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 SCORE REQUIREMENT:
    • 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
  • ACT SCORE REQUIREMENT
    Composite 22
  • GPA REQUIREMENT
    3.00 or higher
  • Must pass Kaplan Admission Test (KAT) - APPLIES TO TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY

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Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing

The ABSN curriculum consists of: One Year Track: 41 blanket credits for previous degree; 25 credits for prerequisite courses; 62 nursing credits. Two Year Track: 41 blanket credits for previous degree; 19 credits for prerequisite course; 68 nursing credits.

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Completion of the following academic prerequisites on a college level with a minimum Grade of B:
  • *Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits, with lab)
  • *General Chemistry (4 credits, with lab), Introductory Chemistry is not accepted
  • *Microbiology (4 credits, with lab)
  • Statistics (3 credits) - course must include inferential and descriptive statistics
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
    (Required pre-requisite for 1 year program; taken as co-requisite for 2 year program only)
  • Bioethics/Medical Ethics (3 credits)
    (Required pre-requisite for 1 year program; taken as co-requisite for 2 year program only)
  • Must pass Kaplan Admission Test (KAT)
    (Students with a GPA of 3.7 and above are exempt from taking the KAT)

*Must have been taken within the last 10 years

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 Metropolitan 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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R.N. to B.S.N. to M.S.N.

Students applying to the R.N. to B.S.N. to M.S.N. program must have graduated from a regionally accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program with a cumulative grade point ratio of at least 3.00 and be licensed or eligible for licensure as an R.N. in the state of New Jersey. An interview is required to discuss transfer credits and plan each student's course sequence.

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Admission with Advanced Standing

Candidates for transfer from regionally accredited institutions may be admitted with advanced standing upon presentation of proper credentials and a conference with the School of Nursing and Allied Health. Candidates must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) in their previous college course work.

Grades in comparable non-nursing courses must be C or better. Transfer of nursing courses requires grades of B and the approval of the nursing faculty prior to starting the Nursing curriculum courses.

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 Mrs. June Giardina at 201-692-2433 or e-mail at Giardina@fdu.edu, Director of Transfer Student Services, to get on the list for monitoring. To check which courses will transfer to Fairleigh Dickinson University go 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 Metropolitan 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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NURSING COMPLIANCE

Criminal History Record Search/Urine Drug Screen

Fairleigh Dickinson University has affiliation agreements with health care institutions in the region to provide clinical experiences for students of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health. These affiliated health care institutions are required by the Joint Commission (JC) Standard (HR1.20) to conduct criminal history checks on all personnel who work in clinical settings, including nursing students. All students must comply with this requirement to evaluate their suitability for placement in a clinical experience. Information obtained may cause affiliated health care institutions to reject a student for a clinical experience. Please download the Student JC Compliance by clicking here for current nursing students to be completed on a yearly bases. For new students applying into the program please download the JC Compliance by clicking here.

Health Clearance for Nursing Students

As for all University students, nursing students are required to have a full physical examination and health history before beginning clinical classes. A copy of the physical examination and the health history, including a complete immunization record, a record of negative tuberculosis status and a record of two measles immunizations (under age 40), must be on file in the campus Student Health Services Office. Upon matriculation as a nursing major and before any clinical courses can be taken, nursing students must present documentation of antibody titers for rubella (German measles), rubeola (measles), mumps and varicella (chickenpox) showing immunity. If antibody titers do not demonstrate immunity, vaccine must be administered and antibody titers repeated. The hepatitis B vaccine is strongly recommended. Evidence of a complete hepatitis B vaccine series or a waiver of vaccination must be on file in the campus Student Health Services Office. A complete health record must be on file for matriculated nursing majors prior to the start of NURS2003, NURS2113 Fundamentals of Nursing I. Students may participate in clinical experiences only if their health file is complete and up-to-date. If students are unable to attend clinical experiences because of incomplete health records, as with all absences, they may be in jeopardy of not meeting course objectives. For further information, please download the compliance requirements by clicking here.

CPR Certification and Student Malpractice Insurance

Prior to beginning sophomore-level clinical nursing courses, nursing majors must submit to the School of Nursing and Allied Health office documentation of a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card and of current individual student malpractice insurance coverage. Each year thereafter, nursing majors must submit updated documentation of CPR certification and insurance coverage to the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

Evidence of Car Insurance

All nursing majors must submit documentation of current automobile liability insurance to the School of Nursing and Allied Health office, since students are expected to transport themselves to clinicals and clients' homes for clinical experiences as part of their course requirement.

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.