BSN Second Degree

Eastern University has developed a program to help students who have non-nursing bachelor’s degrees prepare for a nursing career in as little as two years of full-time study.  The BSN (Pre-Licensure) is a second degree nursing program that prepares the student for a career as a baccalaureate-prepared nursing professional. Equipped with a previous degree and the prerequisites, the student enters the program as a junior BSN student. 

Program Details

“Whenever I needed anything, my professors were always there for me and willing to go the extra mile. We had clinical hours in a variety of settings from critical care, emergency department, to labor and delivery. I also enjoyed how Eastern's two-year program gave me my last summer in the program to do an externship. I was able to do a great externship at Penn and then I landed my first job in a fantastic health system!”

Elizabeth Kopp '19, Second Degree BSN Program

Nursing Accreditation

The baccalaureate nursing programs at Eastern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Please check the State Authorizations page to determine if Eastern University’s program fulfills your state credentialing requirements. Students who seek similar credentialing in states other than Pennsylvania are advised to contact the appropriate credentialing agency within their home state to seek information and additional guidance about credentialing in your state of residence. Additional state or local requirements may exist for field placements or practica in this state. Out-of-state student placements/practica cannot be guaranteed by the program or the College of Health and Sciences. Students are responsible for following all state and local requirements and regulations for their field placement/practica coursework.