I had the same questions when applying to the Rutgers accelerated program. I'm not sure what's the earliest you can apply for the accelerated program - so what I would do is call the rutgers admissions department 732-932-INFO. This is the rutgers admissions department for the new brunswick university, but they should know that information. (Just a side note the program is split up between the Newark and New Brunswick campuses). I thought the earliest you could apply was October, but don't quote me on that. Definitely check with the admissions department. You really need to keep those dates in line though because I know that some of these programs are on a first come first served basis so the earlier you apply the better off you are - I was also thinking of applying to Thomas Jefferson's FACT program in Philly, but was too late with the application process for that school - they start accepting applications like end of August/ early Sept time frame.
Anyway, back to the Rutgers program - you can definitely apply online, my application went out in late November '07 for admission into their May 2008 program.
Once you apply online, you can check the status of your application regularly - I would encourage you to do this very often- at least until all of your transcripts have been received by the Rutgers admissions department. I took pre-reqs from a few different schools
, and therefore I was constantly checking to see if the Rutgers admissions department actually received my info and logged it in. You don't want to get into a situation where your application isn't being reviewed b/c one of your transcripts are outstanding.
Just remember to be persistent when trying to find out this information - there are people to help you, but you just need to keep calling/ e-mailing. If that doesn't work, I would suggest even stopping by the school one morning just to speak with someone in the college of nursing.
Hope that helps!