Pathways is a pre-nursing program which provides currently enrolled Rutgers University – Newark students in other majors a clear path to completing requirements for becoming a nursing student.

This program is offered in two unique pre-nursing tracks: the Traditional Program Pathways Track and the Second-Degree Pathways Track. Students must submit an application to either track to be considered for admission. Those who successfully complete the program will transition into the School of Nursing (SON) to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Under 60 credits

Above 60 credits


Why Pathways?

  • Dedicated academic advisor
  • Academic enrichment support
  • Orientation & summer program
  • Set curriculum
  • Student support resources / programming

Pre-Nursing Traditional Program Track

The Traditional Program Pathways Track is a program designed to allow SAS-Newark students the opportunity to complete pre-nursing program requirements as a condition to earn full admission into the School of Nursing.

Designed for students enrolled at Rutgers SAS-Newark with less than 60 credits, and a current GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants are required to have completed 24-degree credits at Rutgers University before applying for internal transfer into the Traditional Program Pathways Track (excluding transfer credits).
  • Applicants must have less than 60 credits.
  • A Rutgers University undergraduate GPA of 3.30 or higher is required to be considered for admission.
  • Fall semester admission only.

Conditions of Acceptance

  • Students must remain in good academic standing at their current Rutgers school and satisfactorily complete the spring semester.

Students who successfully complete all pre-nursing curriculum requirements with a 3.3 or higher GPA per semester will be granted full admission to the traditional BS in Nursing program. Please note that although some students may have taken some of the pre-nursing curriculum courses prior to being admitted, the completion of pre-nursing curriculum courses is typically completed once admitted to the Pathways Traditional Program Track.

Once admitted into the Pathways program, all courses must be completed at Rutgers University – Newark.


Apply to the Traditional Program Track today.

Pre-Nursing Second-Degree Track

The Second-Degree Pathways Track program is an opportunity for current SAS-Newark (SASN) students to complete pre-nursing program requirements while earning a bachelor’s from (SASN). After successful completion of the Pre-Nursing Second-Degree Pathways program, students are guaranteed full admission to the Second-Degree BS in Nursing program.

For students with 60 or more credits, enrolled at Rutgers SAS-Newark.

Second-Degree Pathways students will complete pre-nursing program requirements while earning a Bachelor’s from SASN.

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants are required to have completed 60 plus credits at Rutgers University.
  • Rutgers University undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 or higher is required to be considered for admission.
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Fall/ Spring semester admission.

Full admission to the second-degree nursing program is granted after successful completion of the following:

  • Earned bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University – Newark
  • Must have more than 60 credits
  • 3.3 GPA or higher
  • CPR certification – Basic Life Support – American Heart Association
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II w/lab **
  • Microbiology w/lab **
  • Organic Biochemistry or General Chemistry II *
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition *
  • Life Span *
  • Principles of Psychology II
  • Sociocultural Dimensions of Health *
  • Seminar *

* Must be taken at Rutgers University

** At least one of the following science courses must be taken at Rutgers University — Anatomy and Physiology I & II w/lab* or Microbiology w/lab*

Once admitted into the Pathways program, all courses must be completed at Rutgers University – Newark.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Nursing Second-Degree Pathways program, students will be granted full admission to the Second-Degree BS in Nursing program at the School of Nursing.


Apply to the Second-Degree Track today.

Are you a Rutgers – Newark student interested in Pathways but not part of SASN?
Contact us at pathways@sn.rutgers.edu