Nursing - Prelicensure BSN

This entry-level, generic baccalaureate Nursing Program (BSN) is designed for the student who wishes to become a registered nurse (RN) while completing the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

The program focuses on the acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a professional RN. Developing an understanding of theories and concepts from the physical, social and behavioral sciences and the humanities is emphasized. Concepts such as ethics, altruism and communication are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning experience with guidance from faculty preceptors. The program prepares graduates to participate in a culturally diverse and ever changing global society.

Application to the Program

Admission to the 4-year prelicensure program is highly competitive. Four year nursing applicants do not require a separate application from Stockton University's application. Please be aware that Admissions applications for this program must be postmarked by December 15. The first 4-year prelicensure class graduated in 2010.

Meeting the following minimum conditions does not guarantee acceptance.

  • Applicants should have completed 4 years of English, 3 years of a laboratory science (one of which should be Chemistry), 2 years of a foreign language, 3 years of math, 3 years of history and one additional academic unit prior to enrollment.
  • The Scholastic Aptitude Test or ACT is required. Minimum combined SAT score of 1190 with a Math score of 570, minimum ACT Math score of 24, and overall high school GPA 3.5 or higher are desired.
  • 2 letters of recommendation from high school teachers or advisors are required.
  • Special attention will be given to the strength of your high school curriculum (i.e. honors, A.P. courses). Admission to the program is highly competitive. Current Stockton students who apply to this program should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. 

Internal Transfer:

Transfer applications will only be accepted from students enrolled in Stockton University for at least one semester. Internal transfer students will only be considered for admission into Nursing once they have met the following requirements for either fall or spring semesters.

Spring Admission
  • GPA of 3.5 from Stockton University
  • Completion of one semester of Chemistry at Stockton University with a grade of C or higher. If transferred, General Chemistry I must be a grade of B or higher.
  • An earned C average in any other science courses taken at Stockton University that are required for Stockton's Nursing Curriculum
  • Only those science courses required for nursing taken at other colleges and universities with a grade of B or higher will be accepted
  • Submit a completed Internal Transfer Application to the attention of the Nursing Program Coordinator in the School of Health Sciences, HSC-215, no later than December 15
  • Students who meet requirements are not guaranteed admission.
Fall Admission
  • GPA of 3.5 from Stockton University
  • In order to enroll in nursing courses as an internal transfer student for the fall of the sophomore year, students must first complete two semesters of Chemistry and one semester of Anatomy and Physiology with grades of C or above if taken at Stockton University.
  • If students are transferring sciences form another school, they must have completed two semesters of Chemistry (Inorganic and Organic), Anatomy and Physiology I, and Anatomy and Physiology II with grades of B or above.
  • Submit a completed Internal Transfer Application to the attention of the Nursing Program Coordinator in the School of Health Sciences, HSC-215, no later than July 1st.
  • Students who meet requirements are not guaranteed admission.

Students Applying to Stockton University Nursing from Another Nursing Program:

Students who started a nursing program at another institution and wish to transfer in the sophomore or junior nursing class will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students in this situation will only be considered for admission if they have completed at least one nursing lab or clinical course from another nursing program. The Nursing Program Coordinator will review all transcripts for congruency with the Stockton Nursing curriculum. Comparable nursing courses will be accepted if the student was enrolled in an accredited and fully approved nursing program and earned at least a B in all nursing and science courses. An overall B average is also required. A letter from the Dean of the students former Nursing program stating that the student left the program in good standing is required. Transfer is based on seat availability in the appropriate class. Applications must be submitted by December 15 for admission in either January or September of the following year. Students who meet requirements are not guaranteed admission.

Accreditation Statement

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Stockton University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001 Phone: (202) 887-6791 (

Complaint Process

Applicants for admission and current students can submit
program complaints to the New Jersey Board of Nursing, a subsidiary of the New
Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Complaints may reach the Board of Nursing by
phone at (973)-504-6430 or in writing to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
Division of Consumer Affairs - New Jersey Board of Nursing 124 Halsey Street, 6th
Floor, and P.O. Box 45010 Newark, New Jersey 07101