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Application Procedures for Nursing Majors


The William Paterson University Nursing Department offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). 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.

Freshman Applicants

Priority Deadline:  December l – will receive decision by January l

Final Deadline:  February l - will receive decision by April l

To be considered, candidates must submit all materials by these dates.


  • Application, high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.
  • 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.
  • Essays and recommendation letters are optional.
  • Average Class Profile for 2011 Fall Acceptances

1135 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math only)

 Top 20% Rank

3.6 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. Students will have the opportunity to internally change their major 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.

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.

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 1st 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 pre-requisites 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 universities application processfor review by the Nursing Admission’s 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
  • CSH 1300/2300 - Research & Statistics I & II 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 licensed RN to apply for this program)

Fall Application Deadline:  June 1

Spring Application Deadline:  December 1

The department also offers a RN to B.S. degree for those students that have graduated with an A.A.S. from a community college or diploma from a hospital program. Admission is available for fall and spring semesters for RN-licensed students.  Admissions will verify RN Licensure prior to offering an admissions decision.  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 to 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.


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 click here.

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

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