Actually transfered into the Rutgers program so I can awnser a few, currently in the 2nd semster. Yes you have to be a Rutgers student first, i believe you need 12-24 rutgers credits before you can apply to the program. Now you can actually register for many of the early nursing courses; anatomy 1 and 2, nutrtion, life span, human interactive process- The problem is the seats go to nursing students first before the "soon to be" nursing students, you may even be blocked online for registring. What I would do then is contact the professor or the nursing dept directly and see if you can get in. During that year as a "regular" rutgers student, i believe taking as many low level nursing courses can only boost your app. When I got in, i already had AP 1,2 , stats and microbio done- at the same time however I have classmates who did not have AP and micro done and they were still accepeted.
The GPA required-says 3.0-3.3-the offical paper work, the website says 3.0-3.3, talking to some students, they will say "Well rutgers will not accept anyone below a 3.7"- I did not have a 3.7, defintley not in the 3.7 range I was more in the 3.3 range so take from that what you will. I did have some EMT, hosptial volunteering and I believe I wrote a killer essay so perhaps that helped
If you cannot get into the classes at Rutgers I would recomend hitting up local community colleges-Essex is right next store. In fact I took both anatomy at Essex and they transfered over fine. What I would highly recomend is going to the school of nursing and talking to one of the advisors. They are friendly and they really do awsner any questions about "How can I get in?".
As you can imagine Nursing is one of the "hot" majors at Rutgers right now (as I imagine nearly all schools) and many students are trying to get in, thus having information is the best way. The offical school website is ok but nothing beats going in person and asking. For instance I made sure to call Rutgers up and ask " I will be taking Anatomy at Essex will you accept"- once I got the yes- I went for it
Rutgers nursing only accpets once a year, i believe the appliction opens up in Feb and closes late May- you will find out by email near the end of June whether you got in or not. The appliction does not require any TEAS,HEIS test etc... (ty god), there is an "optional" essay portion to the standard online app.
You would start at either the sophmore or freshmen level as junior and up are clincals-you cannot do clincals until the lower level stuff is done- stats, nutrtion, A,P, life span etc... So your goal would be to get the lower level stuff done as soon as possible. I know on the outside it is a bit frustrating that Rutgers won't accept direct transfers, that you have to be a regular student first- but it makes it easier to get in, nursing is hard enough to get accpeted to already eh... Good luck don't give up and you can lose nothing by applying