Accelerated (Second Degree) Program

Application Period

Acceptance Cohort Application Period Classes Begin
Fall January 1 - June 1 August

NOTE: It is strongly advised that new applicants apply to the University AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR to submitting an application for the program. This will allow the University time to fully evaluate the student’s application/supporting documentation and perform any necessary transfer articulations. 


The Accelerated (or “Second Degree”) BSN Program is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing and have graduated with at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA but who also desire to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, albeit at a faster pace than the generic track. Students are admitted into this program during the Fall semester. Courses within this program are primarily taken on-campus (that is, on Albany State University’s East and West Campuses) with the potential for some courses to be offered as online or hybridized, but this is not guaranteed.

Clinical experiences are held in our clinical skills lab(s), Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, and other facilities in the surrounding area as needed. All students will be expected to comply with all requirements set forth by the clinical institution, including their code of conduct. The institution reserves the right to prevent entry or request withdrawal from the clinical site any student the institution believes constitutes a risk of harm to patients, visitors, or employees or who fails to follow the institution’s policies and procedures. If students are precluded from a clinical site by an institution, the Department of Nursing has no obligation to find an alternative clinical site for the student, and this may prevent the student from progressing in the Nursing Program.

Program Format

This accelerated track comprises five (5) consecutive semesters beginning in the Fall semester (including Summer), during which students are exposed to the various fields and specializations within the field, including Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and many others. This program culminates with the student earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which, following successful completion of the state licensing exam for Registered Nurses (the NCLEX), prepares students with the knowledge and clinical skills to function as a beginning nurse, nurse manager, or leader within various healthcare settings. Additionally, our BSN graduates are prepared to enter graduate nursing programs in order to advance their careers, two of which are offered at this institution!

Admission Criteria

Applicants must:

  1. FIRST, submit an application to Albany State University and be admitted in good standing.
  2. AFTER being accepted as a student at Albany State University, submit the completed program application, unofficial transcripts from all institutions previously attended, application fee, and TEAS results by the application deadline.
    • In addition to a printed copy, applicants who take the TEAS exam at a testing site other than ASU’s West Campus Testing Center must also have their official TEAS scores transferred to Albany State University via ATI Testing’s “TEAS Transcript.”
  3. Pass the standardized entrance exam for admission to nursing at or above the established percentage rate within no more than two (2) attempts within 12 months of application submission. As TEAS scores are valid for 12 months after the published testing date, scores older than 12 months of age at the time of application submission will not be considered.
    • Currently, the entrance exam is the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), and the minimum qualifying score is 70.0%.
  4. Successfully complete and exit all learning support courses.
  5. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited program in a field other than nursing with a graduating cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Courses taken and degrees earned after obtaining the first bachelor’s degree will not factor into the 3.0 required graduating GPA for admission consideration.
  6. Complete the following 31 hours of baccalaureate Core Curriculum prior to Fall admission: English Composition I & II, two (2) sequential courses in an Area D science (either Biology I & II or Chemistry I & II), Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Human Growth and Development, and Pre-Nursing Seminar. With the exception of Pre-Nursing Seminar, each course listed previously must be successfully completed with a letter grade of “C” or better. Beginning Fall 2023, Pre-Nursing Seminar must be completed with a letter grade of “B” or better.
    • Pre-Nursing Seminar is an ASU-exclusive course and may be taken during the first semester of enrollment in the Accelerated BSN program, provided no other criteria are outstanding. Alternatively, medical terminology courses taken at a non-ASU institution may be utilized as a substitution for this course; however, this waiver is given on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed, and the course must have been completed with a letter grade of “B” or better.
    • Applicants who have graduated from an institution outside of the University System of Georgia (USG) may be required to complete additional Core coursework in order to satisfy graduation requirements mandated by the USG.
  7. Complete all required science courses with a grade of “C” or higher in each course. Only one (1) science course failure is allowed, and this course must be repeated prior to entry into the nursing program. If the science failure(s) occurred more than 3 years ago, the student has the opportunity to repeat the course(s) one (1) time.
  8. Successfully complete Human Anatomy and Physiology course(s) that are less than 6 years old at the time of potential admission to the nursing program. Any Human Anatomy & Physiology courses that are older than 6 years of age must be retaken and passed with a letter grade of “C” or higher.
  9. Following admission to the nursing program, students will be required to submit documentation evidencing satisfaction (and/or maintenance) of the following requirements prior to the established pre-clinical deadline for each nursing course with a clinical/laboratory component:
    • Annual flu vaccinations
    • Complete criminal background check and 10-panel drug screening (via PreCheck)
      • Students are subjected to compulsory background checks per clinical agency requirements and may also be required to submit to random tests for illegal use of controlled substances as a provision by the law or regulations of the contracting agency. If the site refuses to allow a student to attend clinical experiences, the nursing program is not obligated to find another clinical site, and the student will not be able to complete the nursing program at ASU. Therefore, it is important to conduct personal record checks prior to admission to the nursing program.
    • Active health insurance (or enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan)
    • Immunization record documenting the following: measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, varicella, and any other immunization(s) deemed necessary by the University and/or the clinical site. Hepatitis B vaccination is also recommended for clinical settings but is not required.
    • Active malpractice insurance (University-provided)
    • Basic life support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers card (must be certified by the American Heart Association)
    • Tuberculosis screening

NOTE: A student who has failed (“D,” “F,” “WF,” or “U”) two (2) nursing courses, whether at a 2-year or 4-year institution (including ASU) will not be eligible for admission or continuation in the nursing program at ASU. Students with no more than two (2) nursing failures may be considered for entry (or reentry) into the nursing program on a case-by-case basis only after a 3-year period has passed from the most recently-earned failure. Only one (1) nursing failure may be forgiven.

Program of Study


 Area/Course Name Hours
Area A1: Communication Skills 6 hours
ENGL 1101: English Composition I; OR
ENGL 1101H: English Composition I Honors
ENGL 1102: English Composition II; OR
ENGL 1102H: English Composition II Honors
Area A2: Quantitative Skills 3 hours
Math Elective
(choose ONE)
MATH 1001: Quantitative Reasoning; OR
MATH 1111: College Algebra I
Area B: Institution Options 5 hours
Institutional Elective
(choose ONE)
COMM 1000: Cultural Diversity in Communication; OR
HIST 1002:
Intro to African Diaspora; OR
POLS 1105:
Current World Problems
Communication Elective
(choose ONE)
COMM 1100: Human Communication; OR
COMM 1110:
Public Speaking
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 hours
Literature Elective
(choose ONE)
ENGL 2111: World Literature I; OR
ENGL 2111H: World Literature I Honors; OR
ENGL 2112: World Literature II; OR
ENGL 2112H: World Literature II Honors; OR
ENGL 2121: Survey of British Literature I; OR
ENGL 2122: Survey of British Literature II; OR
ENGL 2131: American Literature I; OR
ENGL 2132: American Literature II; OR
ENGL 2141: African-American Literature I; OR
ENGL 2142: African-American Literature II
Fine Arts Elective
(choose ONE)
ARTS 1100: Art Appreciation; OR
MUSC 1100: Music Appreciation; OR
THEA 1100: Theater Appreciation; OR
FREN 1001: Elementary French I; OR
FREN 1002: Elementary French II; OR
FREN 2001: Intermediate French I; OR
FREN 2002: Intermediate French II; OR
LATN 1001: Elementary Latin I; OR
LATN 1002: Elementary Latin II; OR
LATN 2001: Intermediate Latin I; OR
LATN 2002: Intermediate Latin II; OR
JAPN 1001: Introduction to Japanese I; OR
JAPN 1002: Introduction to Japanese II; OR
JAPN 2001: Intermediate Japanese I; OR
JAPN 2002: Intermediate Japanese II; OR
SPAN 1001: Elementary Spanish I; OR
SPAN 1002: Elementary Spanish II; OR
SPAN 2001: Intermediate Spanish I; OR
SPAN 2002: Intermediate Spanish II
Area D: Science, Math, Technology (choose ONE science SEQUENCE below) 11 hours
Science Sequence Elective
BIOL 1111K AND BIOL 1112K: Intro to Biological Sciences sequence; OR
BIOL 2107K AND BIOL 2108K: Principles of Biology sequence; OR
CHEM 1151K AND CHEM 1152K: Survey of Chemistry sequence; OR
CHEM 1211K AND CHEM 1212K: Principles of Chemistry sequence
MATH 2411: Introduction to Statistics 3
Area E: Social Sciences 12 hours
POLS 1101: American Government 3
History Elective
(choose ONE)
HIST 1111: Survey of World History I; OR
HIST 1112:
Survey of World History II; OR
HIST 2111:
Survey of US History I; OR
HIST 2112:
Survey of US History II
PSYC 1101: General Psychology 3
Social Science Elective
(choose ONE)
ECON 2105: Principles of Macroeconomics; OR
GEOG 1101:
Intro to Human Geography; OR
HIST 1111:
Survey of World History I; OR
HIST 1112:
Survey of World History II; OR
HIST 2111:
Survey of US History I; OR
HIST 2112:
Survey of US History II; OR
POLS 2101:
Introduction to Political Science; OR
Introduction to Sociology; OR
SOCI 2031:
Introduction to Anthropology
Above the Core 3 hours
ASU 1101: First Year Experience - Pathways to Success 1
* HEDP/WELL XXXX: Health/Wellness Requirement I 1 to 2
* HEDP/WELL XXXX: Health/Wellness Requirement II (if needed) 0 to 1
* The Health & Wellness Requirement may be fulfilled by taking one (1) 2-credit-hour health or wellness course OR two (2) 1-credit-hour health or wellness activity courses
Area F: Courses Related to Major 19 hours
BIOL 2211K: Introduction to Microbiology 4
BIOL 2411K: Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 2412K: Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NURS 1232: Pre-Nursing Seminar 2
PSYC 2103: Human Growth and Development; OR
COHP 2120: Growth and Development for Health Professions
Area G: Professional Nursing Courses 60 hours
NURS 2210: Pharmacology (BSN) 3
NURS 2231: Fundamental Concepts of Professional Nursing (BSN) 5
NURS 2331: Adult Health Nursing I (BSN) 5
NURS 2601: Introduction to Geriatric Nursing (BSN) 3
NURS 3134: Pediatric Nursing (BSN) 5
NURS 3136: Women's Health Nursing (BSN) 5
NURS 3320: Pathophysiology (BSN) 3
NURS 3335: Mental Health Nursing (BSN) 5
NURS 3510: Assessment in Health Care (BSN) 3
NURS 4111: Directed Study/NCLEX Prep (BSN) 3
NURS 4131: Research (BSN) 3
NURS 4140: Principles of Leadership and Management (BSN) 2
NURS 4240: Community Health Nursing (BSN) 5
NURS 4342: Adult Health Nursing II (BSN) 5
NURS 4345: Senior Comprehensive Nursing (BSN) 5

Curriculum Pattern

Fall University Entry / Fall Program Entry

NOTE: Applicants who have graduated from an institution outside of the University System of Georgia (USG) may be required to complete additional Core coursework in order to satisfy graduation requirements mandated by the USG.

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
NURS 1232: Pre-Nursing Seminar (if needed) (2)
NURS 2210
Pharmacology (3)

NURS 2231 Fund. Concepts of Prof. Nursing (5)
NURS 3510 Health Assessment (3)
NURS 2331 Adult Health Nursing I (5)
NURS 3134 Pediatric Nursing (5)
NURS 3320 Pathophysiology Health Prof. (3)
NURS 2601 Intro. to Geriatrics (3)
NURS 4131 Research (3)
NURS 4240 Community Health Nursing (5)
NURS 3335 Mental Health Nursing (5)
NURS 4140 Leadership (2)
NURS 4342 Adult Health Nursing II (5)
NURS 3136 Women’s Health Nursing (5)
NURS 4111 Directed Study/NCLEX Prep (3)
NURS 4345 Senior Comp. Nursing (5)