BSN Accelerated Second Degree Track

A degree that makes a difference at an accelerated pace

Application Coming Soon for Spring, 2021 Semester!

Applications will be available beginning 15 October 2020 through 01 December 2020 for the Spring 2021 Semester.

Program Tracks

BSN Accelerated Second Degree Track

January Entry
  • Applications available online: 15 October 2020
  • Deadline to apply: 01 December 2020
  • Application closes at 5:00 pm on 01 December 2020
August Entry
  • Applications available online: 01 February 2021
  • Deadline to apply: 01 April 2021
  • Application closes at 5:00 pm on 01 April 2021
Length of Program

Sixteen months of full-time study after completion of prerequisite courses

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Distance Learning

Not available

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Accelerated Second Degree track is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and want to pursue a nursing career. The program moves at a fast pace—16 months of full-time study—with a concept-based, cutting-edge curriculum that prepares you for a career as a professional nurse.

You will work with nursing faculty in the school and expert nurse preceptors in the community as part of the clinical and practical experiences of the accelerated nursing program, gaining exposure to hospital and community-based nursing. In addition, you will participate in simulation exercises and interprofessional education experiences with IU students in other healthcare fields. This program gives you a solid foundation for leadership positions and enables you to earn 6–9 credits directly applicable to nursing graduate study—at undergraduate tuition rates


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Accelerated Second Degree Track Curriculum

64 credit hours

The BSN accelerated second degree track curriculum is cutting edge, concept-based, and competency focused. It is specially designed for anyone who has earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and who wants to pursue a nursing career. Many of the general education credit hours (such as the humanities, communications, and social sciences) from your first degree can be transferred and applied toward your BSN degree. Use our transcript self-evaluation tool to determine which prerequisite courses you may have already completed. The accelerated nursing track will also prepare you to pursue graduate education.

In fact, we lead the way when it comes to designing relevant and vigorous coursework that reflects the current changes in health care. Why? To make sure that you will be exceptionally well-prepared for your future in nursing. The program learning outcomes will show you just what we mean. 


BSN program outcomes

When you graduate from the IU School of Nursing’s BSN program, you will be:

A critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual engagement and uses evidence as a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making.

A culturally sensitive individual who provides holistic, individual, family, community, and population-centered nursing care.

A knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources across the continuum of health care environments in order to meet the evolving health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

An individual who understands and considers the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on care delivery.

An individual who embodies the professional identity of the nurse and who translates the inherent values of the nursing profession into the ethical and legal practice of nursing.

An effective communicator who collaborates with interprofessional team members, patients, and their support systems for improved health outcomes.

A competent care provider who is prepared to practice to the full capacity of the professional nurse role in diverse health care environments.

An accountable leader and manager who applies principles of systems and organizational processes and balances resources to promote quality care and patient safety.

An individual who embraces and employs innovations in information management and technology in the delivery of quality patient care.

Curriculum for 2021

CourseCreditsDidactic or Clinical
B261 Patholphysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing4Didactic
B247 Comprehensive Health Assessment3Didactic
B245 Health Assessment Lab2Clinical/Lab
B260 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice Didactic Clinical/Lab
B237 Promoting Healthy Populations3Didactic* (Hybrid)

CourseCreditsDidactic or Clinical
B334 Transitional Care of Families and Populations5Didactic Clinical
B253 Collaborative Practice3Didactic* (Hybrid)
H356 Biophysical Processes5Didactic Clinical
R375 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3Didactic* (Online or Hybrid)

CourseCreditsDidactic or Clinical
H371 Adaptive Processes5 (3/2)Didactic Clinical
L330 Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and Policy4Didactic* (Hybrid)
H360 Interactive Processes5 (3/2)Didactic Clinical
S474 Healthcare Ethics3Didactic* (Online)

CourseCreditsDidactic or Clincal
S489 Second Degree Synthesis for Professional Nursing Practice3Didactic* (Hybrid)
B445 Nursing Intensive for Second Degree: Managing Transitions Across Care Environments3Didactic* (Hybrid)
H476 Complex Processes5    (3/2)Didactic Clinical
S483 Capstone3Clinical

Academic advising

As a nursing student at IU Fort Wayne, you'll work closely with your academic advisor to prepare for admission into the nursing program. You and your advisor will track your progress to ensure you are on the right track for graduation and licensure.

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