Accelerated Second Degree Program

This accelerated 15-month program will tentatively begin mid-May of each year through the first week of August of the following year. The first and final semesters will be condensed into 9-10 week semesters 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.

The tentative schedule for the summer semester of 2016 will be:

  • Orientation – May 9
  • Classes begin – May 10
  • 2016 summer session ends – August 5
  • No classes on May 30th Memorial Day
  • No classes on July 4 and 5

Admission requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree
  • 2.8 cumulative GPA or higher
  • 3.0 prerequisite GPA or higher
  • Anatomy/physiology I and II
  • One chemistry course (general, inorganic, organic, or biochemistry)
  • One psychology course
  • One sociology course
  • One microbiology course
  • One nutrition course

A baccalaureate degree must be completed prior to application to the program.

Prerequisite courses

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to application to the program.

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a C or higher. Students cannot repeat more than one of the courses in which a C or above is required. A single course may not be repeated more than once.

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

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.

Application information and materials

The application deadline is January 15 for submission of all application materials.

Final decision of admissions is made by February 28.

Completed applications include the following:

Additional EMU requirements for graduation (for second-degree students)

Previous learning is valued and recognized in applicants who have already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree prior to choosing nursing as a career. Based on this, fewer EMU core curriculum courses are required. Requirements include:

  • Cross-cultural designate courses (may be transferred) (6 SH)
  • An Anabaptist Biblical Perspectives (ABP) course (3 SH)
  • A senior seminar course (2 SH)

Each applicant’s course record will be reviewed individually.

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