The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares professional nurses to provide comprehensive nursing care to persons and families in all environments where health care is required. Graduates of the program are eligible and prepared to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a registered nurse.

Students are prepared to have critical thinking and problem solving skills in caring for their patients.

  • NCLEX-RN passing rates – 90 to 95% in the last 3 years
  • Employment rate in various healthcare agencies in the tri-state area – 100%
  • Salary range after licensure as RN by the Bureau of Labor Statistics –  $73,000 – $78,000

Admission 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.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – Composition 1100, Math 530
  • American College Test (ACT) – Composite 22
  • GPA – 3.00 or higher
  • Must pass Kaplan Admission Test (KAT) – APPLIES TO TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY.

Transfer Students Interested in the Nursing Program 

The Nursing program will begin in the fall semester of sophomore year for transfer students.  You can apply or process the change of major form after meeting the following requirements:

  • Completion of all first year courses in Sciences, Math, English, and University CORE (see list below)
  • GPA of 3.0
  • GPA of 3.0 in Science and Math courses
  • Repeated any Science and Math course only once with a grade of “B”
  • Acceptable score in the Kaplan Admission Test (KAT)


  • The KAT can only be taken once per academic year. Students with a GPA of 3.7 or higher are exempt from the KAT requirement
  • 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.

Degree Plan

1st Semester (15 credits)

  • ENWR1001 Composition 1, 3 credits
  • CSCI1105 Computers and Software, 3 credits
  • BIOL2203/BIOL2223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab, 4 credits [must pass]
  • CHEM1107/CHEM1117 Chemistry for Health Sciences & Lab, 4 credits [must pass]
  • UNIV1001 Transitioning To University Life, 1 credit

2nd Semester (18 credits)

  • ENWR1102 Academic Research & Writing, 3 credits
  • BIOL2125/BIOL2126 Microbiology for Health Sciences & Lab, 4 credits [must pass]
  • BIOL2204/BIOL2224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab, 4 credits [must pass]
  • MATH1105 College Algebra, 4 credits [must pass]
  • NURS1101 Preview of Professional Nursing, 2 credits
  • UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life, 1 credit

3rd Semester (16 credits)

4th Semester (15 credits)

  • NURS2004/NURS2114 Fundamentals of Nursing II, 3 credits
  • NURS2005 Professional Communication Skills: Individual, Family & Groups, 3 credits
  • SPAN1111 Spanish for Health, 3 credits
  • NURS2007 Pharmacotherapeutics, 3 credits
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues, 3 credits

5th Semester (16 credits)

6th Semester (16 credits)

7th Semester (12 credits)

  • NURS4410/NURS4411 Community Health Nursing, 5 credits
  • NURS4420 Health Care Management, 3 credits
  • NURS4430 Nursing Research, 3 credits
  • PHED____ Physical Education Elective, 1 credit

8th Semester (12 credits)

  • NURS4440/NURS4441 Medical-Surgical Nursing II, 8 credits
  • NURS4460 Prep for Success, 1 credit
  • Free Elective, 3 credits



“The (baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program) at Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (”

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