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BSN Second Degree

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

Accelerated Second Degree BSN students Jacqueline Harper and Linda Schnolis document their findin...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.


Why Our Accelerated Program?

  • Why did I choose the BSN Second Degree program at Penn Nursing? From an early age, I knew I wanted to dedicate my life to caring for others. When I discovered more about nursing as a profession and career, I felt that I had found my calling. The way nurses are taught to consider the patient in the context of their environment, and to recognize the importance of both physical and emotional well-being, resonated with me more than the medical model of care. My passion for primary care also aligned with the nursing profession, especially with the developing role of the nurse practitioner. My career goals center around helping children grow into their healthiest selves with whatever cards life deals them. Complementing this mindset is my passion for developmental pediatrics and working with children with developmental differences. I hope to continue to advance the role of nurse practitioners in primary care settings and specifically in developmental pediatrics .  –Jessica Rose

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.