On behalf of the faculty of the Nursing Department, welcome to the BSN program at New Jersey City University. You are embarking on the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime.

Nursing is a career that has a multitude of opportunities — at the bedside, in industry, school nursing, research and development, pharmaceutical sales, home health, hospice care, case management, and long-term care…the opportunities are endless. The choice to make a difference is yours and we are glad you have chosen New Jersey City University to mentor you in reaching your professional goals. New Jersey City University offers two pathways to the BSN.

The RN to BSN track provides Registered Nurses with an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing as well as Registered Nurses with formal nurse education from another country the opportunity to complete a BSN. Clinical experiences focus on population health and leadership development. Classroom learning focuses on the expanded role of the Registered Nurse in today’s healthcare environment. 

The Accelerated BSN track allows students with a baccalaureate degree to study to become a Registered Nurse after 12 months of full-time study.  Clinical experiences in the hospital, laboratory, long term care facility, and community supplement classroom learning as you develop the skills and competencies to provide nursing care across the healthcare continuum and to assume leadership roles in the nursing profession.  Faculty and staff will provide you with the mentoring and guidance you need to meet your goal of becoming a BSN-prepared nurse. 

The BSN degree is the critical first step in a career in professional nursing. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association, and other leading nursing organizations recognize the BSN as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice. While graduates can begin practice as an RN with an associate degree or hospital diploma, the BSN degree is essential for nurses seeking to move up the career ladder and provide a higher level of quality care.

The BSN-prepared nurse is the only basic nursing graduate preferred to practice in all health care settings and has the greatest employment flexibility of any entry-level RN. The BSN curriculum includes a broad spectrum of scientific, critical-thinking, communication, and leadership skills. These abilities are essential for today's professional nurse who must be a skilled provider, designer, manager, and coordinator of care. Nurses must make quick, sometimes life-and-death decisions; understand a patient's treatment, symptoms, and danger signs; supervise other nursing personnel; coordinate care with other health providers; master advanced technology; assess communities for problems and identify gaps on resources; guide patients through the maze of health resources in a community; and provide teaching to individuals, families, and communities.

Given the demands of today’s health care system, the greatest need in the nursing workforce is for nurses prepared at the baccalaureate and higher degree levels.  Evidence clearly shows that higher levels of nursing education are linked with lower patient mortality rates, fewer errors, and greater job satisfaction among RNs. Nurse executives, federal agencies, the military, leading nursing organizations, health care foundations, magnet hospitals, and minority nurse advocacy groups all recognize the unique value that baccalaureate-prepared nurses bring to the practice setting and their contribution to quality nursing care.

Welcome to New Jersey City University…welcome to your future!

Joyce Wright PhD, RN, CNE

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Associate Professor
Chairperson, Nursing Department