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:
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.
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.