PATH Second Degree Nursing Program


Career changers are welcome with our accelerated nursing program.

Looking to change careers? Let us put you on a fast track to success. Our Professional Acceleration to Healthcare (PATH) program allows students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing to complete our B.S. in Nursing program in 14 months. Studying full time, you will begin in a cohort and advance in the program with your peers while learning from dedicated faculty who offer a comprehensive approach to the didactic, clinical and research components of the program.

The PATH program only offers a summer start, and the application deadline is January 15. Specific criteria are required for admission, including prerequisite courses, which must be successfully completed by the time a candidate applies to the program.

When you successfully complete Adelphi’s PATH program, you will be eligible to take the national NCLEX-RN licensing exam and can pursue practice in a variety of healthcare settings. Wladimir Louis-Charles ’12  is just one of the many successful graduates of the program, who have made a significant impact in their communities.

Due to the intensive nature of the course work, we strongly discourage outside employment during the accelerated program.

Program Requirements and Prerequisites

Motivated students from any undergraduate major are eligible to apply to this program. However, students who have not completed the required prerequisite courses as part of their prior undergraduate program must successfully complete those courses prior to applying.

Before taking nursing classes, you must have completed the following 10 courses (you may have already taken many of these for your first degree; some restrictions apply).

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (within 10 years)
  • Microbiology (within 10 years)
  • One semester of Inorganic Chemistry and One semester of Organic Chemistry, or CHEM 109 or Chemistry 109 (within 10 years)
  • Pathophysiology (within 10 years)
  • Genetics (within 10 years)
  • Statistics 
  • Developmental Psychology through the Lifespan
  • Nutrition (2-credit nursing course)

A grade of C+ or better must be achieved in all prerequisite courses. Students who receive less than a C+ in one required prerequisite course may repeat that course. Any student who receives below a C+ in more than one prerequisite course would not be eligible for the PATH program.

An academic adviser in the Office of University Admissions will review your transcript to determine if prerequisite courses taken at another institution are transferable.

» View course requirements for the PATH Second Degree Nursing Program


For further information, please contact:

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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