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New Course Descriptions and Prerequisites

Please see the University Catalog for the most current course descriptions and prerequisites.

Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program must have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree (non-nursing) from a regionally accredited college or university completed prior to acceptance.
  • An earned cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the previous degree.
  • All science prerequisites completed within five years prior to the start of the program.
  • Grade of B or better on all prerequisite science and statistics courses.
  • Completed general education and nursing prerequisites prior to full acceptance into the program.
  • The ability to meet all essential requirements of the clinical program.
  • A score of 70% or higher on the ATI TEAS Exam within nine months of application deadline
  • Criminal background check, drug screen, health and immunization verification, malpractice and health insurance, and CPR certification are required after acceptance.
  • Proficiency in using a computer, browsing the Web and sending and receiving e-mail including attachments.
  • All Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN applicants apply through Nursing CAS, except TESU alumni, who should apply through TESU's application link.
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Names and contact information for two (2) academic and/or professional references.
  • Interview is required by invitation
  • For students of foreign universities, all transcripts must be evaluated by any of the agencies listed below. An official course by course evaluation must be submitted with the application.
  • If the applicant has taken English 1 and English 2 at a regionally accredited institution, it is at the discretion of the School of Nursing to require the TOEFL Exam. 


The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing has the discretion to require a nursing student to take the TOEFL regardless of the student's native language if there is a concern about the student's ability to communicate in English.

Because of the rigorous nature of this full-time program, outside employment is strongly discouraged.

*A $500 nonrefundable deposit will be required within two weeks of acceptance into the program in order to secure a place in the program. This deposit will be applied to the student's tuition.

Please submit payments to the Office of Student Financial Accounts, phone (609) 984-4099 or fax (609) 984-4066.

Office of Student Financial Accounts
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

If you have any questions, please email

For Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN applicants applying through TESU, not NCAS:

All official college transcripts and college-level examination score reports to:

Office of Registrar - BSNA
Thomas Edison State University
111 West State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Admissions in unopened sealed envelopes with signatures across the seal. 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:

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.

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 Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program via myEdison.

Please allow at least 4 weeks for evaluation of credit.

BSNA Policy TEAS Testing

Applicants for the Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSNA) program need to take the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) exam 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 70% or better (within the Proficient range) is required in order to be considered for acceptance into the program. The exam must be taken within nine months of the coursework deadline and is required before acceptance into the BSNA program. The applicant is allowed to take the exam twice to achieve the 70% or better, but a wait time of 30 days is necessary after the first attempt.

In order to take the TEAS Exam, the applicant will need to make an account with ATI, and from there the applicant can register for and schedule the exam at a convenient time and location.

The score report can be sent directly from ATI.  It is ordered when registering for the exam.  Choose "Thomas Edison State U BSN" from the list of schools. A score can also be uploaded to the ‘Supporting Information’ section of your NCAS application, or sent to

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