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Message from the Dean

Filomela MarshallThank you for your interest in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State University.

I have spent most of my career working in nursing education with students who want to become nurses or who are interested in returning to college to either complete their degree or earn a graduate degree in order to advance their career.

Since 1972, the University’s mission has focused on providing flexible, high-quality collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults.

Since 1983, our School has offered a self-paced, flexible Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program for Registered Nurses (RNs) that has few prerequisites and no time limit for degree completion. During this time, the program has grown in enrollment, and transitioned from an examination-based program to an online mentored program. Our RN to BSN degree program is one of the largest online RN-BSN degree programs in the country.

Building on this success and to further accommodate the needs of RNs for advanced study, the RN-BSN degree program can be customized to an online RN-BSN/MSN degree program. Academic excellence, convenience and flexibility have always been the hallmarks of our BSN program, and the RN-BSN/MSN degree program is built upon the same model. RNs may enter the program as graduates of associate degree and diploma programs of nursing (RN-BSN/MSN option), or as BSN degree graduates (BSN-MSN option). In the RN-BSN/MSN program, a BSN degree will be awarded on completion of BSN degree requirements, which include nine graduate nursing credits. Those students enrolled in the RN-BSN/MSN degree option will continue on to complete MSN degree requirements.

RNs with a master’s degree in nursing may enroll in a 12-to-18 graduate credit Graduate Nursing Certificate program. All programs in the School of Nursing offer open and rolling admissions, flexible credit earning options, no residency requirements and no time limit for degree completion. All online BSN nursing courses are offered quarterly in 12-week terms.

In 2016, the school brought to the University its first doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, (DNP) which is an online program with a specialty area in Systems-Level Leadership that can be completed in 18 months. The program prepares students to lead healthcare organizations.

Additionally, the School offers a 15-month hybrid (online and on-campus) BSN degree program. The Accelerated BSN Program is a full-time BSN degree program that educates pre-licensure students to enter the profession of nursing as beginning practitioners. Graduates of the Accelerated BSN Program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

I wish you success in all of your academic endeavors and look forward to helping you accomplish your educational goals.

If you would like to speak with an admissions counselor please contact us at (609) 777-5680 or via email.

Filomela (Phyllis) Marshall, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean, W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing