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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 Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with an Area of Study (AOS) in Health Studies program where you will be able to fulfill the program’s foundational science courses and pre-admission courses and requirements. All prerequisite courses can be completed at TESU.

The AOS in Health Studies pathway is designed to assist students in preparing for completion of the application to the Accelerated BSN Program. All general education and program prerequisite course credits completed while in the Area of Study in Health Studies Program will seamlessly transfer over if you are accepted into the Accelerated BSN program.

As a student in the AOS in Health Studies pathway, you can take advantage of all TESU student services and:

  • Schedule appointments with an advisor from the School of Nursing and Health Professions to discuss any needed prerequisites, including how to prepare for and take the TEAS Exam.
  • Monitor your evaluation of transfer credits, credits earned at TESU (Academic Evaluation) and your progress in completing the Accelerated BSN Program application process.
  • Please visit to complete your application at Thomas Edison State University, reach out to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services at or contact a W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions advisor at with any questions

Acceptance into the AOS in Health Studies degree pathway is not a guarantee of acceptance into the Accelerated BSN Program. A student’s completed application will be reviewed following fulfillment of all admission requirements using a holistic admission process. There is no time limit on fulfilling prerequisite course requirements, however, all requirements must be completed prior to acceptance into the Accelerated BSN Program. Your application remains active for one year.

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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 hybrid 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 all official transcripts. Find out how to submit your transcripts. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
  2. Completing Requirements After your preliminary application is complete, your transcripts will be evaluated, and you will be welcomed to TESU as Bachelor of Science (BS) with an Area of Study in Health Studies program student. As a TESU 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.
    • Submit the required 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 contact information for two references (academic and/or professional)
    • Monitor your progress in the BSNA application process.
    • o Schedule appointments as needed with your advisor from the School of Nursing and Health Professions 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 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
Mathematics 3 C (73) or better Yes*
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 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.
  • Strong foundational and computer software skills. See BSNA Student Handbook for details.
  • 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 drug screen, proof of immunity or immunization for all vaccine-preventable diseases, professional liability insurance, and major medical health insurance coverage. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and completion of a criminal background check are also required. Affiliated agencies and facilities have the right to preclude students who do not have a clear criminal background check. This may result in the inability to complete clinical requirements and complete the program.