Nursing, Accelerated Second Degree

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science


Make your next career your best career. Become a nurse, and pursue a career that can transform your life and the lives of others.


Maybe you’re looking for a career that’s personally fulfilling? Or you want to work in a profession with jobs on the rise? Maybe you’re motivated by salary incentives or advancement opportunities? With a career in nursing, you don’t have to choose. Nurses are critical to any health care infrastructure and ability to provide quality patient care—and there’s a growing shortage. Older generations are retiring from patient care, leadership, and administration positions opening the door for new generations of nursing professionals and leaders.  

Learn how to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences as a foundation for safe, client-centered nursing practice.
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrates clinical judgment based on evidence-based practice for individual, families and groups.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in information management and patient care technology in the delivery of quality health care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of healthcare policy and regulations to assist individuals, families and groups to identify and mobilize resources to meet health care needs.
  • Collaborate with consumers, members of the health care team and others to improve the delivery of health care.
  • Integrate health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals, families and groups to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and groups.
  • Demonstrates professional, ethical, and legal responsibility for nursing practice.
  • Apply the nursing process to deliver and manage nursing care for culturally diverse individuals, families and groups across the life span in a variety of health settings.
  • Use clinical reasoning strategies, communication and other affective skills as well as psychomotor skills to provide therapeutic nursing intervention to culturally diverse individuals, families and groups in varying health states.
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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Admission Requirements

Any student interested in the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. The application process has several steps, and requires you to submit application materials to both the Office of Admissions and the College of Health Professions Academic Success Center (formerly the STAR Office). Be sure to pay attention to when and where you must submit any required documentation.

To be considered for admission to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN undergraduate program, submit the following:

What to Include in Your Application Essay

Your essay is an important part of your admissions application. Reading your essay is one way we learn more about your interest in earning a BSN, and how you’ll fit within the program. Be sure to:

  • Share your reason(s) for pursuing a career in nursing
  • Explain how the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program will help you achieve your professional goals
  • Identify factors that prompted this career change
  • Explain why Coppin is the right school to complete your nursing education
  • Discuss your long-term goals and plans Include a brief summary of significant work experience, starting directly after high school
  • Detail how previous work and educational experiences relate to nursing Discuss how you’ll handle academic and program demands in addition to personal responsibilities during your accelerated education

Important Dates to Remember

  • December 1st is Early Decision deadline
  • February 1st is Final Decision deadline

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Second Degree BSN, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among General Education Requirements (GERs), course prerequisites, and major courses. Each section below explains the range of course offerings.

General Education Requirements (GERs)

Students must complete 40 GER credits. Specifically for Health Information Management majors, your program plan should also include:

GER Requirement Course options
Mathematics MATH 203: Basic Statistics
Behavioral and Social Science

PSYC 201: General Psychology


SOCI 201: Introduction to Sociology

Natural Sciences

BIOL 107: Comprehensive Review of Life Sciences or BIOL 201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I


CHEM 103: General Chemistry (Prereq. MATH 110)

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues

SPCH 105: Introduction to Speech Communication or SPCH 202: Principles and Practices of Interviewing or SPCH 204 Critical Listening

Core Courses (17 credits)

Course Credits Name
BIOL 203 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 308 4 Microbiology
HSC 213 3 Principles and Practices in Nutrition
NURS 319 3 Pathophysiology
PSYC 335 3 Developmental Psychology

Sample Degree Plan

Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to plan your semester courses. The plan below is just an example—your journey may have different requirements.  

This Session runs for 7 1/2 weeks from the 4th week of August – 3rd week of October.

Course credits name
NURS 121 2 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 217 3 Health Assessment
NURS 310 3 Pharmacology
NURS 323 6 Medical Surgical: Adult/Older Adult (15 weeks)

This Session runs for 7 1/2 weeks from the 4th week of October – December.

Course credits name
NURS 210 3 Nursing Informatics
NURS 323 6 Medical Surgical: Adult/Older Adult (15 weeks) 
NURS 411 2 Contemporary Issues

This Session runs for 7 1/2 weeks from January – March.

Course credits name
NURS 320 5 Maternity and Women's Health

This Session runs for 7 1/2 weeks from the 4th week of March – through May.

Course credits name
NURS 315 3 Research in Nursing
NURS 321 5 Nursing of Children

This Session runs for 6 weeks from May – July.

Course credits name
NURS 432 4 Mental Health Nursing

This Session runs for 6 weeks from July – August.

Course credits name
NURS 430 4 Community Nursing

This Session runs for 15 weeks from August – December.

Course credits name
NURS 415 3 Special Topics
NURS 421 3 Leadership in Nursing 
NURS 424 6 Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 480 3 Senior Practicum

Please note: Students who are not successful on the 2nd comprehensive examination taken during their final semester must enroll in NURS 410: Scientific Principles in Nursing.

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Health Information Management


Nursing is in the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions.