Clarification about the Rutgers University Camden Nursing Programs (ABS and BS in Nursing)
Rutgers merged with UMDNJ on July 1. There is "no more" UMDNJ. Confusing? Yes, maybe for a day! All faculty from the former UMDNJ Stafford were offered employment in Camden. All staff were as well! 15 came as well as all staff!
Rutgers Camden has broken ground on a beautiful new building (it will be 3 years in the making )and is currently renovating space in one of the dorms to accommodate nursing offices.
Rutgers Camden offers a BS in Nursing. The BS in Nursing degree and the "BSN" degree are "the same". The BS in Nursing is generally considered a degree that is more research and science oriented, and usually thought of as the desired degree for advanced study in nursing (if you are going on for an MSN or DNP or PhD).
Rutgers is Rutgers.. in NJ we are all one with a NB, Newark and Camden campus. There are also satellite campuses at many community colleges.. Camden county college, Brookdale, Mercer, Atlantic Cape to name a few. All campuses do not have the same programs. Camden Nursing's program is a little different than NB/Newark, with a different dean-however, very very similar. Camden accepts credits from all Rutgers campuses as well as community colleges.
Something you CAN'T get elsewhere? Students in the ABS and BS in Nursing traditional programs may be approved to take advanced courses that are accepted for the DNP program! Students can move from the BS in nursing to the DNP (no master's degree involved)! Almost half of the new ABS students are enrolled in the accelerated courses!
The new ABS program has accepted 40 students to start in the fall and is planning to accept 50 in the spring. The spring class has not been accepted yet. Admissions will open by September 2014.
Pre requisites include
Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 credits with labs)
Microbiology (4 credits with lab)
Any 4 credit chemistry with lab: for example: General Chemistry or Organic Biochemistry or General Chemistry II (4 credits with lab)
Statistics (3 credits)
Human Growth and Development (3 credits) (usually a psychology course.. offered at many NJ community colleges!.. psych of human development). If you have adolescent psych and adult psych it is accepted in place of this.
Nutrition (3 credits)
Genetics (3 credits, no lab required) (offered at some community colleges.. if you can't find it, you can take it during the program)
Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
Should you apply if you are not quite a 3.3... YES.. If you graduated with a 2.9 from a more difficult university.. that is considered! If you graduated with a 2.8 majoring in biochemistry.. that is considered! it also depends on the "pool" of applicants. Each applicant is individually evaluated (apply through the Rutgers website.. not the centralized application process that UMDNJ used). Make certain you choose School of Nursing Camden from the drop down menu (SNC)!
Is it stressful? Yes, absolutely.. nursing is stressful! Any program! There is a learning center on campus with tutoring for all science courses, and support for nursing courses through the office of Nursing Student Success. Can you get answers? Yes, information sessions are the last Friday of the month, 2pm room 121 Armitage Hall 311 North fifth street Camden NJ. Look at the Rutgers Camden website. (the next one is September 26th 2014 at 2pm; 311 north 5th street Armitage Hall, Camden NJ)