How to Apply for the BS in Nursing (BSN)

The William Paterson University bachelor of science degree in nursing is available to freshmen, transfer students, and RN to BSN candidates. Eligible students who complete the degree may sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for RN licensure. The department does not offer an LPN or an associate's degree for RN. The University admits qualified freshmen, transfer, second-degree, re-admit, and international students to the program for fall semesters only (licensed RN’s – can be admitted in fall and spring).  The admission process is highly competitive and a high GPA may enhance an individual’s opportunity for selection.

Due to the nature of the field, nursing is highly regulated and students should be aware of the many necessary protocols while in school and after graduation.

  • Students must be covered by an individual health insurance policy to be eligible to participate in University clinical coursework held within agency settings.  The policy must meet minimum coverage as defined by these agencies.  More detail can be found directly through the WP Department of Nursing.
  • Students must also meet the eligibility requirements for the New Jersey Board of Nursing to apply for licensure to seek employment within the State of New Jersey.  For more information, visit the NJ Board of Nursing.

Freshman Applicants

For first consideration, candidates must submit all materials by the Nursing Priority deadline of December 1:

  • Application, high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores.

The minimum academic profile for first consideration for Freshman nursing admission is:

  • A 3.00 cumulative high school grade point average, and
  • Completion of high school biology/lab and chemistry/lab, with grades of "B" or better, and
  • One of the following:
    • A "New" SAT score of 1130, with a minimum Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 550.  Equivalent ACT scores will be considered.
    • An "Old" SAT score of 1050 in critical Reading and Math, with a minimum Critical Reading score of 500. WP does not use the writing section of the old SAT for admission. Equivalent ACT scores will be considered.

Students who apply after spaces are filled and 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. Students will have the opportunity to reapply to the nursing department after completion of prerequisite coursework. Please note, however, that due to the competitiveness of the program, admission to the nursing major is neither implied nor guaranteed.  See "Change of Major for Enrolled Students" below for details.

Students applying as non-traditional may not be admitted directly into nursing and will be admitted as undeclared.

Transfer, Second-Degree, Re-admit, and International Students:

Fall Application Deadline:  February 1st.*

* The Fall 2020 General Nursing deadline is February 1 for receipt of applications and all required supporting documents.  Applications received or completed after February 1 will not be considered for admission; there are no exceptions.  Students may re-apply for Fall 2021; the deadline will be February 1, 2021.  Students who already hold an RN license may still apply for the BSN program through June 1.

Application, application fee, and all transcripts from every college/university that you have attended, and any other supporting documents that may be requested, must be received by February 1 to be considered for this program. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Admission into the program is highly competitive.

  • Successful applicants have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Completion of the prerequisites increase your chances for acceptance into the major
  • Applicants who have been dismissed from another nursing program will not be accepted.
  • Applicants who received a grade of C- or below in any nursing course or nursing prerequisite courses will not be accepted even if the course has been repeated. 
  • Applicants must follow the University's application process for review by the Nursing Admissions Committee.  Students will be notified of a decision within 8 – 10 weeks.
  • Students accepted into the nursing major must complete all the required prerequisite courses (or equivalents) and 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.

Nursing Prerequisites:

  • 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
  • MATH 1300 - Elementary Statistics I or equivalent
  • NUR 3500 - Nursing Research or equivalent
  • PBHL 2240 - Therapeutic Nutrition
  • BIO 3120 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology

Permission to take nursing courses is dependent on evidence of the student’s achievement in preparatory courses and the number of available seats.

RN to BSN Program

(You must be a Transfer, Readmit or Second Degree student and a licensed RN to apply for this program)

Fall Application Deadline:  August 1

Spring Application Deadline:  December 1

The department also offers an RN to BSN degree for those students who have graduated with an AAS from a community college program. Admission is available for fall and spring semesters for RN-licensed students.  Admissions will verify RN licensure prior to offering an admissions decision, and an 2.5 cumulative college GPA is required.  It is recommended you put your RN credentials next to your name to inform the admissions office that you are a licensed RN.

Change of Major for Enrolled Students

Students enrolled in the University may apply for a change of major after completing twelve (12) credits at William Paterson. To be considered for Nursing, the student must have completed at least one of the following:  BIO 1120, BIO 1130, BIO 1700, BIO 3120 or CHEM1330 at William Paterson. Students choosing to change their major are encouraged to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Upon meeting these requirements, the student needs to apply for a change of major online in WPConnect for review by the department. The deadline for change of major is February 1; students should be notified within eight ten weeks of the decision.    

Students granted a change of major will not be allowed to enroll in nursing courses until they are cleared by the Department of Nursing. Permission to take courses in the nursing program is dependent both upon evidence of student achievement in preparatory courses and the number of available seats.  Click here for a change of major presentation.

Accepted Students

Students will receive a credit evaluation that will list the classes that were accepted by the University/department only after acceptance. Any discussion prior to the actual evaluation being received is unofficial and nonbinding. Students will be assigned an advisor for the subsequent semester. Students are encouraged to contact the Nursing Department directly for advisement during their first semester at William Paterson University. Students not accepted to the department will not be advised by the department.

For more on the nursing department offerings please follow this link »

For further information on nursing admissions, please e-mail Admissions.

If you are applying as a transfer student, transfer student information may be obtained by using the transfer students link on the navigation bar above.

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