Nursing—Non-Accelerated Program (Second Degree), B.S.N.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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About This Degree

This Program is Not Currently Accepting Applications

Perspective students are encouraged to apply for the accelerated nursing program. 


Details About Non-Accelerated Program

Completion of this major prepares you for a career as a Registered Nurse working in a wide range of healthcare organizations. This accelerated program provides innovative educational opportunities to non-nurse college graduates.

Demand for graduates of accelerated programs is high. Hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare settings are eager to employ this pool of nurses who have records of success and a well-defined work ethic that facilitates a more rapid and smooth transition into highly complex healthcare delivery environments. 

Interested individuals with a bachelor's degree, who have completed the required prerequisite courses, are invited to apply to the program. Following admission and successful completion of the pre-licensure phase, students will be awarded a B.S.N. degree and are eligible to take the required National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®).

Return to School: Become a Nurse


  • Earn your degree from a top-ranked program in the state and in the nation.
  • Classes and clinical rotations scheduled on evenings and weekends.
  • Working full-time is still an option while earning your B.S.N.
  • Build on your previous undergraduate experience and transition into the nursing role within a compressed, 27-month timeframe.
  • Curriculum reflects course objectives, content, and clinical learning that are similar to those of a traditional four-year curriculum.
  • Clinical experiences in hospitals, laboratories and the community supplement classroom learning to help you develop the skills and competencies to provide nursing care across the healthcare continuum and to assume leadership roles in the nursing profession.

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Four-Step Application Process

  • Most students have to complete five prerequisite courses, but you may already have completed some when you earned your bachelor's degree. Review our admission requirements to see how many prerequisite courses you truly need to take.
  • Earn an 80% cumulative score on the HESI Admission Assessment Exam;
  • Identify references and complete and upload admission requirements, including an admissions essay and a current resume;
  • Request official transcripts and apply via NursingCAS.

Program Admission Requirements

The following is a list of admission requirements for the Non-Accelerated BSN program.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (degree must be conferred by application deadline)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 Scale is preferred, but NOT required
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities where BA/BS degree awarded, pre-requisites completed, and grades posted to transcript(s)
  • Two recommendations (from a professor, supervisor, or professional colleague)
  • Current Resume
  • Admission essay (See NJCU NursingCAS custom webpage for essay question)
  • A cumulative score of 80% on the standardized Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) exam
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses in the United States within the past 10 years
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (Lab component required)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (Lab component required)
    • Microbiology (Lab component required)
    • Statistics (any discipline)
    • Developmental Psychology (General Psychology and Intro to Psychology do not meet the requirement)

This program has the capacity to fill approximately 30 available seats at the Jersey City campus. A waiting list is created only when there are more qualified applicants than seats available. If no vacancies become available, applicants on the waiting list must re-apply the following year.

How to Apply

Access to apply for the Non-Accelerated BSN Program will be available through NursingCAS 3.0. during the application cycle. NursingCAS is the online, centralized application service for nursing schools. NursingCAS processes your application and transcripts on behalf of the university.  



  1. Select “Apply” to initiate an application.
  2. Select “Create Account” and complete the required fields.

Please follow the guidelines for New Jersey City University’s requirements. Your application will not be considered until all sections listed in Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information and Program Materials are completed and submitted.  Since applicants can track the receipt of transcripts, and application requirements directly through NursingCAS, an application status will not be provided by the department during the admission cycle. 

Application Cycle for 2023 Admission

Application deadline: CLOSED

Useful Information

Start Times and Costs

New Jersey City University's Non-Accelerated BSN program is offered at the main campus in Jersey City starting in Spring of each year.  Program tuition rates per semester (5-semesters total) can be found on the Office of Student Accounts (Bursars Office) webpage.

Note: In addition to any applicable tuition and/or fees, students in the Non-Accelerated BSN program should expect to pay approximately $2,500 for required uniforms, textbooks, and nursing equipment. The Non-Accelerated B.S.N. curriculum and course descriptions can be found in our course catalog.

Helpful Hints With NURSINGCAS 3.0 

  • Do not wait until the final day to apply. The application takes time to complete.
  • Gather information ahead of time to help with the completion of your application:
    • Name, Title, and Email addresses for Reference Writers for recommendations.
    • Official transcripts for all schools attended to complete prerequisite courses.
      • Allow up to two weeks for receipt of official transcripts
  • Type your essay in a word file and copy/paste in the “Personal Statement” section rather than typing directly in this section. There is a 5000-character limit, which is approximately 700 words. Characters include spaces, carriage returns/new lines, numbers, letters, etc.
  • File formats preferred for resume is an MS Word file (.doc, .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • If your resume is password protected, please delete this protection to upload the file. It will not be viewable if it is a password-protected file.
  • Remember to review your application prior to saving and/or submitting.
  • Track the status of your application at

Information for Foreign Graduates

  • WES/ECE Evaluations for foreign graduates may take longer to be completed before they can be sent to NursingCAS 3.0. Please request your evaluation as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • Please be sure the evaluation includes the U.S. degree equivalency and GPA.

CLEP Examination Submission Instructions 

NursingCAS does not accept CLEP scores, therefore, an official report reflecting an ACE score of 50 or higher must be sent directly to the Nursing Department.

Attention: Samantha Younker
New Jersey City University
Nursing Department, Rossey 405 
2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07305

HESI Admission Assessment (A2) 

Candidates can apply via NursingCAS prior to completing the HESI Admission Assessment. The exam includes Math, English, and Science; NJCU does not test students on chemistry or physics content.

The HESI exam must be completed by: 9/1/2022

The HESI Admission Assessment Exam registration period registration period will remain open until the application deadline closes. The Department ID (see exam instructions below to access department ID) has been created specifically for the Non-Accelerated nursing program. Questions and inquiries regarding registration issues and processing time, must be directed to the Elsevier Customer Service department. Registration instructions, department ID number, and Elsevier Customer Service contact information can be found in this pdf document.  

Applicants are encouraged to schedule an appointment to complete the admission exam several weeks before the application deadline. Extensions will not be granted for personal hardship or unforeseen circumstances.  

Please note: Exam scores are retrieved directly from Elsevier at the close of the deadline, therefore, applicants are NOT required to send exam scores to NursingCAS or the Nursing Department.



Candidates can apply for both Accelerated and Non-Accelerated programs. Applicants applying for the Accelerated program can reactivate their application during the Non-Accelerated program admission cycle. The HESI admission exam must be retaken ONLY if the exam was not completed during the 2022-2023 admission cycle, or an 80% cumulative score was not earned.  

To access a more detailed overview of program admission requirements, please review the department custom homepage accessible via NursingCAS.