerico with any additional questions. 

Applications are being accepted now through December 15, 2020. 

Applicants to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program at the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) or have completed the equivalent coursework prior to beginning the program.

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