Nursing B.S.N. (Second Degree)

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For students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and now desire a career in nursing, the second degree program can be completed in as little as 15 months. The program builds on natural and behavioral sciences, integrating liberal arts and professional courses with clinical experiences in community and hospital settings. Students to develop strong technical skills, clinical judgment, and critical thinking in preparation for the R.N. licensing exam.

The program has a strong technological component. Students learn to care for patients in RMU's Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center. They also have the opportunity to travel internationally to better understand global health issues.

Contact Information

Katrina A. Pyo PhD, RN, CCRN
BSN Program Director
412-397-6812 phone

Admissions Requirements
Course Plan

Fall Term (1)

  • First 8-Weeks:
    • NURS1010 Introduction to Professional Nursing
    • NURS2020 Nursing Assessment & Health Promotion
    • NURS2021 Nursing Assessment & Health Promotion Lab
    • NURS2115 Foundations of Nursing Practice
    • NURS2116 Foundations of Nursing Practice Lab
    • NURS3030 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
  • Second 8-Weeks:

Spring Term (2)

  • NURS4014 Community Health/Health Promotion Theory
  • NURS4013 Community Health/Health Promotion Practice Clinical
  • NURS4020 Advanced Management of Adult Health II
  • NURS4021 Advanced Management of Adult Health II Clinical
  • NURS4025 Nursing Care of Psychiatric Clients
  • NURS4026 Nursing Care of Psychiatric Clients Clinical
  • INFS3440 Health Care Information System

Summer Term (3)

  • NURS3050 Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns, and Families
  • NURS3051 Nursing Care of Mothers, Newborns, and Families Clinical
  • NURS3055 Nursing Care of Children and Families
  • NURS3056 Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical
  • NURS3060 Nursing Ethics

Fall Term (4)

  • NURS4032 Transition to Professional Practice
  • NURS4035 NCLEX Licensure Prep for Success
  • NURS4041 Preparation for Professional Practice
  • NURS4140 Nursing Research
  • NURS4160 Nursing Care of the Aging Adult
Pre-Requisite Information

The student must complete the following required pre-requisite non-nursing courses (30 credits) prior to the start of the nursing major:    

  • Statistics - 3 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab - 4 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab - 4 credits
  • Microbiology with lab - 4 credits
  • Human Growth and Development - 3 credits
  • Nutrition - 3 credits
  • Pathophysiology - 3 credits

However, the following course may be taken during the 15-month nursing program.

  • Healthcare Information System - 3 credits
Advanced Placement/Standing Coursework

By virtue of the achievement of the first undergraduate degree, the applicant will receive transfer credit or advanced standing for all of the following courses (36 credits):   

  • General Psychology - 3 credits
  • Literature - 3 credits
  • Sociology - 3 credits
  • Economics - 3 credits
  • History/Political Science - 3 credits
  • Arts/Humanities - 3 credits
  • Open Electives - 6 credits
  • Communication Skills - 12 credits

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Introduction to Professional Nursing
Nursing Care - Children & Families
NCLEX Licensure Prep Success
Major Credits
Nursing, Biology
Core Credits
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits

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