Nursing: Accelerated Second Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated Second Degree)
Nursing is a complex field which requires knowledge of nursing and knowledge of the humanities, behavioral and natural sciences. The Coppin State University Helene Fuld School of Nursing prepares students for professional nursing practice, which includes functioning as members of multidisciplinary health teams when providing care to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of health care settings.
Upon completion of the HFSON Program the student will:
- 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 healthcare settings.
- Use clinical reasoning strategies, communication and other affective skills as well as psychomotor skills to provide therapeutic nursing interventions to culturally diverse individuals, families and groups in varying health states.
- Admission to Coppin State University (CSU) through the Office of Admissions Apply online
- Competitive Admission Process [FALL only] to the Helene Fuld School of Nursing (HFSON) in the College of Health Professions (CHP) through the College of Health Professions Academic Success Center, formerly STAR office. Application
- EARLY Decision Deadline = December 1st each year
- FINAL Deadline = February 1st each year
- Official Transcripts from each college attended prior to CSU indicating successful completion of Prerequisite and General Education Requirements (GERs) courses submitted to both the CSU Office of Admissions and the College of Health Professions Academic Success Center. If you have any foreign education, you must submit an evaluation of your foreign coursework by one of the following: World Education Service or Josef Silny & Associates.
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation submitted only to the College of Health Professions Academic Success Center
- Official competitive scores from the HESI A2 entrance examination submitted to the College of Health Professions Academic Success Center
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on 4.0 scale for the Accelerated Second Degree BSN plan of study
- Application Essay of Goals and Objectives that should include the following:
- Reason for selecting Nursing as a career, including professional goals. Explain how the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Plan will assist in achieving your professional goals.
- Factors that prompted a career change.
- Reasons for selecting Coppin State University as the higher education institution for completing your Nursing Education.
- Include a discussion of your long-term goals/plans.
- Also include a brief summary of significant work experience, progressing from high school to college to the current time period.
- Give details of how previous work and educational experiences relate to nursing.
- Finally, in light of the intensity of this program, discuss how you will handle the demands of the academic program as well as outside responsibilities during the accelerated track program of study.
- Signed Acknowledgement Form if offered admission
All students must complete 40 credit hours of General Education Requirements. Nursing Majors must fulfill the mathematics GER by completing MATH 203 (Basic Statistics). They must also fulfill the behavioral and social science option by taking PSYC 201 – General Psychology and SOCI 201 – Introduction to Sociology . The Natural Sciences is fulfilled with either BIOL 107- Comp. Review of Life Sciences or BIOL 201 – Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 and CHEM 103 - General Chemistry (Prerequisite MATH 110). The Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues is fulfilled with either SPCH 105 Introduction to Speech Communication or SPCH 202 – Principles and Practices of Interviewing or SPCH 204 Critical Listening.
Fall I: 4th week of August – 3rd week October, 7 1/2 weeks
Fall II: 4th week October – December, 7 1/2 weeks
Spring I: January – March, 7 1/2 weeks
Spring II: 4th week of March – May, 7 1/2 weeks
Summer I: May – July, 6 weeks
Summer II: July – August, 6 weeks
Fall Semester: August – December, 15 weeks
Please note the following information:
Students who are not successful on the 2nd comprehensive examination taken during their final semester are required to enroll in NURS 410 - Scientific Principles in Nursing.
* may be offered over 15 weeks