The faculty and administration of the Rutgers School Nursing are committed to providing timely answers to questions from our students. As such, we have compiled the below list of frequently asked questions to facilitate an expedient answers to your questions.  If you do not see the answers to your questions below, please feel free to reach out to your Academic Deans and Student Services.  You may also choose to reach out to us by calling the School of Nursing Student Hotline at 973-370-5922.  

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that have not been addressed here, please send an email to Dr. Wendy Budin.
How long will classes be offered online?
The School of Nursing is currently delivering in-person classes remotely, i.e., synchronous classes using remote technology. In other words, we have NOT changed to an online format. At this time, faculty are planning to continue offering didactic (lecture) classes using remote technologies until the University gives the “go ahead” to resume in-person classes.

How will a student continue to meet their coursework requirements with the changes in course delivery technologies?
Faculty are committed to using the university learning platforms to deliver a virtual or remote experience with content that is identical to what students would receive in a traditional classroom setting. Some faculty will use voice over PowerPoints some of the time (what is referred to as asynchronous teaching); but the emphasis will be on using synchronous technology such as WebEx, Zoom, Big Blue Button etc. The synchronous technology supports the interaction with faculty on screen, in real time; similar to the actual classroom, questions can be asked, unclear content can be clarified, student presentations can continue, and discussions can be facilitated.

Will Spring didactic (lecture) classes continue to be offered using remote technologies?
Yes, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs announced on March 26, 2020 that “because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, instruction for all courses will be offered remotely. Spring 2021 courses are being offered via remote instruction. As such, School of Nursing faculty are planning to continue offering didactic classes using remote technologies.

How can we, as students, achieve clinical competence without traditional clinical experiences?
It is true that clinical experiences connect theory to what happens in the “real” world. This semester, our undergraduate students completed 50% of clinical time in direct patient care. The remaining 50% is being provided through remote clinical experiences. These remote clinical experiences will be used by all of the clinical instructors of a particular course, thereby ensuring consistency across sections. These remote experiences include activities that are purposely designed to develop critical thinking and clinical judgement skills, which are the foundation for providing safe, competent nursing care. We are pleased to report that, so far, after one week of remote clinical experiences, student feedback has been positive.

What type of clinical experiences should students expect in Spring 2021?
We anticipate that there will be direct patient care clinical experiences as well as remote clinical experiences the spring. We will ensure that there is access to personal protective equipment (PPE) in scheduled clinical experiences.

Will a passing grade of 74.5 still be required to pass a nursing course?
Yes, the passing grade will remain 74.5%. Classes are conducted the same as usual, albeit remotely.

Can I opt for a Pass/No Credit (sometimes called Pass/Fail) in a nursing course?
Although you may opt for a Pass/No Credit grade (rather than a letter grade) in a non-nursing or prerequisite course, you do not have the option of a Pass/No Credit grade in nursing courses. For more information on the Pass/No Credit option for non-nursing courses, please see the Provost’s website at:

If I receive a Pass grade (on a Pass/No Credit grading scale) on a required prerequisite course, will it still fulfill that requirement?
We do not ordinarily accept Pass/No Credit grades, but these are extraordinary times and we recognize that some students have either opted to take a non-nursing prerequisite on a Pass/No Credit (also referred to as Pass/Fail) basis or attended schools that have decided to give Pass/No Credit grades rather than the traditional letter grades. So, yes, pre-requisite courses may be taken as Pass/No Credit during this period of COVID-19 response. If you receive a Pass grade, you will have fulfilled the School’s requirements. If you fail the course or receive “NC”, it will not fulfill requirements.

How will Pass/No Credit grades look on graduate school applications?
It is best to check with those institutions to see if they have made a statement about how Pass/No Credit courses will be handled. We do know that if you are applying to Rutgers, we will accept the Pass/No Credit option for non-nursing courses taken during this period of time.

Because of all that is going on, my grades are dropping. What should I do?
Faculty and staff are committed to assisting our students with successful course completion. If you, or someone you know, is having any difficulty with a class, contact your professor for additional support. Also, please note that Student Services as well as the Office of Academic Success are available as usual, just online.

This pandemic has caused hardship for me (and my family), can I withdraw from my class(es)?
Yes, of course, however we would like to offer you more time to review and recalibrate your academic performance, given the possible hardships that could impede your academic progress. To this end, the Course Withdrawal deadline to drop a class with a W through WebReg has been extended to March 22, 2021. With the permission of your dean and under extenuating circumstances, you could even request to withdraw from the Spring.

If I withdraw from my classes, am I guaranteed to return to the program when those courses are offered again?
If you withdraw during these uncertain times of COVID-19, and are in good academic standing, you can return at the time the course is again offered. If this entails a prolonged lag, you may be required to participate in remediation.

In what ways is Rutgers Nursing helping students facing unexpected challenges because of COVID-19?
We appreciate the stress that everyone is under and want you to reach out. The School of Nursing has resources for both academic and personal support. We will be implementing a series of webinars helping students manage the stresses of the current situation and are considering other options such as online support groups and a student hotline.

Start of the Spring Semester [2021]
COVID Screening, Vaccination Efforts, and Clinical Updates
I missed the initial email about COVID screening sent by the university. Can you tell me what it said? 
Please see the email sent by Drs. Vincente Gracias and Brian L. Strom on 12.15.20 posted below.

Dear Rutgers University Community Members,

As local COVID-19 transmission rates rise, exposure risks to those we have fought hard to keep safe have increased. In response, the university’s Testing Protocol Action Group is immediately increasing testing frequency among groups previously approved for testing through our targeted testing strategy

Weekly Testing
Completion of SARS-CoV-2 testing for groups and individuals previously approved for testing will be expected on a weekly basis effective December 14. Those previously tested on campus should complete the Testing Form and make an appointment at the nearest test site once per week by accessing Some groups who have received test kits through their departments will continue to do so, and will be contacted by their supervisor or program coordinator with new weekly testing information. Others may be moved to grab-and-go to facilitate testing.
Employees or students who have not previously been approved for testing, but are now regularly scheduled to be on campus, should work with their supervisor or program coordinator to complete the testing request form and seek approval. 
Due to new information requests from our testing partners, ALL tested individuals – including those who have previously provided information for testing – must complete the revised Long Testing Form. To maximize user convenience, subsequent testing will only require individuals to complete a more brief Short Testing Form. Examples of the forms and an accompanying tutorial are available on the testing strategy webpage.

Positivity Notification
Employees and students who are regularly present on campus should inform Occupational Health or Student Health if they test positive for COVID-19. Contact information for these offices can be found in this email below the signature.
It is important to note that privacy laws generally prohibit disclosing the identities of individuals who are known to be infected with COVID-19. Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order 192 and NJ Department of Health and CDC guidance, Occupational Health or Student Health will make reasonable effort to notify members of the Rutgers community who are known to have had close contact with a known COVID-19 positive individual on campus. Rutgers does not notify community members who have not been determined to have had such exposure (“close contact”), per the NJ DOH and CDC guidance on contact tracing. 
Further, New Jersey’s COVID Alert NJ mobile app is a free and secure way to receive anonymous alerts if you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about the exposure app on New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub. And be sure that the app is turned on.

We know there are many challenges yet to face in the weeks ahead. We are each responsible for the well-being of our community. Maintain adequate physical distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, and answer the phone when contact tracers call. 

Please take good care of yourself and be kind to others. If you need support or counseling, please consider making use of one of the many behavioral health/well-being resources available to Rutgers studentsfaculty, and staff.

Wishing you good health,

Vicente Gracias, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University
Rutgers Student Health offices by location:
Rutgers–New Brunswick
o    Call 848-932-7402
o    Locations and hours can be found at
o    Make an appointment online via our Patient Portal (requires NetID)
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
o    RBHS Newark: 973-972-8219
o    RBHS New Brunswick: 732-235-5160
o    Call 973-353-5232
o    Visit Blumenthal Hall, Room 104
o    Email:
o    Call 856-225-6005
o    Visit the Campus Center, second floor
Rutgers Occupational Health offices by location:
– Rutgers University New Brunswick, Newark and Camden: 848-932-8254
– Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Newark: 973-972-2900
– RBHS New Brunswick/Piscataway: 848-445-0123 ext. 2
– Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Faculty and Staff: 732-235-6559

I missed the initial email about COVID screening through the university, being facilitated through the School of Nursing. Can you tell me what it said? 
Please see the email sent by Dean Warren on 12.21.20 below.
Dear Advanced Practice Nursing Students,
As local COVID-19 transmission rates rise, exposure risks to those we have fought hard to keep safe have increased. In response, the university’s Testing Protocol Action Group is immediately increasing testing frequency to include all students who participate in clinical education this upcoming Spring semester.  

School of Nursing students will be required to take a weekly COVID test throughout the course of the semester. This policy applies to all Rutgers University students who participate in clinical education, without exception. 

If you plan to test weekly utilizing the saliva test distributed by Rutgers University, please indicate so using the form within this email. If you plan to test privately, please be certain that you will be able to meet the weekly testing requirement and note that results must be uploaded into the indicated Rutgers University database weekly.

For those who select the option to utilize the saliva test distributed by Rutgers University, it is important to note the following:
– Test kits may be picked up from RU Central Testing Centers (CTC) located in Newark (locations provided within the form and within follow up emails).
– Students will be provided 4 test kits which decreases the frequency of pick-ups from the CTCs.
– Replacement test kits will not be available – It is of utmost importance that the test kits be handled with care and responsibility.
All students participating in clinical education during the Spring 2021 semester should complete the below form by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
Required COVID Testing Form for Graduate Students Participating in Clinical Practica During Spring 2021
Additional information is forthcoming.  Please be sure to read all emails from the RU COVID Testing email account very carefully for all next steps.
Kyle D. Warren, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Dean – Administration and Student Services
School of Nursing – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Locations: Newark, New Brunswick, and Blackwood, NJ
973-353-3691 (NWK) | 848-932-0897 (NB) | 973-353-1189 (Fax)
Is it still possible for students to sign up for weekly COVID testing through Rutgers?
Yes. Students may use the original link that was sent. Here is a link to the Spring Semester Graduate Student COVID Testing form.
Who should I contact if I have questions about testing?
Students will receive/have received an email from the
 with more details about how to test.

If I have additional questions after this email is received, who should I contact? 
Please email the COVID email account:

I tested positive and uploaded my results the database? What do I do next since my test results may remain positive for up to 90 days?
If you test positive through Rutgers or an outside laboratory, when the result is entered into the database, Student Health will provide instructions regarding isolation and wait time for testing, etc.

I missed the original email from Dean Flynn containing a link regarding interest in being vaccinated. Can I still complete this survey, and if so, where can I find it?
Yes, you can still complete the survey and we certainly encourage you to do so! This will simultaneously help tremendously with data tracking. Thank you in advance! The survey can be accessed here.

What is the current COVID-19 vaccination plan at Rutgers?
Please see the email sent by Mr. Antonio M. Calcado on 01.11.21 posted below.

To Members of the University Community,
The ongoing rollout of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 is especially exciting and helps us to create a path forward as we plan for the future at Rutgers. Unfortunately, the excitement has also created confusion, rumors, and, in some cases, missteps by local authorities and entities. While the parameters and logistics surrounding vaccine distribution remain fluid and subject to continuous change, I want to share what we know and where we are as an institution.

It is important to note the following most up-to-date information:
– The vaccine is coordinated, controlled, and distributed by the State of New Jersey.
– The State is currently in Phase 1A (health care workers and long-term care facilities) and has just opened Phase 1B for sworn police officers and firefighters.
– Rutgers frontline health care workers are being vaccinated through our partners: University Hospital in Newark and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
– While Rutgers will look to offer vaccination when it is allowed to, Rutgers does NOT have vaccines as it is not currently authorized to vaccinate its community. The only exception is the Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick, which is restricted by the State to vaccinating health care workers and first responders, as well as Chandler patients.

As the premier academic health center in New Jersey, we continue to work closely with state officials in facilitating the rollout and will continue to share timely and relevant information as it becomes available.

Currently, the State has begun the vaccine reservation process at, and I strongly encourage that all members of our community take advantage and register.

As always, please Wear a face covering, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands!
Stay safe and be well. 
Antonio M. Calcado
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer | 848.445.2474

I am interested in receiving COVID vaccination through the University. Who should I contact? 
If you are looking for an appointment (currently being offered by University Hospital at the Medical School in Newark) you can call 973-972-8906 (if you leave a message, they will return your call) or you can email them at to request an appointment. When emailing, they will need to provide their name, telephone, date of birth, and approximate date/time they want to receive the vaccine.

I have received the complete series of COVID vaccines. For how long after this do I have to do weekly COVID screening? 
The university is awaiting CDC guidelines regarding the duration of saliva testing post vaccination. As soon as a decision has been made, you will be notified.

It has been challenging to get a spring clinical placement because of COVID and I am already thinking about the summer. When should I start looking for a summer clinical site/preceptor? 
NOW. We don’t anticipate clinical site placements will be too much easier to secure until we have been able to vaccinate a larger percentage of the population. We suggest you start looking now, and if you find a site, please complete and submit the paperwork. This is an all hands on deck moment!

What happens if I do not participate in weekly COVID testing?
School of Nursing students will be required to take a weekly COVID test throughout the course of the semester. This policy applies to all Rutgers University students who participate in clinical education, without exception. Students who do not comply with the mandatory testing cannot attend clinical for the Spring 2021 semester. Weekly testing will be tracked by the University and the School of Nursing.

If you have any questions that have not been addressed here, please send an email to
Dr. Sharon Anderson, or leave a comment on this form

Town Hall Recordings
We held town halls in April 2020 to answer many program-specific questions. Links to recordings are below.
Town Hall: AGAC, ED, Anesthesia Programs
Town Hall: FNP, AGPC Programs
Town Hall: May 2020 Graduates
Town Hall: Leadership, Informatics, Psych/Mental Health Programs
Town Hall: Pediatrics Program
Town Hall: Women’s Health, Midwifery, and Dual Programs

First and foremost, we would like to thank all of you again for your unwavering dedication to caring for our family, friends, patients, and communities. We recognize many of you are on the front lines of the COVID resurgence and may be feeling incredibly vulnerable. If you feel you would benefit from additional support during this challenging time, there are valuable resources available through the University. Please take advantage of them or if you notice someone struggling, please make sure they know they are not alone and assist them in securing the care they need.

View Well Being Resources for Rutgers University Students

In the President’s Monthly Update for November, President Holloway announced the University will be requiring weekly COVID screening for all individuals who are “on campus”. The information he shared is as follows:
As the chancellors and I and other Rutgers leaders prepare for repopulating university campuses in consultation with health professionals, we will continue to emphasize the need to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and maintain social distancing. In making these preparations, the university recognizes the essential role that testing must play in keeping us safe. Testing does not protect the person who is being tested—but if we continue to test regularly, we can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidentally infecting other people in our community.
For spring semester, although many will be learning and working remotely, we will require that all students and employees who are regularly scheduled to be physically present on campus undergo COVID-19 virus testing once a week. You will hear more details in regard to these requirements in the weeks to come.
For the Advanced Nursing Practice Division, weekly COVID screening will include faculty, students, and staff who are in practicum or in a course that requires in-person lab(s) (such as Health Assessment). Discussions/Planning at the University level regarding how this will be facilitated and tracked is forthcoming. In addition, the School of Nursing Clinical Safety Task Force continues to meet regularly to operationalize university guidelines/requirements. Reporting and tracking/tracing systems are being improved as we move toward even more complex processes. As soon as we learn how this will come to fruition, we will share the information.
My Campus Pass is a self-screening app that must be used by Rutgers employees and students each day when traveling to campus or entering a Rutgers building or clinical site. To ensure campus, student, faculty, staff, and client safety, the app asks basic questions about the individual’s current health to determine whether they are safely cleared for entry. The app may also be used to screen individuals for symptoms of COVID-19 even if they are not on campus.
The Rutgers School of Nursing Lab QR code will remain active for the spring semester to facilitate tracing should anyone screen positive. If you are on campus in the lab, you will need to complete MyCampusPass and the Lab QR survey.
Students who have a community or healthcare exposure should follow current NJ Department of Health/CDC guidelines to determine whether there are work restrictions (which may also translate to clinical and on-campus restrictions). View the October 2020 document. This is regularly updated.

Students who screen positive through Rutgers University will be notified by Student Health of the positive result and Student Health will following the School of Nursing Communication and Coordination algorithm/reporting process.
Students who screen positive outside the university will notify Student Health so they can follow the School of Nursing Communication and Coordination algorithm/reporting process.
To address practicum experience/hours gaps, we have established temporary guidelines to ensure students have time to complete the hours/experiences given competing demands and uncertainty. Please note, these “adjustments” are temporary (because of COVID) and may differ between students depending on program level, current and past clinical experiences, and/or specialty. Our overarching goal is to provide guidance for students and faculty to plan how to make up for lost time as well as anticipate missed clinical time and experiences should further clinical restriction occur in the upcoming months. Please remember our number one priority is everyone’s safety, health, and well-being!
At the discretion of course faculty, students in good academic and clinical standing may be offered an incomplete (I) grade for the Fall 2020 semester practicum course.
Because several students got a late start this fall, there are no minimum number of hours that must be completed to offer an incomplete practicum grade.
– It is the student’s responsibility to develop a written plan in collaboration with the practicum faculty to outline how/when remaining clinical hours will be completed.
– Incomplete practicum grades must be resolved prior to the end of the add/drop period of the subsequent semester.
– It is recommended outstanding hours be completed prior to the start of the next semester if the student is progressing to another practicum course. This can be completed by developing a plan to complete clinical hours over semester break. If the plan is approved, a contract extension must be requested (with the practicum site and Ms. Sherri Moose) to complete those hours beyond the end of the semester.
– Clinical site/practicum extension requests should be submitted to Ms. Moose as soon as possible.With that said, she has asked that students wait until after the Thanksgiving holiday.
– Please remember, students are not permitted to be in clinical unless there is a fully executed and signed contract.
An algorithm that speaks to how many incomplete practicum course grades a student may accumulate, depending on specialty, has been shared with faculty. Important points are outlined below:
– A student may not progress to the next course if they have 2 incomplete practicum grades for the same patient population. For example, an Adult Gerontology Primary Care student cannot progress to AGPC Practicum 4 (Spring 2021) if the student has incomplete grades for AGPC Practicum 2 (Spring 2020) and AGPC Practicum 3 (Fall 2020). At a minimum, all clinical hours/deliverables must be completed for AGPC Practicum 2 to be eligible to enroll in Practicum 4 this spring.
Each student, specialty, and circumstance is a bit different. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their program/specialty director to discuss their circumstance. Faculty will develop an individualized written document with each student to establish a mutually agreed upon plan and timeline to complete the pending hours.
All specialty theory and practicum courses have been developed as co-requisites. The rationale behind this is learning is enhanced when students can apply knowledge from theory to the practicum setting in “real-time”. Because of COVID, restricted clinical sites, and the potential of closures looming in our near future, we decided to make an exception to this pedagogy to allow students to complete a limited number of hours for the next practicum course within the current semester.
– To clarify, if a student
o   has completed all the required clinical hours for the current fall course and has met clinical course objectives (note: more than the minimum number of hours may be required for both to be met),
o   has no incomplete practicum course grades/outstanding clinical hours from previous semesters (in that same patient population),
o   is in good academic and clinical standing, and
o   is at an appropriate clinical site based on specialty/course content, with the approval of course faculty, the student may continue at their current clinical site until the last day of the semester/contract and log patients/patient care hours toward the Spring 2021 semester.
– Students cannot extend practicum beyond the end of the semester (contract) to “front-load” the bulk of spring 2021 hours. The purpose of this adjustment is to allow students a “head start” should clinical sites be closed/further restricted in the upcoming months.
– If a student is deemed eligible to take advantage of this opportunity, the maximum number of hours that can be logged prior to the start of the next course is 45.
Although we are allowing students a head start with a small portion of spring clinical hours this fall, students who have completed the fall course (after 12/22) may not start spring practicum prior to the start of the spring semester. While we have heard some students “want” to do clinical during this time, the decision has been made not to allow this. First, there isn’t a mechanism in place for faculty practicum oversight, etc. and second, as we reflect on the last 8-9 months, we all need to take some time for ourselves. Please, use the time between semesters to re-group and re-energize so when you return in late January, you feel refreshed and revived. This is essential for your health.
Return to Campus Document
Rutgers University Coronavirus FAQs
New Jersey Department of Health (Updated 9/7/2020)
1) What are some technology resources offered by the School of Nursing?
Please visit our webpage
If you have additional questions or need support please email us:

2) Where can I get updates on graduation ceremonies (convocation and commencement)?
Please check the following webpages for updates:
Nursing Convocation | University Commencement
Additional questions or concerns please email:

3) How can I receive tutoring or academic coaching remotely?
Please visit our webpage
If you have additional questions or need support please email us:

4) How do I get in touch with financial aid?
Please review link to contact the most appropriate office based on the programs and/or campus you identify with: Financial Aid Office

5) How can I get answers to questions about clinical clearance?
Please visit the clinical clearance website:
If you have additional questions or concerns please email us

6) How can I receive mental health support remotely?
Each campus is offering remote support. Please review our student resources page and select your specific campus and/or program to contact the most appropriate office. If you have additional questions or concerns about the process please contact the department of Student Engagement:

7) Who should I contact with questions about registration?
Please visit our registration webpage
If you have additional questions or concerns please email us

8) Who do I contact for academic advisement?

Advising Center (Traditional Newark, New Brunswick): Please review our webpage with resources and advisors contact information: View Advisement page

Second Degree                                               
New Brunswick – Dr. Barbara Cannella
Newark – Dr. Mary Johansen
Dr. Shelby Pitts
School Nurse Certificate                          
Dr. Connie Sobon Sensor
Blackwood Campus                                     
Mike Varano

Graduate Student Advisement (MSN & DNP):
Please contact your specialty director

If you have additional questions please contact:
Delores Sarfo-Darko,

Graduate Student Advisement (PhD):
Please contact your faculty advisor.
If you have additional questions please contact:
Delores Sarfo-Darko,

9) What types of computing devices work best at the School of Nursing?
The School of Nursing’s IST Team offers support for various devices (e.g. laptops, tablets and smartphones). While we strive to offer an exceptional technology experience to every member of our community there are a few devices that will restrict or will not allow you to have access to all of the School of Nursing IT resources.

MacBooks provide limited access to the School’s IT resources, key services and software limited by MacBook usage include VPN Access, Web Printing Services, Examplify for exams. Chromebooks are prohibited to be used with School of Nursing IT Resources.

Windows/PC devices are the most recommended devices. These devices allow you to have access to all School of Nursing’s IT resources

If you would like to inquire more information please visit the Student Computing Webpage

10) What is the phone number for the School of Nursing Student Hotline?

11) What if I still have questions or concerns?
Please visit our student resource page for updates and additional resources

In addition to our resource page, if you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Student Engagement team for any questions or concerns. All team members are available to meet via phone or video conference through WebEx. Please email your Student

Engagement campus support team member to schedule a time to connect.
• General inquires
• Graduation inquiries
• New Brunswick Campus: Laura Stone
• Newark Campus: Shakira Adams
• Blackwood Campus: Michael Varano
• Graduate Students: Delores Sarfo-Darko