Second Degree Accelerated Nursing Program

Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and a desire to begin a rewarding and in-demand career in nursing? If so, the Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program at Notre Dame of Maryland University may be just the educational option to help you make it happen.

Our accelerated BSN program in Baltimore allows motivated students from non-nursing backgrounds to transition into the profession in as few as 15 months.

How our ABSN Program Works

An accelerated nursing program such as the one offered at Notre Dame of Maryland University is ideal if you wish to transition into nursing because it applies credits from your undergraduate degree so you can earn a bachelor of science in nursing in as few as 15 months. In three stages of learning, the Notre Dame ABSN equips you with the nursing knowledge, skills, and experience needed to enter the profession:

  • Nursing theory coursework offered online and on-campus focused on key nursing concepts
  • Nursing skills and simulation labs, where you’ll put nursing theory into practice
  • Clinical rotations, where you’ll get real-world experience under instructor supervision

Once completed, our accelerated BSN program readies students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a national exam all nursing students must take to receive licensure to practice the profession. The proof is in the numbers: the first-time NCLEX pass rate for NDMU BSN students in 2019 was 91.3%, above the national average.

Students attracted to a second baccalaureate degree in nursing typically have clear career goals with final educational objectives. It is the goal of the School of Nursing to create a seamless transition into the Notre Dame Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Students who successfully complete the baccalaureate program and meet the admissions requirements for the MSN program will have a guaranteed seat in the MSN program. Some course work will be accepted as credit requirements in the MSN program, thus further streamlining the educational process.

Accelerated Nursing Coursework

We offer two formats for students to complete the coursework component of the program: online through an interactive learning platform or in a classroom at our campus in Baltimore.

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Online-Based Option

Our Hybrid Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program gives students the opportunity to study and complete nursing theory coursework via an intuitive e-Learning platform. Complete interactive online exercises, participate in class discussions through discussion boards and other online modalities, and communicate with instructors all without having to step foot in a physical classroom. While you’ll still have to attend in-person labs and clinicals and adhere to instructors’ deadlines, our online ABSN option brings a level of convenience and autonomy to the nursing theory learning process.

On-Campus Option

Students enrolled in our on-campus Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program will commute to our campus in Baltimore to attend regularly scheduled in-person lectures taught by our expert nursing faculty, making it a great option for those who thrive on structured routine. Thanks to our low student-to-instructor ratios, you can expect to receive plenty of individualized attention from instructors and face-time with classmates with this degree program option.


What is an accelerated second-degree bachelor of science in nursing program?

An accelerated second-degree bachelor of science program like the Notre Dame ABSN allows qualified students to apply credits from their undergraduate degree so they can earn a BSN in as few as 15 months through a blended curriculum comprising nursing theory coursework, nursing skills and simulation labs, and clinical rotations.

How long is Notre Dame of Maryland University’s ABSN program?

The Notre Dame of Maryland University ABSN program can be completed in 15 months.

Where is the accelerated program offered?

Students enrolled in the campus-based Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program attend nursing theory classes and nursing skills and simulation labs at the Notre Dame of Maryland University campus in Baltimore. Students enrolled in the hybrid ABSN program complete nursing theory courses online and attend nursing skills and simulation labs at the off-campus ABSN learning site.

Contact us to learn more about the Notre Dame of Maryland University ABSN program for non-nurses.

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