Accelerated Second-Degree Program

Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Program

If you are looking to change careers by entering into the dynamic profession of nursing, or if you are a recent college graduate looking for a challenging career focus, you should consider the Accelerated Second-Degree Program.

The program is designed for people with bachelor’s degrees outside of nursing to fast-track their entry into professional nursing. Students complete the program in 16 months.

Upon graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and will qualify to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). You will be prepared to launch your new career as a registered nurse—making a difference for your patients, their families, and communities.

  • Begin your studies in any semester, Fall, Spring or Summer 
  • Study and learn in a state-of-the-art, nursing simulation center
  • Get hands-on experience at one of more than 50 clinical affiliates

Admission Requirements

  • Have a previous bachelors degree and maintain a college GPA of 3.3 or better (88% or higher).
  • Achieve grades of B+ or better (3.3/88% or higher) in each of the following courses: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Algebra, and Statistics.

Note: All science courses must have been completed within 5 years of acceptance to the program.

Upon acceptance to the nursing major, freshman (and transfer students whose English and mathematics courses have not been accepted by the University) are required to take a placement exam to assess skills in reading, English and Mathematics. Exam results are used to program the student’s first courses in the appropriate English and mathematics courses.

Progression Criteria

  • Achieve a B or better in all science and nursing courses at LIU-Brooklyn and maintain a minimum nursing and overall GPA of 3.0.  

Clinical Placement Eligibility Criteria

  • Satisfactorily complete the required health forms – including titers, health clearance, and vaccine
  • Pass a background check*
  • Pass a drug screen
  • Complete HIPAA and OSHA certification courses
  • Complete an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers Course and provide a certification card.
  • Comply with criminal background checks and drug screening as required for eligibility to access entrance into specific clinical agencies as related to clinical course objective.*

    *Pending review by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, persons who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation could be ineligible for Registered Nurse Licensure in the State of New York, even though they have successfully completed the program.


Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn
School of Nursing

Peggy C. Tallier, Dean