Accelerated Second Degree Nursing

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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 26, 2022. Applications are being accepted now through December 15, 2021.

Our next Virtual Information Session for the ASDNU program will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9 a.m. At the session, information will be shared about the University’s prestigious 15-month accelerated nursing education program for those with a bachelor’s degree who now are seeking a second bachelor’s (BSN) in nursing. Curriculum and admission requirements will be discussed. Please RSVP in advance online

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Best College for Nursing in CT

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Top 5
Nursing School in New England

– 2020 Nursing Schools Almanac

Nursing Program in Connecticut

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Top 5%
Nursing Program in the Nation

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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

Requirements & Curriculum

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.

Required Courses

Introduction to Professional Nursing
Healthcare Delivery Systems
Health Assessment
Geriatric Nursing
Basic Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
Health and Wellness
Mental Health Nursing
Fundamentals of Nursing Care
Foundations of Research for Evidence Based Practice
Medical Surgical Nursing I
Maternal and Newborn Nursing
Professional Nursing Leadership
Pediatric Nursing
Medical Surgical Nursing II
Population Health
Transition to Professional Nursing

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.


Nursing graduates from Fairfield’s prestigious Egan School are highly sought after for employment due to the quality, training, and reputation of our educational program. The Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program (ASDNU) is a full-time cohort program that allows students with a bachelor’s degree to obtain an additional bachelor’s degree in nursing and take advantage of the many exciting and diverse career opportunities available in the healthcare field.

Each annual cohort starts at the end of May (with between 50-60 students) and concludes 15-months later at graduation in August.  The admission application process is completely online (see APPLY NOW link at top of page.) The ASDNU Program Sheet provides all the academic program and admission details you may need to get started. Please contact the part-time admission staff with any questions you may have:   

 Applications are being accepted now through December 15, 2021.

Accelerated Master’s Entry to Practice Nursing (MEPN) Program

In addition to the second degree program, Fairfield Egan also offers the accelerated Master’s Entry to Practice Nursing (MEPN). This graduate program, which also begins annually each May, provides a unique opportunity for those with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in an accelerated 24-month full-time format. This program provides graduates with the credentials necessary in various fields of nursing leadership, healthcare management, and research. Contact MEPN Program Director Erica Wuchiski ( for details.

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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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Program Comparison (ASDNU vs. MEPN)

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Program Comparison (ASDNU vs. MEPN)

Format Full Time Accelerated -Hybrid (online and on-campus) Full Time Accelerated -Hybrid (online and on-campus)
Length of Program 15 Months 24 Months
Number of Credits 60 76
Prerequisites - Humanities Two English courses, One Philosophy course, One Ethics course, One religion course Two English courses, One Philosophy course, One Ethics course, One religion course
Prerequisites - Sciences Human Anatomy&Physiology I with lab, Human Anatomy&Physiology II with lab, Microbiology with lab, Chemistry with lab, Developmental Psychology, and Statistics Human Anatomy&Physiology I with lab, Human Anatomy&Physiology II with lab, Microbiology with lab, Chemistry with lab, Developmental Psychology, and Statistics
GPA minimum from Bachelor's Degree 3.0 3.3
Degree awarded at completion Bachelor of Science in Nursing Master of Science in Nursing
Career Paths Hospital Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Home Care Nurse, Travel Nurse, Hospice nurse, Physician's Office nurse, Mental Health Nurse, School Nurse, Nurse Case Manager and more… After 2 years of clinical experience: Executive Management (hospital directors, unit managers), Nursing Research, Data analysis and Quality Improvement, Nurse Educator, Legal Nurse Consultant, Academia, Public Policy/Government and more…

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