Department of Nursing

West Chester University

222 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383


Advance 2 BSN Accelerated Second Degree Program

The Advance-2-BSN program is for the student with a previously earned baccalaureate degree to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Upon successful completion of the program graduates are then be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council on Licensure Examination for the RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse. This intensive 18-month program builds upon the student's previous education.

You must have an earned bachelors degree in another discipline to apply to this program. All Advance 2 BSN program prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the program.

The undergraduate curriculum of West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2019.

Cohort 11 is now complete. Thanks to all who applied.


Advance-2-BSN Program Information

  • A full-time 18-month accelerated second-degree program for those with a previously earned bachelor's degree who would like to begin a nursing career.
  • Graduates earn a BSN and are eligible to take the national NCLEX-RN registered nurse licensure exam.
  • One cohort of 32 students is accepted each year.
  • Each cohort begins at the end of May and graduates in December of the next year.
  • Follows nearly the same curriculum as the traditional BSN program but at an accelerated pace.
  • Costs are the same tuition and fees as the traditional BSN program. Billing is by semester.
  • Total tuition and fees for the 18-months are around $19000 in-state and $41000 out-of-state (subject to change).
  • Classes are held weekdays in the summer semesters. In the fall and spring semesters classes are held weeknights with clinicals on weekends.

Information and Application Guide

  • Cohort 11 Advance-2-BSN Information & Application Guide:
    Click to view or download. This 22-page PDF guide explains the requirements for admission, the application procedure, a FAQ, and course descriptions to enter Cohort 11. Latest guide version: "September 2014". While applications are no longer be accepted you can prepare for applying to Cohort 12. An updated version of this guide will be published in Spring, 2015. No major changes to the process are expected.
  • Cohort 11 Program Information Video:
    This 21-minute video presents information on how to apply to the program and some of the advantages of our program. Requires Quicktimeā„¢ or VLC.
    It is also available via YouTube.

Application Facts

  • Download and print the Application Guide for more information about the program and application process.
  • The next group to be accepted is called Cohort 12.
  • Cohort 12 applications will be accepted from September 1 to October 30, 2015.
  • Eligibility to apply includes a bachelor's degree, minimum 2.75 GPA, TEAS V >70, and more. See the Application Guide for details (an updated guide will be posted in the Spring of 2015).
  • Criteria for admission acceptance are: Higher Education GPA, Composite Science GPA, TEAS V score, Number of prerequisite courses completed at time of application, and Interview performance.
  • Applications, transcripts, and TEAS V scores are submitted to WCU Admissions.
  • You may begin the online application process on September 1 before you obtain transcipts and TEAS scores.
  • When completing the online application for choice of major select "Nursing Advance 2 BSN (bachelor's degree required)" from the pop-up menu.
  • The online application Personal Statement should be an essay on why you wish to be a nurse and come to WCU.
  • Transcript Self-Review forms are mailed to Dr. Thompson only AFTER submitting the application online. All other documents go to Admissions.
  • Transfer credits can be checked for equivalency at the WCU Registrar's Transfer Credit Equivalencies page.
  • You may apply with some missing or in-progress prerequisites. Priority is given to those with the most completed, particularly the science courses. All must be completed before starting the program.
  • The WCU Nursing Admissions Committee only reviews applications that are complete with all required documentation.
  • The most qualified applicants were invited to an on-campus group interview in October and November.
  • Early eligible applicants are more likely to be invited for interviews.
  • All previous applicants must reapply. Only updated transcripts will need to be submitted with the application.

The West Chester Advantage

  • WCU is a Kiplinger’s “Best Buy”.
  • All nursing courses are taught by faculty, not graduate assistants.
  • Students are taught by clinical experts in their area of specialization.
  • Classes are condensed into one evening per weekday plus clinical on weekends (during fall and spring semesters) for maximum flexibility.
  • Students learn skills in a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory.
  • Students are accepted into "cohorts" fostering group learning and support.
  • A faculty advisor is assigned to each student upon admission.
  • Payment is by the semester, not a lump sum up front like some other programs.
  • WCU NCLEX-RN nursing board first-time passing rate has ranged from 90 to 100% for the last 7 cohorts.
  • As a recent graduate stated: "It was a tough program, but I think we all learned a lot...I am happy to say my dream position as a NICU RN"

Nursing Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has more information about the occupational outlook for Registered Nurses.

The American Nurses Association has documents summarizing the Employment and Earnings of Registered Nurses as of 2010 and a discussion on the Nurse Hiring Outlook and Industry Trends.

For questions about the program please first read the Program Information and Application Guide. If that document does not answer your question please send an e-mail to the Advance 2 BSN Coordinator, Dr. Brent Thompson at

For questions about the online application form please contact WCU Admissions or call 610-436-3411.

Updated: 25-November-2014