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Accelerated Second Degree Information


The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is to provide basic professional education. Graduates are prepared to function independently or in collaboration with other health care providers to serve individuals and families in hospitals and community settings. The program is designed to encourage students’ active participation in achieving program outcomes. Upon completion of the program, the graduates will have a recognition of and desire for continuing professional development and a sound foundation for pursuing graduate education in nursing.

Graduates of the BSN program will be able to:
  1. Synthesize knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences, and the discipline of nursing, in the provision of professional nursing care.
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills to ensure patient safety and enhance quality of care, within the context of the interprofessional team.
  3. Integrate evidence-based practice in the planning of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations.
  4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments in healthcare delivery and practice.
  5. Utilize health/illness beliefs, values, attitudes and practices to guide nursing interventions across the lifespan.
  6. Function as a professional nurse in accordance with standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  7. Incorporate information systems and patient-care technologies in the delivery of quality nursing care.

Application Information

May 2015 Accelerated BSN Program

All applicants must apply through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (CAS) at Applicants must complete the entire application, including entry of all previous coursework.

Program Admission Requirements

Review our program packet for detailed information about the admission requirements, application information, and program information.


The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN mandatory orientation will be on Saturday, March 21, 2015. It will last from approximately 7:30am – 7:30pm. Orientation details will be included in admission packets.

International Applicants

Language Proficiency. All students are expected to have appropriate English language proficiency to be admitted to the university.The language proficiency is required to ensure students are adequately prepared and well positioned to succeed. The Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences requires an official TOEFL iBT score for verification of language proficiency. Applicants must earn a total score of 83 or higher and a speaking score of 26 or higher to meet the language proficiency requirement.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide a financial affidavit certifying the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. Figures must be expressed in United States currency.

Get Started

If you have questions about previous coursework or you would like to have your transcripts reviewed, contact Julie Armstrong-Binnix, Graduate Admission Officer, at, 502.272.8364 or 800.274.4723 x 8364.

Visit to begin the application process. Also be sure to visit our frequently asked questions page and our program preparation page to learn more about what to expect from this program. Further, if you are interested in taking any of your prerequisites at Louisville area colleges/universities, please review this list of appropriate courses.

Prerequisite courses
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Ethics
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology (6 - 8 hours, may be taken as A&P I and II or as one semester of Anatomy and one of semester Physiology)

Financial Information

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You may complete the FAFSA here. As a second degree student in the accelerated nursing program, you are eligible only for federal student loans.  (Generally UP TO 12,500 per academic year - this amount is affected by any outside funding assistance you may receive). The amount of student loan assistance available during pre-requisite coursework is also determined by the FAFSA.

Review the funding opportunities page for contact information and assistance with those scholars program.

KBN Regulation on Mandatory Reporting of Criminal Convictions

Kentucky Board of Nursing Regulatory Requirements for Mandatory Reporting of Criminal Convictions with Application for RN Licensure

An applicant for an RN license in Kentucky must report and submit documentation of felonies and/or misdemeanors.  The applicant is required to report and submit the following documentation on the RN license application under CRIMINAL HISTORY:

  • All felonies: Certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation
  • All misdemeanors received within 5 years of the date of application: Certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation
  • All DUIs (Driving Under the Influence): Certified court documents and a detailed letter of explanation
  • All misdemeanors received prior to 5 years of the date of application: No documentation required
  • Traffic offenses, OTHER THAN DUIs, do not have to be reported.

"The statute [KRS 314.091(1)(b)] states that the Kentucky Board of Nursing may take action on any felony or a misdemeanor that involved drugs, alcohol, fraud, deceit, falsification of records, a breach of trust, physical harm or endangerment to others, dishonesty, or sexual offenses.  The Kentucky Board of Nursing can deny an application for a license for criminal convictions(s).  Denial of licensure is a formal disciplinary action."

Learn More

If you have questions after reviewing the above details, you may contact Julie Armstrong-Binnix, Graduate Admission Officer, at You may also contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 502.272.8258, 800.274.4723 x 8258 or at Also, if you live in the area please plan to attend an Information Session to learn more about the program.

The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs


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