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Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Overview

Explore our Accelerated Second Degree Nursing B.S. See how you can redirect your career and make a difference.

You've studied hard and earned a degree, but are thinking about making a change in your career path. 

The Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing is designed for students who already have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field of study and will help you earn a Nursing degree quickly.

The Accelerated Second Degree in Nursing (ASDBS) is a pre-licensure nursing program for college graduates who want to become registered nurses (RN). Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. All prerequisites must be completed before applications are reviewed for this program.

Nursing background

Explore our Accelerated Second Degree Nursing B.S. (ASDBS) Weekend Program

The weekend ASDBS program is an intensive weekend program. It is a pre-licensure program for students who already have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field of study.  The program consists of 5 semesters that you will complete over 18 months. Coursework and clinical will be completed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The first cohort will begin in the Fall of 2021.

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Career Opportunities

Job growth for registered nurses is increasing faster than average, and evolving health care demands in the US promise continued growth. Students are prepared for work as nurses in community and hospital settings. 

15% Growth

Career Outcomes
Salary expected to rise
18% through 2026* 

$85K Salary

Average Pay
For nurses in the
New York area 

18 Month Program 

Mercy Students can
complete the course in
as little as 18 months

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

• Relationship with leading hospitals

• On Campus Speech and Hearing Clinic

• State-of-the-art simulation labs

• Participate in medical missions 

Just listen and watch as students in our nursing program describe their education: personal, cutting edge, and preparing them for success!

Program Details & Curriculum


General Education Requirements: 51 Credits

Nursing Prerequisites: 13 Credits
(in transfer)
A&P with Lab/BIOL 131/131A
Chemistry or Genetics
Human Development or Developmental Psychology
Micorbiology/ BIOL 265

Lower Division Nursing43 Credits

Major Concentration
Upper Division Nursing
 15 Credits

Total 122 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog


Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • Anatomy II with lab
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology or Human development
  • Genetics or Chemistry

Please note, all prerequisites must be completed before your application can be reviewed.

Academic Program Sequence Map

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Program Outcomes

Program Outcome I - Technology

  • Student will demonstrate proficiency with patient care technologies and information management systems to gather and manage data to communicate effectively with patients, families, health care professionals, and policy decision makers. [I, II, IV, V, VIII, IX]
  • Student will demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communication skills, based on a foundation of the arts, sciences and humanities, that support patient outcomes and nursing practice.  [IV, VII, IX]

Program Outcome II - Research

  • Student will demonstrate a basic understanding of how evidence is developed including the research process, clinical judgement, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences as applied to practice. [III, IV, VI, VII]

Program Outcome III - Leadership

  • Student will apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making to the provision of nursing care and nursing practice in collaboration with organizations and communities. [II, VII, VIII, IX]
  • Student will demonstrate leadership and communication skills to participate in quality improvement initiatives with health care teams. [II, VI, VII] 

Program Outcome IV - Quality

  • Student will appraise principles of quality improvement, health care policy, and cost effectiveness to assist in the achievement of safe and quality outcomes of care for diverse populations. [II, V, VII, VIII]

Admissions Requirements

  • B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA 3.0
  • Applicants with international education are required to have their earned credits evaluated by NACES to be comparable to United States standards.
  • Personal Statement
  • One Personal reference

Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Student Handbook

Application and Deposit Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Summer 2021: Apply by March 1
Fall 2021: Apply by April 15

Deposits Refundable Until

Summer 2021: March 1
Fall 2021: April 15

Complaints That Fall Outside the Realm of Due Process

The Department of Nursing is committed to meeting its mission as it relates to serving our students, potential students, staff, faculty, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty and the public consumer of physical therapy. To that end, we are committed to ensuring that exceptional complaints for which there is no established College, School or program policy or procedure are considered and resolved in a timely, fair, consistent and equitable manner.  Additional information may be found in the College undergraduate catalog.

Procedure:  Complaints should be addressed to the Program Director through the online form. If the program director is the subject of the complaint, the complaint should be addressed to the Dean, School of Health and Natural Science.

Full-Time Faculty

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Salil Akhtar Assistant Professor
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Linda Bellmare Assistant Professor

Director, Clinical Operations and Graduate Nursing Programs
Angela Chaney-Grant
Angela Chaney-Grant Visiting Instructor
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Kara Connelly Clinical Assistant Professor
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Miriam Ford Assistant Professor

Associate Dean for Nursing, School of Health and Natural Sciences
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Kara Giustino Clinical Instructor

Part-Time Faculty

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Selina Aboagye Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Gladys Adewale Lecturer
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Wilson Aguinaldo Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Gloria Airall-Simon Adjunct Assistant Professor

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step in the admissions process?

Students are able to apply with the Mercy College Undergrad Application or Common App (

Do I need to meet with anyone from admissions?

Students are not required to meet with anyone from admissions.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes, Mercy College offers a wide variety of financial aid programs, both economically need based and academic. In addition, information regarding other financial aid opportunities can be found at the following links:

Tylenol Scholarships (

AACN-RN AACN Members Scholarship ( content/scholarship-information-instructions.pcms?menu=membership#Eligibility)

National Black Nurses Association (

National Hispanic Nurses Association (

Minority Nurse (

Who do I contact for more information about the nursing programs?

Contact Paul Reid at or (718) 678-8790 or the Nursing Program office at 718-678-8138.