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 is the preferred credential for nursing practice in a variety of positions across our region.

Registered nurses who graduated from associate degree or diploma nursing school programs can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Montclair State University.

New graduates from diploma or associate degree programs are encouraged to apply. They must pass the NCLEX within six months of matriculation.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills

Expand your knowledge, critical thinking and ability to use best evidence for practice. Build upon your experience as you enrich your leadership skills. Integrate theory and practice to address the complex needs of persons and families in the context of community and a rapidly changing health care system.

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From Here to Career

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

Upper Division Nursing Courses

Required Collateral Courses

The following required collateral courses may be fulfilled by transfer credits or taken at Montclair State:

  • Statistics
  • Nutrition
  • Growth and Development

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
  • Philosophy or Religion
  • Non-Western Cultural Perspective/World Culture
  • Social Science
  • World Language 1 and 2

A minimum of 120 credits are required for the BSN degree.

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How It Works

You will join a cohort of nursing students when you enroll in the RN to BSN program.

Courses required for the nursing major are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters, and are available in hybrid and online formats.

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

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate of an associate degree or diploma program.
  • Eligible for licensure in New Jersey as a RN.
  • 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.
  • 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.