Accelerated BS in Nursing

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Program Description

The Accelerated BS in Nursing Program, is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field and wish to pursue a second Bachelor's degree. Following completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX examination to become a registered nurse.

Campus: Newark & New Brunswick
Admission timeframe: Fall and Spring
Full-time study is required during this 14-Month program.

The Accelerated BS in nursing degree is based on a prerequisite core of general education and basic, behavioral and social sciences required of all students, and 62 pre-licensure credits of nursing coursework.

There is limited seating. Applications will be reviewed after the application deadline

Why choose this program?
Because you want a rewarding career in a field that is projected to be in high demand in the coming decades.

Why Rutgers?
Rutgers is a great place to learn. We have state of the art simulation labs, a large network of clinical locations, and dedicated professors.

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Deadline to Apply

  • June 1 for Fall Term
  • September 1 Extended to October 1 for Spring Term 2016

Please fill out the 3.0 application

Application and Information

Admission criteria

Prerequisites and other admission requirements are subject to change

Prerequisite courses :

Admission requires a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree in any field other than nursing, as well as completion of the prerequisite courses listed below.

  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 from a regionally accredited College/University baccalaureate institution is preferred.
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II*
    (8 credits with lab)
    • completed within 5 years of acceptance to the program
    • a grade of 3.0 or higher is required in both Anatomy and Physiology courses.  Students not meeting this requirement are encouraged to retake the course (s) at a regionally accredited college or university.  
  • Microbiology (4 credits with lab)*
    • completed within 5 years of acceptance to the program
  • Organic Biochemistry OR General Chemistry II* (4 credits with lab)*
    • completed within 5 years of acceptance to the program
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • LifeSpan: Growth & Development (Developmental Psychology) (3 credits)
  • Nutrition (3 credits)

†All of the prerequisite courses must be undergraduate 100 level or higher and must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher. An overall grade of (3.0) or higher is required for the science courses.
*Courses designed for “science or nursing majors” are highly preferred and must be taken within 5 years of acceptance into the program. No time limitation on all other courses
Final determination of acceptance of pre-requisite courses will be made by the Admissions Committee when your completed application is ready for review (this will be after the deadline date for applications)

View Sample Prerequisite Course descriptions (pdf)

Other requirements:

  1. A completed application for admission.
  2. Transcripts documenting graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree; and, all transcripts of all colleges/universities previously attended. All Official Transcripts must be sent directly to NursingCAS at the following address

    Mail transcripts to:
    P.O. Box 9201
    Watertown, MA 02471

  3. A personal essay of goals and objectives submitted to NursingCAS
  4. A résumé submitted to NursingCAS.
  5. Two recommendation forms submitted electronically via NursingCAS.
  6. Evidence of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certification for Adult, Child, Infant and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) submitted to NursingCAS.
  7. For all supporting documentation, such as enrollment verification or courses in progress, please submit to
For information concerning Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification:

American Heart Association - New Jersey Office
2550 US Highway One
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
phone: 800-242-8721

or view BLS courses at The University Hospital »

Upon admittance to the program, the following items must be completed by the student:

Contact the Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions
School of Nursing
Rutgers, The State University of New  Jersey
65 Bergen Street, Room 601
Newark, NJ 07107

Phone Number: 973-972-3067


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