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RN to BSN Program Details

The BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 credits in the following categories:

General Education Credits
  • 48 credits
  • Provide a broad background knowledge of intellectual & practice skills, human cultures, the physical & natural worlds, and personal & social responsibility
  • Offer a foundation for the professional nursing requirements & graduate study

Professional Nursing Credits
  • 48 credits total
    • 20 credits of lower-division nursing (can be satisfied by transfer credits from an associate degree nursing program or by the award of credit for diploma coursework)
    • 28 credits of upper-division nursing (an be completed through online courses offered by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing)
  • Includes 4 graduate-level courses (12 credits total) which can be applied to the TESU MSN Degree:
    • Advanced Health Assessment
    • Health Policy
    • Nursing Informatics: Concepts & Issues
    • Financial Management for Nursing Practice
Elective Credits
  • 24 credits 
  • Formerly known as "Free Electives"
  • Includes college-level coursework & examinations that don't duplicate other credits
  • A maximum of eight (8) credits can be from physical education activity courses
Technology Requirements

Nursing students are advised to have computer capability compatible with the technology specified for the Thomas Edison State University’s online courses, access to PowerPoint software, and, for selected MSN courses, access to Excel software, a microphone, and a webcam.

Internet Connection (required):

  • High-speed connection is recommended. Speeds below 10 Mbps may cause slower loading times for video-heavy courses.

Operating System:

  • Windows or macOS recommended
  • Linux and ChromeOS may have limited functionality for some of our technology and media tools.


  • Firefox or Chrome recommended
  • Edge/Internet Explorer & Safari may have limited functionality for some of our technology and media tools.

Other Software:

  • All students receive a Thomas Edison State University email account that provides free access to G Suite for Education (Google).
  • Some course tools may require browser plugins or other software to be installed. More information is provided in those courses.

Peripherals for Video Related Activities:

  • Webcam and microphone required. This includes those built into devices. Headphones with built-in microphone recommended
  • Some courses may require additional hardware. Details on these will be included in those specific courses.

Note: Operating systems, browsers, plugins and other software should be kept up-to-date for security purposes and to ensure proper functionality.

For technical (computer) questions relating to online courses, call (609) 777-5680.

Vi-Anne Antrum, DNP

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