B.S.N. Admission Requirements

Traditional 4-Year Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing 

Applicants to FDU’s 120-credit traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited secondary school with a record indicating potential to succeed in college
  • Completion of the following high school studies:
    • 4 units of English
    • 1 unit of chemistry with lab
    • 2 units of history
    • 1 unit of biology with lab
    • 2 units of college preparatory mathematics
  • Recommended courses:
    • 1 unit of physics
    • 2 units of foreign language
  • A minimum of 16 high school academic units is required for admission.
    • SAT (old scale – math plus critical reading)
      Composite - 1020
      Math - 500
    • SAT (new scale – math plus evidenced-based reading & writing; exams taken March 2016 and after)
      Composite - 1100
      Math – 530
    Composite 22
    3.00 or higher
  • Must pass Kaplan Admission Test (KAT) – APPLIES TO TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY

Admission with Advanced Standing

For first-time freshmen with college credits only the following courses will be evaluated for the transfer equivalency: general psychology, computers & computing and free elective.

Internal and External Transfer Students Interested in Nursing

The Nursing program starts in the fall semester of sophomore year. Students are required to do their change of major forms at the end of May or early June once all of their Spring grades have been posted and they have completed the following courses: Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (BIOL2203/23), Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (BIOL2204/24), Microbiology for Health Science with Lab (BIOL2125/26), and Chemistry for Health Science with Lab (CHEM1107/17) and College Algebra (Math 1105) with grades of B or higher and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The student will be allowed to repeat any science or math course once due to failure to achieve a B or higher grade in the course.

Only a four credit College Algebra, Pre-calculus or Calculus course can transfer into the Nursing program as MATH1105. If a student has three transfer credits for College Algebra it will transfer in as free electives or excess credits and the student is not required to take the math placement test, and can register for MATH1105.

A four credit General Chemistry I with lab or a higher level chemistry course with a lab, with an earned grade of B or higher in both the lecture and lab can substitute for Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab (CHEM1107/17). The Nursing Department will not accept Introduction to Chemistry for Chemistry for Health Sciences & Lab (CHEM 1107/17).

Statistics (PSYC2201) can only transfer into the Nursing program if the course is inferential and descriptive. Courses such as QUANT2029 Introduction to Statistics cannot substitute for PSYC2201.

Undeclared students cannot take Bioethics NURS3209 before being accepted into the Nursing program as it is a Nursing course and only nursing students can register for nursing courses.

Please note:  To meet eligibility requirements for admission contact Candice Duckworth, Assistant Director of University Admissions, at candiced@fdu.edu or 973-443-8902.  To check which courses will transfer to Fairleigh Dickinson University go www.NJtransfer.org then click on course equivalency.  

Information about the KAT:

Applicants may not sit for the Kaplan Admission Test until all transcripts (and proof of registration, if currently enrolled in a course) have been received and reviewed by the Admissions Department. When it is determined that the required coursework is evident and the undergraduate cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or greater, an invitation will be sent to the applicant for the Kaplan Admission Test. The three-hour test is administered on FDU’s Madison Campus and there is no fee. To better prepare for the test, applicants may want to purchase the following review book: Nursing School Entrance Exams, Seventh Edition, by Kaplan. Applicants should focus their studies on the Reading, Math, Writing and Physiology content. It is recommended that an applicant does not sit for the test until the Anatomy and Physiology I & II prerequisites have been completed or are near completion. Students with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.7 and above are exempt from taking the KAT.

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Program Fee

* There is a Kaplan Testing program fee of about $500.

Progression Criteria

Students must earn a B- or better in order to enter the next nursing course. Grades in non-nursing courses must be a C or better except for science and math courses that require a B. Clinical laboratory experience is graded by the use of satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory(U). The laboratory experience is a vital part of the curriculum; therefore, an unsatisfactory clinical grade will be recorded as an F for the course. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 2.67 to progress to subsequent nursing courses. Nursing courses may be repeated only once. If a second course is failed, the student is dismissed from the program.