School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-4253
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April Thomas-Powell, M.A.
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Accelerated Second Degree BSN


The Oakland University School of Nursing Undergraduate Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) BSN is an intensive, full-time, four-semester track for students who have already successfully attained a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field outside of Nursing. Designed to provide students with a diverse range of clinical experiences throughout Southeastern Michigan, the ASD track graduates baccalaureate prepared nurses who:

  • Successfully pass the NCLEX-RN
  • Facilitate clinical decision-making skills based on ethical, legal, and cultural perspectives
  • Engage in critical thinking
  • Use evidence to develop, implement, and evaluate patient-centered care
  • Advance into nursing leadership, educator, and administrator roles are healthcare systems throughout the state of Michigan and beyond
ASD Admission

Students interested in the Accelerated Second Degree BSN track must successfully complete the following prerequisites to be admissible to the program. As the ASD has a competitive admission, success completion of the prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

The final course grades from these five courses will be used to calculate an applicant’s overall perquisite GPA, which must average 3.2 and is the only determining factor in admission:

  • BIO 1200: Biology I or equivalent with a grade of 2.8 or higher
  • BIO 1006: Clinical Anatomy/Physiology or equivalent with a grade of 2.8 or higher
  • CHM 1040: Intro to Chemical Principles or equivalent with a grade of 2.8 or higher
  • CHM 2010: Intro to Organic & Biological Chemistry or equivalent with a grade of 2.8 or higher
  • PSY 1000: Intro to Psychology or equivalent with a grade of 2.8 or higher

Additionally, students must complete one course in Philosophy (PHL 1000, 1100, 1300, or equivalent) and achieve a final course grade of 2.8 and a college-level math or statistics course with a grade of 2.0 or above to be eligible for admission. The philosophy and math grades are not factored into the competitive admission perquisite GPA.


The Accelerated Second Degree track admits 64 students on a competitive basis three times of year.

Students interested in the ASD track must be admitted to Oakland University prior to being accepted into the ASD track. Therefore, students seeking ASD consideration must complete two separate applications in the following order:

  1. Oakland University Second Degree Application (At the post-undergraduate link): students must submit all college transcripts to Undergraduate Admissions. International students must have all international transcripts credentialed by a foreign credentialing evaluation agency prior to applying.
  2. School of Nursing Accelerate Second Degree BSN Application: students should have a Grizzly-ID Number to apply and will self-report grades for all prerequisite nursing courses on the application. *ACCELERATED SECOND DEGREE BSN TRACK APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER, 2019 WILL BE AVAILABLE ON MARCH 1, 2018.*

Application dates for Summer 2019 ASD Admission
The ASD program has traditionally admitted students one year in advance. Our last admission cycle for this is Summer 2019. The deadline is as follows:

  • Applications submitted by July 1, 2018

Deadlines for students planning Fall 2019 admittance and beyond
The ASD curriculum is undergoing changes effectives Fall 2019. Because of this, admission dates will be shifting, and the school will begin to admit four to six months in advance.

  • Fall 2019 - Applications submitted by February 1, 2019
  • Winter 2020 - Applications submitted by July 1, 2019
  • Summer 2020 - Applications submitted by November 1, 2019

Accelerated Second Degree admission through the Summer 2019 will be conditional. All students admitted to the Summer 2019 program will be required to complete the following courses as part of conditional admission:

  • BIO 3520: Introduction to Human Microbiology
  • PSY 2250: Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • NRS 2021: Nursing Informatics
  • NRS 2011: Pathophysiology in Nursing
  • NRS 3041: Pharmacology in Nursing

All conditional courses must be completed with a 2.5 or higher on the FIRST ATTEMPT.

These courses will be built into the curriculum starting Fall 2019, and all students admitted for the ASD will be admitted without conditions.