Dual Degree Program for Second Degree Nurses

Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog (PDF) for more details about this program.

Second/Dual Degree Program

The Dual Degree Programs (DDP) for second degree students allow students to accelerate their learning by enrolling in both undergraduate and graduate courses throughout their program of study for the purpose of attaining both degrees. Permission to take graduate courses is individualized according to G.P.A.

Students are awarded a baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of the undergraduate requirements. A master's degree is awarded upon completion of the graduate requirements.

Students are responsible for the policies in the Graduate Student Handbook while completing this portion of the program.

Upon attainment of the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, students may sit for the National Council Licensing Examination. (NCLEX-RN.) This license is necessary to continue with the graduate nursing courses. In addition, students are required to have one year of full-time (or its equivalent) clinical experiences as an RN prior to graduate practicum courses.

Grading Criteria

  • A grade of "C+" or better is required in BIO 120, 121, 245 and CHE112.
  • The same science course may be repeated one time only. (Implemented fall 2011)
  • A grade of "C+" or better is required in all undergraduate nursing courses.
  • A grade of "B-" or better is required in all graduate courses.

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 cum index throughout the program. Progression requirements vary according to graduate specialty track. See RN/Dual Degree Associate Dean and Director for details. Dual degree/second degree students may not take a graduate course until after the successful completion of NUR209 (at a minimum). Additionally graduate courses may not be taken if G.P.A. falls below 3.0.

Dual Degree/Second Degree Program of study alternative Pathways Spring Admit for Students who Need Pre-Requisite Courses

Spring Semester One Credits
BIO 120 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHEM 112 Organic and Biological Chemistry 4
NUR 129 Prof. Social/Nursing Practice 2
Credits 10
Summer Session
BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 245 Microbiology 4
NUR 139 Growth and Development 3
Credits 11
Fall Semester Two
NUR 229 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 209 Foundations Humanistic Practice 6
+/- BIO 247 Nutrition for Health 2
NUR 239 Pharmacology 2
Credits 13
NUR 389 Nursing Research 3
Spring Semester Three
NUR 290 Adult Health (DDP) 8
NUR 259 Pharmacology II 2
NUR 289 Psycho-Social Concepts 3
Credits 13
Summer Session
NUR 359 Childbearing Family 4
NUR 349 Children and Families 4
Fall Semester Four
NUR 429 Mental Health 4
NUR 439 Community 4
NUR 409 Complex Care 3
+Grad Class 3
Credits 11/14
Spring Semester Five
NUR 459 Leadership Management 2
NUR 449 Complex Care Clinical 3
NUR 499 Comprehensive Clinical 5
+Grad Class 3
Credits 10/13

Note: The first five semesters apply to all dual degree/second degree students.


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