Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program

The accelerated second degree nursing program (ASD) is designed for students who have already obtained a bachelors degree in another field. Admitted students enjoy a small class size during the summer months and the opportunity to build strong relationships with each other and faculty. Our graduates often describe their experience as finding a second family.

This 15-month program begins in May each year and ends the middle of August the following year. The first and final semesters consist of approximately 13 weeks during the summer months. The second and third semesters will follow a traditional fall/spring semester format. Students in this program may find it difficult to work and may be expected to complete 12 hour and/or weekend clinical rotations.

In addition to clinical nursing courses, ASD students will need to complete the following EMU core curriculum courses:

  • Cross-cultural designate courses (may be transferred or satisfied by previous course work) (6 SH)
  • An Anabaptist Biblical Perspectives (ABP) course (3 SH) (only offered at EMU)
  • A senior seminar course (2 SH) (only offered at EMU)

The schedule for the summer 2018 semester will be:

  • Orientation – May 14
  • Classes begin – May 15
  • Summer semester ends – August 3
  • No classes on May 28 (Memorial Day) and July 4

Admission requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree (degree must be conferred before the time of application)
  • 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher
  • 3.0 prerequisite GPA or higher
  • at least 5 of the 7 prerequisite courses must be completed before the time of application
  • all 7 prerequisite courses must be completed before beginning the program

Prerequisite courses

  • Anatomy/physiology I and II (both must be taken at the same institution)
  • One chemistry course (general, inorganic, organic, or biochemistry)
  • One psychology course (developmental psychology across the life span preferred)
  • One sociology course (must have an SOC prefix or course code)
  • One microbiology course (must include a lab)
  • One nutrition course (minimum 2SH)

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a C or higher. Students cannot repeat more than two of the prerequisite courses. A single course may not be repeated more than once.

Prerequisite courses taken more than ten (10) years ago will not be accepted.

Application process and materials

Completed applications are processed on a rolling basis between June 1 and January 15. Application materials received after January 15 will not be processed until the following June. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for applications to be reviewed. All eligible applicants must complete an in-person interview during the review period. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.

A completed application includes:

TOEFL and international students

For students whose first language is not English, we require a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (does not include speaking section) on the written test, 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) that includes a speaking section, or a 213 on the computer-based test. Students who take the IELTS must obtain a score of 6.5 or higher. EMU’s Intensive English Program is available helps students with certain TOEFL scores achieve the level of English skill required to succeed in a degree program. Upon successful completion of the IEP, up to 15 credits may be applied to a degree program.

Also, a NACES member credential evaluation is required for all foreign university transcripts. Incoming EMU students often use World Education Services. Learn more by reading our admissions checklist for international students.

For more information, please e-mail the nursing department, at or call 540-432-4022.