The Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing

The Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing: Frequently Asked Questions

What type of nursing program does the School of Nursing offer?

The Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing is a four-year baccalaureate program that grants a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is a partnership between Georgian Court University and Meridian Health.

What are the admission requirements?

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Do I have to apply to Georgian Court University and to the School of Nursing? No, only one application is required. You will need to indicate that you are interested in applying to the School of Nursing on the GCU Undergraduate Application for Admission.

How competitive is admission to the School of Nursing?

The B.S.N. program is a competitive program, and the School of Nursing may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant due to enrollment limitations. Meeting the minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing program. The School of Nursing does not maintain a waiting list from year to year. A new application is required for each application date.

Is an interview required for admission to the School of Nursing? Interviews are not required for admission to the B.S.N. program. However, the Admission Committee may request an interview if special circumstances exist.

What is the expected first-year coursework?

Please refer to the Plan of Study to review the suggested course sequence.

How many students are admitted to the School of Nursing each year?

Currently, 40 students are admitted for the fall semester of each academic year.

Does the School of Nursing accept transfer students?

Although the program is designed for full-time, first-time students, the School of Nursing will consider transfer applicants who have a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited university and have earned a "C+" or higher in Anatomy and Physiology, which must each be 4 credits and include a lab component. Transfer students must recognize the program will take four years to complete at GCU, regardless of the number of credits transferred.

Will my credits transfer?

If you have taken courses at a community college that is a participating member of NJ Transfer, you may check to review for course equivalence.

Transfer credits from other institutions cannot be evaluated until after a student has applied and been accepted to the School of Nursing; course syllabi of courses are requested for review and evaluation of the course content.

What if I have a bachelor's degree in another field?

Students who possess a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and are seeking to obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing may be interested in attending an accelerated nursing program. Although extremely intensive in nature, the time-to-degree completion of these programs ranges from 12 to 15 months. There are several of these programs within the state of New Jersey, including Seton Hall University's 14-month, 61-credit, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offered on the campus of Georgian Court. To learn more about this program, click here.

When do students begin their clinical experience?

During the first semester of the sophomore year, nursing students are introduced to the fundamental knowledge and clinical skills needed to practice as professional nurses. Skills relative to the practice of nursing are practiced in the clinical laboratory through simulated experiences and selected settings. During the second semester of the sophomore year, students build on this foundation and enter the clinical setting at local health care facilities. The clinical sites are chosen to support students' developing responsibility for collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team. Junior and senior year clinical courses build on the knowledge and skills learned in the sophomore year.

What clinical sites are used for the B.S.N. program?

Georgian Court-Meridian Health nursing students benefit from the innovative and unique partnership with Meridian Health, an integrated health system located in Monmouth and Ocean County. This partnership offers multiple benefits, including access to American Nurses Credentialing Center (AACN) Magnet certified clinical sites, masters- or doctorally-prepared clinical faculty, and state-of-the-art, high-technology learning labs. Clinical experiences take place at many local hospitals, including Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, and Community Memorial Hospital. Other local resources that students benefit from include public health departments, extended care facilities, residential facilities, schools, and numerous additional community agencies and organizations.

What is the student-to-clinical faculty ratio?

The student-to-clinical faculty ratio is no more than 10:1.

Can I visit the campus to learn more about the B.S.N. program?

Throughout the semester, the GCU Office of Admissions schedules Nursing Information Sessions. Reservations are required. If you are interested in attending a session, please contact the Office of Admissions at 732.987.2700 or check GCU Campus Visit Events for upcoming events.

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