I am currently at a university obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. I have seen the option of accelerated programs for people who already have a bachelor’s, but my question is this: can I enter a program that is not titled as accelerated and have my previous classes go toward that degree and finish in 1-2 years?
For instance, after I graduate with my Bachelors in Exercise Science and say I apply to the University of South Carolina, which has a nursing program, do I have to spend four years there to obtain a BSN? Or do my classes and prerequisites required for the program go toward that degree?
I’m confused about the process because the amount of programs titled “Accelerated BSN” are limited compared to the regular program.
Pursuing a BSN (Nursing Degree) as a Second Degree
Hello, Cecelia. Thanks so much for your question. In many cases, your previous coursework will be considered when you return for a second degree in nursing, even if it is not an “accelerated” nursing program. Accelerated programs are designed to reduce the time it takes to graduate with a non-related degree. Since your first degree is in exercise science, I would assume that you’ve probably taken some similar “prerequisite” courses (anatomy, etc.).
In most cases, colleges may count those prerequisites toward your second degree, even if it is not an accelerated program. However, I should point out that every nursing school or university is different, so it’s always best to contact them directly. Most universities employ advisers or transcript analysts who can take a look at your transcript and offer an evaluation of prior coursework, along with a list of courses you’d have to take.
Therefore, I’d recommend you contact them to learn which courses may be counted (if any). In most cases, a second bachelor’s degree should only take 1-2 extra years to complete, even if it isn’t an accelerated program.
Thanks for your question, and we wish you the best of blessings in your future career!