Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN FAQs

This section is designed to help answer some of the questions you may have about our nursing program.

What are the admission requirements?

Required Documents

  • A bachelor's degree (non-nursing) from a regionally accredited college or university completed prior to acceptance.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the bachelor’s degree.
  • All science prerequisites must be completed within five years of acceptance.
  • Minimum grade of a B in each prerequisite science course as well as statistics.
  • A grade of B or better in all prior nursing courses.
  • Completion of all general education and nursing prerequisites prior to acceptance.
    • Applicants may not receive credit by examination for science or math pre-requisites.
  • Submit a completed application, with non-refundable fee (waived for TESU alumnae).
    1. Online application with non-refundable fee.
    2. Resume.
    3. Personal Statement (500 word limit) which includes:
      1. Why you want to be a nurse.
      2. Why we should accept you into the program.
      3. Any other items that will assist the Admissions Committee in making
        a decision.
    4. Two required letters of recommendation (1 academic and 1 professional).
    5. Official (unopened) transcripts from each school attended.
  • Attend an in-person interview (we will schedule this with you).
  • Applications are not evaluated by the Admissions Committee until they are complete with all of the required documents.
  • Email supportingdocs@tesu.edu or call the Office of Admissions to check on your documents/application status (609) 777-5680

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My GPA is less than 3.0, should I still apply?

Our program is very competitive. We practice a holistic admission and will look at our applicants entire profile. However, it is very rare that we offer admission to applicants with a GPA below 3.0.

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What comprises a complete application?

Required Documents

  • A complete application includes all of the following required documents:
    1. Online application with non-refundable fee.
    2. Resume.
    3. 500 word Personal statement, which includes:
      1. Why you want to be a nurse.
      2. Why we should accept you into the program.
      3. Any other items that will assist the Admissions Committee in making a decision.
    4. Two required letters of recommendation (1academic and 1 professional). Letters of Recommendation must be signed, dated, and on letterhead.
    5. Official (unopened) transcripts from each school attended.

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What happens once my documents are received and my application is considered complete?
  • When your completed application is received, an official Academic Transcript Evaluation is conducted. This step takes approximately 20 business days.
  • After your Evaluation is completed, your application is then sent to the School of Nursing for review by the Admissions Committee.
  • Email supportingdocs@tesu.edu or call the Office of Admissions to check on your documents/application status (888) 442-8372.

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Is an in-person interview required?

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to meet with the Admissions Committee as part of the competitive admissions selection process. An interview is not guaranteed after applying to the program.

An invitation to interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program, but you cannot be accepted into the program without an interview.

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Where do I send my transcripts?
NCAS applicants must send transcripts directly to NCAS.
TESU alumni applying directly through the University must send transcript to the Office of Admissions using the address below.
Office of Admissions - BSNA
Thomas Edison State University
111 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08608
  • All transcripts must go to the Office of Admissions
  • Please note: You do not send your transcripts to the Registrar’s Office. 
  • Please note: You do not send your transcripts to Nursing.

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When are my transcripts going to be evaluated?
  • Transcripts are not evaluated prior to submission of application.
  • Transcripts are evaluated after the completed application is received in the Office of Admissions.
  • Transcripts are evaluated by a Transcript Evaluator and a School of Nursing Advisor.
  • Evaluation time varies, it may take several weeks.

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What courses do I need to complete the program requirements?
  • New general education requirements went into effect as of July 1, 2013.
  • Before taking any courses, please check our course catalog to check course acceptance/equivalency.
  • All general education and nursing prerequisite credits MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO ACCEPTANCE into the program.
  • All science prerequisites must have been taken within five years prior to the time of acceptance.
Program Requirements Credits
Intellectual and Practical Skills
English Composition 6
Statistics* 3
Intellectual & Practical Skills Electives** 6
Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Introduction to Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology/Lifespan 3
Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab* 4
Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab* 4
Microbiology with Lab* 4
Chemistry* 3
Nutrition* 3
Personal and Social Responsibility
Ethics 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Personal & Social Responsibility Electives** 3
General Education Electives** 12
Total 60

*A grade of B or better is required
**Covered by first bachelor's degree

Prerequisite Credits
Req’d
Required Grade Test for Credit?
Statistics (3) B or Better No
Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab (4) B or Better No
Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab (4) B or Better No
Micro w/lab (4) B or Better No
Chemistry (3) B or Better No
Nutrition (3) B or Better No
Ethics (3) D or Better
-or-
Passing Grade on Test
Yes
Introduction to Sociology (3) D or Better
-or-
Passing Grade on Test
Yes
Introduction to Psychology (3) D or Better
-or-
Passing Grade on Test
Yes
Developmental Psychology
(Across the Lifespan)
(3) D or Better
-or-
Passing Grade on Test
Yes

 

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Which courses at Thomas Edison State University fulfill the course requirements?
    • Anatomy & Physiology 1 (w/lab)
      • BIO 211
    • Anatomy & Physiology 2 (w/lab)
      • BIO 212
    • Chemistry
      • CHE 111--General Chemistry I
        or
      • CHE 112--General Chemistry II
    • Nutrition
      • BIO 208--The Science of Nutrition
    • Statistics
      • HPS 200--Statistics for the Health Professionals
        or
      • STA 201--Principles of Statistics
    • Ethics
      • PHI 286--Contemporary Ethics
        or
      • PHI 384--Ethics and the Business Professional
        or
      • PHI 475--Bioethics
        or
      • SOS 450--Ethics in the Social Sciences
    • Developmental Psychology/Lifespan
      • PSY 211--Developmental Psychology
  • For course suggestions to meet requirements for the Intellectual & Practical Skills Electives, and Personal and Social Responsibility Electives, please review course suggestions here: www.tesu.edu/academics/courses/Gen-Ed-Courses.cfm
  • Use the Thomas Edison State University Course descriptions to determine equivalency to other colleges’ courses: www.tesu.edu/academics/catalog/index.cfm

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Can I select the credit by examination option for any of the required courses?
  • Yes, except for any Science and Statistics prerequisites (which must be taken as classes and have grades from accredited schools). 
  • All science prerequisites must be completed within five years prior to the start of the program. 

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Which testing options fulfill the course requirements?
Credit Type/Course TECEP Exam DSST Exam CLEP Exam
English Composition
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
 
  • College Composition
  • College Composition Modular
Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Business Ethics and Society
  • Ethics in America
 
Developmental Psychology    
  • Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Psychology    
  • Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology
 
  • Introduction to Sociology

 

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How long is the program?
  • The program begins in October at Capital Health.
  • We will potentially have an April 2018 start date in addition to our regular October start date
  • The program takes one year and is offered in four 12-week terms.

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What is the tuition?
  • $37,354.00 -- 2016-2017  (Subject to change)
  • Tuition is paid in four (4) quarterly installments.
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit will be required within two (2) weeks of being accepted into the program in order to secure a place in the cohort.  This will be applied to the first term’s tuition.

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Can I continue to work while I’m a student in this program?

Due to the rigorous nature of this full-time program, outside employment is not permitted.

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What is the Schedule?

The BSNA schedule is divided into three components: Class Time, Clinical Time, and Online Coursework Time.

Two days a week will be devoted to in-person class time on campus in Trenton, from about 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Two days a week will be devoted to clinical/simulation lab time from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Occasionally a fifth day of class time or clinical/simulation time will be necessary to make up missed coursework or account for emergency weather. Students are responsible for completing online coursework (discussion forum posts, papers) on their own time.

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Is there a deposit required to hold my seat once accepted into the program?
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit will be required within two (2) weeks of being accepted into the program in order to secure a place in the cohort. 
  • This deposit will be applied to the student's first term tuition.

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Can I get financial aid?
  • Yes, but
    • Please be advised that as a second bachelor’s degree student you do not qualify for Pell Grant funding. 
    • Further, do not rely on federal and state financial aid to cover your entire tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, uniforms, or other expenses.
    • You may have to seek private, credit-based sources of funding,
      scholarships, etc.
    • Financial Aid package information cannot be determined until full-acceptance. FAFSA must be submitted.
    • For questions, please contact Financial Aid at (888) 442-8372 or via email at finaid@tesu.edu.

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Are scholarships available?

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Can an F-1 Visa student attend Thomas Edison State University for this program?
  • No. Thomas Edison State University does not participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Therefore the University does not sponsor foreign national students for F-1 or J-1 Visa status.

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English is my second language, is there a TOEFL requirement?
  • Yes.  Written and oral Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if your native language is not English.
    • A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test)
    • Or a minimum score of 250 (computer-based test)
    • Or a minimum score of 100 (Internet-based test) is required.
  • Scores should be sent directly from ETS.
    • Photocopied and faxed documents may not be used
  • The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing has the discretion to require a nursing applicant to take the TOEFL, regardless of the applicant’s native language, if there is a concern about a student’s ability to communicate in English.

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If I took the courses outside of the U.S., what do I do with my international transcript?

TESC will not evaluate transcripts from other countries. We will accept the credit recommendations from one of the following agencies when the recommendations are based on a course by course evaluation and sent on an official transcript to TESC.

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)
www.acei-global.org

Center for Applied Research, Evaluations & Education, Inc.
www.iescaree.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
www.ece.org

World Educational Services, Inc. (WES)
www.wes.org

SDR Educational Consultants
www.sdreducational.org

SpanTran Evaluation Services
www.spantran.com

Transcript Research
www.transcriptresearch.com

For a full listing of International Student Policies, as well as contact information for the agencies listed above, please visit our University Catalog.

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Are there any other costs associated with the program?
  • Yes… Students are required to purchase books, uniforms and supplies.  Estimated associated costs:
    • Books:  $2,000.00 estimated total for the year
    • Uniforms and Supplies:  $350.00
    • Criminal Background Check:  $150.00
    • CPR (American Red Cross):  $110/American Heart Association
    • Graduation Application Fee:  $312.00
    • NSO Malpractice Insurance:  $30.00
    • Health Insurance: cost varies by plan
    • Scheduled on Campus Nursing Review Course:  Approximately $400.00
    • ATI Fees: $400

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Can I take any of the prerequisite courses at Thomas Edison State University without enrolling?
  • Yes, visit www.tesu.edu/apply/ then Click the “apply now” button off to the right, create an account or log in, start a “non-matriculated student application.”
  • Or, call 609-633-9242 (Monday- Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm) to register.

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When does the program start?

We currently have two start dates, one in April and one in October. Applications for the April start are due January 15th. Applications for the October start are due July 1st.

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