Second Degree BSN Fast Track

Holy Family University now offers a new, nights with weekends, part-time cohort BSN program in addition to our established weekday cohort program.

These fast track programs are designed for working professionals that wish to become professional practicing nurses but earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing.

We are currently accepting applications for our Part Time Nights/Weekend 20-month program for Summer 2019 and Spring 2020 and accepting applications for our Full Time Day 14-month program for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

Call for details: 267-341-3327 or email

Options Available: Part Time 20 month at Main Campus and Full Time 14 month at Newtown Campus

PT Nights/
Main Campus
Start Date
Summer 2019*
Spring 2020

2nd Degree Part Time BSN Program:
Two evening classes (6p-9p) during week (Tues/Thurs*) and clinical on weekend. Clinicals both Saturday and Sunday and may vary. * Class days may change in future.

FT Day
Newtown Campus
Start Date
Fall 2019
Spring 2020
Summer 2020**
~ 10/1/19
~ 1/10/20
mid April 2020

Full Time 2nd Degree BSN Program:
3 days of class (Mon-Wed) and 2 days of Clinical (Th-Fri)

* Summer 2019 Nights with Weekends cohort will begin pending meeting minimum enrollment.
** Different requirements apply to Summer 2020 admission requirements.

What are some of the benefits of having a BSN degree?

Holy Family University and its School of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals recognize the diverse educational and clinical backgrounds of registered nurses and respect their prior learning and educational achievements.

The Second Degree BSN Fast Track nursing curriculum focuses on the development of management and leadership skills, culture-sensitive health care, individual and family assessment skills, and research in nursing practice.

  • More opportunities for career mobility- health promotion opportunities.
  • Prepare for expanding roles
  • Shift to Primary Care
  • The first step in moving to Advanced Practice role (nurse educator, nursing administration, NP, leadership role)
  • Evolving health care environment
  • Broader educational perspective
  • Some nursing positions are only open to BSN
  • Contribute to the profession of nursing
  • Associated with positive health outcomes
  • Highly marketable
  • Hiring practices have changed—need BSN to be considered for a position in most hospital systems. Employers prefer BSN preparation
  • Increase compensation-pay scale differences
  • Magnet designation for Hospitals requires BSN
  • There is an exponential need for BSN-prepared nurses

What are the goals of the Second Degree BSN Fast Track program?

The BSN program at Holy Family University is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Holy Family University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, phone (202) 887-6791. Graduates of the pre-licensure baccalaureate program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Success on the NCLEX-RN in any state entitles the RN to apply for licensure in every other state.

If you are searching for a Fast Track BSN at universities in Bucks County area, this is the premier program. The goals of the program include:

  • To provide a nursing curriculum that is designed to meet global healthcare needs
  • To prepare students to practice as a professional nurse generalist
  • To educate students to provide culturally competent and ethical care
  • To provide a foundation for graduate study

Features of the Program:

  • Exposure to many different hospital systems and clinical placements in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Supportive classroom environment
  • Values-based curriculum
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio in clinical settings
  • Classroom instruction consistently delivered by full-time faculty
  • Clinical supervision provided by experienced nurses
  • Nursing Simulation in every course in the simulation lab!

What career options will I have with a BSN degree?

BSN education will expand your eligibility for a variety of positions in hospital settings, family & older adult services and other corporate settings.

  • Acute care
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care
  • Skilled facilities
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Community health
  • Eligible for management positions in long-term care, hospitals, and community settings.
  • Home health, hospice care, palliative care, assisted living, retirement homes.

Specialty areas, ICU, ER, CCU, PEDS, Perioperative Practice, OB & MENTAL HEALTH, school nurse, physician offices, travel nursing, educational units (diploma and LPN programs) staff development.

What are the admissions requirements for the Second Degree BSN Fast Track program?

  • The first Baccalaureate degree has to have been earned from an accredited college or university.
  • Students must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA 2.75 in Math and Sciences in order to be considered for admission to the Accelerated Second Baccalaureate Degree Pre-Licensure BSN Program. All of the following courses must be completed with the following stipulations:
    • All grades from all colleges and/or universities will be included in the calculation of GPAs.
    • All courses must have a minimum grade of “C” or better in order to transfer into Holy Family.
    • (4) BIOL 206/L: Microbiology
    • (4) BIOL 207/L: Anatomy and Physiology I
    • (4) BIOL 208/L: Anatomy and Physiology II
    • (3) NURS 206: Nutrition
    • (3) MATH 130: Elementary Statistics
    • No more than one grade of “C” is permitted in the above courses.
    • No more than one repeat in any of the above courses due to a grade of “C” or less.

    To apply for the Fall 2019 semester, three of the five prerequisite courses must be completed and official transcripts received for those courses, before the application deadline.
    Upon acceptance and prior to start, additional official transcripts showing all five successfully completed prerequisite courses and conferred degree is required.

    To apply for the Spring 2020 semester, three of the five prerequisite courses must be completed and official transcripts received for those courses, before the application deadline.
    Upon acceptance and prior to start, additional official transcripts showing all five successfully completed prerequisite courses and conferred degree is required.

    Summer 2020 All five prerequisites must be completed with official transcripts received for those courses by the application deadlines. All requirements for the bachelor’s degree must be completed by the final application deadline (even if degree conferral may not show up on the official transcript until a date later than the final deadline.)

    What are the application requirements of the Second Degree BSN Fast Track program?

    • Completed Application
    • $25 Application Fee
    • Official Transcripts from every college, university, school of nursing, trade or professional school attended
    • One Letter of Recommendation
    • Personal Statement (a brief essay explaining why you want to be a nurse and why you want to earn your BSN at Holy Family University)
    • Applicants whose bachelor's degree was obtained outside the U.S. must:
      • Submit all academic credentials to World Education Services for a course-by-course review
      • Submit official scores of the TOEFL or IELTS exam (minimum required score: 79 on the TOEFL iBT® overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS)

    Official Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation and Personal Statement/Essay can either be e-mailed to OR mailed to:

    Holy Family University
    Graduate and Professional Studies
    9801 Frankford Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19114

    General Information

    • Students must be enrolled full-time.
    • The program will be offered at our Newtown, PA location.
    • Each spring, summer, and fall semester have two 8-week sessions.
    • Completion of nursing courses and clinical rotations takes 3-1/2 semesters or 14 months.
    • Students must progress in the sequence of nursing courses as listed.
    • Clearances, titers, vaccinations, QuantiFERON-TB Gold test, 2 step PPD & CPR must be completed prior to enrollment in clinical courses.

    Please note: Due to a limited number of spaces each semester, admission to the program is highly competitive.

    For more information, please contact Graduate and Professional Studies Office at 267-341-3327 or e-mail


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