Accelerated Second-Degree B.S. in Nursing

  • Overview
  • Program Details

img-nursing-photos3-2013This degree program was designed specifically for the adult working professional who has already earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in another discipline and is looking to change careers.

MSOE’s Accelerated Second Degree B.S. in Nursing is a compressed, year-round curriculum designed to enable students to enter the workforce as professional nurses in approximately 18 months, assuming the student has met all of the prerequisites. Most students who already have a bachelor’s degree will have satisfied those prerequisites as part of their undergraduate education.

MSOE recently completed construction on the new, $3 million, 25,000 square-foot Ruehlow Nursing Complex, which is the new home for the nursing classrooms, labs and faculty offices. The new space is nearly quadruple the size of the previous nursing labs, and allows faculty to enhance the already innovative educational experience that is the hallmark of an MSOE education.

The results

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than average for all occupations. In 2011-2012, all of MSOE’s nursing graduates obtained gainful employment, as evidenced by the 100 percent placement rate.

Admission Requirements and Information

The field

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, home health care services and the military.

In order to obtain licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, it is necessary to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Most graduate nurses take this exam within a few months following graduation. The MSOE-SON strives to assure students’ ability to deliver safe and effective nursing care and achieve success on the NCLEX licensure exam. To help facilitate this goal, the MSOE-SON has contracted with Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to provide nursing students with a comprehensive assessment and review package that enriches students along the learning continuum.

You may want to consider NU if you …

  • Enjoy helping others and want to improve peoples’ lives
  • Are able to work well in a team environment
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Are able to prioritize and complete multiple, time-constrained requirements effectively
  • Are detail oriented


The baccalaureate program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 887-6791 and has full approval of the Wisconsin Board of Regulation and Licensing, 1400 E. Washington, Madison, WI, 53703. Read more here.

Program Director

Dr. Jane B. Paige
Associate Professor

Student Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is expected to:

  • Provides safe, effective compassionate nursing care based on clinical standards that take in to account the holistic needs of the client while progressing towards independent practice.
  • Uses independent decision making to communicate critical thinking and reflective practice when applying the nursing process to individualize care for the client with complex needs.
  • Incorporates effective communication and health education skills with clients and other members of the healthcare team to improve coordination of care and to minimize risk and error.
  • Maintains a professional role; recognizes client as full partner when providing compassionate care; engages in lifelong learning and initiates change responsive to the needs of society.
  • Uses health information technology to monitor and analyze outcomes; employs, selects and evaluates biomedical technologies to ensure the quality and safety of nursing care progressing towards independent practice.
  • Provides leadership that values the ideas and contributions of others when coordinating care and collaborating with members of health care team to improve health care outcomes.
  • Demonstrates commitment to improve practice by retrieving and synthesizing evidence from diverse sources of professional literature that support decisions to ensure the quality and safety of nursing care.

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