Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing, Accelerated Second Degree Track (B.S.)


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Lisa Levinson, Chair and Assistant Professor, Nursing Department
Health and Life Science Building Office 264, 540-678-4374, [email protected]

Fall and Spring Entry at the Scholar Plaza, Loudoun site and Fall Entry only at the Winchester Campus

The Accelerated Second Degree Track in Nursing at Shenandoah University prepares students with necessary skills and knowledge for entry-level nursing positions in a variety of diverse settings. This track is 15 months in length and designed for the student who already holds a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. Because of the intensity of the program, it is strongly recommended that students not be employed while enrolled in this accelerated program of study.

Guidelines for Application and Admission

Priority consideration for Fall admission is June 1.

Priority consideration for Spring admission is October 1.

Shenandoah University reserves the right to stop accepting applications once the priority consideration deadlines have passed or all program seats have filled.

Applicants seeking admission to the Accelerated Second Degree Track must meet the following guidelines:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges and/or universities attended.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all prerequisite courses required.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in these four science courses:

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab Credit(s): 4 

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab Credit(s): 4

Chemistry with lab Credit(s): 4 

Microbiology with lab Credit(s): 4 

  • One letter of recommendation.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment.
  • Non-Native English Speaking (NNES) applicants must submit official copies of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Applicants should request official scores be sent to the Shenandoah University Undergraduate Admissions office; the SU code is 5613. More information about TOEFL can be found at www.ets.org/toefl. The date of taking the TOEFL should not be more than 24 months prior to the date of enrollment. The minimum score acceptable for admission to the School of Nursing is 83 or higher for the Internet-based TOEFL. NOTE: applicants with successful completion of a higher education degree in the U.S. may not be required to take the TOEFL. Please consult with the Office of Admissions.
  • Science Policy for School of Nursing: a student enrolled in the university or under consideration for admission to the undergraduate nursing program may attempt no more than two science courses a maximum of two times each to be considered for matriculation into the School of Nursing. An attempt is any enrollment in a course that results in completion, withdrawal or an incomplete. Students currently enrolled in the university may repeat one science course originally taken at SU at an outside institution. Quality points for the repeat course will be used to calculate SON required science GPA. Pluses and minuses recorded on the student transcript are not included when calculating the science GPA. Science courses taken more than 10 years prior to matriculation are not considered because they must be repeated.

Prerequisite Requirements


  • College or General Chemistry with Lab Credit(s): 4
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II with Labs Credit(s): 8
  • Microbiology with Lab Credit(s): 4
  • Medical Terminology Credit(s): 1
  • Statistics Credit(s): 3
  • Religion/Ethics/Philosophy Credit(s): 3
  • Writing Intensive Course Credit(s): 3 *
  • Reading Intensive Course Credit(s): 3 *
  • Human Growth and Development Credit(s): 3
  • Nutrition Credit(s): 3
  • Sociology Credit(s): 3
  • Electives from BA/BS degree Credit(s): 20

Total: 58 credits


* Must be completed at a regionally accredited institution

Curriculum Plan


Fall Admission


Spring Admission


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