Second-Degree Accelerated BSN

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Career Changers Welcome!

The Second-Degree BSN program is a hybrid accelerated program that prepares students with a bachelor's degree in any area outside of nursing to become entry-level professional nurses. This program has two locations: Louisville, Kentucky and Owensboro, Kentucky.

Hybrid programs are a combination of online and in person instruction. Course lectures will be offered online. Clinical experiences will be completed at the location you are admitted.

Innovative and Specialized Faculty

Students have access to innovative Patient Simulation and Standardized Patient Centers. Faculty have the highest qualifications and conduct research in their areas of specialization.

Upon program completion, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nursing licensure.

Program Features

  • Four semesters (15 months, prerequisites not included) full-time program with courses beginning in summer and continuous enrollment through summer of the following year.
  • Didactic (lecture) portion of courses offered online.
  • Clinical experience begins in the first semester in either Louisville or Owensboro, Kentucky depending on which program you are admitted.
  • Over 500 total in-person clinical hours in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Variety of experiences in on-site high-fidelity simulation labs.

Learning Opportunities

Licensure Disclosure
Graduates from the UofL School of Nursing are prepared to apply for RN licensure upon graduation; however, educational preparation does not guarantee professional licensure. If you have questions regarding Kentucky RN licensure, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing ( For RN licensure questions in other states, please contact the respective state board of nursing (

View the Kentucky Prelicensure Program of Nursing Benchmarks.


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