Admission Process & Application Requirements for Second Degree Accelerated BSN (BSNExpress)

Students are accepted to the Second Degree Accelerated BSN (BSNExpress) program on a rolling basis, depending on progress in prerequisite courses.

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete an online application and submit supporting documents and application fee before the October 15 deadline for the next year’s May entering class. Interested students may apply before all prerequisites are completed.

  2. If time allows before the appliation deadline, mail or fax transcripts (610-519-8365) for a preliminary review. Include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

  3. Send all correspondence to:

Second Degree Accelerated BSN (BSNExpress)
Driscoll Hall Room 319
Attention: Kristin Barkdoll

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
800 E Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085

Application Checklist

Complete Application Requirements (Must be received by October 15 deadline)

  • A completed application by the October 15 deadline (with a copy of your green card if necessary).
  • Application fee of $80.00 (nonrefundable).
  • Essay: "Why are you choosing to enter nursing at this time?"
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions of higher education. Request the Registrar’s Office from all Colleges you have attended to forward an official transcript, You do not have to list courses in progress. High School Transcripts are NOT REQUIRED.
  • An invitation for an interview with our Admission Committee will be emailed to those applicants who meet Villanova's minimum requirements (GPA 3.0 and strong science prerequisite grades).
  • TOEFL scores (international students whose degree was earned outside the United States only)
  • Foreign transcript evaluations (international transcripts only)
  • Course descriptions from previous colleges attended, if requested by the Program Director or Program Assistant.

   Electronic transcripts may be sent to:

  1. Completed applications will be reviewed periodically before the October 15 deadline.
  2. Applicants will be notified in writing of the Admission Committee's decision.


Prerequisites for Second Degree Accelerated BSN (BSNExpress)

Course Credits
Anatomy & Physiology 8 credits
Chemistry (must have an organic component) 4 credits
Microbiology (preferred) or Genetics 3-4 credits
Statistics 3 credits
Science elective
3-4 credits
English/Literature or equivalent 3 credits
3 credits
Humanities electives 9 credits
Intro to Psychology or equivalent 3 credits
Intro to Sociology or equivalent 3 credits
Human Development (lifespan) 3 credits
Social/Behavioral Science elective 3 credits
Nutrition 3 credits
Pathophysiology 3 credits
Theology/Religious Studies 3 credits
Total prerequisite credits applicable towards degree 61
Total credits for degree 136
All of the above courses must be taken prior to starting the Accelerated BSN. You may apply to the program before finishing all prerequisites.  


Transfer of Credits

When a second degree applicant is admitted to the program, the transcript is reviewed for transfer of credit. Second degree students must fulfill the same course requirements as other students in Villanova University's BSN Program which includes a total of 28 credits in Physical Science, 18 credits in Humanities (to include a philosophy equivalent) and 12 credits in Social/Behavioral Sciences (to include a general psychology equivalent). Credits for courses that have been taken at another college or university may be transferred if the course is required in the program and if the grade is "C" or above. In order to determine course equivalency, the course description from the catalog of the outside institution is compared to the course description in the Villanova University catalog; course syllabi are reviewed if necessary.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Click here to learn about scholarship opportunities, grants and financial assistance available for the Second Degree Accelerated BSN (BSNExpress) Program.

Transcript Submission: Second Degree BSNExpress Program

BSNExpress Program:

Send Electronic Transcripts to:

Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
BSNExpress Program
Driscoll Hall Room 319
Attention: Kristin Barkdoll

Villanova University
800 E Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

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