If you hold a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than nursing, our BSN Accelerated Second Degree Program is the perfect way to start your nursing career in a reduced amount of time.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is quickly becoming the standard for nurses everywhere. But what if you didn’t earn a BSN while in college? Our Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with an accelerated second-degree track gives you the opportunity to transfer credits from your existing bachelor’s degree and take the nursing courses you need to earn a BSN in just over one year. Applications for this program are due August 1 of each year and classes begin the following January. Whether you’re looking to advance your current nursing career or make a career change into nursing, this program puts you a step ahead.

At a Glance

Projected 10-year increase in the number of new nursing jobs

Program Length

As little as 13 months


  • In-person at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

Tuition per Semester



Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Students who already hold a bachelor's in another subject and now want to earn a BSN
  • Career changers looking to go into nursing

Career Paths

  • Nurse Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Occupational Health Nurse

What You’ll Learn

Through our BSN Accelerated Second Degree Program, you’ll gain important nursing skills and medical knowledge. If you’re looking to change careers, our BSN program will prepare you to sit for the NCLEX nurse licensing exam and become a registered nurse. University of Mary nursing program graduates have an NCLEX pass rate in the 90th percentile. When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Create healing environments by developing and maintaining respectful, caring, professional relationships based upon an understanding of person–environment interactions and the individual human experiences of health, illness, and healing.
  • Provide safe, quality, cost-effective care to patients, families, and populations.
  • Collaborate with patients, families, and communities as part of nursing and healthcare teams.
  • Integrate informatics and communication systems to improve patient care outcomes.
  • Engage in lifelong learning through the application of evidence-based knowledge from nursing and the arts and sciences as the basis for nursing practice.

The University of Mary has the proud heritage of educating nurses for this region and beyond since 1959. The Second Degree program was initiated to meet the nursing shortage, while providing determined individuals the opportunity to complete their new career path in 13 months. Students who already have a degree and now choose nursing are known to be mature, high-performing, and achieve a high NCLEX pass rate on the first attempt. The University of Mary offers this accelerated program in the classroom with a low student to faculty ratio, so participants are fully engaged in the Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine traditions integral to a graduate of our university.

Mary Beth Johnson Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of 2nd Degree Accelerated BSN Program


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    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Program Details

Students accepted into the accelerated nursing program must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university and meet the admission requirements for the major. Applications open January prior to the August 1st deadline.

To apply, we ask that you submit the following:

  • A formal application for admission
  • A non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from every college previously attended. Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your transcripts for you! At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. You can send transcripts to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Mary
    7500 University Drive
    Bismarck, ND 58504
  • 3.0 GPA on a minimum of 24 credits on prerequisite courses (for a list of these classes please reference the catalog)
  • Grade of “C” or higher in each of the nursing prerequisite courses and official transcript for transferred credits

Admissions and a free preliminary transfer credit review can be completed with unofficial transcripts from any previous colleges or universities you attended. Official, final transcripts must be submitted prior to enrolling in classes.

For a list of courses for this program, visit the catalog.

View the student handbook for more information.

In-person at our main campus in Bismarck, ND

  • Tuition: $12,020 per semester
  • Application fee: $30
  • Student activities fee: $7 per credit
  • Technology fee: $30 per credit
  • Global studies fee: $45 when admitted
  • Parking and security fee: $150 per semester
  • University Center/Wellness Center fee: $125 per semester

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