Rutgers State University of New Jersey has a very long history. With over 250 years from when the pioneer college was founded, Rutgers has grown in bounds to be one of the most recognized colonial, public land-grant and research institutions in the US. In particular, Rutgers-Camden history can be traced back to 1920 when two schools: college of South Jersey and South Jersey Law schools joined. In 1950, the two colleges became part of Rutgers State University system and became Rutgers-Camden. It is one of the 3 campuses of the Rutgers State University besides Rutgers-New Brunswick and Newark.
Nursing Program at Rutgers-Camden
Rutgers-Camden has offers two baccalaureate nursing programs: an entry-level program for recent high school graduates and registered nurses (RN) to Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) completion program. There is also a school nurse certification program for nurses wishing to work in schools. In mid 2011, the university formed the school of nursing with the aim of developing the existing programs in addition to introducing graduate nursing programs. Rutgers-Camden nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.
Four-Year BSN Program
This is the traditional generic track designed for high school graduates with no prior nursing experience. The track has a curriculum that spans four full time academic years. Liberal arts, science and nursing courses are integrated in the curriculum throughout the four years. This means that students starts on nursing courses as early as the first year and liberal arts and general education courses even in the senior year.
Basically, the curriculum is designed to academically prepare students to take the NLCEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. Successful students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.
RN to BSN Program
The RN to BSN completion track is designed for registered nurse graduates of associate or hospital diploma programs. RN must have valid and current license for New Jersey to be eligible to apply. Courses offered are upper division nursing courses designed to build upon prior nursing experiences. The program admits new students for classes starting fall and spring semesters.
Successful registered nurses may transfer up-to 60 credits of lower division courses. Upon acceptance, all students automatically receive 33 nursing credits in advanced standing in recognition of the RN license. The other 28-credits must be evaluated against Rutgers general education and liberal arts courses to facilitate their transfer. Outstanding courses may be completed at other college or universities but the last 30 credits towards the BSN must be completed from Rutgers school of nursing. Courses offered at Rutgers are completed on a hybrid of online and live classroom sessions.
The school of nursing at Rutgers-Camden also offers two off-campus programs for the RN to BSN tracks. As such, graduates of associate or diploma nursing programs of Atlantic Cape & Camden Counties and beyond can complete a BSN at:
Atlantic Cape Community College
Camden County College- Blackwood
Rutgers State University of New Jersey Camden
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