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Why Carlow for your Second Degree BSN?

With Carlow University's Second Degree in Nursing program, you can use your bachelor's degree, no matter what field it's in, to fast track your way into one of today's most in-demand professions and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Once you graduate, Carlow nursing faculty know you'll be in-demand in the health care system here in western Pennsylvania and around the country. Hospitals and health-care providers are looking for nurses who can come into the profession with critical-thinking skills, strong problem-solving abilities, and a proven record of success in the classroom, all of which Carlow prepares you for.  Not only is Carlow located in the heart of Pittsburgh's medical district with close proximity to clinical sites, its strong, reputable nursing program has a high NCLEX pass rate. 

There's never been a better time to become a nurse.

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Second Degree BSN Program Highlights

  • Private university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Medical District with a strong reputation for the quality of our nursing programs—and close ties with area health care providers
  • Accelerated 15-month curriculum
  • The BSN at Carlow University is accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
  • 63 credits (once pre-requisites are completed)
  • Carlow University’s NCLEX pass rates are among the highest in Southwestern Pennsylvania 
Carlow Nursing graduates are known for their professional knowledge and skills. Employers have expressed a preference to hire Second Degree BSN graduates and value the additional education and experience they bring to the workplace. Carlow’s strong network and relationships with area employers also facilitates placement for our graduates. 

Second Degree BSN Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in a major other than nursing;
  • GPA of 3.00 with appropriate pre-requisite course work.

Please note:  Admission to the Carlow Second Degree in Nursing program also requires that you have not been dismissed from a previous BSN program, including Carlow, and that you have not failed in any previous BSN nursing program. 


Carlow’s Second Degree in Nursing curriculum is offered in an accelerated format over 15 months. There are 32 credits of nursing support courses required, and 60 credits of nursing courses. You may transfer up to 60 credits of non-nursing credits to save time and money on your degree. 

For added flexibility, we offer some courses in 8-week sessions, while others are 16 weeks in length. The program is offered on-site with an occasional option for online courses and runs fall, spring, and summer. 

Once pre-requisites are completed, students complete the nursing-specific 63 credits and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam upon graduation. 

Curriculum: Pre-requisites (28 credits) + Non-Nursing Pre-requisite (32 credits) + Nursing core (63 credits) = 120 credits.

Note: Up to 60 Non-Nursing credits may be transferred. 

Non-Nursing Pre-Requisites (32 credits)

Must be completed within the last 5 years:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab (4 Credits) 
  • Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab (4 Credits)
Must be completed within the last 10 years:
  • Chemistry w/Lab (4 Credits) 
  • Life Span Development (3 Credits) 
  • Microbiology w/Lab (4 Credits) 
  • Nutrition (taught by a registered dietitian and approved by Carlow) (3 Credits) 
  • Pathophysiology (3 or 4 Credits) 
  • Sociology (3 Credits) 
  • Statistics (3 Credits) 


Where Our Graduates Go

This is just a small sample of where recent graduates of Carlow are working: 

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • UPMC Passavant, Shadyside, St. Margaret, Mercy
  • Excela Health
  • Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Penn State
  • Monongahela Valley Hospital