Department of Nursing

West Chester University

930 E. Lincoln Highway, Suite 100
Exton PA 19341-2848


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 12 Program Information & Application Guide (updated 9-9-2015)
Required download for all applicants

Applications for Cohort 12 are now being accepted until October 30, 2015

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 December of the next year. Cohort 12 runs from May 2016 to December 2017.
  • 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 $21000 in-state and $45000 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 12 Advance-2-BSN Information & Application Guide:
    Click to view or download. This 24-page PDF guide explains the requirements for admission, the application procedure, a FAQ, and course descriptions to enter Cohort 11. Latest guide version: "September 2015". Please read this guide before proceeding with the admission process. This version clarifies the policies for Introductory Biology prerequisites and GPA calculation.
  • New For 2015: Click here for a Fillable Transcript Self-Review Form. Open in Adobe Reader, Save, and send to
    You may also print and mail the form to Dr. Thompson if preferred.

Application Facts

  • The next group to be accepted is called Cohort 12.
  • Download and print the Advance 2 BSN Program and Information Guide for more information about the program and application process.
  • Cohort 12 applications will be accepted from September 1 to October 30, 2015.
  • All application documents must be received at WCU by 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.
  • 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.
  • Transfer credits can be checked for equivalency at the WCU Registrar's Transfer Credit Equivalencies page. Most courses with similar titles and credits will transfer.
  • 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 by May 15, 2016.
  • All previous applicants must reapply online and send Dr. Thompson a new transcript self-review.
  • In the online application write only about why you want to be a nurse (ignore the other online instructions shown regarding the essay)

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.
  • 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: 3-September-2015