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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 125 credit upper division program open to RN’s only.

Educational preparation at the baccalaureate level provides Registered Nurses with the knowledge and expertise necessary to meet contemporary challenges and find satisfaction in their chosen nursing path. Kean University offers an online option for this program through Kean Online for students interested in pursuing a RN to BSN as an upper division Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Classes are well-adapted to the needs of adult learners, many of whom are also full-time practitioners of Nursing. The School of Nursing fosters a culture that encourages dialogue and mutual respect, contributing to students’ development as critical thinkers and innovators, unafraid to take the risks necessary to pioneer new practices. The School of Nursing faculty is comprised of scholars, researchers, and dedicated practitioners.

This is an exciting and challenging time for the Nursing profession. The Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing (2010) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of (2010) underscore the importance of nurses to our nation’s health. We are confident that our accomplished instructors will help you explore your career trajectory and advance your competencies in a wide variety of Nursing settings.

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We are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing



Joint Programs Include:


  • Kean Ocean
  • Raritan Valley Community College
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Dean's Message       

changNurses practicing in today’s environment face the challenges of diminished resources, growing complexity in both patient care and the health care system, and increased demand from a diverse public.   We, at Kean’s School of Nursing, are committed to providing students with advanced knowledge and competencies through inspired mentoring and superior instruction.  

RN-BSN Admission Process


For Registered Nurses Only

  • Obtain a Kean University Application from the Center for Academic Success (908) 737-0300 or complete an online application by clicking here.
  • Submit the Application and under “Admission Status”, check “Transfer” to be admitted as a transfer student instead as a freshman. Follow all instructions on the application about where to send all Transcripts.

Have high school and all college transcripts sent to:
Kean University
Undergraduate Admission
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083


  • Required cumulative GPA is 2.0
  • Await a letter of Admission to the University. If you receive no correspondence within 4 weeks, call the (CAS) Center for Academic Success (908) 737-0300 or the Undergraduate Admissions office (908) 737-7100 to inquire about your application status. Do not call the School of Nursing.
  • Upon receiving the Admission Letter, you will also receive a copy of your “Degree Audit” from the Academic Advisor for The College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences. The guide sheet is a summary of courses required for the BSN, and will indicate all the credits accepted and transferred from other colleges you have attended.
  • Soon after, you will be assigned to a School of Nursing faculty advisor.
  • Please keep all admission and advisement papers pertaining to Kean University in a folder and bring this with you to all advisement meetings.

Sample Courses

BSN Program:

Upon admission, all nursing students are awarded 30 credits for nursing education completed at the AS, AAS or diploma level as well as additional credits for courses taken at an approved college.

Guide Sheet: BSN-guidesheet.pdf

Course Descriptions: BSN-course_descriptions.pdf


Program of Study:

Forty-seven (47) to fifty-one (51) credits in general education courses are required for graduation. General education requirements are divided into Foundation Requirements (12 credits) and Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Requirements (35-39 credits).

There are fifteen credits in requires support courses and twenty-eight credits in required nursing courses for the B.S.N. in addition there are 3-7 credits of required free electives. These courses constitute the major in nursing at Kean and can be completed by most full-time students in four semesters. Part-time students may select from a variety of patterns to complete degree requirements. Most part-time students complete the program in four to five years.

There are five required support courses offered by other academic disciplines. Like the nursing courses, these are scheduled to enable students to attend either days or evenings. The support courses are: SOC 2100- Sociology of the Family PSY 3110- Life-Span Developmental Psychology PHIL 3314- Moral Problems in Health Care HED 3635- Introduction to Public Health

A total of eight nursing courses make up the upper division nursing core. Five have a clinical component, and three hare lecture/seminar courses. Nursing courses are offered both day and evening to accommodate varying work and lifestyle patterns.

Additional coursework selected by the student.




Faculty Listing

Jan O. Kaminsky, PhD, RN Townsend 116 F    T: (908)737-3390       F: (908)737-3393 


Main Campus

Dr. Karen Moosvi Townsend 116 I  T: 908-737-3384 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Kathleen Neville Townsend 116 G T: 908-737-3394 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Portia Anuforo Townsend 116 C T: 908 737-3395 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Portia Johnson   T: 908 737-3386 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advantages to Learning Online

A major benefit to Kean Online is the asynchronous environment. You decide where and when you study, attend class, post homework and contribute to discussions. This is an invaluable asset to nurses who often work long shifts that may prevent them from attending traditional classes.

Top 9 Advantages of a BSN Degree


#1 BSN Holders Make More Money has just released 2014 data that shows there are major salary difference between people with an RN and a BSN. The RN will earn a median of $39,100, and a BSN holder will earn more than $69,000:

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#2 Some Nursing Careers Open Only to BSN Holders

Having a bachelor’s degree is essential to be admitted to most graduate nursing programs. Four of the highest paying nursing positions – nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist and clinical nurse specialist – require you to have a BSN.


#3 BSN Curriculum Teaches Much More than Clinical Skills

With a BSN degree, you will base your nursing services on proven models of care, identify the family as the center unit of care, master upper division sciences and liberal arts, be a member of the research team and implement the highest legal and ethical principles. These are essential competencies, with more accountability for larger and more complex patient populations.


#4 Research Shows That BSN Holders Offer Better Patient Care

The American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has collected extensive research that indicates that higher nursing education makes a major difference in clinical outcomes. Nurses with a BSN have better patient outcomes, including lower mortality rates and lower failure to rescue rates as well. The research also indicates that BSN holders have higher proficiency in making accurate nursing diagnoses.


#5 Hospitals Seek ‘Magnet’ Designation, and Want Higher Educated Nurses

The ‘magnet’ designation, awarded by the American Nurses Association, is highly coveted by hospitals, and has been given to 400 hospitals to date. One of the key requirements of earning the designation is the education level of the nursing staff.
For example, the ANA requires that 75% of nurse managers have a BSN as of Jan. 1, 2011, and 100% had to have a BSN by Jan. 1, 2013. Also, 48% of nurses have to have a BSN or higher.


#6 BSN Holders Are Eligible for Many More Posted Nurse positions

According to a recent study by, in a study of 187,000* nurse job posts over three months, there were the following education requirements in the posts:
Diploma or associate’s degree – 51%
Bachelor’s degree – 37%
Graduate degree – 23%
What this shows is that a nurse with an RN diploma is eligible for 51% of the positions, while a person with a BSN is eligible for 88%. Further, the study showed that the mean salary for a BSN holder was $10,000 higher than the diploma or associate degree graduate.


#7 Earning a BSN Is Easier Than Ever

In recent years, there has been an explosion in BSN programs, given the great demand for nursing professionals. Many of these programs are online. This allows you to earn your BSN from the comfort of your own home, with minimal need to visit the college campus.


#8 Earning a BSN May Be a Requirement in the Future

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a study recently on the nursing profession. It recommended that BSN holders be increased from 50% to 80% by 2020. Nurses are being strongly encouraged to get their BSN within five years of earning a diploma or an associate’s degree.


#9 BSN Connected to Higher Professional Advancement

Your BSN will open your career up to a full range of community-based care, leadership positions and case management. Your BSN learning experiences will assist you to redefine your practice, participate in interdisciplinary teams, explore the growing sophistication of our nursing and related health disciplines and achieve a professional self-confidence which comes with life-long learning.

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