Accelerated Second Degree Track

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If you have a degree from a 120 credit hour accredited baccalaureate degree program in a non-nursing field and want to pursue a nursing career, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing accelerated second degree track at the Indiana University School of Nursing is for you. The program moves at a fast pace—4 semesters of year-round full-time study—with a concept-based, cutting-edge curriculum that prepares you for entry-level professional nursing positions in a variety of settings. It also serves as a foundation for graduate study in nursing.

After you have completed the requirements of the ABSN degree program, you must pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) in the state in which you live and work to become a licensed registered nurse.

94%licensing exam pass rate for 2016 BSN graduates on first attempt

100%job placement rate for graduates


To be eligible to apply to the ABSN accelerated second degree track, you must be admitted to IU as a degree-seeking student and possess a baccalaureate degree from a 120 credit hour accredited program in a non-nursing field.

Admission to the ABSN accelerated second degree track is based on the GPA of all courses listed on your application. The Nursing Application GPA must be at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The undergraduate degree must have been at least 120 credit hours with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.

The following courses or equivalent transfer credit comprise the accelerated second degree track (ABSN) required pre-requisites (56 credit hours).

  • Anatomy with in-person lab (4 - 5 semester credit hours)
  • Physiology with in-person lab (4 - 5 semester credit hours)
  • Microbiology with in-person lab (3 - 4 semester credit hours)
  • 300 or 400 level Statistics course (3 semester credit hours)
  • English Composition (3 semester credit hours)
  • Introductory Psychology (3 semester credit hours)
  • Introductory Sociology (3 semester credit hours)
  • Additional general education courses (30 semester credit hours)

Disclosure Form

As part of the application process, you are required to complete the Student Disclosure of Criminal Conviction and Pending Criminal Charges Form to disclose any issues that yould be documented on a national crimincal background check. You will complete the form online when you complete your BSN program application.

If you have pending legal charges or are currently in a pretrial diversion program, you are ineligible to apply for the BSN program until those are resolved. Certain types of offenses, such as theft, may disqualify you from applying for five years. If you have more than one offense (including alcohol citations), you may be ineligible to apply.


National criminal background check

If you are admitted to the School of Nursing, you are required to complete a National Criminal Background Check annually. If you have a criminal offense while a student in the School of Nursing, you will be required to disclose this issue to the Assistant Director of Student Services within 7 business days. 

Mandatory drug screen

If you are admitted to the School of Nursing, you are required to provide proof of a negative drug screen annually. The School of Nursing and/or a clinical partner may request additional drug screens. 

High school transcripts

You must have a copy of your final igh school transcript on file with the University.

Social security number

To access medical records and computer-based information during your hospital-based clinical courses, you need a Social Security Number (SSN). The SSN also is required for you to take the national board exam (NCLEX). You will not be admitted to the School of Nursing without a Social Security Number.

Apply as a second degree-seeking student

  1. Contact a School of Nursing advisor if you are interested in applying for fall 2018. Speaking with an IUB School of Nursing advisor is required to be eligible to apply.
  2. Apply online by March 15th at the Office of Admissions.
  3. Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended. The Office of Admissions will officially evaluate your transcripts and transfer coursework to IUB.
  4. Receive official notification from IUB indicating your admission status. 
    • Review official transcript evaluation that reflects courses and credits accepted for transfer to IUB.
    • Consult with IU School of Nursing advisors after the Office of Admissions completes the transcript evaluation.
  5. Contact an IUB School of Nursing advisor via e-mail to schedule appointment. The advisor will interpret your credit transfer report, complete an admission planning sheet, and discuss with you the courses that can be applied toward requirements for the BSN accelerated second degree track.
  6. Submit your application to the School of Nursing by April 15.


Tuition costs for the accelerated second degree track depend on your residency (in state or out of state). There are additional costs for students in the School of Nursing including clinical course fees, immunizations, health insurance, background checks and drug screens, uniforms, and medical equipment. Please contact a School of Nursing advisor for more information.

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