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Frequently Asked Questions – RN to BSN Program

How long is the RN to BSN program?

The average student who transfers in 16 course units will spend about 2 ½ -3 years of part time study earning a BSN. The duration of YOUR individual program depends on the number of transfer credits accepted at time of admission AND the number of course units you choose to complete each semester. You can “speed up” by taking additional classes with other cohorts, by taking courses during winter and summer sessions, or by taking additional electives on-campus. However, class selection must be done in close consultation with your academic advisor to ensure that all prerequisites are met.

How is TCNJ different from programs at other nursing schools?

The RN to BSN Program is designed for working Professional Registered Nurses (RNs) who have earned an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and want to continue their education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Face-to-face classes provide the opportunity for interactive communication with faculty and other students. Structured class times help you manage your busy schedule and stay on track with your studies. Classes held at regional healthcare institutions save you the stress of travel. Reduced tuition helps save your hard earned money.

How academically rigorous is the program?

TCNJ is very academically demanding. However, excellent instruction, student-centered faculty, and plentiful student support services allow us to maintain a very high retention rate. Our program requires a rich background in the sciences. We challenge our students to build on this background because we believe it is essential in order to empower our graduates not only to succeed in their profession, but also to excel.

What are admission requirements?

You will need to submit a short essay, current New Jersey RN license and a $75 non-refundable application fee. Students are also responsible for requesting official transcripts from all nursing schools, colleges & universities attended as part of the application process. Send all transcripts to Deirdre Jackson.

How do I apply to TCNJ’s RN to BSN Program?

When you are ready to join the program, contact program staff by email or phone to confirm your intent to apply and find out about application deadlines. TCNJ’s RN to BSN Program uses a special RN to BSN online application. (Do not complete applications on the general Admissions webpage.)  Go to this link and click Apply Now to start your online application. If you have any questions while completing the application, please contact Deirdre Jackson, Nursing Outreach Coordinator at

How many credits can I transfer to TCNJ?

AFTER you are accepted you will receive an official transfer credit evaluation. This evaluation determines how many credits from previous post-secondary schools will be accepted. If you attended a two-year institution, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 64 credits (16 course units). If you attended a four-year institution, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 80 credits (20 course units). If you attended both two-year and four-year institutions, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 80 credits combined. If you attended a diploma school of nursing, TCNJ can accept UP to 30 credits.

Where are classes offered?

Face-to-face classes are offered at various regional healthcare institutions throughout central New Jersey. We are currently partnered with Hunterdon Medical Center, Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, Penn Medicine University Medical Center of Princeton, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Hamilton. Students can attend classes at any of these locations.

What options are available for online learning?

The majority of classes are taught face-to-face but there are options for taking some class fully or partially online. We are currently exploring options for additional online courses.

When are classes offered?

Classes are regularly offered during fall, spring and summer semesters. Electives are occasionally offered during the Winter term. Fall and spring semesters run for 15 weeks. Refer to TCNJ’s website for start and end dates of regular semesters and special sessions. Type Academic Calendar in the search box.

To accommodate the working RN, classes meet once a week in a three-hour block of time during the evening- usually 5-7:50 PM. There is currently one course in the curriculum that requires structured clinical time during the day once a week. We do not currently offer any weekend class options.

How many courses do I have to take?

You must have minimum of 32 course units (128 credits) to graduate. (At TCNJ, one course unit equals four credits).  You must earn a minimum of 12 course units (48 credits) at TCNJ to earn a BSN from TCNJ.

How many clinical courses will I be required to take?

Although most classes have an experiential component, there is one structured clinical experience that all RN to BSN students must complete. This course (NUR 444-Community /Public Health practice) is only offered during the day. Clinical experiences take place in the surrounding community for this course.

What if I already have a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline?

The RN to MSN Bridge Program is designed for RN’s who already have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing discipline and wish to enter advanced practice as a nurse practitioner or Clinical Nurse Leader. Refer to TCNJ’s Graduate Studies page for information on the RN to MSN Bridge program.

TCNJ is currently accepting applications for the RN-BSN program, but owing to exceptionally high enrollment and retention, the Department of Nursing has no capacity for external transfer students seeking admission to the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for the 2023-2024 academic year. This notice will be updated if capacity allows for applications to be submitted through the Office of Admissions for the 2023-2024 academic year