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

Accelerated 2nd Degree Bsn Answers

Q:What are the admission requirements?
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  • A bachelor's degree (non-nursing) from a regionally accredited college or university completed prior to admission.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the bachelor’s degree.
  • All science prerequisites must be completed within five years of admission.
  • Minimum grade of a B in each prerequisite science course as well as statistics.
  • A grade of B or better in all prior nursing courses.
  • Completion of all general education and nursing prerequisites prior to admission.
    • Applicants may not receive credit by examination for science or math pre-requisites.
  • Submit a completed application, with non-refundable fee (waived for TESC alumnae).
    • A completed application with all required documents must be received
      in the Office of Admissions by June 1, 2014 to be considered for the
      2014-2015 cohort.
  • Required Documents

    1. Online application with non-refundable fee.
    2. Resume.
    3. Personal Statement (500 word limit) 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 (1 academic and 1 professional).
    5. Official (unopened) transcripts from each school attended.
  • Attend an in-person interview (we will schedule this with you).
  • Applications are not evaluated by the Admissions Committee until they are complete with all of the required documents.
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Q:My GPA is less than 3.0, should I still apply?
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  • You can apply. Your materials will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
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Q:What comprises a complete application?
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  • 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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Q:What happens once my documents are received and my application is considered complete?
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  • When your completed application is received, an official Academic Evaluation is conducted. This step takes approximately 20 business days.
  • After your academic evaluation is completed, your application is then sent to the School of Nursing for review by the Admissions Committee.
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Q:Is an in-person interview required?
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  • 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.
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Q:Where do I send my transcripts?
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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. 
  • Please note: you do not send your transcripts to Nursing.
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Q:When are my transcripts going to be evaluated?
A:
  • 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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Q:How long is the program?
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  • 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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Q:What is the tuition?
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  • $32,600.00 -- 2013-2014  (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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Q:Can I continue to work while I’m a student in this program?
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  • 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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Q:What is the Schedule?
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(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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Q:Is there a deposit required to hold my seat once accepted into the program?
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  • 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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Q:Can I get financial aid?
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Q:Can an F-1 Visa student attend Thomas Edison State College for this program?
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  • 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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Q:English is my second language, is there a TOEFL requirement?
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  • 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
  • Applications will not be considered without TOEFL scores.
  • 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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Q:If I took the courses outside of the U.S., what do I do with my international transcript?
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  • For students of foreign universities, all transcripts must be evaluated by any of the four agencies listed below. 
  • You must contact the agency for the transcript evaluation, and you are responsible for any costs associated with this process.
  • 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
(212) 966-6311

Educational Credential
Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400

Educational Perspectives (EP)
P.O. Box 618056
Chicago, IL 60661-8056
(312) 421-9300

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) International Education Services
One DuPont Circle, NW
Suite 520
Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
(202) 296-3359
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Q:Are there any other costs associated with the program?
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  • 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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Q:Can I take any of the prerequisite courses at Thomas Edison State College without enrolling?
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  • Yes, you would be considered a non-matriculated student.
  • Call-in registration is required for non-matriculated students.
    • Call 609-633-9242 (Monday-Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm)
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Q:What courses do I need to complete the program requirements?
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General Education Requirements Credits
Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
Composition  
  • English Composition 1 (ENC-101)
(3)
Writing Intensive Coursework  
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
(3)
Statistics* (3)
General Electives in this area

(6)

Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 27
Introduction to Sociology (3)
Introduction to Psychology (3)
Developmental Psychology/Lifespan (3)
Anatomy & Physiology with Lab* (8)
Microbiology with Lab* (4)
Chemistry (3)
Nutrition (3)
Personal and Social Responsibility 9
Ethics (3)
Diversity/Global Literacy (3)
Personal & Social Responsibility Electives (3)
General Education Electives 9
Total 60

*A grade of B or better is required

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Q:Which courses at Thomas Edison State College fulfill the course requirements?
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    • Anatomy & Physiology 1 (w/lab)
      • BIO 211
    • Anatomy & Physiology 2 (w/lab)
      • BIO 212
    • Chemistry
      • CHEM 111--General Chemistry I
        or
      • CHEM 112--General Chemistry II
    • Nutrition
      • BIO 208--The Science of Nutrition
    • Statistics
      • HPS 200--Statistics for the Health Professions
        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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Q:Can I select the credit by examination option for any of the required courses?
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  • 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 admission. 
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Q:Which testing options fulfill the course requirements?
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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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