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 that must be completed prior to starting the nursing program?


As of fall 2015, all accepted students must complete 9 courses, before beginning the program. 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. The courses are:
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
Organic Chemistry (or Biochemistry) (4 credits)
Microbiology (4 credits)
Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
Ethics - Healthcare Ethics preferred (3 credits)
Statistics (3 credits)
Introductory Nutrition (2 credits)
Economics - Healthcare Economics preferred (3 credits)
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.

Must the prerequisites be completed in a certain time period before beginning the program?
There is no expiration date for prerequisites. However, they are foundational courses for the program and students are responsible for knowing the information in those courses when they begin the Second Degree B.S.N. program. 

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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