Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN FAQs

This section is designed to help answer some of the questions you may have about our nursing program.

What are the admission requirements?

Required Documents

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My GPA is less than 3.0, should I still apply?
  • You can apply. Your materials will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

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What comprises a complete application?
  • A complete application includes all of the following required documents:
  • Required Documents

    1. Online application with non-refundable fee.
    2. Resume.
    3. 500 word Personal statement, which includes:
      1. Why you want to be a nurse.
      2. Why we should accept you into the program.
      3. Any other items that will assist the Admissions Committee in making a decision.
    4. Two required letters of recommendation (1academic and 1 professional).
    5. Official (unopened) transcripts from each school attended.

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What happens once my documents are received and my application is considered complete?

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Is an in-person interview required?
  • Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to meet with the Admissions Committee as part of the competitive admissions selection process.
  • An invitation to interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program, but you cannot be accepted into the program without an interview.

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Where do I send my transcripts?
Office of Admissions - BSNA
Thomas Edison State College
101 West State Street
Trenton, NJ  08608-1176
  • All transcripts must go to the Office of Admissions
  • Please note: you do not send your transcripts to the Registrar’s Office. 
  • Please note: you do not send your transcripts to Nursing.

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When are my transcripts going to be evaluated?
  • Transcripts are not evaluated prior to submission of application.
  • Transcripts are evaluated after the completed application is received in the Office of Admissions.
  • Transcripts are evaluated by a Transcript Evaluator and a School of Nursing Advisor. 
  • Evaluation time varies, it may take several weeks.

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How long is the program?
  • There is only one start per year: the October Term.
  • The program takes one year and is offered in four 12-week terms.

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What is the tuition?
  • $33,580.00 -- 2014-2015  (Subject to change)
  • Tuition is paid in four (4) quarterly installments.
  • A $2,000 non-refundable deposit will be required within two (2) weeks of being accepted into the program in order to secure a place in the cohort.  This will be applied to the first term’s tuition.

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Can I continue to work while I’m a student in this program?
  • Due to the rigorous and accelerated nature of this program, students are strongly urged not to maintain employment while completing this program.

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What is the Schedule?

(Subject to change)

  • Monday and Tuesday--8:00am to 4:00pm on-campus
  • Wednesday and Thursday--7:00am to 5:00pm at Capital Health (Trenton or Hopewell Campuses).
  • No scheduled Friday classes or clinical courses.
  • Two asynchronous online courses per term.

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Is there a deposit required to hold my seat once accepted into the program?
  • A $2,000 non-refundable deposit will be required within two (2) weeks of being accepted into the program in order to secure a place in the cohort. 
  • This deposit will be applied to the student's first term tuition.

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Can I get financial aid?

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Are scholarships available?

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Can an F-1 Visa student attend Thomas Edison State College for this program?
  • No. Thomas Edison State College does not participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Therefore the College does not sponsor foreign national students for F-1 or J-1 Visa status.

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English is my second language, is there a TOEFL requirement?
  • Yes.  Written and oral Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if your native language is not English.
    • A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test)
    • Or a minimum score of 250 (computer-based test)
    • Or a minimum score of 100 (Internet-based test) is required.
  • Scores should be sent directly from ETS.
    • Photocopied and faxed documents may not be used
  • The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing has the discretion to require a nursing applicant to take the TOEFL, regardless of the applicant’s native language, if there is a concern about a student’s ability to communicate in English.

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If I took the courses outside of the U.S., what do I do with my international transcript?

TESC will not evaluate transcripts from other countries. We will accept the credit recommendations from one of the following agencies when the recommendations are based on a course by course evaluation and sent on an official transcript to TESC.

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)
www.acei-global.org

Center for Applied Research, Evaluations & Education, Inc.
www.iescaree.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
www.ece.org 

World Educational Services, Inc. (WES)
www.wes.org

SDR Educational Consultants
www.sdreducational.org

SpanTran Evaluation Services
www.spantran.com

Transcript Research
www.transcriptresearch.com

For a full listing of International Student Policies, as well as contact information for the agencies listed above, please visit our College Catalog.

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Are there any other costs associated with the program?
  • Yes… Students are required to purchase books, uniforms, supplies, and an optional iPad data plan.  Estimated associated costs:
    • Books:  $2,000.00 estimated total for the year
    • Uniforms and Supplies:  $350.00
    • Criminal Background Check:  $150.00
    • CPR (American Red Cross):  $110/American Heart Association
    • Graduation Application Fee:  $290.00
    • Optional Verizon data plan for iPad: starting at $30 monthly access (on a month-to-month service plan).
    • NSO Malpractice Insurance:  $30.00
    • Health Insurance: cost varies by plan
    • Approved Nursing Review Course:  Approximately $350.00+

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Can I take any of the prerequisite courses at Thomas Edison State College without enrolling?
  • Yes, visit http://www.tesc.edu/apply/ then Click the “apply now” button off to the right, create an account or log in, start a “non-matriculated student application.”
  • Or, call 609-633-9242 (Monday- Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm) to register.

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What courses do I need to complete the program requirements?
Program Requirements    Credits
Intellectual and Practical Skills
English Composition 6
Statistics* 3
Intellectual & Practical Skills Electives 6
Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Introduction to Psychology 3
Developmental Psychology/Lifespan 3
Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab* 4
Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab* 4
Microbiology with Lab* 4
Chemistry* 3
Nutrition* 3
Personal and Social Responsibility
Ethics 3
Introduction to Sociology 3
Personal & Social Responsibility Electives 3
General Education Electives 12
Total 60

*A grade of B or better is required

Prerequisite Credits
Req’d
Taken
(Y/N)
Year Required Grade Grade Earned Test for Credit?
Statistics (3)   X B or Better   N/A
Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab (4)     B or Better   N/A
Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab (4)     B or Better   N/A
Micro w/lab (4)     B or Better   N/A
Chemistry (3)     B or Better   N/A
Nutrition (3)     B or Better   N/A
Ethics (3)   X Passing    
Introduction to Sociology (3)   X Passing    
Introduction to Psychology (3)   X Passing    
Developmental Psychology
(Across the Lifespan)
(3)   X Passing    

 

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Which courses at Thomas Edison State College fulfill the course requirements?
    • Anatomy & Physiology 1 (w/lab)
      • BIO 211
    • Anatomy & Physiology 2 (w/lab)
      • BIO 212
    • Chemistry
      • CHE 111--General Chemistry I
        or
      • CHE 112--General Chemistry II
    • Nutrition
      • BIO 208--The Science of Nutrition
    • Statistics
      • HPS 200--Statistics for the Health Professionals
        or
      • STA 201--Principles of Statistics
    • Ethics
      • PHI 286--Contemporary Ethics
        or
      • PHI 384--Ethics and the Business Professional
    • Developmental Psychology/Lifespan
      • PSY 211--Developmental Psychology
  • For course suggestions to meet requirements for the Intellectual & Practical Skills Electives, and Personal & Social Responsibility Electives, please review course suggestions here: http://www.tesc.edu/academics/courses/Gen-Ed-Courses.cfm
  • Use the Thomas Edison State College Course descriptions to determine equivalency to other colleges’ courses: http://www.tesc.edu/academics/catalog/index.cfm

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Can I select the credit by examination option for any of the required courses?
  • Yes, except for any Science and Statistics prerequisites (which must be taken as classes and have grades from accredited schools). 
  • All science prerequisites must be completed within five years prior to the time of acceptance. 

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Which testing options fulfill the course requirements?
Credit Type/Course TECEP Exam DSST Exam CLEP Exam
English Composition
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
 
  • College Composition
  • College Composition Modular
Ethics  
  • Business Ethics and Society
  • Ethics in America
 
Developmental Psychology  
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Psychology    
  • Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology    
  • Introduction to Sociology
Intellectual and Practical Skills
  • Public Relations Thought and Practice
  • Technical Writing
  • Introduction to News Reporting
  • Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics
  • Marketing Communications
  • Business Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of College Algebra
  • Principles of Public Speaking
  • Technical Writing
  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • College Mathematics
  • Precalculus
Personal and Social Responsibility  
  • General Anthropology
  • Human/Cultural Geography
  • Introduction to the Modern Middle East
  • Introduction to World Religions
 

 

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