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RN to BSN/MSN Admissions Process

Provisional Admission

Start your BSN before you graduate! This program is open to students who are awaiting RN licensure, including:

  • Students in an RN diploma program of nursing
  • Graduates of an RN diploma program of nursing
  • Students in a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States for an associate degree in nursing
  • Graduates of a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States with an associate degree in nursing

Provisionally admitted students have one year from the date of Provisional Admission to obtain RN licensure. Failure to do so within that time, will result in removal from the program.

Full Admission

Full admission is open to to students who already have RN licensure, including:

  • Graduates of an RN diploma program of nursing
  • Graduates of a regionally-accredited college of university in the United States with an associate degree in nursing
  • Graduates of a recognized foreign institution with an associate degree in nursing

A current and valid RN license, recognized in the United States, must be submitted for full admission to the program.

Applicants must submit:
  • A completed application, with a nonrefundable fee
  • All official transcripts
  • a current RN license valid in the United States
    • For your application to be processed, the University must be able to validate your RN license. If your state does not have an online RN license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current RN license validation  in the United States.

RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN Applicants

Please send all college-level examination score reports and official diploma nursing school and regionally-accredited college or university transcripts to:

Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

MSN and Graduate Nursing Certificate Applicants

Please send official transcripts from all attended higher education institutions (diploma nursing program, associate degree program, BSN program, graduate program) to:

ATTN: Graduate Studies Office of Admissions
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

Applicants for the Graduate Nursing Certificate program must have an official transcript sent from all institutions of higher education attended, including institution where the master’s degree in nursing was awarded. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Admissions in unopened sealed envelopes with signatures across the seals.

Additional Requirements and Notes

Two years experience in nursing is recommended for the MSN degree program and the Graduate Nursing Certificate program.

Students must have evidence of a valid RN license and malpractice insurance before registering for NUR-529: Public Health Nursing. Students are required to provide documentation to a vendor selected by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.

Students must have evidence of a valid RN license and malpractice insurance before registering for practicum courses in the MSN degree and graduate nursing certificate programs.

Students must be proficient in using a computer, browsing the internet, and sending/receiving email (including attachments).

International Transcripts

TESU will not evaluate transcripts from other countries and there is no need to send them to us. If you are transferring foreign credit, the University will accept credit recommendations, with a required course-by-course evaluation completed by any of the following agencies:

Following receipt of the required documents, an academic program evaluation showing how previously completed credits apply to degree requirements will be completed and made available to students enrolled in the BSN degree program via myEdison. Students in the MSN degree program and the Graduate Nursing Certificate program will have credits transcripted as graduate courses are completed and credits are applied to program requirements. Graduate nursing students may view their academic evaluations online via myEdison.

All costs associated with the international credit evaluation are the responsibility of the student. The University reserves the right to make its own determination on the amount and type of credit to be awarded based on the evaluations provide by these agencies. An enrolled student may transfer a maximum of 90 credits from international institutions.

Thomas Edison State University does not participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Therefore the University does not sponsor foreign national students for F-1 or J-1 visa status. Course-by-course credit recommendations will be reviewed by Thomas Edison State University based upon existing transfer and degree policies in place at the time of application.