Accelerated Second Degree Pathway, Nursing, BSN

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Currently, the Accelerated Second Degree Pathway is a 12-month curriculum for students holding a bachelor's degree outside of nursing. The Accelerated Pathway in nursing must be completed on a full-time basis.

The Accelerated Pathway is a competitive program and enrollment is limited due to the number of clinical spaces available. Admission into the program is once a year (fall term only), and all the nursing prerequisites must be complete by the end of Mason’s spring term (not summer term) before the fall start of the BSN program (thus courses need to be complete by May 20).

Be aware that completion of the nursing prerequisites and meeting eligibility guidelines does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission into the nursing program is competitive. It is extremely important for all applicants to have a backup plan. The CHHS Office of Student Affairs will send decision letters via email by the end of April.

We recommend that all applicants review our Information Session presentation to learn more about important application guidelines and expectations:

BSN, Accelerated Second Degree Pathway information session presentation (pdf)

In addition, please refer to the the catalog for more information about our BSN program:

Accelerated Second Degree BSN Pathway catalog information

Prerequisite Course Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission to the Accelerated Pathway, all applicants must complete the necessary prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling in our program.

General Education Prerequisites

A four-year undergraduate degree meets all general education requirements, including ENGH 302.

Nursing Prerequisites

  • Bioethics (3 cr)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 cr)*
  • Microbiology (4 cr)*
  • Human Lifespan Development (3 cr)
  • Statistics (3 cr)
  • Nutrition (3 cr)

*For Accelerated applicants, Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology coursework cannot be more than five years old by the time of BSN enrollment. For fall 2016 admission, courses must have been completed during or after fall 2011.

Visit our Transfer Students page for information on course equivalency and transcript reviews.

Application Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Pathway, applicants must:

  • receive admission to Mason
  • have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • achieve overall GPA of at least 3.0 (Calculation includes degree GPA and post-baccalaureate work only)
  • achieve satisfactory GPA in the designated nursing prerequisite coursework (Successful candidate typically achieves minimum nursing prerequisite GPA of 3.0)
  • achieve no less than grade of C (not C-) in each nursing prerequisite course
  • complete all nursing prerequisites by end the of the spring term (May 20)
  • complete two of the three science nursing prerequisite courses by the date of application
  • submit BSN Departmental Application by the stated deadline and submit all supporting documents

Supporting Application Documents

  • unofficial transcripts (one copy from each institution attended)
  • transcript evaluations for all international transcripts (if applicable)
  • essay/writing assignment (submitted via Slideroom)
  • résumé (submitted via Slideroom)
  • copy of payment confirmation page from online vendor showing proof of $50* non-refundable BSN application fee payment
  • HESI-A2 exam scores
  • Three-minute video (submitted via Slideroom)
  • Letter of good standing from nursing advisor or faculty member if previously enrolled in and dismissed from a BSN program
  • unofficial copy of AP/CLEP exam scores (if applicable)
  • a copy of spring course registration (if applicable)
  • a copy of LPN license (if applicable)
  • a copy of active military ID (if applicable)

*Payable via online payment system; subject to increase.