BSN Programs in New Jersey


Bloomfield College
467 Franklin St
, Bloomfield NJ 07003
The 4 year BSN at Bloomfield is designed for candidates who apply as freshmen or transfer students from other colleges. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Upon admission, students take 24 nursing & supporting courses and 9 courses in general education.

It is a direct-admit program and students do not need prior courses to be eligible for admittance.  Upon completion of the entire curriculum, students take an exit exam which determines whether they are eligible for the NLCEX-RN exam. Students that pass this exit exam become eligible to take the state’s NLCEX registered nurses exam to become licensed.

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Fairleigh Dickson University-Teaneck

285 Madison Ave, Madison NJ 07940

At Teaneck, FDU is located at the Metropolitan campus: a suburban area a few miles from New York City. The CCNE accredited 4-year bachelor of nursing degree is offered to recent high school graduates and is one of the 3 tracks of the university leading to the BSN degree. Henry P Becton School of nursing has options for full time and part time learners taking the BSN degree.  A unique factor about this program is that theory nursing courses starts as early as the freshman so as to acclimate students for clinical rotations and laboratory experience at the start of sophomore year. As such students are assigned to individual mentors and advisors early to help them with the rapid progression into the professional nursing phase. Advanced standing may be offered to transfer students that have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on pre-nursing courses. In New Jersey, FDU has other campuses at Florham in Florham Park, and in Hackensak, NJ.

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Felician College

265 S. Main St, Lodi NJ 07644

With a strong framework of liberal arts, Felician College BS in nursing ensures a holistic approach to patient care. As a catholic-affiliate college, all students receive spiritual growth and nurturing during their stay at the college. The program welcomes freshman high school graduates, transfer students and non-nursing major internal transfers. Freshmen come in as Pre-nursing students to complete the general education curriculum and liberal arts courses.  Such courses must be completed by the end of the second year failure to which leads to disqualification from the entering the nursing program at junior year. Each of the three classes of applicants to the program has different and unique admission requirements and interested students can check with the university website for specific details.  Generally, the curriculum of 133 credit hours can be completed within 4 years but should not exceed 7 years. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be retained in the program and to be eligible for graduation.

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Georgian Court University

900 Lakewood Ave, Lakewood NJ 08701

The relatively new baccalaureate nursing degree at Georgian Court is designed for entry-level students and preferably recent high school graduates. Transfer students may be accepted but only on a space-available basis. The program is designed to be taught on a full time basis spanning four academic years. In offering the nursing program, the university has partnered with Meridian Health to offer state-of-the art clinical practice facilities and simulation labs. During the first year, students take general education courses and are introduced to foundation nursing courses starting in the sophomore year.  Upon completion of the first 2 years, students are evaluated for selection and admission into the nursing major for junior and senior years.   During the junior and senior years, nursing courses are taken on a full semester load and students specialize on nursing leadership and immersion experiences during the very last semester.  GCU-Meridian Health partnership enables nurse graduates participate in the Center for Talent Selection to secure their first jobs at the premier heath facilities in the Meridian System.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey

505 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah NJ 07430

The generic undergraduate nursing track is one of the pathways of preparing BSN qualified nurses alongside the RN to BSN track. The program is offered on a 2+2 model such that all general education courses must be completed in the first 2 years before starting on the purely nursing courses in the last two years. Ramapo College offers this program in cooperation with two Magnet-Designated hospitals of New Jersey: The Valley Hospital and Englewood Hospital and Medical center. In this co-op format, students start-off the first 4 semesters at Ramapo College by completing general education courses. When such are completed with an average GPA of 2.0 or better, students become eligible to start on the nursing courses offered exclusively at the two medical centers. Courses in the medical centers are taught by master-prepared nurses who have been granted clinical associate faculty status from the college.  To be become eligible for graduation and the NLCEX-RN exam, students must complete the minimum curriculum of 128 credits.

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Rutgers University-Camden

311 N 5th St, Camden NJ 08102

With the 2010 pioneer class of the undergraduate bachelor of nursing program being 50, Rutgers-Camden is hoping to increase the annual admission to 75 students.  The 4-year pre-licensure track is exclusively designed for first time students who start as freshmen at Rutgers-Camden and finish there. However, transfer students may be accepted on a limited and space-permitting basis. After the first year general education courses, students may apply for admittance in the nursing major. On the same note, students may opt to continue with the second year and apply for the major at the junior level. Clinical sessions are held in numerous medical centers sprawling all over Delaware valley and South of the state. Besides the nursing curriculum, the university runs a chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and the Eta Mu chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International.

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Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Newark

180 University Ave, Newark NJ 07102

Rutgers Newark offers a generic-4 year baccalaureate nursing curriculum leading to the bachelor of nursing degree.  It is offered in two campuses of the University at Newark and New

Brunswick.  Students are admitted directly into the program eliminating the need of a supplemental nursing application typical of many programs. However, selection of successful candidates from the applicant pool is very competitive.  High school seniors who apply to the program are given priority admission based on high school courses taken, personal statements and SAT/ACT scores.  On the other hand, transfer students who meet admission requirements may be directly admitted to the school of nursing for the BSN. For both cases, there is only one admission cycle for classes starting fall semester. The curriculum starts with a strong set of liberal arts courses coupled with general education and non-nursing support courses and then advances to the clinical and professional courses. Students may also take the School Teacher Certificate program as a minor while on the BSN curriculum.

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Saint Peters College

2641 John F Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City NJ 07306

The CCNE accredited BSN entry-level program is offered on SPC’s Jersey City campus. It is open to both recent high graduates and transfer students of other colleges and universities. The program is taught in a manner that upholds the Jesuit Traditions of the university founders hence has a strong component of theology, philosophy and liberal arts courses. Freshman students start with a pre-nursing major status which lasts up-to the end of freshman year. By the sophomore year, students may apply to the nursing major to start on the nursing course sequence. The university admits students once annually for the BSN for classes starting spring semester. Candidates must take the TEAS V test and earn a score of 78% or better in addition to having a minimum GPA of 3.0 in first year courses. SAT scores of 1000: 500 verbal and 500 Math are also required from pre-nursing students and those changing majors at SPC but not for transfer cases.

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Seton Hall University

400 S. Orange Ave, South Orange NJ 07079

The BSN program at Seton Hall is meant for both transfer and entry-level students looking forward to become registered nurses. The program has a full time curriculum consisting of a minimum of 125 credit hours. For freshman students who spend 4 years at the university, liberal arts courses and general science courses form the first 2 years of the curriculum package.  Transfer students generally join the program at the junior level if their courses for transfer match those of Seton Hall. At junior and senior level, students take major nursing courses and intensive clinical experience and community nursing. In every course, a student must earn a grade “C” or better in order to progress through to the next semester. Upon graduation, students can be offered careers and internship opportunities in various programs through the university’s Career Center.

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The College of New Jersey

2000 Pennington Rd Ewing NJ 08628

TCNJ baccalaureate nursing degree for entry-level students is designed to take 4 rigorous full time academic years. New freshman students do not require any prior courses besides a high school diploma. Upon admission, students can indicate the BSN major as their program of choice. The freshman year has a curriculum packed with general education courses only while nursing courses starts on a full semester load in the 1st semester of sophomore year. Transfer students who have completed some college credits may apply to the program and start at sophomore level. Students interested in serving in the Forces as commissioned corps may apply for the Army ROTC program or the Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) scholarship programs open to students at sophomore level and above. Besides the BSN curriculum, students can become member of the Students Nurses Association while very talented students can become inducted in the Delta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway NJ 08205

The 4 –year bachelor of nursing track at Stockton is designed for recent high school graduates who have at least SAT scores of 1100. Applicants looking forward to enter as freshmen must also have completed 2 years of a foreign language and math, 4 years English and 3 years of history and sciences.  Admission to the program requires only one step and as such, students do not require another application for the major. Even though the program is relatively new; with the pioneer class that graduated in 2010, numerous applications are received and admission becomes selective and very competitive. New students are selected once annually for fall start date. Transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 3.2 may apply for admission to the major.

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William Paterson University

300 Pompton Rd, Wayne NJ 07470

Starting fall of 2010, William Paterson College BSN curriculum was revised requiring students to have completed all prerequisite courses before taking any nursing course.  Such general education courses can be completed online, during weekends, evening or day options. No courses outside of nursing courses are allowed in the major phase. Students of the major phase are admitted twice annually in Fall and spring to take a sequence of nursing courses lasting 2 years on a full time basis. However, students may apply for the part time option but the professional curriculum must be completed within 6 semesters. At major level, different classes of students including change of major, transfer and undeclared majors are also welcome to apply. Each category of students has unique admission requirements.  For academically endowed students, the university runs the active Iota Alpha chapter of the STTI.

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