Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN FAQs
This section is designed to help answer some of the questions you may have about our nursing program.
Accelerated 2nd Degree Bsn FAQ's
- What are the admission requirements for the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program?
- Where do I send my transcripts?
- When are my transcripts going to be evaluated?
- How long is the program?
- What is the tuition?
- I noticed that the schedule consists of four full days per week, is it possible for me to continue to work?
- What is the schedule?
- Is there a deposit required to hold a seat once accepted into the program?
- Can I get financial aid?
- Does Thomas Edison State College offer scholarships?
- Can an F-1 Visa student attend Thomas Edison State College for this program?
- English is my second language, is there a TOEFL requirement?
- I completed my college education in a different country, how do I get my transcripts evaluated?
- Are there any other costs associated with the program?
- Can I take any of the prerequisite courses at Thomas Edison State College even though I am not a current student there?
- Can I select the credit by examination option for any of the required courses?
- What courses do I need prior to starting the program?
- Which courses are offered at Thomas Edison State College that fulfill the prerequisite requirements?
Accelerated 2nd Degree Bsn Answers
- Q:What are the admission requirements for the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program?
Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree (non-nursing) from a regionally accredited college or university that has been completed prior to admission. The cumulative GPA in the previous degree must be a 3.0 or higher. Candidates must have completed all science prerequisites within five years of the application date. The minimum grade required in the prerequisite science course and statistics course is a B. Candidates must also complete of all general education and nursing prerequisites prior to admission.
To apply, candidates must submit a completed application, with nonrefundable fee (waived for TESC alumnae). The completed application with all supporting materials must be received in by the Office of Admissions by June 1, 2013.
- Resume must be submitted as part of the application package.
- Personal statement. Include:
- Why you want to be a nurse.
- Why we should accept you into the program.
- Any other items that will assist the Admissions Committee in making a decision.
- Two letters of recommendation are required (one academic and one professional).
Candidates attend an in-person interview (we will schedule this with you). Applications are not evaluated by the Admissions Committee until they are complete will all of the required documents.Top
- Q:Where do I send my transcripts?
Office of Admissions
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
- Q:When are my transcripts going to be evaluated?
Transcripts are not evaluated prior to submission of application. Transcripts are evaluated by a Transcript Evaluator and a School of Nursing Advisor. Evaluation time varies and may take several weeks.Top
- Q:How long is the program?
The program takes one year. There is only one start per year: the October Term. The program is offered in four 12-week terms. Classes are offered in the October, January, April and July terms. Check the website for exact term start dates.Top
- Q:What is the tuition?
Tuition is $29,900 for the 2012-2013 school year (subject to change). Tuition is paid in four (4) installments, quarterly.Top
- Q:I noticed that the schedule consists of four full days per week, is it possible for me to continue to work?
Due to the rigorous and accelerated nature of this program, students are strongly urged not to maintain employment while completing this program.Top
- Q:What is the schedule?
Students will typically be on campus on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students will typically be at Capital Health (Trenton or Hopewell campuses) on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No classes or clinical courses are typically scheduled on Fridays. (Subject to change)Top
- Q:Is there a deposit required to hold a seat once accepted into the program?
A $2,000 non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance to the program in order to secure a place. This deposit will be applied to the student's tuition.Top
- Q:Can I get financial aid?
Yes, but please be advised that as a second bachelor's degree student you will not qualify for Pell Grant funding. Further, do not rely on federal and state financial aid to cover your entire tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, uniforms, or other expenses. You may have to seek private, credit-based sources of funding, scholarships, etc. For more information, please contact Financial Aid at (888) 442-8372 or via email at [email protected].Top
- Q:Does Thomas Edison State College offer scholarships?
Yes! Visit the nursing scholarship page for more information.Top
- Q: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.Top
- Q:English is my second language, is there a TOEFL requirement?
Yes. A 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)
- A minimum score of 250 (computer-based test)
- 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. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL scores.Top
- Q:I completed my college education in a different country, how do I get my transcripts evaluated?
For students of foreign universities, all transcripts must be evaluated by any of the agencies listed below. An official course-by-course evaluation must be submitted with the application.
World Educational Services, Inc. (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) International Education Services
One DuPont Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Educational Perspectives (EP)Top
P.O. Box 618056
Chicago, IL 60661-8056
- Q:Are there any other costs associated with the program?
Yes. Students are required to purchase books, uniforms, supplies, and an iPad data plan. Estimated associated costs:
- Books: $2,000.00 estimated total for the year
- Uniforms and Supplies: $250.00
- Criminal Background Check: $150.00
- CPR (American Red Cross): $110/American Heart Association (visit www.aha.org)
- Graduation Application Fee: $280.00
- 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 $300.00+
- e-portfolio: $60.00
- Q:Can I take any of the prerequisite courses at Thomas Edison State College even though I am not a current student there?
Yes. You would be considered a non-matriculated student.Top
- Q:Can I select the credit by examination option for any of the required courses?
Yes, except for any Science and Math prerequisites (which must be taken as classes and have grades from accredited schools within the last five years). The exam must report a grade of B or better. Credit or Pass will not be accepted.Top
- Q:What courses do I need prior to starting the program?
Before taking any courses, please check the College Catalog to check course acceptance/equivalency. Access the College Catalog at www.tesc.edu/catalog
All general education and nursing prerequisite credits must be completed prior to admission to the program. All science prerequisites must have been taken within five years prior to the time of admission.
Subject/Category Credits English Composition 6 Humanities 12 Ethics (3) Other humanities (9) Social Sciences 15 Introduction to Sociology (3) Introduction to Psychology (3) Developmental Psychology/Lifespan (3) Other social sciences (6) Natural Sciences and Mathematics 19-21 Statistics* (3) Anatomy and Physiology with lab* (6-8) Microbiology with lab* (4) Chemistry* (3) Nutrition* (3) General Education Electives 6-8 Total 60 credits
*Grade of B or better is required.Top
- Q:Which courses are offered at Thomas Edison State College that fulfill the prerequisite requirements?
- Anatomy & Physiology 1 (BIO-211)
- Anatomy & Physiology 2 (BIO-212)
- General Chemistry I (CHE-111)
- General Chemistry II (CHE-112)
- The Science of Nutrition (BIO-208)
- Statistics for the Health Professions (HPS-200)
- Principles of Statistics (STA-201)
- Contemporary Ethics (PHI-286) or Ethics and the Business Professional (PHI-384)
- Developmental Psychology/Lifespan
- Developmental Psychology (PSY-211)
Students should use the Thomas Edison State College course descriptions to determine equivalency to other colleges' courses.