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.

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.

How Much It Costs

As a public university, Montclair State is among the most affordable options in the state. Additionally, we are currently waiving our application fee for the RN to BSN program.

To further assist you in meeting your goals, our Office of Student Financial Aid works with you to identify scholarships, grants and loans from federal, state and institutional sources. At Montclair State, 78 percent of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.

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.

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
  • Population and Global Health (Clinical and Practicum)
  • 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
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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.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for nursing classes.

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.

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Cutting-Edge Facilities

Preparing nurses to take on the role of leaders in their field requires an innovative learning space. The School of Nursing is now housed in a state-of-the-art renovated space that includes mediated classrooms, computer study areas, a nursing skills laboratory, anatomy laboratory, and high-fidelity and home care simulation rooms.

A Reputation for Excellence

Montclair State University is recognized across New Jersey and the nation as a top choice in higher education by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Money.

Our academic and health care-related certifications include:

  • Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (Athletic Training major, BS, Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education, College of Education and Human Services)
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Didactic Program in Dietetics, baccalaureate level, Dietetic Internship, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) – Counseling, MA
  • Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • CAA has accredited the MA concentration in Speech-Language Pathology and the doctoral program in Audiology (PhD) in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

A Leader in Health and Science Education

At Montclair State, more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students are pursuing degrees in science and health-related fields. These include public health, biology and the following health-related programs:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Minor in Public Health
  • MA in Counseling, Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
  • Health Communication Concentration within the Communication Studies (BA)
  • BS in Nutrition and Food Science, Applied Nutrition
  • BS in Nutrition and Food Science, Dietetics
  • BS in Nutrition and Food Science, Food Science
  • BS in Nutrition and Food Science, Food Systems
  • Minor in Nutrition and Food Science
  • MS in Nutrition and Food Science
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Certificate
  • Nutrition and Exercise Science Certificate
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Contact Us

For more information about applying to the School of Nursing, please contact us at 973-655-3693 or