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.  

Prerequisites may be completed at any accredited college or university.  Students who choose to complete their prerequisites at Villanova University need to complete an application through the College of Professional Studies, Office of Part-Time Studies.

In addition to the Nursing prerequisites listed above, Second Degree Students must also fulfill the University's course requirements of the BSN degree.  Please see the Transfer of Credits section.

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.