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Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN FAQs

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

  • 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 B (83) in each prerequisite science course, as well as statistics.
  • A grade of B (83) or better in any 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 prerequisites.
  • Submit a completed application, with non-refundable fee (waived for TESU alumnae).
  • A completed application with all required documents must be received in the Office of Admissions by January 29th for the April cohort and July 1st for the October cohort.
  • Take an Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) exam within 6 months of course deadline date and submit a score report. The TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage. A score of 65% or better (in the Proficient range) is required. 

Required Documents

  • Online Application with non-refundable fee
  • Resume
  • TEAS Score Report
  • Personal Statement (500 word limit) which includes:
    • Why you want to be a nurse
    • Why we should accept you into the program
    • Any other items that will assist the Admissions Committee in making a decision
  • Two required letters of recommendation (1 academic and 1 professional; letters of recommendation must be signed, dated, and on letterhead).
  • Official (unopened) transcripts from every school attended
  • Attend an in-person interview (we will schedule this for you).
  • Application are not evaluated by the Admissions Committee until they are complete with all of the required documents.
  • If you are applying through Nursing CAS, please follow their directions for completing the application and uploading of documents. 
  • If you are an alumnus/alumna of TESU, your application fee is waived.  If you are currently attending an information session, your application fee is waived during your attendance of the session.  Please send your supporting documents (#2, #3, #4 as above) to

Office of Registrar – BSNA
Thomas Edison State University
111 West State Street 
Trenton, NJ 08608
or email them to supportingdocs@tesu.edu.

  • Official Transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions (address above) or select vendors can email transcripts.  Please see the electronic transcripts link: https://www.tesu.edu/current-students/Send-Transcripts.cfm  
  • You may call the Office of Admissions to check on your documents/application status (609) 777-5680.
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You can apply, but GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. Your materials will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

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A completed application includes the following required documents:

  • Online Application with non-refundable fee
  • Resume
  • 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.
  • Two required letters of recommendation (1 academic and 1 professional; signed, dated, on letterhead.)
  • ATI TEAS Score Report of 65% or better
  • Official (unopened) transcripts from every school attended
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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.

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Yes.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to meet with the Admissions Committee as part of the competitive admissions selection process.

You are not guaranteed an interview just by submitting your application.

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

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Office of the Registrar – BSNA
Thomas Edison State University
111 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

-All official transcripts must go to the Office of the Registrar
-Please note: Do not send your transcripts to the School of Nursing.

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Transcripts are not evaluated prior to submission of completed application.

Transcripts are evaluated after the completed application is received in the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services.

Transcripts are evaluated by a Transcript Evaluator and a School of Nursing Advisor.

Evaluation times vary, it may take several weeks.

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There are two start dates per year: the April and October terms.

The program takes one year and is offered in four 12-week terms.

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  • Application Fee: $75.00 (TESU); $55.00 (NCAS)
  • $37,354.00 Tuition for 2018-2019 year (Subject to Change)
  • Tuition is paid in four quarterly installments
  • A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is required within two (2) weeks of acceptance into the program in order to secure a place in the cohort. This will be applied to the first term’s tuition.
  • Additional fees throughout program.
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Due to the rigorous and accelerated nature of this program, students are strongly discouraged from working or maintaining any employment while completing this program.

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The BSNA schedule is divided into three educational components: Class, Clinical, and Online Coursework. With the exception of the first term, two days a week will be devoted to in-person learning activities on campus in Trenton, from about 9:00am to 4:00pm. Two days a week will be devoted to clinical/simulation lab experiences from 6:45am to 5:00pm. Occasionally a fifth day of class time or clinical/simulation time will be necessary. Students are responsible for completing online coursework (discussion forum posts, papers) on their own time. 

The October cohort will run from Monday-Friday; the April cohort will run from Tuesday-Saturday.

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  • A $500.00 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 first term tuition.
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Yes, you can get financial aid, but, please be advised that as a second bachelor’s degree student you do not qualify for Pell Grant funding. You must submit your FAFSA form in order to be considered for financial aid. It is advisable to do this as soon as possible. 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. For questions, please contact Financial Aid at (609) 633-9658 or via email at finaid@tesu.edu

Here is a helpful video explaining how to accept financial aid:

Financial Aid and any private loans must be in place and accepted prior to the start of the student’s first term. If a student plans to pay all or a portion of their tuition out of pocket, that payment must be made prior to the first day of class. Student’s with outstanding balances on their accounts will not be permitted to attend class or clinical.

Scholarships are available. Please visit Nursing Scholarships for scholarship information. Also check www.discovernursing.com for scholarship information.

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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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Yes. Written and Oral Test of English as a Foreign Language is required if your native language is not English.

  • A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test)
  • A minimum score of 250 (computer-based test)
  • 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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TESU will not evaluate transcripts from other countries. We will accept 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 TESU:

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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Yes, students are required to purchase books, uniforms, supplies, etc. Estimated associated costs are below:

  • Books: $2,000.00 estimated total for the year
  • Testing/Lab Fee: $1,500.00 (billed in increments over four quarters)
  • Uniform and Supplies: $350.00
  • Criminal Background Check: $150.00
  • CPR (American Red Cross): $110
  • Graduation Application Fee: $300.00
  • NSO Malpractice Insurance: $30.00
  • Health Insurance: Costs vary by plan
  • Approved Nursing Review Course: $400.00
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Yes, visit http://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 609-984-1180 to register.

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Before taking any courses, please check our course catalog to check course equivalency/acceptance. All prerequisite credits MUST BE COMPLETE PRIOR TO ACCEPTANCE INTO THE PROGRAM. All science prerequisites must have been taken within five years of the time of acceptance.

Prerequisite

Credits Req’d

Taken Y/N

Within 5 Years

Required Grade

Grade Earned

Test for Credit?

Statistics

(3)

 

X

B (83) or Better

 

N/A

A&P I w/Lab

(4)

 

YES

B (83) or Better

 

N/A

A&P 2 w/Lab

(4)

 

YES

B (83) or Better

 

N/A

Micro w/ Lab

(4)

 

YES

B (83) or Better

 

N/A

Chemistry

(3)

 

YES

B (83) or Better

 

N/A

Nutrition

(3)

 

YES

B (83) or Better

 

N/A

Ethics

(3)

 

X

Passing

 

 

Intro to Sociology

(3)

 

X

Passing

 

 

Intro to Psychology

(3)

 

X

Passing

 

 

Developmental Psychology

(Across the Lifespan)

(3)

 

X

Passing

 

 

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Statistics: HPS-200 (Statistics for the Health Professional) or STA-201 (Principles of Statistics)

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (w/Lab): BIO-211

Anatomy and 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)

Ethics: PHI-286 (Contemporary Ethics) or PHI-384 (Ethics and the Business Professional)

Intro to Sociology: SOC-101 (Introduction to Sociology)

Intro to Psychology: PSY-101 (Introduction to Psychology)

Developmental Psychology/Lifespan: PSY-211 (Developmental Psychology)

Microbiology w/Lab: BIO-251 (Introduction to Microbiology)

Use Thomas Edison State University’s Course descriptions to determine equivalency to other institution’s courses: https://www.tesu.edu/academics/courses/2016-and-after2

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Yes, except for any science course or statistics (these must be taken as classes and have grades from accredited schools). All science prerequisites must be completed within five years of the time of acceptance.

 

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Credit Type/Course

TECEP Exam

www.tesu.edu/degree-completion/testing.cfm

DSST Exam

www.getcollegecredit.com

CLEP Exam

www.clep.collegeboard.org

Ethics

Environmental Ethics

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

 

 

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Go to www.atitesting.com, create an account, and register for the test at a location convenient for you. Study materials are provided by ATI and can be purchased from their website. Please remember to choose Thomas Edison State University as the destination you wish to send your score.

For October Cohort: TEAS must be completed by July 1, but not earlier than February 1.

For April Cohort: TEAS must be completed by February 1, but not earlier than August 15.

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