BSN Second Career/Degree

The College of Nursing's BSN Second Career/Degree (CD2) pathway is designed for students with a bachelor's in another discipline who are looking to pursue a nursing career. This program combines on-campus teaching from expert faculty, community-focused research in our laboratories and clinical experiences throughout the Detroit area. BSN students are guaranteed clinical placement each semester. Students are admitted once a year in the spring/summer semester for this accelerated pathway, which allows them to complete their nursing studies in 20 months (five semesters). 

Important dates

  • Feb. 08, 2022

    Virtual Q&A Session: BSN Second Career/Degree Program

  • March 08, 2022

    Virtual Q&A Session: BSN Second Career/Degree Program


First semester (spring/summer)

Course Credits
NUR 2010 - Health Assessment: History Taking and Physical Exam 3
NUR 2060 - Nursing Implications of Drug Administration 3
NUR 4300 Nursing Informatics  3
Total: 9

Second semester (fall) 

Course Credits
NUR 2050 - Supportive Measures for Basic Care Needs (C) 5
NUR 2995 - Special Topics in Foundations of Professional Nursing 3
NUR 3405 - Introduction to Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
NUR 4800 Transcultural Health Through the Life Cycle 3
Total: 14

Third semester (winter)

Course Credits
NUR 3010 - Restorative Care of Adults and Elders with Acute Illness (C) 5
NUR 3015 - Restorative Care: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span (C) 5
NUR 4020 - Integrative Care of the Perinatal Family (C) 5
Total: 15

Fourth semester (spring/summer) 

Course Credits
NUR 3020 - Restorative Care of Adults and Elders with Chronic Illness (C) 5
NUR 4010 - Integrative Care of Children and their Families (C) 5
NUR 4040 - Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice (C) 4
Total: 14

Fifth semester (fall) 

Course Credits
NUR 4050 - Theory of Caring for Complex, Critically Ill Patients (C) 3
NUR 4060 - Synthesis of Core Nursing Knowledge 5
NUR 4120 - Community-focused Nursing Practice (C) 5
Total: 13
Total Nursing credits: 65

* (C) indicates that there is a clinical component to the course.

The curriculum design is for informational purposes and is subject to change by the College of Nursing. Contact your Academic Services Officer to develop an individualized Plan of Work.

Program requirements

Once admitted into the College of Nursing, students must meet the following requirements to maintain "good academic standing" in the program:

  • A cumulative University GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • A grade below a "C" in a professional nursing course is unsatisfactory for progression.
  • A maximum of one nursing curriculum course within the program may be repeated.



Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs