Accelerated Second Degree Pathway, Nursing, BSN

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

The Accelerated Program is competitive with limited enrollment due to the number of clinical spaces available. Admission into the program is once a year (fall term only). All the nursing prerequisites must be complete by May 20 (the end of Mason’s spring term). Courses, except ENGH 302, cannot be completed during the summer prior to the start of the program.

Be aware completing all 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 Program information session presentation (pdf)

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

Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program catalog information

Prerequisite Course Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission to the Accelerated Pathway, all applicants must complete the necessary prerequisite coursework by the end of Mason’s spring semester (May 20) prior to enrolling in our program.

General Education Prerequisites

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

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

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 2018 admission, courses must have been completed during or after fall 2013. Courses completed during the spring or summer 2013 semester will not meet this requirement.

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
  • complete all general education (except ENGH 302) and nursing prerequisites by the end of Mason's spring term (May 20)
  • complete two of the three science nursing prerequisite courses by the date of application
  • 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
  • achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in general education/elective prerequisite coursework, with no less than a grade of C or better (not C-) in each general education/elective course
  • submit BSN Departmental Application, SlideRoom submissions, and supporting documents by the stated deadline

SlideRoom Submissions

Supporting Application Documents

  • copy of the BSN departmental application Confirmation and Checklist (as the top item in the package)
  • unofficial transcripts (one copy from each institution attended)
  • transcript evaluations for all international transcripts (if applicable)
  • copy of payment confirmation page from online vendor showing proof of $50* non-refundable BSN application fee payment
  • SlideRoom submission email confirmation
  • HESI-A2 exam scores
  • Letter of good standing from nursing advisor or faculty member if previously enrolled in and dismissed from a nursing program
  • unofficial copy of AP/CLEP exam scores (if applicable)
  • a copy of spring course registration (if applicable)
  • a copy of active military ID (if applicable)

*Payable via online payment system; subject to increase.

For your convenience to help with application planning, please review the