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Second Degree Baccalaureate Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

Do you need to do an interview for the Second Degree program?
Answer: No.

When will admission decisions go out?
Answer: Following completion of your application (which includes supporting materials), applicants typically receive their decision within 4-6 weeks.

What is the minimum GPA to be accepted into the program?
Answer: We prefer a 3.3 GPA or above.

How many students do you accept?
Answer: Approximately 60 each campus

What is the difference between programs in your two locations?
Answer: The program is identical on both the Newark and New Brunswick campuses.

What are the requirements to apply to the program?
Answer: Visit our website for the most updated admission criteria.

Do Second degree students qualify for financial aid?
Answer: Yes. Visit the financial aid website for more information.

Is admission solely based on your GPA?
Answer: No. The application review is a holistic review of the entire student. All information submitted is considered.

Prerequisite Questions

Can the prerequisite courses be from several institutions as long as they are 2 or 4 year colleges?
Answer: Yes. All institutions must be regionally accredited.

Are you allowed to have repeated pre-requisite science courses?
Answer: Yes. You are allowed to have previously repeated science courses.

Should all pre-requisite courses be complete before submitting application?
Answer: Yes. We recommend all pre-requisite courses are complete before you submit your application. While it is strongly recommended that all pre-requisite courses be completed at the time of application, students who have 2 non-science prerequisite courses following the application deadline will be considered.  All prerequisite courses must be completed by the time the student enters Rutgers School of Nursing.

Can prerequisites be taken at University of Phoenix online (including online virtual labs)?
Answer:  Yes.  We will accept online courses completed at University of Phoenix online with virtual labs.

Do you accept CLEP?
Answer: Yes. We accept CLEP for Lifespan: Growth & Development. The CLEP exam is Human Growth and Development. All students need a score of 50 or higher.

Do you accept online pre-requisite courses including lab courses?
Answer: Yes. We accept online courses from any regionally accredited school. Science courses are required to have a virtual lab completed.

Are my pre-requisite courses equivalent to the needed pre-requisite courses? 
Answer: Unfortunately, we are not able to do course by course evaluations, but we ask that you use our pre-requisite guide to assist you.

General Questions

Where do you send students for clinicals?
Answer: We have over 375 clinical partnerships, students are expected to travel when they have clinical. We have sites close to both Newark and New Brunswick campuses, but you may have to travel outside of local campus area.

What are the usual hours a student takes classes?  
Answer: Classes are usually held in the day time.

Can international students apply to this program?
Answer: No.

Is clinical during the day or evening?
Answer: Both - and on the weekends.

Do you have on campus housing for students?
Answer: Yes. Housing arrangements are made with Rutgers Housing.  Please visit to contact Housing

Are students required to have a car?
Answer: A student will have to travel to clinical at various days and times, so we strongly encourage students to have reliable transportation.

Are any of the courses in the program online or all on campus?
Answer: This is a full-time in-person program.

Do students ever need to travel between both campuses or are all classes taken on one campus?
Answer: Most classwork is completed on the campus you were admitted, but there are times that students may have to go to the other campus (Newark/New Brunswick).

What is the general cost of books for the program?
Answer: This is a snapshot of our 2016-2017 cost of attendance.




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