BS in Nursing

Academic Programs | BS in Nursing

Program Description

Succeeding in the demanding and rewarding field of nursing requires first-rate education. Rutgers encourages intellectual inquiry and rewards hard work. As nurse researchers and practitioners, Rutgers' professors bring depth and quality to the classroom, laboratory, and clinical environment. The guidance our students receive will prepare them for a lifetime of professional achievement. Rutgers prepares nursing's best.

The BS in Nursing Program Offers:

  • The quality and value of a Rutgers University education.
  • Direct admission to the School of Nursing.
  • Strong affiliations with acute care teaching hospitals, long term care facilities, and community/home health agencies. The School of Nursing is well respected in health care and academic communities in New Jersey and throughout the nation.
  • Undergraduate program offerings in both Newark and New Brunswick campuses. There is also a Bachelor’s degree completion offered on the Camden County College - Blackwood campus.
  • Excellent preparation for an advanced degree.
  • Outstanding Educational Opportunity Fund Program.


Deadline to Apply

  • Priority Deadlines and Application Availability (High School Students)

    High school applicants should make sure their online application is complete and submitted no later than December 1, during the senior year of high school for Priority Deadline. Students wishing to apply for Early Action should submit their application by November 1 of their senior year in high school. Early Action applicants will receive non-binding, nonrestrictive online decision notification by January 31. Priority Deadline applicant will receive online decision notification by February 28. Once the recommended application dates have passed, students may still apply and will be considered on a rolling basis in the order that the applications and supporting credentials are received.

    The Office of University Undergraduate Admissions requires the following information to have a completed application on file:

    • Completion of the online application form, including self-reported high school grades
    • Official SAT or ACT scores sent directly to Rutgers from the testing agency
    • Paid the current application fee

    Only the above information is required to make a decision for admission to our program. No personal statements, letters of recommendation, or essays are required. Our admission application forms provide multiple opportunities for applicants to describe their accomplishments, activities, community service,employment, family obligations and personal experiences.

  • Transfer students (Rutgers only)



    Currently enrolled Rutgers undergraduate students working toward a degree who wish to apply for admission to the School of Nursing should submit an online school-to-school transfer application available at the School-to-School transfer website.

    School-to-School transfer applications for the School of Nursing may be submitted online from February 1 to June 1 for the fall semester. The School of Nursing does not accept school-to-school transfer applications for the spring semester.

    • College-to-college transfer applicants are required to have completed 24 degree credits at Rutgers before transferring to another Rutgers academic unit.
    • Grade point average of 3.3 or higher (Students are selected on a competitive basis therefore the GPA required for an actual offer of admission may be higher depending on the applicant pool).


Application info

Admission criteria

As a university committed to undergraduate education, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, provides a baccalaureate program of exceptional academic quality for those entering the profession of nursing. The School of Nursing offers a comprehensive four-year Bachelor of Science degree in nursing for those pursuing a career in the profession of nursing.

Admission to the School of Nursing is open for the Fall semester of each year for high school students enrolling in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program. The Baccalaureate Nursing Program is a four-year academic program leading to a Bachleor of Science with a major in Nursing degree for students applying directly from high school.

Criteria for Admission

In general, the School of Nursing will expect a student who is applying directly from high school to have completed the following courses:

English:  4 years
Foreign Language: None required
Mathematics:  3 years, including algebra I, geometry, algebra II
Science:  1 year each of biology and chemistry
Other Courses:  7 other academic courses
Total:  16 academic courses

Please note that these are the minimum requirements for your file to be reviewed for admission. Additional coursework in other areas of study, as well as a balance of other activities will also be considered during the review process.

The admissions review will look at the type of coursework that has been completed in high school. Above and beyond the basic requirements for graduation, they will look for college preparatory courses that challenge you as a student. Students who pursue additional coursework in the core curricular areas will give themselves a better opportunity for admissions consideration because they will have completed more coursework. Courses in Advanced Placement subjects, Honors Programs, and other areas of study that demonstrate a student’s ability to manage intensive course credit loads will be taken into account. College coursework completed while in high school will be considered as well, however, this will not be a significant determining factor in acceptance.

Extra-curricular activities will be considered.  We are interested in students who have challenged themselves academically, socially, and culturally and who have been able to balance the responsibilities that are inherent in each area.

The average SAT score for admission consideration depends on competitiveness of the applicant pool.  There is no singular score that is recognized as a median. However, as with anything else in applying to college, the higher the SAT scores, the better your chances. Should you decide to take the SATs more than once the University will accept a combination of the highest scores received.

These elements of the entire admissions application, from transcript to SAT scores to extra-curricular activities, to personal statements, are taken into consideration to determine admission into the program.




The curriculum focuses on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness, and disease management and includes information about healthcare technologies using evidence based practice. The liberal arts education core provides a strong foundation for developing clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills required in professional nursing

Download Curriculum Sheet - Newark (pdf)

Download Curriculum Sheet - New Brunswick (pdf)

The curriculum for the nursing program on the Newark and New Brunswick campus is identical however course names and numbers may differ.

  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Expository Writing I or English Composition I
  • Research in the Disciplines or English Composition II
  • Anthropology/Cultural Studies
  • Intro to Sociology
  • History/Political Science/Economics
  • Humanities
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • History, Trends & Issues in Health Care Delivery
  • General Elective
  • Microbiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Organic BioChemistry
  • Statistics
  • Life Span: A Holistic Approach (Dev Psych)
  • Human Interactive Processes
  • Culture, Lifestyle, and Health
  • Nutrition
  • Technology Elective
  • General Elective
  • Foundations of Nursing Practice
  • The Childbearing Family
  • Health & Illness of Children & Adolescents
  • Health & Illness of Adults & Older Adults I
  • Pharmacotherapeutics
  • Research Process Applied to Evidence-based Nursing Practice
  • Health Assessment
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Health & Illness of Adults & Older Adults II
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Leadership & Management
  • Nursing Review
  • Literature
  • General Elective



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