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Accelerated BSN Program Details

For Applicants Who Already Possess a Bachelor’s Degree

As an applicant to the Accelerated BSN Program who has earned a previous degree, or is close to earning a degree, you are on a direct route to NCLEX-RN licensure and will be enrolled in the BSN Prep Pathway where you will fulfill the Accelerated BSN Program pre-admission requirements, including prerequisite courses, listed below. All prerequisite courses can be completed at TESU.

The BSNA-Prep Pathway is not an academic degree program, but rather a pathway designed to assist students in preparing for completion of the application to the Accelerated BSN Program. Students participating in this preparatory program are considered non-matriculated (visiting) students for the distinct purpose of completing all requirements for entry into the Accelerated BSN Program and will maintain University applicant status. Please contact a W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions Advisor at nursing@tesu.edu, who will help guide you through this portion of the application process.

Acceptance into the BSNA-Prep Pathway is not a guarantee of acceptance into the Accelerated BSN Program; a student’s complete application will be reviewed following completion of all admission requirements using a holistic admission process and the student will be enrolled if accepted into the program. There are no time limits on fulfilling prerequisite course requirements, however, they must be completed prior to acceptance into the Accelerated BSN Program. Your application remains active for one year.

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Current Students

p: 609-633-6460
e: nursing@tesu

Prospective Students

p: 609-777-5680
e: admissions@tesu.edu

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This 60-credit full-time nursing program enables non-nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in 15 months. The program is comprised of:

  • 26 credits of online courses
  • 34 credits of on-campus courses
  • Clinical experiences each BSNA Unit
BSNA Program Course Calendar
BSNA Unit Courses
1 Hybrid: Online:
2 Hybrid: Online:
3 Hybrid: Online:
  • N/A
4 Hybrid: Online:
5 Hybrid: Online:
6 Hybrid: Online:
7 Hybrid: Online:
8 Hybrid: Online:

*These graduate-level courses give students nine graduate credits that will apply to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree requirements at Thomas Edison State University upon acceptance to that degree program. Students planning on advancing their degree into the MSN program must get a B or better in these courses. Accelerated BSN students may apply to the MSN program after successful completion of the BSN program and passing the NCLEX-RN®.

The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to preparing skilled nurse clinicians who promote health and well-being across diverse populations and communities. We use a rolling and holistic admissions process enabling qualified applicants to reserve seats in upcoming cohorts.

  1. Submit Your Application

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

    1. All official transcripts (GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred) Find out how to submit your transcripts
    2. Contact information for two references (academic and/or professional)
    3. 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
  2. Completing Requirements After your preliminary application is complete, your transcripts will be evaluated, and you will be welcomed to TESU as a BSNA-Prep student. BSNA-Prep is not a degree program, but a pathway designed to help you complete the BSNA application process. As a BNSA-Prep student, you can:
    • Review the evaluation of transfer credits
    • 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 in each of the subcategories 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.
  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 into the program.

    Applications are reviewed and interviews are scheduled all year. Acceptance into a program cohort is on a first come, first service 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

Before taking any courses, make sure to contact our Program Advisor at nursing@tesu.edu. There are no time limits on prerequisite courses. All prerequisite course and general education requirement credits must be completed prior to acceptance into the program.

Prerequisite Courses Required Credits Required Grade Test for Credit?
Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab 4 C (73) or better No
Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab 4 C (73) or better No
Microbiology with Lab 4 C (73) or better No
Chemistry 3 C (73) or better No
Nutrition 3 C (73) or better Yes*
Statistics 3 C (73) or better No
Ethics 3 Passing Yes*
Introduction to Sociology 3 Passing Yes*
Introduction to Psychology 3 Passing Yes*
Developmental Psychology (Across the Lifespan) 3 Passing Yes*

*Please check with your W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions Advisor at nursing@tesu.edu for more information on test for credit and accepted exams.

General Education Requirements
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15 credits total
  • Written Communication (6)
  • Oral Communication (3)
  • Quantitative Literacy (3)
  • Information Literacy (3)
B. Civic and Global Learning 9 credits total
  • Diversity (3)
  • Ethics (3)
  • Civic Engagement (3)
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 15 credits total
  • Social Science/History/Humanities (9)
  • Additional credits from 2 categories (6)
D. Scientific Knowledge 6 credits total

To be met upon completion of the BSN degree program

  1. Integrate current knowledge, ethical principles, evidence-based findings, and clinical reasoning to direct nursing practice decisions.
  2. Apply principles of cultural humility and cultural sensitivity to interpersonal relationships and client/population-focused care.
  3. Participate in interprofessional collaboration to promote optimal client outcomes.
  4. Explore the effects of health policy on the financing, organization, and delivery of healthcare to individuals and populations.
  5. Employ a range of information technologies and ethical standards to acquire knowledge, manage data, communicate information, and guide and validate nursing practice.
  6. Demonstrate leadership skills and professionalism based on an understanding of the multidimensional role of the professional nurse.
  • Proficiency in using a computer, browsing the Internet, and sending and receiving email (including attachments)
  • For students of foreign universities, all transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. An official course-by-course evaluation must be submitted with your application.
  • If the applicant has taken English I and English II 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 and Health Professions has the discretion to require an applicant to take the TOEFL Exam regardless of the student’s native language if there is a concern about the student’s ability to communicate in English.
  • Clinical compliance requirements must be met at the start of the program in order for students to meet the program’s mandatory clinical experience components. Clinical compliance requirements for students include, but are not limited to, a clear criminal background check, drug screen, proof of immunity or immunization for all vaccine-preventable diseases and professional liability insurance and major medical health insurance coverage. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.