Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program

Nurses are in high demand, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the profession is expected to grow 16% by 2024. Nationally, BSN programs offered as second degree are also growing in response to this demand. Registered Nurses (RNs) 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, CUW’s accelerated degree can get you on your path, quickly.

Program Highlights

  • 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 with blended delivery 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 through Monday in the Skills and Simulation labs on campus, and in acute care, long-term care, transitional, home care, and community-based settings.
  • A transition-to-practice residency at the program’s end prepares graduates for professional nursing practice.

This 63-credit accelerated program is offered over 14 months, and includes 6 theology credits to fulfill the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Ann Arbor (CUAA) transfer core requirements. Graduates of CUW or CUAA may have already satisfied their theology credit requirements. Students will meet the remainder of the 31-credit transfer core either through credit transfer or prerequisite coursework.

Course Name Credits
Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 4
Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4
Pharmacology 3
Fundamentals of Professional Nursing 5
Christian Caregiving 3
Evidence Based Nursing and Change Management 2
Patient Centered Care: Chronic Conditions Theory 4
Patient Centered Care: Chronic Conditions Clinical & Lab 3
Health Systems: Policy, Regulatory, and Quality Issues for Professional Nursing 3
Patient Centered Care: Acute Conditions Theory 4
Patient Centered Care: Acute Conditions Clinical & Lab 3
Gospel of Luke 3
Population Focused Care Theory 3
Population Focused Care Clinical & Lab 3
Family Centered Care Theory 3
Family Centered Care Clinical 2
Patient Centered Care: Complex Conditions and Transitional Care Theory 4
Patient Centered Care: Complex Conditions and Transitional Care Clinical & Lab 3
Transition to Professional Nursing Practice Theory 1
Transition to Professional Nursing Practice Clinical 3
Total Credits 63

Entrance Requirements

  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • B or higher in the following courses: Anatomy and Physiology I; Anatomy and Physiology II; Chemistry; Microbiology
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • CPR BLS Certification
  • Nursing Assistant Certification
  • Certified background check, including Department of Justice DHFS criminal background and caregiver checks.


You will be pleasantly surprised at the affordability of CUW’s programs. Tuition for the program is $45,000, which covers tuition, books, clinical fees, and technology fees for the entire program. Students will need to purchase uniforms, a stethoscope, and other clinical supplies for their personal use.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791. The CUAA nursing program is an additional campus location of the CUW nursing program.

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Mary Jandre
Admissions Counselor