Degree type(s): Bachelor's (BSN)
Degree field(s): Nursing
Location(s): Bismarck, ND; Main Campus
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Accelerated Degree BSN Program - Second Degree

Complete this Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in as little as one year and four weeks.

The University of Mary is proud to offer this new accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Second Degree program.

If you’re looking at different types of nursing degrees, this is a great place to start – especially if you want to earn a second bachelor’s degree.

Nursing programs have been a major part of the University of Mary since its founding by Benedictine sisters in 1959. 

As an accredited, Catholic university located in Bismarck, North Dakota, the University of Mary is proud to continue its Nursing program tradition with a new type of nursing degree – an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

This accelerated BSN program is specifically designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing and who want to become nurses by adding a second degree – without having to complete another entire bachelor’s degree.

Because of the compressed format of this accelerated BSN program, all of your accelerated nursing program degree requirements will be completed on-site at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, and in nursing practice sites.

NOTE: There is not an online accelerated BSN degree program option at this time.

Application Deadline:  August 1, 2019

In order to apply to UMary's Accelerated BSN 2nd Degree program, you must use NursingCAS, the nursing profession's online application service. We start accepting applications using NursingCAS on January 1, 2019. Our accelerated applications will be available on the new NursingCAS 3.0 application. For any applicants who previously completed a NursingCAS application and plan to again, you will need to create a new account on the NursingCAS 3.0. Any previously submitted applications will be deleted from the NursingCAS system, so you will need to re-initiate the application process. However, once an account is created on the new NursingCAS 3.0 application, your ID number and application information will be available to you indefinitely. 


Accelerated Nursing Degree Program Highlights

This accelerated BSN program is accredited by the CCNE (Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education) and is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

What is a BSN degree? Upon completing this accelerated second degree BSN program, you’ll gain these critical skills for nurses:

  • Qualify to sit for the NCLEX exam (nurse licensing exam) – University of Mary nursing program graduates see overall pass rates in the 90th percentile.
  • Create healing environments by developing and maintaining respectful, caring, professional relationships based upon an understanding of person–environment interactions and the individual human experiences of health, illness, and healing.
  • Provide safe, quality, cost-effective care to patients, families, and populations.
  • Collaborate with patients, families, and communities as part of nursing and healthcare teams.
  • Integrate informatics and communication systems to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Engage in lifelong learning through the application of evidence-based knowledge from nursing and the arts and sciences as the basis for nursing practice.
  • Integrate professional nursing standards, a code of ethics, principles of servant-leadership, Catholic and Benedictine values, and a liberal arts education into practice to advance the nursing profession.

The University of Mary has the proud heritage of educating nurses for this region and beyond since 1959. The Second Degree program was initiated to meet the nursing shortage, while providing determined individuals the opportunity to complete their new career path in 13 months. Students who already have a degree and now choose nursing are known to be mature, high-performing, and achieve a high NCLEX pass rate on the first attempt. The University of Mary offers this accelerated program in the classroom with a low student to faculty ratio, so participants are fully engaged in the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine traditions integral to a graduate of our university.”  

Mary Beth Johnson
Mary Beth Johnson, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of 2nd Degree Accelerated BSN Program

Career Outlook for Those With A Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

The typical second degree accelerated Nursing program student is motivated, older, and has higher academic expectations than traditional entry-level nursing students. Accelerated BSN students choosing this program at a Catholic University typically do well academically and have high first time NCLEX-RN (licensing exam) initial pass rates. Employers are quick to hire accelerated BSN program graduates because the grads bring more maturity, as well as education and life experiences, to nursing.

The U.S. Department of Labor has projected the need for more than a million new nurses by 2018. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recommended in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011) that the proportion of nurses who have a bachelor’s degree be increased from 50% to 80% by 2020.

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 15% from 2016 to 2026, more than twice the national average for all occupations. Nursing degree graduates from the University of Mary are highly sought after and many have job placements before they graduate, including at Catholic hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Wondering about a BSN degree salary? Nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing typically earn more than nurses with a two-year RN degree.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses

Students accepted into the accelerated nursing program must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university and meet the admission requirements for the Division of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Program.

These requirements include:

  1. 3.0 GPA on a minimum of 24 credits on prerequisite courses
  2. Grade of “C” or higher in each of the following nursing prerequisite courses and official transcript for transferred credits

Application deadline: August 1, 2018

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite nursing coursework must be completed prior to beginning coursework in the accelerated nursing curriculum.

ENG 121 College Composition II
ANT 171 Anthropology or Soc. Substitute
BIO 207 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 207 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
BIO 208 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 208 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
BIO 209 Microbiology
BIO 209 Microbiology Lab
CHE 110 Intro to Org. & Biochemistry
CHE 110 Intro to Org. & Biochemistry Lab
MAT 180 Elementary Statistics or MAT 103 College Algebra
PSY 201 Intro to Psychology
PSY 207 Lifespan Psychology
NUR 216 Nutrition

No nursing/nursing prerequisite course may be repeated more than once. The grade received during the student’s second attempt will be used. The total number of nursing and nursing prerequisite courses which may be repeated is limited to two. Repeated classes will include those from which a student has withdrawn (W, WP, WF). Students who withdraw due to nonacademic reasons may request consideration for admission.

Dr. Glenda Reemts

Nursing Division Chair
Professor, Nursing
Office: Casey 113
Phone: (701) 355-8173
Email: [email protected]

Mary Beth Johnson

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Office: Casey 115
Phone: (701) 355-8083
Email: [email protected]

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How long does it take to earn an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree?

On average, accelerated nursing program students earn this BSN degree in just 13 months.

Can I work while I earn my degree?

This program is very intensive because of the accelerated format, making it difficult for students to work and excel in the program. Students are strongly encouraged to focus solely on the coursework. Courses for this program are completed on-site at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

When can I start my classwork?

Classes begin in January each year. Students take 20-22 credits per semester throughout the year, followed by a five-week preceptorship, which begins the January following admission.

How do I apply?

Visit the Nursing CAS website to apply online or email [email protected] with any questions. Applications for each January cohort are due by August 1 of the previous year.