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Nursing Program | Nursing Second Degree BSN

Nursing: Second Degree BSN

For students who hold a baccalaureate degree from Trinity or another U.S. regionally accredited institution of higher learning, Trinity offers the opportunity to earn a second baccalaureate degree in nursing. Admission of second baccalaureate candidates to the Trinity Nursing Program is highly competitive. Trinity will choose the most well prepared candidates based on fulfillment of the criteria stated and assessment of the candidates’ potential to complete the program and the NCLEX requirements successfully

The admission process for Trinity’s pre-licensure BSN program is a two-step process. First students must submit an application to Trinity. Upon admission to Trinity, second baccalaureate degree students enter the School of Nursing and Health Professions as nursing candidates. Once students are in their final semester of pre-requisites, they submit an application for formal acceptance into the Nursing Program.

Pre-requisite courses for Second Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Candidates:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (college level)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Ethics (Bioethics preferred)
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Pathophysiology

Note: Trinity honors students’ first baccalaureate degree as having met the core curriculum (general education) requirements. However, nursing candidates will need to complete the nursing pre-requisite courses listed above to be considered for formal acceptance into the Nursing Program.

Second baccalaureate degree candidates for the Nursing Program must present credentials that reflect:

  • Baccalaureate degree earned from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university
  • All pre-requisite courses completed with a grade of B- or better
  • A 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)

The application review for formal acceptance as a nursing candidate as well as into the Nursing Program is a competitive admission process that considers a number of factors, including successful completion of nursing pre-requisite courses, required grade point average, scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), and an on-campus writing sample. See the nursing application for specific application requirements.

Students seeking admission as second baccalaureate candidates must complete a counseling meeting with Enrollment Services to ensure the students have a plan to complete the program.

Once accepted into the Nursing Program, students must complete all nursing courses with a grade of C or better and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

For more information about second baccalaureate admission to Trinity’s Nursing Program, please visit the Admissions web site.



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