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Degree Overview

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Advance your nursing career with our RN to BSN program. A BSN degree can provide access to a greater variety of career options while increasing your ability to gain or maintain employment in a field where a bachelor’s degree is a preferred or, at times, required credential.

Registered nurses who graduated from associate degree or diploma nursing school programs can now earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing at Montclair State University.

Nursing students in class reading papers.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

Expand your knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and ability to use best evidence for practice. Build upon your already strong knowledge base and practical experience as you enrich your leadership competencies. Develop innovative approaches that integrate theory and practice to address the complex needs of patients and families in the context of community and a rapidly changing health care system.

From Here to Career

Montclair State University’s School of Nursing is committed to assisting graduates achieve professional success. Completion of the RN to BSN program will provide you with access to a greater variety of career options and increase your ability to gain or maintain employment in a field where a bachelor’s degree is an increasingly required credential.

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Upper Division Nursing Courses

  • Health Assessment throughout the Lifespan
  • Scholarly Writing for the Nursing Professional
  • Nursing Care and the Aging Patient
  • Information Technology and Project Management
  • Leadership in Nursing: Theory and Application
  • Evidence Based Practice in Nursing
  • Interdisciplinary Communication and Education
  • Population and Global Health
  • Integration Practicum

Collateral Nursing Science Credits

These credits may be transferred or taken at Montclair State University:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Care
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Growth and Development
  • Pathophysiology

General Education and Graduation Credits

The following general education subject-area requirements may be fulfilled by transfer credits or taken at any point in the curriculum:

  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Philosophy or Religion
  • Non-Western Cultural Perspective/World Culture
  • Social Science
  • World Language 1 and 2

How It Works

When you enroll in the RN to BSN program at the School of Nursing at Montclair State University, you will join a cohort of nursing students.

Courses required for the nursing major are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters, and are available in hybrid format. Students and instructors engage in weekly online activities.

Students meet on campus for in-person classroom collaboration three times over the course of a semester. Dates are planned in advance so students are able to adjust their schedules. During the summer session nursing courses are offered in an online format.

Non-nursing and general education courses are offered using online, traditional, or hybrid formats.

Admission Requirements

Montclair State University School of Nursing provides Registered Nurses, who have graduated from associate degree and diploma programs and hold a current New Jersey license, the opportunity to apply previous nursing, collateral nursing science and general education credits to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Nursing students currently enrolled in an associate degree or diploma nursing program who will complete that program prior to the first day of class at Montclair State are encouraged to apply. These students must pass the NCLEX examination within six months of matriculation into the RN to BSN program.

Evaluation of Transfer Credits

Each applicant’s transcript is reviewed after program acceptance to determine the number of credits that can be transferred to the BSN degree. Generally, associate degree and diploma program nursing graduates are able to transfer nursing coursework, nursing science credits, collateral coursework and general education coursework.