RN to BSN/MSN Admissions Requirements

Applicants to all programs offered by the School of Nursing must:

  • have a current RN license valid in the United States
    IMPORTANT: For your application to be processed, the College must be able to validate your RN license. If your state does not have an online RN license validation process, you must submit a notarized copy of current RN license valid in the U.S. to Office of Admissions, Thomas Edison State College, 101 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608-1176.
  • have proficiency in using a computer, browsing the Web and sending and receiving e-mail, including attachments.
  • have minimum system requirements to access an online course: access to the Internet, an Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer, or Firefox 2.0 or newer. Additional requirements that may apply to nursing courses are specified in the College Catalog and School of Nursing Student Handbook. Some courses require access to PowerPoint and/or Excel software and a webcam.
  • submit a completed application, with nonrefundable fee
  • Evidence of a current and valid RN license and malpractice insurance is required at the time the student registers for the Public Health Nursing course in the BSN degree program. Students will be required to provide information to a vendor selected by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.
  • 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.

For RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN applicants:
Please send all official diploma nursing school and college transcripts and college-level examination score reports to:

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

For MSN and Graduate Nursing Certificate applicants:
Please send official transcripts from the institution where your BSN degree was awarded to:

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

BSN degree graduates applying for the MSN degree program must have an official transcript sent from the institution where the BSN degree was awarded. Applicants for the Graduate Nursing Certificate program must have an official transcript sent from the institution where the master’s degree in nursing was awarded. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Admissions in unopened sealed envelopes with signatures across the seals. If you are transferring foreign credit, the College will accept credit recommendations, with a required course-by-course evaluation completed by any of the following agencies:

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

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

World Educational Services, Inc. (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311

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

All costs associated with the international credit evaluation are the responsibility of the student. The College reserves the right to make its own determination on the amount and type of credit to be awarded based on the evaluations provide by these agencies. An enrolled student may transfer a maximum of 90 credits from international institutions. 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. Course-by-course credit recommendations will be reviewed by Thomas Edison State College based upon existing transfer and degree policies in place at the time of application.

  • Two years experience in nursing is recommended for the MSN degree program and the Graduate Nursing Certificate program.

Following receipt of the required documents, an academic program evaluation showing how previously completed credits apply to degree requirements will be completed and made available to students enrolled in the BSN degree program via myEdison. Students in the MSN degree program and the Graduate Nursing Certificate program will have credits transcripted as graduate courses are completed and credits are applied to program requirements. Graduate nursing students may view their academic evaluations online via myEdison.