RN to BSN/MSN Admissions Requirements
Applicants to all programs offered by the School of Nursing must:
have a current RN license valid in the United States
IMPORTANT: For your application to be processed, the University must be able to validate your RN license. If your state does not have an online RN license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current RN license valid in the U.S. to Office of Admissions, Thomas Edison State University, 111 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608.
- have proficiency in using a computer, browsing the Web and sending and receiving e-mail, including attachments.
- have minimum system requirements to access an online course: access to the Internet, an Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer, or Firefox 2.0 or newer. Additional requirements that may apply to nursing courses are specified in the University Catalog and School of Nursing Student Handbook. Some courses require access to PowerPoint and/or Excel software and a webcam.
- submit a completed application, with nonrefundable fee
- Evidence of a current and valid RN license and malpractice insurance is required at the time the student registers for the Public Health Nursing course in the BSN degree program. Students will be required to provide information to a vendor selected by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.
- Evidence of current malpractice insurance and a current and valid RN license is required at the time the student registers for the Practicum courses in the MSN degree and graduate nursing certificate programs.
- Provisional Admission to the RN-BSN and RN-BSN/MSN programs is open to senior nursing students or graduates of an RN diploma program of nursing, or a regionally accredited college or university in the United State with an associate degree in nursing awaiting RN licensure. Students provisionally admitted to the program may enroll in NUR-340 and NUR-342. Provisionally admitted students will have one year from the date of Provisional Admission to obtain RN licensure. Failure to do so within that time, will result in removal from the program.
- Full Admission to the RN-BSN and RN-BSN/MSN programs requires that the applicant must be a graduate of an RN diploma program of nursing, or a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or recognized foreign institution with an associate degree in nursing. A current and valid RN license, recognized in the United States, must be submitted for full admission to the program.
For RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN applicants:
Please send all official diploma nursing school and regionally accredited college or university transcripts and college-level examination score reports to:
Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State University
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176
For MSN and Graduate Nursing Certificate applicants:
Please send official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended (diploma nursing program, associate degree program, BSN program, graduate program) to:
ATTN: Graduate Studies
Office of Admissions
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
Applicants for the Graduate Nursing Certificate program must have an official transcript sent from all institutions of higher education attended, including institution where the master’s degree in nursing was awarded. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Admissions in unopened sealed envelopes with signatures across the seals. TESU will not evaluate transcripts from other countries and there is no need to send them to us. If you are transferring foreign credit, the University will accept credit recommendations, with a required course-by-course evaluation completed by any of the following agencies:
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)
Center for Applied Research, Evaluations & Education, Inc.
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
World Educational Services, Inc. (WES)
SDR Educational Consultants
SpanTran Evaluation Services
All costs associated with the international credit evaluation are the responsibility of the student. The University reserves the right to make its own determination on the amount and type of credit to be awarded based on the evaluations provide by these agencies. An enrolled student may transfer a maximum of 90 credits from international institutions. 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. Course-by-course credit recommendations will be reviewed by Thomas Edison State University based upon existing transfer and degree policies in place at the time of application.
- Two years experience in nursing is recommended for the MSN degree program and the Graduate Nursing Certificate program.
Following receipt of the required documents, an academic program evaluation showing how previously completed credits apply to degree requirements will be completed and made available to students enrolled in the BSN degree program via myEdison. Students in the MSN degree program and the Graduate Nursing Certificate program will have credits transcripted as graduate courses are completed and credits are applied to program requirements. Graduate nursing students may view their academic evaluations online via myEdison.