College of Nursing
B.S.N., Second Degree

Designed for aspiring nurses who already hold a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing major, the second degree program allows students to graduate with a B.S.N. in 4 semesters or 2 academic years. Students are accepted in the fall semester (deadline: April 1) and periodically in the spring semester (deadline: October 1).

This program is offered exclusively on-campus in South Orange, New Jersey.

As the most established baccalaureate nursing degree in New Jersey, our second degree program has a well respected heritage of educational achievement and reputation for producing nurses whose skills are highly valued by patients, employers and colleagues alike.

The college has continually refined its curriculum over the years and prides itself in offering the most up-to-date education available to students.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisite courses and must they be completed prior to starting the nursing program?
In order to enroll in the second degree nursing programs, students must have a college GPA of 3.0 and have taken the prerequisites listed below. The College of Nursing requires applicants to have at least five of the prerequisite classes completed before filing an application for admission. These courses may be accepted from your first bachelor's degree, or they may be completed at any accredited college or university. In order to be accepted, students must have received a grade of "C" or better.  Applicants must show proof of enrollment for any prerequisite courses that have not yet been completed. Acceptance of this coursework is subject to approval by Seton Hall University. The courses are:

Fall 2016 entry

  • Non-science prerequisites
    • Developmental Psychology (3 credits, grade of C or higher)
    • Ethics – Healthcare Ethics preferred (3 credits, grade of C or higher)
    • Statistics (3 credits, grade of C or higher)
    • Introductory Nutrition (2 credits, grade of C or higher)
    • Economics – Healthcare Economics preferred (3 credits, grade of C or higher, not required for Accelerated program)
  • Science prerequisites
    • Anatomy and Physiology 1 (grade of C or higher)
    • Anatomy and Physiology 2 (grade of C or higher)
    • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (grade of C or higher)
    • Microbiology (grade of C or higher)

Fall 2017 entry

  • Non-science prerequisites
    • Developmental Psychology (3 credits, grade of C or higher)
    • Ethics – Healthcare Ethics preferred (3 credits, grade of C or higher)
    • Statistics (3 credits taken within the last 5 years, grade of C or higher)
    • Introductory Nutrition (2 credits taken within the last 5 years, grade of C or higher)
    • Economics – Healthcare Economics preferred (3 credits, grade of C or higher, not required for Accelerated program)
  • Science prerequisites
    • Anatomy and Physiology 1 (taken within the last 5 years, grade of C+ or higher)
    • Anatomy and Physiology 2 (taken within the last 5 years, grade of C+ or higher)
    • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (taken within the last 5 years, grade of C+ or higher)
    • Microbiology (taken within the last 5 years, grade of C+ or higher

Do I have to wait until I have completed all of the prerequisite courses before applying to the accelerated nursing program?
No. Most applicants submit their application to Seton Hall while they are still working on completing their prerequisite courses. In order to ensure you have completed the correct prerequisite requirements, we suggest you submit your transcripts for advisement prior to applying..

How long is the program?
The program consists of 61 credits of nursing courses, taken over 2 full academic school years (excluding summers). It is a full time program with classes from Monday through Friday. It starts each fall and periodically in the spring (January) semester.

What degree is conferred?
Upon completion of the program, Seton Hall University College of Nursing will award the Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree.

What if I have a bachelor's degree from a country besides the United States?
Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States or Canada must undergo a course-by-course evaluation conducted by an independent credential evaluation agency. These agencies must be members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Who teaches the courses and where?
Seton Hall University faculty members teach all nursing theory courses. Clinical experiences are planned in area hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Who do I contact with questions?
Jean Rubino, Ed.D., R.N.
Program Director, Second Degree B.S.N. Program
Jean.Rubino@shu.edu 

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