School of Nursing offers an opportunity for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field to pursue a second bachelor's degree. Students in the second-degree program seeking the bachelor of science (B.S.) in nursing degree must complete 63 credits.
Graduates who successfully complete the program will be eligible to register to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam in the state of New Jersey and in other states.
Required Prerequisite Courses (see
Admission to the second-degree
baccalaureate program requires the completion of these prerequisite courses:
Anatomy and Physiology I and II* (8 credits with lab)
Microbiology* (4 credits with lab)
Organic Biochemistry OR General Chemistry II* (3
Introduction to Sociology
Statistics (3) (descriptive and inferential statistics)
Life Span: A Holistic Approach (3) or Developmental Psychology
(covering the entire life span: newborn to elderly)
First Semester (17 Credits)
25:705:330 - Physiologic and Pathologic Response to
Health and Illness (3)
25:705:395 - Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
25:705:306 - Health Assessment Across the Life Span (3)
25:705:335 - Nursing Care of Healthy Populations (6)
25:705:325 - Professional Nursing I (2)
Second Semester (15 Credits)
25:705:336 - Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults
with Common Health Conditions (6)
25:705:340 - Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (6)
25:705:326 - Professional Nursing II (3)
Third Semester (15 Credits)
25:705:428 - Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults
with Complex Health Conditions (6)
25:705:412 - Nursing Care of the Infant, Child, and
25:705:427 - Professional Nursing III (3)
Fourth Semester (16 Credits)
25:705:414 - Nursing Care of Individuals/ Populations
with Acute and Chronic Mental Health Conditions (6)
25:705:455 - Transition to Professional Practice (4)
25:705:418 - Population Health (3)
Nursing Elective (3)
All science prerequisite courses must be completed
within 10 years of applying to the program. There is no time limit for
non-science prerequisite courses.
A grade of C+ or higher is required for Life
Span/Developmental Psychology and Nutrition; a grade of C or higher is
required for all other prerequisite courses.
- Science grades weigh heavily in the admission decision.
- Nursing courses completed at another nursing school are not accepted.
Please note, a history of numerous course failures, repeated courses,
withdrawals, and dismissal from another nursing program may influence
the admission decision. While not required, addressing extraordinary
circumstances related to previous academic performance in a personal
statement is highly recommended.
All science prerequisite courses (four) must be completed
(with grades) prior to application submission. No exceptions.
It is strongly recommended
all prerequisite courses are completed prior to applying, but applicants who
have two non-science courses "in-progress" at the time of application
submission will be considered. Proof of enrollment for any course "in progress"
must be provided with the application and an updated official transcript
indicating the "in progress" course(s) were successfully completed is required before
beginning the program.