Thomas Edison State University

Trenton, NJ 08608
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Thomas Edison State University (TECU) is a public university in Trenton, New Jersey. It was founded in 1972 as the Thomas Edison State College. After receiving university status in 2015, the college changed its name to reflect its new status. The campus is in downtown Trenton and continues to grow. It now includes the Kelsey Building, the Center for Learning and Technology, and the Academic Center. The university offers over 100 programs through its five schools. These schools include the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. The university has also embraced technology by offering a variety of online courses and programs that are offered entirely online. 

Students wishing to obtain a BSN may apply to the traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, or RN to BSN program. The accelerated BSN is for students with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and takes 12 months to complete. It is a full-time program and the university discourages students from working while completing the program. The school also offers an MSN program and an RN to MSN program. Registered nurses with an associate degree may work toward their BSN or MSN degree. These programs are accredited by both the CCNE and the ACEN. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students11,945
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 39 301
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 2 39
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1977 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
02/01/2012 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
09/01/1990 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/25/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/25/2009 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $75
Graduates $75

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$396/credit
In State Students$396/credit
Out of State Students$499/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$668/credit
In State Students$668/credit
Out of State Students$668/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $17,820 $17,820 $22,455
ADN 70 $27,720 $27,720 $34,930
BSN 125 $49,500 $49,500 $62,375
FNP 50 $33,400 $33,400 $33,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

No Info Available

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New Jersey state board of nursing.
Thomas Edison State University
111 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608

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