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BSN Second Degree

Already have your bachelor’s but want to become a nurse?

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Accelerated Second Degree BSN students Jacqueline Harper and Linda Schnolis document their findings during their practice sessions held in the </span><a href="http://nursing.livewhale.net/academics/a-penn-nursing-education/learning-through-simulation/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span>Accelerated Second Degree BSN students Jacqueline Harper and Linda Schnolis document their findings during their practice sessions held in the Helene Fuld Pavilion for Innovative Learning.Our BSN Second Degree program offers a streamlined path to a BSN degree for those with a different bachelor’s degree from any institution. It is particularly appropriate for those who would like to work in the profession before specializing or pursuing an advanced practice degree.

The Penn advantage

Our Second Degree curriculum features the same hands-on learning experiences that typify our BSN program, and engages students through state-of-the-art simulations, comprehensive mentorship, clinical practice, and community engagement options.

You even have the option to begin graduate-level coursework at Penn while finishing your BSN through our submatriculation program. Eligible students may apply to submatriculate into one of our MSN programs after completing the first summer clinical.

Additionally, once at Penn, BSN Second Degree students also are eligible to apply to the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation BSN-PhD.

After Penn

Once you’ve completed your BSN degree, you can sit for the NCLEX exam to become a licensed Registered Nurse.

Penn Nursing graduates are highly sought after by employers in the region and beyond, and most find jobs immediately after graduation. In addition, our vast network of alumni happily serve as mentors and guides for graduates weighing career options. 

How to apply

For details on our application process, see the Admissions section.