Earn your second degree in Nursing in 22 months at Holy Family University

Second Degree Fast-Track BSN Evenings + Weekends 22-Month

In Holy Family University’s 22-Month Second Degree Fast-Track BSN Evenings + Weekends, a working professional with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and become a professional registered nurse.

Prospective students who prefer an online format may be interested in our second degree distance hybrid BSN program.

What Can I Do with this Degree?

  • Accelerated Program

This Second Degree Fast-Track BSN degree is offered in the evenings and weekends for the working adult who is looking to become a professional registered nurse. 

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Program Details

This Second Degree Fast-Track BSN  was designed to fit the schedule of busy professionals who can earn a BSN degree in as little as 22 months at our Northeast Philadelphia campus.

The plan of study of this part-time program features all courses, clinicals, and labs on the evenings and weekends without any full-time student commitments and requires just 59 credits for successful completion. The program is designed to allow students to continue to be employed while pursuing their careers with knowledgeable, supportive nursing faculty to help them succeed.

The Evenings + Weekends Fast Track is offered in the Spring and Fall. Classes meet two nights during the week, and clinicals are held on weekends. 

The Second Degree BSN Fast Track’s nursing curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking and clinical judgment, evidence-based practice and research, culturally sensitive health care, and leadership in nursing practice.

There will be a 52% increase in the employment of nurse practitioners between 2020 and 2023

Student Journey


Admission Requirements

Nursing licensing tracks are designed to meet educational requirements for a specific license and is required for employment in an occupation that potentially leads to professional licensure. Applicants seeking to work in a state outside of Pennsylvania should check state requirements to ensure that the program's curriculum meets the educational requirements for that state.

  • Completed Application Form and Application Fee: Application, application fee and all admission documents must be received by the posted deadline for consideration. We currently admit on a rolling admissions.
  • Personal Statement of Goals: 250-500 words, with your name in the header. Discuss in your Statement of Goals: How do you plan to balance your personal and professional responsibilities while attending a rigorous BSN program?
  • Letter of Recommendation [1] – from a supervisor or academic.
  • All Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended (No High School transcripts required).
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university. The program is very competitive. Minimum requirements: CUM GPA of 3.0 of all official transcripts and a minimum CUM GPA 2.75 in the Math and Science prerequisite courses required.
  • Prerequisite Courses: Cohorts beginning in the fall and spring require 3 of the 5 prerequisites (listed below) on official transcripts submitted, to apply. If accepted, proof of successful completion of remaining prerequisites are to be submitted on official transcripts and meet admission requirements. All conferred bachelor’s degree transcripts required prior to start of cohort.
    1. Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
    2. Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
    3. Microbiology with Lab
    4. Nutrition taught by a registered dietitian
    5. Elementary Statistics
  • Interview may be required.

– No more than one original grade of “C” is permitted in above courses.

– No more than one repeat in any of the above prerequisite courses due to grade of “C” or less. Syllabus of prerequisites courses may be requested for review. Only credits applicable to the program of study will be considered for transfer. Prerequisites courses over 10 years may be accepted and subject to review. A resume will be required for applicants with prerequisite courses over 10 years.

Admission documents can be sent to gradstudy@holyfamily.edu

Career Paths

Students who earn a BSN degree may explore the following careers:

Careers for graduates who earn a BSN degree include:

  • Acute care: hospitals
  • Adult daycare, assisted living facilities, and retirement homes
  • Public health  
  • Home healthcare, hospice, palliative care
  • Long-term care: skilled facilities
  • Outpatient facilities

Eligible for Leadership and Management Positions in long-term care, hospitals, and community settings

Specialty Areas: ICU, ER, CCU, NICU, pediatrics, medical-surgical, rehabilitation, occupational health, perioperative practice, OB & women's health, as well as mental health, school nurse, clinical research, health policy, health coach, physicians' offices & clinics, travel nursing, educational units, and staff development

Internships Employment

Where Students and Alumni Intern and Work:

  • Abington Reproductive Medicine
  • Abington-Jefferson Hospital
  • Birches at Newtown
  • Brightstar Care of North Bucks
  • Capital Health RN
  • Cooper University Health
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • Genesis Hopkins Center
  • Horsham Clinic RN
  • Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
  • Jefferson Health-RN
  • Lankenau Medical Center
  • Magee Rehabilitation
  • Manor Care Huntington Valley
  • Nazareth Hospital
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • UPMC Hamot Hospital
  • UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Hospital
  • Virtua Marlton Hospital-RN
  • Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Virtua Willingboro Hospital

Tuition & Fees

Program Information

Degree Awarded
  • Bachelor of Science
Program Type
  • Major
Program Location
  • Main Campus - Northeast Philadelphia
Required Credit Hours

Student Journey

Iain Braddak '22

Iain Braddak '22 BSN, MS, RN

I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I think about my time in the accelerated program at Holy Family University. This program provided me with a chance at a new career and a whole new life. One thing that stood out to me was the camaraderie of our cohort. From day one through graduation, we stuck together. I had no idea we would have become so close as a class. Although the curriculum was rigorous, I felt supported by our faculty and clinical staff at every step. Knowing that I have a solid foundation in nursing, I had confidence as I entered the nursing profession equipped with the philosophy and skills I will need to help my clients. After graduating, I was thrilled to pass my NCLEX exam on the first try and then receive multiple job offers the following week. I accepted a position in the Emergency Department at BronxCare (a Stroke and STEMI Level 2 trauma center) and couldn't be happier to join their team. I am proud to represent Holy Family University and wholeheartedly recommend this program.

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