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Accelerated BSN Admissions Process FAQs

Step 1: Submit Your Application

The first step in the application process consists of submitting your online application through the TESU Online App and the following supporting documents:

  • All official transcripts (GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred)
  • Contact information for two references (academic and/or professional)
  • A personal statement (approximately 500-800 words) addressing the following:
    • Education and work background
    • Life experiences that influenced your interest in nursing
    • Life experiences that prepared you to care for a diverse population of patients
    • Elements of the TESU Accelerated BSN Program that made you decide to apply
    • Anything else you believe the Admissions Committee should know: life experiences, challenges, successes, or obstacles you encountered that may strengthen your application or showcase your ability to be successful in this accelerated program

Submit your official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar.

Submit your resume (optional), personal statement, contact information for references, online.

Step 2: Completing Requirements

After your preliminary application is complete, your transcripts will be evaluated, and you will be welcomed to TESU as a student in the Bachelor of Science with an Area of Study in Health Studies (BS.HLTSTD) degree program. The BS.HLTSTD degree program can be used as a pathway to help you complete the BSNA application process. As a BS.HLTSTD student, you can:

  • Schedule an appointment with your School of Nursing and Health Professions Advisor to review potential prerequisite or general education courses
  • Take the ATI TEAS Exam and submit your official ATI TEAS Exam Score Report (scores of 70% or better for all content areas and overall scores is preferred)
  • Monitor your progress in the BSNA application process
  • Schedule appointments as needed until your application is complete and ready for review by the Admissions Committee

Step 3: Application Review

When all requirements are complete, your file will be reviewed by the Accelerated BSN Program Admissions Committee, and you may be invited for an interview.

Please note: a completed application does not guarantee an interview invitation. Additionally, an interview does not guarantee admission to the program.

Applications are reviewed and interviews are scheduled all year. Acceptance into a program cohort is on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants who are accepted into the program after the maximum number of cohort seats has been filled will be invited to join the next available program cohort.

All application requirements described in Step 1 and Step 2, including prerequisite courses, must be completed by the following application deadlines:

  • Winter cohorts: October 1st
  • Spring cohorts: February 1st
  • Fall cohorts: June 1st

You may call the Office of Admissions to check on your documents/application status at (609) 777-5680.

If you are applying through NursingCAS, please follow their directions for completing the application and uploading of documents.

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  • Complete 60 college credits (general education requirements and nursing prerequisite courses) at a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Completion of all general education requirements and nursing prerequisite courses prior to acceptance.
    • Minimum grade of C (73) or better in each science prerequisite course as well as statistics
    • Applicants may receive credit by examination for Nutrition, Ethics, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.
  • Complete the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) Exam. Submission of an official score report must happen less than 9 months before the completed application deadline. The  ATI TEAS Exam measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, English, and language usage. A score of 70% or better for all content area scores and overall scores is preferred.
  • Submit an online application, with the required supporting documents, and a nonrefundable application fee. All requirements, including the online application, supporting documents, prerequisite courses, and nonrefundable application fee, must be received by TESU by the application deadline:
    • Winter cohorts: October 1st
    • Spring cohorts: February 1st
    • Fall cohorts: June 1st

Applications are not evaluated by the Admissions Committee until they are complete and all requirements have been met.

  • Attend an interview (we will schedule this for you).
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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.

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A completed application includes the following required supporting documents:

  • Online application with nonrefundable fee
  • A personal statement (approximately 500-800 words) addressing the following: 
    • Education and work background
    • Life experiences that influenced your interest in nursing
    • Life experiences that prepared you to care for a diverse population of patients
    • Elements of the TESU Accelerated BSN Program that made you decide to apply
    • Anything else you believe the Admissions Committee should know: life experiences, challenges, successes, or obstacles you encountered that may strengthen your application or showcase your ability to be successful in this accelerated program
  • Contact Information for two references (academic and/or professional).
  • Official ATI TEAS Exam Score Report
  • All official (unopened) transcripts from every higher education institution you have attended (including Advanced Placement Tests)
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After Step 1 of the BSN Application Process, all applicants are required to take the ATI TEAS Exam. We recommend speaking with the School of Nursing and Health Professions Advisor about the ATI TEAS Exam prior to registering for and scheduling the exam. On ATI’s website, you can register for and schedule the exam at a time/location convenient for you. You can take the exam online with TESU as your exam proctor. Select Thomas Edison State University on ATI’s website.

A score of 70% or better is preferred for all content area scores and overall scores. You are allowed to take the exam two times. We recommend studying/preparing for the exam. Study materials are provided by ATI and can be purchased on their website. Your final ATI TEAS Exam must be taken less than 9 months before the completed application deadline.

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The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions 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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Once you submit your online application and the following supporting documents are received, an official academic transcript evaluation is conducted by the Office of Registrar:

  • All official transcripts
  • Contact information for two references
  • Personal statement

At this point, you can make an appointment with the School of Nursing and Health Professions Advisor to discuss the evaluation results and the next steps in the application process.

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

Please note: a complete application does not guarantee you an interview invitation. Additionally, an interview does not guarantee you admission into the program. Applications are reviewed and interviews are scheduled all year.

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