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Accelerated Second-Degree BSN track (pre-licensure)

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.

If you graduated with a Bachelor's degree from a foreign university, a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES-approved provider must be completed to demonstrate the equivalence of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. Please note that a first professional degree (e.g., Doctor of Medicine) is not the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree unless an evaluation explicitly states it as such. Several applicants have experienced success using SpanTran for their course-by-course evaluation, as they typically provide this equivalency statement for those who have earned professional degrees.

Designed to provide students with a diverse range of clinical experiences throughout Southeastern Michigan, the ASD track graduates baccalaureate-prepared nurses who:

  • Prepare students to be successful on 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

Please visit our  Information Session page for upcoming opportunities to learn more about the program. Due to recent changes in the School of Nursing we will no longer be offering summer admission.

Program Overview Transfer Scholarships Request Information Plan of Study

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 364-8733

M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Admissions Process and Requirements

Prospective ASD students must be admitted to Oakland University and have their Oakland email account set up before they may submit the ASD application. Contact the OU Admissions Office at (248) 370-3360 for information or apply online at oakland.edu/apply.

Once the Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives all of your materials (application and official transcripts sent directly from your school) they will forward your file to the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing will complete an official transcript evaluation within 48 hours and mail the official plan of study to your home address. This plan of study will reflect what courses have transferred and what courses remain outstanding.

Prerequisite Coursework



BIO 1200 - Biology I


BIO 2006 – Clinical Anatomy and Physiology (formerly
numbered 1006)


CHM 1040 – Introduction to Chemical Principles


CHM 2010 – Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry


PSY 1000 – Foundations of Contemporary Psychology


Philosophy (Intro to Logic, Intro to Philosophy, Intro to Ethics,

Intro to Ethics for Hlth Prof)


MTH 0661 (*see below)


The courses listed above are ASD-BSN-pre-nursing courses. Applicants must earn a grade of a B- or higher in all of the courses before applying to the nursing program. The five science classes listed above (BIO 1200, BIO 2006, CHM 1040, CHM 2010, and PSY 1000) comprise the pre-nursing GPA. A pre-nursing GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admissions consideration. The pre-nursing GPA, along with an essay, a professional reference form, and a character assessment are considered in the admission decision process.  

Conditional Admission

Prospective students who are enrolled in their final semester of prerequisite coursework, but will not be finished by the application deadline, may apply for c
onditional admission, provided that they are finishing no more than two prerequisite courses and those courses with official transcripts are received prior to the program start date. Offers of conditional admission are space-contingent and admission preference is given to applicants who have completed all of the prerequisite coursework by the application deadline. The pre-req GPA for applicants seeking conditional admission will be calculated on completed classes. Applicants who fail to meet the minimum requirements of a B- or higher in each prerequisite course and a pre-req GPA of at least 3.0 will have their offer of admission rescinded.

To learn how courses could transfer to OU, refer to the Transfer Equivalency Tool ​​and Transfer Guides.​ Visit oakland.edu/registrar/collegecredit for information regarding AP, IB, or CLEP placement.

* The math requirement is waived for applicants who receive an SAT math score of 490 to 540 (440 to 510 prior to March 2016) or an ACT math score of 18 or higher. Higher-level mathematics coursework or the Oakland University math placement exams can also satisfy the requirements. For more information about course placement visit, oakland.edu/fyac/courseplacement.

Prospective students seeking full admission may submit the ASD application upon admission to OU and completion of all prerequisite courses. Prospective students seeking conditional admission should apply in their final semester of prerequisite courses. Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive and satisfactory completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission.  

Holistic Admission Review

In addition to completing the prerequisite courses in Step 2, applicants will be required to submit an essay, a professional reference form, and complete a character assessment. These additional materials will be reviewed and scored by SON faculty and combined with the pre-nursing GPA to create a composite score for each applicant which will be used to determine admission to the ASD track.  

The professional reference form is to be submitted by a supervisor or professor and speaks to character, ethics, and the essential skills associated with the nursing profession.

Future cohorts may see further revisions to the holistic admission review process.  Prospective students are encouraged to monitor this page for updates.


The ASD track admits in the fall, winter, and summer semesters.

Applications will be available:

  • August 1, 2024 until October 1, 2024 for winter 2025
  • April 1, 2025 until June 1, 2025 for fall 2025

All prerequisite coursework must be complete and supplemental materials, official transcripts - including any applicable AP or CLEP test scores - received by the deadline for the application to be considered.

Previously admitted into a nursing program

Any applicant who has been dismissed from a nursing program or has ever received two or more nursing course grades of B- or lower must first obtain approval from the SON to apply to the ASD track. To obtain the Student Academic Standing Inquiry Form, visit the Forms page.

Health Requirements

Admitted students will need to submit their clinical health requirements prior to starting the program. Please visit the Health Requirements page for additional information.

Anton/Frankel Center

Didactic coursework in the ASD BSN is taught at the Anton/Frankel Center in Mt. Clemens. Please visit Oakland University’s Macomb Maps page for driving directions.

Applications to the Accelerated Second-Degree BSN track are for a single term only and do not carry over to subsequent application cycles. Students denied admission to the program may apply to the SON for the next application cycle if they meet the minimum eligibility requirements. Students whose prerequisite grades do not meet eligibility requirements or students who are otherwise considering repeating prerequisites to raise their prerequisite GPA are strongly encouraged to schedule an academic advising appointment to discuss their plan of study. Contact 248-364-8733 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment.