Accelerated BSN – Second Degree


If you are looking to make a career change and have a bachelor’s degree in another field, the accelerated BSN – second degree program allows you to earn your BSN in as few as 13 months. You’ll be prepared to provide care for critically ill patients, work closely with patient families or advance your role from staff nurse to a nursing leadership position. Our program is deeply connected to Louisville’s thriving medical community, and the skills you learn in class and clinicals will translate to opportunities in the field of nursing.

Program Details

  • 4 Semesters (14 months)
  • 59 credit hours + 824 clinical hours including a 120-hour clinical practicum
  • 40 students per cohort (cohorts start every June)

View our curriculum to learn more about the Accelerated BSN program of study.


  • Enjoy student-centered attention in classes and clinical placements
  • Benefit from a program with a graduation rate that exceeds the national average
  • Prepare to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam
  • Gain skills to lead in health care or excel in graduate study
  • Have the option to enroll in the traditional daytime program

See the KBN Kentucky Program of Nursing Benchmarks and NCLEX pass rates.


Find out if you are eligible for guaranteed admission to the School of Nursing. Contact us learn more.

Career Options

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing will prepare you to care for patients and their families in a variety of health care settings from hospitals to home care.

  • Acute care
  • Long-term care
  • Public health
  • Community health
  • Primary care

See our professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions & TEAS Exam

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used as part of the admissions process for the School of Nursing. See how to apply to the BSN program. View available testing dates and register for the TEAS exam here.

Curriculum Plan

To progress through the School of Nursing, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each nursing course.
  • Students enrolled in the nursing program may repeat a nursing class only once.
  • A course taken in the nursing program may not be repeated outside of Spalding University.
  • Any student failing one nursing course will be referred to the Academic Success Coach for a plan of action.
  • Nursing courses may only be taken in the approved sequence as established by the program of study, unless permitted by the Director of the BSN Program.
  • Completion of the nursing program requires that all elements (courses, course work, assignments, clinical experiences, etc.) of the courses on the POS be met within the required time frames established by the SON and the University.

As a nationally accredited institution, our credits are transferable to other accredited institutions. However, courses will transfer at the discretion of the institution where the student is seeking to transfer.

Tuition and Fees

We work to minimize costs to our School of Nursing students by keeping our book costs low and having no lab fees.

See our Undergraduate Tuition and Fees for the most up-to-date tuition and university fee information.

Our program fees include the following:

  • Textbooks – $800
  • ATI learning fee – $1,000-1,400 (can use financial aid for this fee)
  • Lab fees – $0
  • Immunization fees – $0 (if the student is fully vaccinated but can range between $10-20 per booster or lab titer.)
  • Castle Branch service fee – $70
  • Castle Branch Bridges clinical placement platform – $50
  • Exam Soft – $60
  • Uniforms – $30 per set