Southeast Missouri State University

Welcome to the 2nd-Degree Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Southeast Missouri State University. The accelerated baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and has full approval by the State of Missouri through the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the program, you will have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) and the basic preparation for making an application to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) licensure examination.

The 2nd-Degree Accelerated nursing curriculum is designed to promote professional growth in the field of nursing. In addition to expanding knowledge and developing technical skills, you will be challenged to think critically and to grow both personally and professionally.  Learning activities will prepare you as a generalist in nursing, i.e., you will have the entry level baccalaureate skills necessary to function in any area of nursing practice.

The accelerated program is completed in 18 months as opposed to the standard two years completed by the generic students.  Accelerated students attend three full semesters and carry a full class load during one summer session.  The first cohort of 10 accelerated students was admitted spring 2010.  Since that time we have admitted a 2nd and 3rd cohort (fall 2011 and spring 2013 respectively).  The 4th and final cohort for this program will be admitted for fall 2014.  Application deadline for this group is March 1, 2014.

To be eligible for the 2nd-Degree Acclerated option, students must have completed a bachelor degree in any discipline, applied and been admitted to Southeast Missouri State University, and have completed or have in progress the pre-requisites for the nursing program, which are Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics, Nutrition (equivalent of FN235), and Human Development (equivalent of PY220).  All pre-requisite coursework must be completed and on transcript before any nursing classes will begin.

Admission is competitive in nature and based on what is referred to as an application score.  This score is achieved by adding the top three grades in the four required sciences (A=4, B=3, C=2) to the overall GPA.  A student with a 4.0 overall GPA would have an application score of 16.  Applicants are ordered highest to lowest beginning with the 16.00 scores and 10 students are admitted.  Cut-off scores for these students ranges in the 14.727 range, meaning that the 10th student admitted has an overall GPA of 3.727 with top three science grades of A-A-B.

For more information, please refer to the Pre-Nursing Student Handbook below or contact Tracie Clark, Administrative Assistant, 573-651-2585 or

BSN Handbook