Undergraduate Program

Accelerated Second-Degree BSN - Admission, Application and Fees

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for this option, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a graduating cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • At least a "B" (3.0) in the specified mathematics course (MATH 1065).
  • At least a "B-" (2.7) in each of the specified biology and chemistry courses.
  • Science courses must be within 5 years of the admission deadline (BIOL 2110/11, BIOL 2140/41, BIOL 2150/51, CHEM 1120, CHEM 1130)
  • A "C" (2.0) in the other prerequisite courses.
  • Completed the HESI Admission Assessment (A2). Students taking the HESI A2 and scoring the preferred minimum of 75 on each of 5 subsections (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary & General Knowledge, Basic Math Skills, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology) will receive preference in the ranking process. (NOTE: For January 2018 admission cycle and forward, ONLY the HESI A2 will be accepted.)

The College of Nursing ABSN ranking formula, used to determine admission into the Accelerated Second-Degree BSN option, is composed of points awarded for cumulative GPA, success in the previously mentioned specified courses and interview scores. Admission decisions are based on the ranking formula and performance on the pre-admission exam.


First Step: Apply to the College of Nursing

All application requirements must be submitted by June 1 to be considered for admissions. (ABSN applicants applying by the June 1 admissions deadline date now have until August 1st to complete the required prerequisite courses. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed all required prerequisite courses, especially the science requirements, prior to the application deadline date of June 1.) The accelerated second degree BSN application is for the spring semester admission every year.

Download the application to enter the accelerated second-degree BSN option (PDF format).

Second Step: Apply to East Carolina University

All students pursuing the accelerated second-degree BSN option must apply to ECU Undergraduate Admissions as well. All ECU undergraduate applications need to be submitted as soon as possible once that application is available online in mid-August.

Admission to the ABSN option will be contingent upon admission to ECU.

Visit ECU's Office of Undergraduate Admissions to apply and for information requests.

All students must meet minimum requirements as specified in the current undergraduate catalog. Admission to the university is determined by the director of undergraduate admissions.

Contact the College of Nursing Student Services office at 252-744-6477 or CONAdvising@ecu.edu.

Tuition and Fees

A schedule of university fees is available in the university's Cashier's Office.

There are additional costs to nursing students for uniforms, books, background checks, drug screening, clinical testing and supplies, and liability insurance. Currently, there is a one-time fee of $35 for liability insurance coverage while enrolled in the program. Students must also have current CPR certification. Costs for these programs vary from $25 to $40. Information on available programs is available at the CON Student Services Office.