Accelerated Second Degree BSN (EC)


Nurses with bachelor's degrees are in high demand, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is expected to grow 16% by 2024. Nationally, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs offered as a second degree are also growing in response to this demand. Registered Nurses, particularly those with a BSN, experience strong earning potential and high levels of career satisfaction. If you already hold a bachelor's or higher degree in another field and wish to pursue nursing as a second career, Concordia's Accelerated BSN program can get you on your path quickly.


Students progress through the program as part of a cohort. They are immersed in the content by taking one course at a time, with clinical courses taken concurrently with the corresponding theory course. Classes are offered in a blended delivery (online and face-to-face), using a concept-based curriculum. Web-based resources and a strong foundation in simulation promote active, hands-on, engaged learning.

Clinical, lab and simulation experiences are held primarily Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday in the skills and simulation labs on campus, and in acute, long-term care, transitional, and community-based settings. A transition-to-practice residency at program’s end prepares graduates to confidently enter professional nursing practice. This is a rigorous program, and students are encouraged to work as few hours as possible during the 14-month course of study.

NURS 270Pathophysiology Acrss Lifespan4
NURS 271Hlth Assessment Acrss Lifespan4
NURS 272Pharmacology3
NURS 273Fundamentals of Pro Nursing5
NURS 371Evid Based Nurs & Change Mgmt2
NURS 372PCC: Chronic Conditions Theory4
NURS 373PCC: Chronic Cond Clinical3
NURS 374HS:Plcy Reg & Qlty Iss Pro Nur3
NURS 376PCC: Acute Conditions Theory4
NURS 377PCC: Acute Conditions Clinical3
NURS 378Population Focused Care Theory3
NURS 379Population Focused Care Clinical3
NURS 472Family Centered Care Theory3
NURS 473Family Centered Care Clinical2
NURS 474PCC:Cmplx Cnd & Trns Care Thry4
NURS 475PCC:Cmplx Cnd & Trns Care Clnc3
NURS 476Trans to Pro Nurs Prtce Theory1
NURS 478Trans to Pro Nurs Prtce Clncl3


This 63-credit accelerated nursing major is offered over a 14-month period, and includes 6 theology credits to fulfill the CUW/CUAA transfer core requirements. Graduates of CUW or CUAA may have already satisfied their theology credit requirements. Students can meet the remainder of the transfer core through credit transfer or prerequisite coursework from other accredited institutions.


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university.
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • B or higher in the following courses: Anatomy and Physiology I; Anatomy and Physiology II; Chemistry; Microbiology
  • Grade of C or higher in college algebra (or waiver with a 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus exam or CLEP credits for college algebra)
  • For ESL students, a language test score of 75 or higher on TOEFL or 6.5 or higher on IELTS.
  • Completion of a state-level Certified Nursing Assistant course.
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • State Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course completion
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification


  • Submit the online application at: The application deadline for this program is November 1 for the following spring cohort.
  • Submit current CV or resume that includes educational and professional experience.
  • Send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • Once accepted in the program, student will undergo a certified background check, including Department of Justice DHFS criminal background and caregiver checks. Additional information will be provided.


Tuition for the program is $46,350, which covers books, clinical fees, and technology fees. Students will need to purchase uniforms, a stethoscope, and other clinical supplies for their personal use. All students are eligible to be reviewed for financial aid. Students will need to complete the FAFSA at: Concordia’s school code is: 003842. Questions? Contact Concordia’s Financial Aid Office: FINAID@CUW.EDU | 262-243-4569


Concordia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001. 202-887-6791 ( nursing program at CUAA is an additional campus location of the Concordia University Wisconsin nursing program.


Please contact Mary Jandre, our admissions counselor for this program, at 262-243-2122 or