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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 Requirements

The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program requires a minimum of 120 credits:

  • 60 credits in general education and nursing prerequisites earned prior to acceptance
  • 60 credits in W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing credits
  • The 60-credit nursing requirement includes 35 credits of campus-based courses, including clinical experiences, and 25 credits of online nursing courses. All nursing courses will be completed through the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. These courses will be taken as a full-time student and cannot be taken out of sequence. Because of the rigorous nature of the program, outside employment is strongly discouraged.

General Education and Nursing Prerequisite Requirements

The 60-credit requirement in general education and nursing prerequisites provide students with a foundation for professional nursing requirements and graduate study. Appropriate credits may be transferred, earned at Thomas Edison State University or earned through an additional variety of ways. All general education and nursing prerequisite credits must be completed prior to acceptance to the program. All science prerequisites must have been taken within five years prior to the start of program and reflect a grade of B or better for each course. The statistics requirement also requires a grade of B or better. General education and nursing prerequisites include:

General Education and Nursing Prerequisites Credits
Introduction to Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology/Lifespan 3
Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab* 4
Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab* 4
Microbiology with Lab* 4
Chemistry* 3
Nutrition* 3
Ethics 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Statistics 3
Total 33

ATI TEAS Exam

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 65% or better (within the Proficient range) is required in order to be considered for acceptance into the program. The exam must be taken within one year 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 65% 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.

*Courses must be taken within 5 years of start of program

Professional Nursing Requirements

The 60 credit nursing requirement includes 35 credits of classroom - based courses including clinical experiences, and 25 credits of online nursing courses. All nursing courses will be completed through the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. These courses will be taken as a full-time student and cannot be taken out of sequence. Because of the rigorous nature of the program, outside employment is strongly discouraged.

Campus-Based Courses Credits
NUR-320 Introduction to Professional Nursing 7
NUR-328 Health Assessment/ Health Promotion 3
NUR-400 Nursing Care Across the Lifespan 8
NUR-410 Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations 8
NUR-420 Integrating Advanced Nursing Concepts 9
Total 35
Online Courses Credits
NUR-342 Advancing Nursing Practice 3
NUR-418 Nursing Research 3
NUR-428 Leadership and Management in Nursing 3
NUR-443 Public Health Nursing 3
NUR-445 Validating Nursing Competence 4
NUR-529 Health Policy* 3
NUR-531 Nursing Informatics Concepts and Issues* 3
NUR-582 Financial Management in Nursing Practice 3
Total 25

*Three graduate courses, NUR-529 Health Policy, NUR-531 Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues, and NUR-582 Financial Management in Nursing Practice, will be completed by all BSN degree students as part of the professional nursing requirements. These nine graduate credits will apply to MSN degree requirements at Thomas Edison State University on acceptance to that degree program. Students planning on advancing their degree into the MSN program must get a B or better in both of these courses. Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN students may apply to the MSN program after successful completion of the BSN program and passing the NCLEX.

Progression and Graduation Requirements

  • In addition to course exams, clinical requirements and other assignments, students will be required to take a subject matter ATI exam in each of the classroom-based clinical theory courses. Only one course in the program may be repeated one time. A second failure in any course will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students are expected to comply with all clinical guidelines and performance requirements set forth in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program Student Handbook. Any breach of clinical policy may result in dismissal from the program. Students must also be able to meet all the essential requirements of the clinical program.
  • A criminal background check, drug screen, health and immunization verification, malpractice and health insurance, and CPR certification are required during the first course. Students must pass the criminal background check in order to sit for NCLEX as per NJ Board of Nursing regulation.
  • If you are seeking reenrollment in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN, please send this completed form to nursing@tesu.edu. If you have been out of the program for more than one year, you will need to submit a new application.

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