Department of Nursing
Generic Program Admission Requirements
Students can be admitted to the program as freshmen, transfers, readmit, second degree, or as an internal change of major. Freshman students are only matriculated for the Fall Semester. The admissions committee advises students that the admission process is academically competitive and a high GPA may enhance their chances for selection.
All required material must be received .
- Application, high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. A written essay and recommendations are optional.
- Prospective Freshman Nursing majors must have completed high school biology/lab and chemistry/lab, in which they attained minimum grades of "B" or better.
- Students are required to have a minimum SAT score of 1050 in Critical Reading and math only (with a minimum verbal/critical reading score of 500) or equivalent ACT scores; and rank in the top 25 percent of their class. If the high school does not rank, overall GPA and course selection will be substituted.
- Average Class Profile for 2012 Fall Acceptances
-1142 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math only)
-Top 20% Rank
-3.68 Overall GPA
- Students who are admissible may be placed on a waitlist depending on space availability.
Freshmen who meet University requirements for admission, but do not meet the nursing major requirements noted above, will be accepted to the University as Undeclared.
Acceptance into the nursing major is academically competitive, successful transfer applicants have an average GPA of 3.45 or higher (2012 transfer admitted students average GPA was 3.69) and space is limited by the number of available seats. Transfer applicants who may have been dismissed or received a grade of C- or below in any other nursing program or nursing prerequisite courses will not be accepted even if the course in question has been repeated. Applicants must follow the universities application process for review by the Nursing Department.
Students accepted into the nursing major must complete all the required prerequisite courses (or equivalents) and General Education/University Core Curriculum courses before they will be permitted to register for nursing courses. Accepted students will be assigned a nursing advisor to assist them in planning.
- BIO 1120 - General Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO 1130 - General Anatomy & Physiology II
- BIO 1700 - Microbiology
- PSY 1100 - General Psychology
- PSY 2100 - Developmental Psychology
- CHEM 1330 - Chemistry for Health Sciences
- CSH 2500 - Research & Statistics I
- CSH 3500 - Research & Statistics II
- PBHL 2240 - Therapeutic Nutrition
- BIO 3120 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
Permission to take nursing courses is dependent on evidence of student achievement in preparatory courses and the number of available seats.
Change of Majors*
Students enrolled in the University may apply for a change of major online through WPConnect after meeting the following change of major requirements:
- Establish a GPA at William Paterson University by completing at least twelve (12) credits.
- Have a minimum required GPA of 2.5.
- Complete at least one nursing prerequisite laboratory science courses at William Paterson University.
- Recommended courses include:
- BIO 1120, 1130, 1700, 3120 or
- CHEM 1330
The change of major process is academically competitive and maintaining the highest GPA possible may enhance your opportunity for acceptance to the nursing major. Having completed most of the prerequisites as opposed to one places the student in better a position as well. The Nursing Departments Admissions Committee reviews all applications for matriculation into the nursing major.
*Enrolled students looking to change their major who have earned a grade of C- or below in nursing prerequisite courses are not eligible for admission even if they have repeated the course successfully. The prerequisite courses are General and Developmental Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry for Health Sciences, Research and Statistics I & II, and Therapeutic Nutrition.
Permission to take nursing core courses is dependent on evidence of student achievement in preparatory courses and the number of available seats.
It is recommended you utilize your credentials on your application to inform the Admissions Office that you are an RN to BSN applicant. Upon admission students will meet with the RN to BSN coordinator to determine which courses the student should register for. Further information may be available at RN to BSN Program.
Nursing students are required to have a yearly physical examination and submit a Nursing Clearance form to the Nursing Department from the Campus Health and Wellness Center.
Nursing students are required to have a criminal background check and a urine drug screen completed by the Department vendor at their own expense prior to starting any clinical course. Results are submitted to the affiliate agencies for their interpretation in keeping with the accreditation standards of the Joint Commission Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) and the State of New Jersey.
Nursing laboratory courses are conducted both on and off campus. Automobile transportation is required for most off-campus experiences.
Students who do not maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the major and co- requisite courses or who do not achieve a grade of C or better are evaluated for retention or progression in the nursing major.
Adjustment of Degree Requirements
Students seeking an evaluation of a course(s) from another college as equivalent to a WPC course should observe the following steps identified below.
- For courses taken at a community college within New Jersey check the web site NJTransfer.org.
- If item #1 does not offer an answer, meet and confer with your assigned faculty advisor.
- Upon evaluation of your request, your advisor will assist you to complete an Adjustment of Degree Requirements form.
- If your request is approved by the Chairperson & Dean, notification is sent to the Registrar.
Leave of Absence or Withdrawal
Students requesting a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal from the nursing major will meet with the Chairperson of the Department to explore options and/or assure a space in a future class. The student must then file an application in the Registrar's Office.