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BSNA Admissions Process FAQs

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree (non-nursing) from a regionally accredited college or university prior to acceptance with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the previous bachelor’s degree.
  • Completion of all general education and nursing prerequisites prior to acceptance.
    • Minimum grade of C (73) in each prerequisite science courses, as well as statistics.
    • A grade of B (83) or better in any prior nursing courses.
    • Applicants may not receive credit by examination for science or math prerequisites.
  • Completion of the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) Exam within 9 months of the application deadline date and submission of 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 higher is required for all content area scores and overall scores.
  • Submit a completed application, with the required documents and a non-refundable fee (waived for TESU alumnae and if you apply during an information session).
    • A completed application with all required documents must be received in the Office of Admissions by February 1st for the April cohort and July 1st for the October cohort.
    • Applications are not evaluated by the Admissions Committee until they are complete with all of the required documents.
  • Attend an in-person interview (we will schedule this for you).

Required Documents

  • Online Application with non-refundable fee
  • Resume
  • ATI 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
  • Contact information for 2 references (academic and/or professional)
  • Official (unopened) transcripts from every school attended


Apply Online

  • Apply online via or
    • 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 (resume, personal statement, contact information for 2 references) to

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

  • Official Transcripts and ATI TEAS Score Reports should be sent to the Office of Admissions (same address as address above) or select vendors can email transcripts. Please view the Sending in Transcripts and Other Documentation for Evaluation webpage.
  • You may call the Office of Admissions to check on your documents/application status (609) 777-5680.

A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred, but you can still apply and your application materials will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.


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 70% or better
  • Official (unopened) transcripts from every school attended

When your completed application is received, an official Academic Transcript Evaluation is conducted. After your Evaluation is completed, your application is then sent to the School of Nursing for review by the Admissions Committee.


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.


Yes. Written and Oral Test of English as a Foreign Language is required if your native language is not English and you have not been in the United States (U.S.) for 5 years. Exceptions are made for students who have taken courses of English Composition 1 and 2 in an accredited U.S. college or university. TESU require a minimum score of 100 (internet-based test).

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.


Go to, 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.

The ATI TEAS Exam must be taken within 9 months of the application deadline dates:

  • February 1st for the April cohort
  • July 1st for the October cohort

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