Nursing Student Policies

The policies stated here apply to students enrolling in the RN-BSN/MSN degree program with degree requirements effective July 1, 2006, and students enrolling in the Nurse Educator Certificate program with requirements effective July 1, 2005.

RN applicants to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing may pursue the BSN degree only, or both the BSN degree and the MSN degree by selecting the BSNM option on the online application. For students enrolled in the BSNM option, the 9 graduate nursing credits included in BSN degree requirements will be applied to MSN degree requirements, and the student will continue on to complete remaining MSN degree requirements on BSN degree completion without additional admission requirements. The undergraduate nursing per credit tuition charge will pertain to the required graduate nursing courses while the student is enrolled in the BSN degree. RNs with BSN degree may apply for the MSN degree. RNs with a master’s of nursing in another area of specialty may enroll in a graduate nursing certificate program.

Admissions

  • Admission to all RN programs offered by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing will be open and rolling.
  • All RN applicants to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing must be graduates of an RN diploma program of nursing, a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or recognized foreign institution with an associate degree in nursing, or a bachelor of science in nursing degree or a master’s in nursing degree.
  • All RN applicants to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing must possess a current and valid RN license recognized in the United States.
  • Two years experience in nursing is recommended for the MSN degree and for the graduate nursing certificate programs.

Admissions Process

All RN applicants to the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing must:

  • Submit the completed online application with nonrefundable fee.
  • Have a current and valid RN license recognized in the U.S. If your state does not have an online validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of your license to:

Thomas Edison State College
Office of Admissions
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

 In order for your application to be processed, the College must validate your license.

  • Have official transcripts sent to the Office of the Registrar from the institution where all previous degrees and credits were awarded.
  • Have the ability to send and receive e-mail, including attachments.
  • Have computer capability compatible with the technology specified for the Thomas Edison State College’s online courses, access to PowerPoint software and, for selected MSN courses, access to Excel software, and a webcam.

As of July 2011, all nursing students are advised to upgrade to:

  • Operating Systems: For Windows users” Windows XP with service pack 3 installed or later versions such as VISTA and Windows 7.0; for Mac Users: Mac OSXv10.5 and later. Students also need to ensure that their computer is dual bootable using Boot Camp or a similar program.
  • Office Suite: Microsoft Office Suite version 2007 or 2010
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Current virus protection
  • Current e-mail account on file with the Office of the Registrar

Provisional Admissions
RNs completing their final requirement for the BSN degree, or who have completed their final requirement but have not been awarded the degree, may apply for admission to the MSN degree program on a provisional basis and register for a graduate nursing course. All other requirements for admission to the MSN degree program as specified in admissions policies must be satisfied for the student to continue in the MSN degree program.

Enrollment

  • Enrollment for all RN students in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing will be in effect on completion of the admissions process.
  • RN students will have the status of “Enrolled” upon receipt of completed application, license verification and all applicable fees.
  • Enrollment in the MSN degree program for students selecting the BSN/MSN option on application will be in effect following the request form and certification for graduation from the BSN degree.
  • Program materials will be provided and all students will be given access to advisement services on enrollment.
  • An Academic Program Evaluation will be provided online for students enrolled in nursing.
  • Enrollment for RN students will remain in effect as long as students earn a minimum of 3 credits that apply to their degree or certificate program in each 12-month period.

Re-enrollment
Students returning to the BSN or to the MSN degree program or graduate nursing certificate programs from Inactive or Leave of Absence status must resubmit the Online Application. If your state does not have an online validation process, you must resubmit a notarized copy of your license to:

Thomas Edison State College
Office of Admissions
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176

In order for your re-enrollment to be processed, the College must validate your license. Students returning to the BSN degree program from Inactive status will pay the application fee.

Degree/Certificate Program Requirements

  • Students may complete selected degree requirements by course, exam or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
  • No residency is required for programs offered by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.
  • Credits taken elsewhere or by any method other than by Thomas Edison State College online nursing course must be approved by the academic advisor for nursing prior to earning the credit to insure acceptance toward degree requirements.
  • Graduate credits earned prior to application that may satisfy requirements for the MSN degree or certificate program will be reviewed for acceptance upon application.
  • Nursing credits earned prior to application to the MSN degree or certificate programs must be newer than seven years at the time of application to the degree or certificate program to be considered for acceptance.
  • Nursing credits earned prior to application that may satisfy upper-division nursing requirements for the BSN degree must carry a grade equivalent of C or better and must be from a regionally accredited college or university or recognized foreign institution and be newer than 10 years at the time of application to be considered for acceptance.
  • One previously completed 3-credit lower-division nursing course may be accepted to satisfy an undergraduate upper-division nursing requirement in the BSN degree program.
  • A maximum of 12 graduate-level credits will be accepted in transfer toward the MSN degree.
  • A maximum of 6 graduate-level credits will be accepted in transfer toward the Nurse Educator and Nursing Administration certificates.
  • A maximum of 9 graduate-level credits will be accepted in transfer toward the Nursing Informatics certificate.
  • Nursing credits earned prior to application that may satisfy requirements for the MSN degree or certificate programs must carry a grade equivalent of B or better and must be from a regionally accredited college or university or recognized foreign institution to be considered for acceptance.
  • Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of C (2.00) or better to graduate.
  • Students enrolled in the BSN degree program, and the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.
  • Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of B (3.00) or better to graduate.
  • Students enrolled in graduate nursing certificate programs must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.
  • Students enrolled in the BSN degree program may repeat each nursing course, one time each.
  • Students enrolled in the MSN degree program may repeat two nursing courses, one time each.
  • Students enrolled in graduate nursing certificate programs may repeat each nursing course, one time each.
  • Students enrolled in the BSN degree program will be governed by academic policies for graduate nursing courses while enrolled in the graduate nursing courses required for the BSN degree.
  • Students enrolled in the BSN degree will be governed by College policies in regard to general education credit requirements.
  • Online nursing courses required for completion of the nursing degree or certificate programs are open only to RNs.

Grading Scale

Distribution of Credit - Nursing (RN Diploma License) up to 60 credits awarded

  • Anatomy and Physiology - 6 credits
  • Chemistry - 3 credits
  • Microbiology - 3 credits
  • Nutrition - 3 credits
  • Psychology - 3 credits
  • Sociology - 3 credits
  • Growth and Development - 3 credits
  • Social Discussions of Health - 3 credits
  • Pharmacology - 3 credits
  • Nursing Fundamentals I - 3 credits
  • Nursing Fundamentals II - 3 credits
  • Professional Adjustments - 3 credits
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing I - 3 credits
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing II - 3 credits
  • Adult Nursing I - 3 credits
  • Adult Nursing II - 3 credits
  • Adult Nursing III - 3 credits
  • Maternal Child Health I - 3 credits
  • Maternal Child Health II - 3 credits

Graduation

  • All students in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing degree programs will submit the Request for Graduation with graduation fee according to College guidelines.
  • All students in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing degree programs must have achieved the established GPA and have satisfied all financial obligations to be eligible for graduation.
  • Students in the graduate nursing certificate programs must complete all course requirements, submit the request for graduate nursing certificate according to College guidelines for graduation, and have satisfied all financial obligations to be eligible for certificate award.
  • Students completing the MSN degree program will be awarded a certificate in their selected area of specialty in addition to the MSN degree on program completion.

Appeals
All students in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing will follow College policies on academic appeals as outlined in this College Catalog.

Non-enrolled RNs

  • Non-enrolled RNs who wish to try an online nursing course may take two unrestricted nursing courses or three unrestricted graduate courses prior to enrollment.
  • Courses restricted to students enrolled in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing include: Community Health Nursing and the graduate Practicums

Updated Credentials for Selected Courses

  • Evidence of a current and valid RN license is required at the time the student registers for the Community Health Nursing course and the Seminar in Clinical Competence course in the BSN degree program.
  • Evidence of current malpractice insurance and a current and valid RN license is required at the time the student registers for the Practicum courses in the MSN degree and graduate nursing certificate programs.
  • Students must be in compliance with state and institutional requirements for health, criminal background check and/or child abuse background check prior to registering for the Practicums in the MSN degree and the graduate nursing certificate programs. Students will be required to provide health information to a vendor selected by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. A criminal background check and child abuse clearance will be required through a vendor selected by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.
  • The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing expects all students to adhere to the policies on background check of any healthcare facility used by students for the independent education Practicums required as part of their program requirements.
  • Students in the MSN degree program and the graduate nursing certificate programs must be in compliance with all requirements specified in the Practicum Information Packet.