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Accelerated BA/BS to BSN

Second Degree Nursing

The Second Degree Nursing Program at Wheeling University provides an accelerated pathway for individuals looking to make a career change into the field of nursing. The program is structured to allow those who hold a bachelor’s degree to complete WU’s nursing curriculum without repeating general education requirements. After completing the prerequisite courses, students enter the full-time nursing program in May and graduate the following December, just 18 months later.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Wheeling University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( For more information, contact, or call WU Graduate Admissions at 1-800-873-7665.

Program Curriculum

The Second Degree Nursing Program is designed for students who have already earned a four-year college degree but desire earn their BSN. The only core class Accelerated BSN students must take is ethics. Each cohort forms in May and graduates in December of the following year. All courses are offered on campus.

Prerequisite courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (6 credits)
  • Chemistry (3 credits)
  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Microbiology/Epidemiology (2 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Year 1


  • NURS 201, Pathophysiology (2 credits)
  • NURS 203, Health Assessment (2 credit)
  • NURS 227, Clinical Nutrition (2 credit)
  • NURS 230C, Basic Care (2 credits)
  • NURS 230D, Basic Care (3 credits)


  • THEO 305, Ethics/Theological Ethics (3 credits)
  • NURS 309C, Introduction to Nursing Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 309D, Introduction to Nursing Care (3 credits)
  • NURS 327, Elements of Research in Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 329, Pharmacology (3 credits)


  • NURS 319C, Maternal Care/Gender (2 credits)
  • NURS 319D, Maternal Care/Gender (3 credits)
  • NURS 320C, Med-Surg Nsg 1 (2 credits)
  • NURS 320D, Med-Surg Nsg 1 (3 credits)
  • NURS 326, Mental Health (3 credits)

Year 2


  • NURS 405C, Med-Surg Nsg II (4 credits)
  • NURS 405D, Med-Surg Nsg II (3 credits)
  • NURS 406C, Pediatrics/Genetics (2 credits)
  • NURS 406D, Pediatrics/Genetics (2 credits)
  • NURS 480, NCLEX Prep 1 (1 credit)


  • NURS 422C, Critical Care Nsg (2 credits)
  • NURS 422D, Critical Care Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 423C, Leaderhip/Precepting (4 credits)
  • NURS 423D, Leadership (2 credits)
  • NURS 426, Nursing Trends and Issues (2 credits)
  • NURS 481, NCLEX Prep II (2 credit)

Eligibility & Admissions Requirements

Applicants can complete the admission process by:

  • Earning a GPA of 3.0
  • Earning a TEAS score of 68 or above
  • Successfully completing the following prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (6 cr)
    • Chemistry (3 cr)
    • General Psychology (3 cr)
    • Developmental Psychology (3 cr)
    • Microbiology/Epidemiology (2 cr)
    • Statistics (3 cr)
  • Completing a free application by going here. Early application is recommended.
  • Requesting official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended, having them sent electronically to or mailed directly to: Wheeling University – GPS Admissions, 316 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Having a score of at least 650 on the TOEFL exam for students whose native language is not English (otherwise exceptional applicants with a score of 550-600 may be accepted conditionally). International students must also have their transcripts from outside the US evaluated by WES or a comparable service.
  • Applying for federal student loans and grants by completing the FAFSA online at if qualifying. School Code is #003831.