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Nursing - Second Degree Accelerated Program, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 months
Mequon, WI, United States| Online
Through the Nursing - Second Degree Accelerated Program of Concordia University Wisconsin, you can fast track your Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, if you already hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in another field.
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A second degree of caring and service

Nurses with bachelor’s degrees are in high demand, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is expected to grow 16% by 2024. At Concordia, our Bachelor’s in nursing second degree accelerated program is available for those who have already received a bachelor’s degree or higher and want to streamline their BSN experience.

Have you recently discovered a passion for nursing, but you feel stuck because you have a bachelor’s degree in business, education, or any other number of fields? Don’t toss up your hands and give up! At Concordia, if you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can get your BSN in 14 months! You get the full treatment: access to our amazing faculty, experiences in clinical, lab and simulation situations, and our incredible curriculum, which builds on a Christian foundation with web-based resources and simulations that promote active, engaged learning.

What to expect

If you choose to jump start your Nursing - Second Degree Accelerated Program of Concordia University Wisconsin, you won’t be doing it alone. Students who progress through this program are part of a cohort. They are immersed in the content, one course at a time, with clinical courses taken concurrently with the corresponding theory course. Web-based resources are used side-by-side with clinical, lab, and simulation experiences. This is the complete package. And it only takes a little over a year.


  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Medical-Surgical Nurse

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Plan to apply 3-4 months prior to your intended start date.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 months
  • Credits
    63 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
  • Christian Caregiving
  • Pharmacology
  • Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • Fundamentals of Professional Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Nursing and Change Management

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Graduation from the equivalent of US high school 
  • GPA equivalency of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proof of English language proficiency with minimum scores of 61 TOEFL, 6 IELTS or 55 PTE (students without these scores can still apply for conditional admission)
  • ACT or SAT is not required for admission, but a result will increase scholarship options

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30060 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30060 USD per year and a duration of 14 months.
  • National

    30060 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30060 USD per year and a duration of 14 months.
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Living costs for Mequon

  • 1621 - 2690 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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