Admissions

This program is designed to allow R.N.s to earn a B.S.N. and then an M.S.N degree. Sixty six credits from the Associate Degree will be accepted as transfer credit.  Students must take 36 credits in Nursing, and can transfer in additional credits to earn a 120 credit B.S.N degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the R.N. to B.S.N. to M.S.N. program must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have graduated from a regionally accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program with a cumulative grade point ratio of at least 2.70, have passed the NCLEX-RN and be licensed as an R.N. in the state of New Jersey.
  • 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 mathematicsRecommended courses:
    • 1 unit of physics
    • 2 units of foreign language
  • A minimum of 16 high school academic units is required for admission.
  • Scores of 1000 or higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). November, December or January test scores are preferred.

Other requirements follow the New Jersey Articulation Model for R.N. – completion programs.

Degree Plan

Sample Part-Time Sequence

First Year

  • NURS6620 Advanced Nursing I: Health Assessment Theory (spring)
  • NURS6621 Advanced Practice Nursing I: Health Assessment Practicum (spring)
  • NURS7702 Advanced Pathophysiology (spring)
  • NURS3371 The Professional Nurse in the 21st Century (fall)
  • PHED4436 CPR and Emergency First Aid
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues (summer)
  • CSCI1105 Computers and Software (fall)
  • Communication/Speech Elective (summer)
  • Free Elective (summer)

Second Year

  • NURS3208 Into to Healthcare Economics
  • NURS3209 Bioethics (spring)
  • NURS4420 Health Care Management (spring)
  • NURS6600 Introduction to Advanced Nursing Practice:Philosophy & Theories (fall)
  • Art Elective (summer)
  • History Elective (summer)
  • Free Elective (summer)

Third Year

  • NURS4410 Community Health Nursing (fall)
  • NURS4411 Community Health Nursing Lab (fall)
  • NURS4430 Critique and Utilization of Nursing Research (spring)
  • PSYC2201 Statistics (fall)
  • UNIV2001 Cross-cultural Perspectives
  • Literature Elective (summer)
  • Nursing Elective (summer)
  • Elective

Clinical Tracks

Upon completion of an Associate Degree and passage of the NCLEX RN examination,

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) will award a minimum of sixty-six (66) credits toward an accelerated Registered Nurse to Bachelor (BSN) to Master (MSN) of Science in Nursing Degree. .The remaining courses needed to complete the RN to BSN to MSN Nursing Education degree requirements are outlined below. A BSN will not be awarded; the terminal degree is an MSN

General education requirements, 29 credits

All students must take general education.

College Requirements (23 credits)

  • CSCI1105 Computers and Software
  • PSYC2201 Statistics
  • HIST____ History Elective
  • ENGL____ Literature Elective
  • PHED____ Physical Education
  • PHED____ Physical Education
  • NURS____ Nursing Elective
  • Free Elective

University Requirements (6 credits)

Degree plan for clinical tracks

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (54 credits)

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Track with Education or Administration Focus (63 credits)

Education (62 credits)

Family Nurse Practitioner (64 credits)

Forensics (54 credits)

Family Psych/Mental Health (57 credits)

Nursing Information Systems (54 credits)

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, 54 credits

 NURS6600, NURS6615, NURS7702 Serves as partial fulfillment of BSN and MSN programs

A minimum of 123 credits is required for graduation for the BSN degree. Students must complete 30 credits of graduate coursework to earn the MSN degree in Adult Nurse Practitioner.

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with Education or Administration Focus, 63 credits

NURS6600, NURS6615, NURS7702 Serves as partial fulfillment of BSN and MSN programs

Role Specialization (9 credits): Choose 3 courses from either Education or Administration listed below:

Education

Administration:

  • PADM/NURS6600 Public and Nonprofit Management
  • PADM/NURS6604 Human Resources Management
  • PADM/NURS6602 Budgeting and Finance

NURS6600, NURS6615, NURS7702 Serves as partial fulfillment of BSN and MSN programs 

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation for the BSN degree. Students must complete 30 credits of graduate coursework to earn the MSN degree.

Education, 62 credits

  • NURS2200     Health Assessment I
  • NURS2201     Lab: Health Assessment I
  • PSYC2201      Statistics
  • NURS3208     Healthcare Economics
  • NURS3209     Bioethics
  • NURS3371     The Professional Nurse in the 21st Century
  • NURS4410     Community Health Nursing
  • NURS4420     Health Care Management
  • NURS4430     Nursing Research
  • NURS6600     Introduction to Advanced Nursing Practice: Philosophy & Theories
  • NURS6615     Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS7701     Advanced Nursing Research
  • NURS7702     Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS6620     Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621     Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS7705     Education and Learning Theory
  • NURS7706     Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education
  • NURS7713     Curriculum Development and Theory
  • NURS7714     Outcome Assessment
  • NURS7752     Master’s Project
  • NURS7771     Seminar in Issues of Nursing Education
  • NURS7717     Teaching Practicum

NURS6600, NURS6615, NURS7702 Serves as partial fulfillment of BSN and MSN programs

Total Clinical hours: 120 hours in the Teaching Practicum course. Student is required to have a faculty preceptor in this course.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation for the BSN degree. Students must complete 33 credits of graduate coursework to earn the MSN degree.

Family Nurse Practitioner, 64 credits

  • NURS2200     Health Assessment I
  • NURS2201     Lab: Health Assessment I
  • Psych 2201    Statistics
  • NURS3208     Healthcare Economics
  • NURS3209     Bioethics
  • NURS3371     The Professional Nurse in the 21st Century
  • NURS4410     Community Health Nursing
  • NURS4420     Health Care Management
  • NURS4430     Nursing Research
  • NURS6600     Introduction to Advanced Nursing Practice: Philosophy & Theories
  • NURS6615     Advanced Pharmacology
  • NURS6620     Advanced Health Assessment
  • NURS6621     Advanced Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS6682     Advanced Nursing: Adult Gerontology Primary Care I
  • NURS6683     Advanced Nursing: Adult Gerontology Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7701     Advanced Nursing Research
  • NURS7702     Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NURS7735     Advanced Nursing: Adult Gerontology Primary Care II
  • NURS7736     Advanced Nursing: Adult Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7794     Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I
  • NURS7795     Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care I: Practicum
  • NURS7810     Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II
  • NURS7811     Advanced Nursing: Family Primary Care II: Practicum
  • NURS7752     Master’s Project
  • NURS7812     Family Systems

NURS6600, NURS6615, NURS7702 Serves as partial fulfillment of BSN and MSN programs

Total Clinical hours: 120 hours in the Teaching Practicum course. Student is required to have a faculty preceptor in this course.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation for the BSN degree. Students must complete 38 credits of graduate coursework to earn the MSN degree.

Forensics, 66 credits

Major Requirements, 54 credits

NURS6600, NURS6615, NURS7702 Serves as partial fulfillment of BSN and MSN programs

Forensics Nursing Specialization (12 credits)

  • CRIM7065 Crime/Victimology/Social Justice
  • CRIM6005 Advanced Criminological Theory
  • CRIM7020 Ethics, Politics and Justice
  • PSYC6231 Psych Bases of Crim Behavior

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation for the BSN degree. Students must complete 42 credits of graduate coursework to earn the MSN degree.

Family Psych/Mental Health, 57 credits

  • NURS2200     Health Assessment I
  • NURS2201     Lab: Health Assessment I
  • NURS3208     Into to Healthcare Economics
  • NURS3209     Bioethics
  • NURS3371     The Professional Nurse in the 21st Century
  • NURS4410     Community Health Nursing
  • NURS4420     Health Care Management
  • NURS4430     Critique and Utilization of Nursing Research
  • NURS6600     Introduction to Advanced Nursing Practice:Philosophy & Theories
  • NURS6615     Advanced  Pharmacology
  • NURS6620    Advanced Nursing I: Health Assessment Theory
  • NURS6621    Advanced Practice Nursing I: Health Assessment Practicum
  • NURS6701    Psychopharmacology
  • NURS6702    Primary Care I Practicum
  • NURS6703    Psych/MH Primary Care I lab
  • NURS6801    Psych/MH Primary Care I
  • NURS6802    Primary Care II
  • NURS6810    Primary Care II Practicum
  • NURS6811    Family Primary Care I Pediatrics
  • NURS7752    Master’s Project

NURS6600, NURS6615 Serves as partial fulfillment of BSN and MSN programs

Sixty-six (66) credits automatically transfer for an ASN degree and RN licensure. Students must complete thirty (33) credits of graduate work to earn the MSN degree.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation for the BSN degree. Students must complete 42 credits of graduate coursework to earn the MSN degree.

Nursing Information Systems, 78 credits

Major Requirements, 54 credits

  • NURS2200     Health Assessment I
  • NURS2201     Lab: Health Assessment I
  • NURS3208     Into to Healthcare Economics
  • NURS3209     Bioethics
  • NURS3371     The Professional Nurse in the 21st Century
  • NURS4410     Community Health Nursing
  • NURS4420     Health Care Management
  • NURS4430     Critique and Utilization of Nursing Research
  • NURS6600*    Introduction to Advanced Nursing Practice:Philosophy & Theories
  • NURS7701     Adv Nursing Research

NURS6600 Serves as partial fulfillment of BSN and MSN programs

Nursing Information Systems Specialization, 12 credits

  • NURS6640  Nursing Info Systems & Apps
  • NURS7740  Nursing Info Roles & Theory
  • NURS7741  Project Management
  • NURS7745          Practicum in Nursing Informatics Systems

Support Courses, 9 credits

  • CSCI5505    Intro to Comp. Programming
  • CSCI5525    Intro to Computer Science
  • CSCI6720    Management Info Systems
  • CSCI6733    Decision Support Systems

Elective Courses, 3 credits

  • NURS7600     Nurs Leadership Experience
  • NURS7602     Evidence-Based Practice Exp
  • NURS7705     Education and Learning Theory
  • NURS7746     Prac in Nursing Informatics II

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation for the BSN degree. Students must complete 32 credits of graduate coursework to earn the MSN degree.