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Second Degree BSN Program Requirements

The primary focus of the second degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is healthcare in diverse settings. The graduate will utilize scientific inquiry, evidence-based practice and nursing leadership concepts.

The curriculum will provide graduates with strong critical thinking skills, leadership and management skills, and the ability to incorporate research findings and information from other disciplines into nursing practice. In addition, graduates will be ready to enter graduate degree programs with majors in administration, education, clinical nurse leadership, and advance practice nursing roles.

Nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential problems affecting health. The graduate will have the knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based care and manage macro and micro systems of care to provide for the health care needs of the patient, family and community. Professional nursing is the application of this knowledge in a caring and collaborative partnership with the individual, family, or community across the lifespan to maintain, promote or restore health, or to achieve a peaceful death.

The following requirements apply to all candidates for the Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Students must satisfy all university requirements for a bachelor’s degree as found in the section UNIVERSITY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS of the current university catalog in addition to the program requirements below:

  • Lower Division:
    1. 3 semester hours of statistics
    2. 3 semester hours of nutrition.
    3. 8 semester hours of human anatomy and physiology.
    4. 4 semester hours of Chemistry (may take introductory chemistry or general Chemistry).
    5. 4 semester hours of Microbiology.
    6. 6 semester hours of Psychology (PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology, and  PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development).
    7. 3 semester hours of Sociology (SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology).
  • Upper Division: 60 semester hours of Nursing core; (Nursing Professional Role I, Nursing Professional Role II, Nursing Professional Role III, Pharmacology for Collaborative Nursing Practice, Reading and Interpreting Scientific Literature, Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, Nursing Process for Symptom Management, Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice I, Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice II, Clinical Nursing Practice I, Clinical Nursing Practice II, Clinical Nursing Practice III, Nursing Research, and a Nursing elective).

These requirements are summarized in the following table: 


Lower-Level Prerequisite Courses


ENGL 1301/ENGL 1302 English Composition


HIST 1301/HIST 1302 U. S. History


GOVT 2301/2306 and GOVT 2302/2305 Political Science (Federal and State)


Literature (any sophomore level Literature course)


Speech  (may take any Speech course including Interpersonal Comm.)


COSC 1301 or equivalent Computer Literacy course


PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology


PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development


SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology


Visual/Performing Arts (may select from Art, Drama, or Music)


MATH 1342 Statistics


BIOL 1322 Nutrition


Chemistry (May take Introductory Chem. or General Chemistry)


BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology


BIOL 2420 Microbiology


Total Prerequisite Courses




Upper-Level Degree Requirements

Semester Hours

NUR 3230 Nursing Professional Role I


NUR 3331 Nursing Professional Role II


NUR 3332 Nursing Professional Role III


NUR 3247 Pharmacology for Collaborative Nursing Practice


NUR 3337 Reading and Interpreting Scientific Literature


NUR 3440 Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing Practice


NUR 3631 Nursing Process for Symptom Management


NUR 3636 Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice I


NUR 3737 Nursing Process for Collaborative Practice II


NUR 3633 Clinical Nursing Practice I


NUR 3634 Clinical Nursing Practice II


NUR 3735 Clinical Nursing Practice III


NUR 4200, 4210, or 4214 Nursing Elective


NUR 4314 Nursing Research


Total Upper-Level Degree Requirements


Total Degree Requirements:





Second Degree BSN students are expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the mission of this program and to comply with the expectations of them outlined in this catalog, new student orientation, and student handbook.
  2. Maintain high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior as outlined in course syllabi and student handbook. 
  3. Ensure that degree plan requirements are understood and contact advisor promptly to resolve any questions regarding enrollment.
  4. Ensure contact information such as address and e-mail address is kept current in the MyUHV student self-service account.
  5. Comply with registration deadlines, financial aid deadlines, and tuition and fees deadlines.
  6. Apply for graduation by the published deadline for the semester in which they will complete degree requirements.
  7. Visit the school’s web page ( regularly for important updates and to obtain information on course textbooks.


Requirements for Undergraduate Second Degree BSN Admission

1. Applicants must complete an online application through NursingCAS at

2. Applicants must submit official transcript(s) from EACH college or university attended, sent directly from each institution to NursingCAS. (For timely and accurate processing, students should ensure that all official documents have been submitted to NursingCAS at least 6 weeks prior to the deadline date). Mailing address is:


P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, MA 02471

3. Applicants to the second degree BSN program must have graduated from an accredited baccalaureate degree program. The baccalaureate degree must have been completed prior to the August 15th deadline.

4. Applicants to the second degree BSN program must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in natural and behavioral sciences is expected.  (Science courses taken more than five years ago will be evaluated on an individual basis and may have to be repeated).

5. Applicants to the second degree BSN program must have completed all prerequisite course work prior to the deadline date of August 15th.  No in-progress courses will be accepted.

6. Applicants to the second degree BSN program must pass the school approved pre-admission test.  The UHV School of Nursing is accepting Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) as the school approved pre-admission test. Once completed, the scores will need to be uploaded into the NursingCAS application. 

7. Applicants to the second degree BSN must complete a release of social security number form to the UHV School of Nursing office at or by fax 361-580-5596.

8. Qualified applicants to the second degree BSN program must have completed and have a current CPR healthcare provider or professional health care provider course completion card for entrance into the program. Only American Heart Association (AHA) and American Red Cross (ARC) Health Care Provider CPR verification will be accepted.

9. Qualified applicants to the second degree BSN program must have proof of passing a criminal background check according to Texas Board of Nursing for entrance into the program.

10. Qualified applicants to the second degree BSN program must be able to provide evidence of completion of Texas minimum state vaccine immunization requirements for entrance into the program. Click here to see Clinical Readiness Policy.

11. Qualified applicants to the second degree BSN program must have proof of negative drug screen from school approved agency for entrance into the program.

12. Qualified applicants who have been accepted to the second degree BSN program must attend a mandatory orientation session to the second degree BSN program.

13. All clinical readiness requirements including criminal background check, drug screen, immunization requirements and CPR for Professional Rescuers must be met prior to the Second Degree BSN mandatory orientation.

The requirements of the second degree BSN program are divided into two broad areas:

Direct-care nursing skills and basic leadership/management.

Upon successful completion of the program the graduate is to apply to write the National Council Licensure
Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Satisfactory achievement on the examination will qualify the
graduate for licensure as a Registered Nurse. 

Transfer of Undergraduate Credit
The college from which credit is to be transferred must be accredited by one of the six recognized regional accrediting associations.  The dean of the school of the student’s plan, with the advice and consent of the academic advisor of the student’s plan, will make the decision concerning the application of transfer credit to the degree program.

For additional information regarding tuition and fees, textbook information, and the School of Nursing Clinical Readiness Policy, please refer to the Student Resources page.


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