Second Degree Baccalaureate Program
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Criteria for Admission
The admission criteria for the Newark campus and New Brunswick campus is identical. Please pay special attention to prerequisite coursework requirements.
- A baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing with a recommended 3.30 GPA (where A = 4.0) or higher.
- A completed application for admission.
- Evidence of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certification for Adult, Child, Infant and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is required to enroll in this program. Admitted students will receive instruction on how to submit this requirement following admission to the program.
The School of Nursing requires 7 prerequisite courses to be completed before entering the program. Your performance in the courses is a key determinant during our selection process. Please read through specific course stipulations thoroughly. The courses are listed below:
- Anatomy and Physiology I w/ Lab – 4 credits
- Anatomy and Physiology II w/ Lab – 4 credits
- Microbiology w/ Lab – 4 credits
- Organic Biochemistry or General Chemistry II w/ Lab – 4 credits
- Nutrition – 3 credits
- Life Span: Growth and Development – 3 credits
- Statistics – 3 credits
*Course Descriptions Guide: View Sample Prerequisite Course Descriptions (pdf)*
Prerequisite Coursework Requirements (No Exceptions)
- All of the prerequisite courses must be Undergraduate 100 level or higher.
- All science prerequisite courses must be completed within 5 years of the start term for the program.
- There is no time limitation on the non-science prerequisite courses.
- An overall grade of (3.0) or higher is required for the science courses.
- A grade of 3.0 or higher is required in both Anatomy and Physiology courses (You must have a 3.0 or higher in EACH course). Students not meeting this requirement are encouraged to retake the course(s).
- All other prerequisite courses are required to be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Courses in Progress Policy for Spring 2019 Applicants
- It is STRONGLY recommended that all prerequisite courses are complete (with grade) when you apply.
- 2 non-science prerequisite courses can be "in progress" beyond the application deadline. You are required to provide proof of enrollment in the course(s) at the point of application.
- Science prerequisite courses are required to be completed prior to the application deadline.
- If your science grade is not available when you initially apply, you are required to provide proof of enrollment in the course(s) at the point of application.
- Proof of enrollments should be provided through NursingCAS or by emailing email@example.com .
- Grade(s) for non-science course(s) in progress must be reported to NursingCAS or School of Nursing before enrolling in the program.
- Grade(s) for science course(s) must be reported to NursingCAS or School of Nursing by the September 15th application deadline or else you will be denied admission.
Courses in Progress Policy for Summer 2019 and Beyond Applicants
- It is strongly recommended that all prerequisite courses are complete (with grade) when you apply!
- 2 non-science prerequisite courses can be “in progress” beyond the application deadline. You are required to provide proof of enrollment in the course(s) at the point of application.
- Proof of enrollments for courses in progress must be mailed to Undergraduate Admissions.
- Grade(s) for non-science course(s) in progress must be reported before enrolling in the program by mailing an updated copy of your official transcript(s) to Undergraduate Admissions.
- All science courses must be complete with grades when you submit the online application! No exceptions! This is a change to our prior policy. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification if needed.
Spring 2019 Applicants
Transcripts documenting graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree; and, all transcripts of all colleges/universities previously attended must be mailed in official format directly to NursingCAS at the following address:
P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471
Summer 2019 and Beyond Applicants
Transcripts documenting graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree; and, all transcripts of all colleges/universities previously attended must be mailed in official format directly to Undergraduate Admissions at the following address:
Office of University Undergraduate Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
65 Davidson Road, Room 202
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8097
Upon admittance to the program, the following items must be completed by the student:
- Current physical examination and required immunizations
- Completion of criminal background check