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Your Path to a Fulfilling Nursing Career 

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The TESU Accelerated BSN BAYADA Scholars Track is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a field outside of nursing. Students complete a thoughtfully designed clinical curriculum, the majority of which occurs at Cooper University Health Care, all while taking rigorous online courses through Thomas Edison State University, a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. 

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At A Glance

The BAYADA Scholars Track uniquely prepares nurses to succeed in today's complex health care system and develop as future nurse leaders.

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Duration

15 Months

Complete an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) from TESU in as few as 15 months.

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NCLEX Pass Rate

100%

TESU has achieved an impressive 100% first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate.* 

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Build Skills

Superior Clinicals

Build competence and confidence at the only Level I trauma center in the region.

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Mentorship

1:1 Support

Receive 1:1 support from a current practicing RN at Cooper University Health Care. 

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Experience

Employment

Students receive a conditional offer of employment from Cooper University Health Care on admission to the program.**

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Salary

$86,000+

Median annual wage for registered nurses.*** The new to practice hourly rate at Cooper University Health Care is $39.18/hr. 

Superior Clinical Experience

BAYADA Scholars experience an intentional and pioneering clinical experience where they foster deep connections and receive focused mentoring. 

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Level I Trauma Center Experience

BAYADA Scholars build their nursing skills at the only Level I trauma center in the region, Cooper University Hospital. The Scholars work alongside medical students, experienced nurses, advanced practice providers, and renowned physicians. 

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One-On-One Clinical Experiences 

During most clinical placements BAYADA Scholars are paired one-to-one with an experienced nurse who knows the patients, the hospital, and the unit. This is in addition to the clinical instructor on the unit with students during clinical rotations. 

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Learn Across The Continuum of Care

Work with complex patients across the full continuum of care: from the ICU to the step-down unit and to the home. Exposure to care continuity during training prepares student nurses for the practical application of their skills as they transition into nursing practice.

BAYADA Scholars Track

With an industry-leading curriculum from TESU and focused clinical experiences at Cooper University Health Care, BAYADA Scholars are prepared — with the skills necessary to thrive today and shape tomorrow. 

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Intentional and comprehensive curriculum

Students in the BAYADA Scholars Track complete TESU's rigorous online accelerated BSN curriculum, which has produced 100% NCLEX pass rates.* As a part of the scholars program students are prepared to be future leaders in the field of nursing. 

The curriculum is complemented by a clinical experience at Cooper University Health Care, the region's leading academic health center. Students are often paired 1:1 with a current practicing RN to deepen the quality of the clinical experience. Clinical placements are guaranteed, scheduled, and organized for students. 

The BAYADA Scholars track was designed with continuity of care in mind. Unlike the varied experiences nursing students might find elsewhere, BAYADA Scholars have a primary clinical home at Cooper University Health Care to foster deep connections and receive focused mentoring. 

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One-On-One Clinical Instruction

BAYADA Scholars have the opportunity to build their nursing skills at the only Level I trauma center in the region. Cooper University Health Care is a high-intensity trauma center where students work alongside medical students, experienced nurses, advanced practice providers, and renowned physicians.

During most clinical placements BAYADA Scholars are paired one-to-one with an experienced nurse who knows the patients, the hospital, and the unit. This is in addition to the clinical instructor on the unit with students during clinical rotations. 

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Learn Across the Continuum of Care

Another unique feature of the BAYADA Scholars Track is that students work with complex patients across the full continuum of care: from the ICU to the step-down unit and to the home. Mastering the environments and technology that make continuity of care possible prepares student nurses for the practical application of their skills as they transition into nursing practice.

Employment Opportunity

Employment Opportunity

BAYADA Scholars Track students receive a conditional offer of employment from Cooper University Health Care on admission to the program.**

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Cohort style

How we teach is as important as what we teach. BAYADA Scholars will experience learning as a collaborative activity in which academic staff, clinical instructors, peers, and patients are directly involved in learning activities.

Students complete their clinical training with the same group of nursing peers, forging relationships that will last a lifetime. Graduating as a BAYADA Scholar will mean joining a network of competent and compassionate nurses with a lifelong pursuit of of excellence. 

 

Inspired clinical instructors and colleagues

Named one of America's Best Employers by Forbes, Cooper University Health Care has some of the highest employee satisfaction scores of any hospital. Students benefit from learning in a culture focused on learning, excellence, and innovation.

BAYADA Scholars engage in a collaborative learning experience in which academic staff, clinical partners, and patients are directly involved in learning activities. This approach leads to excellent outcomes for those receiving care and enhances the learning experience for students.

Purpose Driven Education

Nursing Shortage

Founded to solve the nursing shortage, BAYADA Education is cultivating a new generation of nurses.  We envision a future where everyone receives the quality care they need, especially the most vulnerable. We want to bring forth a people-first health system where those who are called to care are empowered to pursue excellence and elevate the quality of care for all.

Nonprofit Approach

We’re a nonprofit organization with a strong belief that students, patients, and nurses come first. Our purpose-driven mission helps us prepare nurses to thrive in the modern healthcare environment.

Thought Leadership

In our quest to elevate nursing, we strive to understand how to improve nursing education, healthcare facilities, and workplace culture. Our commitment to learning not only applies to students, but the work we do to advocate for improved nursing education and the nursing profession as a whole. 

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The BAYADA Way

BAYADA Education has its own culture and mission but it all stems from a bedrock of compassion: the “true north” that embodies the essence of what we stand for, believe in, and value. That is The BAYADA Way, and it’s what simultaneously keeps us together and sets us apart. See our guiding principles.

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Application Requirements

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Written personal statement
    • Describe educational and career goals in a minimum of 250 words.
  • An interview (may be required)
  • Resume (optional)
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree or a minimum of 60 undergraduate credit hours that include the TESU Bachelor’s Degree general education requirements and prerequisite courses. Note: students may be conditionally accepted while completing the prerequisite courses; however, placement in the program will depend on the prerequisite course being completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • For students who have not previously completed a bachelor’s degree, the ATI TEAS Exam is required (scores of 70% or better in each subcategory are preferred).

Prerequisites


Prerequisite Course Required Credits Required Grade Test for Credit?
Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4 C (73) or better No
Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4 C (73) or better No
Microbiology with Lab 4 C (73) or better No
Chemistry I or Pathophysiology 3 C (73) or better No
Nutrition 3 C (73) or better Yes*
Statistics 3 C (73) or better No

 

*For more information on prerequisites, please contact enrollment@bayadaeducation.org or visit TESU's website.

Important Dates

 

Application Deadline Start Date
Fall cohort: July 1, 2024 August/September 2024
Winter cohort: November 1, 2024 January 2025
Spring cohort: March 1, 2024 May 2025

 

 

Tuition

For students living in New Jersey, the tuition is $58,500. Students living outside of New Jersey pay out-of-state tuition, which is $75,000.

Clinical Lab Fee

TESU accelerated BSN students pay an additional clinical laboratory fee of $510 per clinical course. You will need to take 10 clinical courses to graduate, so the total clinical lab fee is $5,100.

Course Materials

Estimated course material costs:

  • Books: $2,000
  • Uniform and other supplies: $300 (BAYADA Education covers this cost)

Professional nursing fees

Estimated professional nursing fees:

  • Clinical compliance: $400
  • Major medical health insurance: costs vary by plan
  • Professional liability insurance: approximately $30, though costs vary by plan (TESU covers this cost)
  • New Jersey Nursing Student Convention: $90-$125
  • Graduation audit fee: $298
  • New Jersey Board of Nursing Application Fee: $200
  • NCLEX-RN Application/Exam Fee: $200

Financial Aid

Completing the FAFSA form is recommended even if you do not intend to seek financial aid. Students must complete the FAFSA application to be considered for scholarships.

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What school will issue my diploma?

Your degree will be the Thomas Edison State University Accelerated BSN. TESU will issue the diploma.

Is this program accredited?

Yes. TESU's Accelerated BSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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Learn More About Purpose-Driven Nursing Education

The TESU BAYADA Scholars Track at Cooper University Health Care is mission-driven education that empowers future nurses to make an impact every day in patients’ lives — and beyond.

Achieving Nursing Excellence Through Partnership

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When Thomas Edison State University was chartered in 1972, it embraced a radical mission: to reimagine higher education for adults. The challenge — design a new institution that pioneered new approaches to improve access and respond to the needs of working adult students. And that’s what TESU did, leading a national movement to launch innovative institutions to serve adult learners — transforming the lives of thousands of students while changing the course of higher education. 

As TESU moves into its next 50 years of excellence, higher education is once again in need of reinvention. This partnership with BAYADA Education is just one of the ways TESU aims to disrupt the industry. 

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As the leading academic health system in the region, Cooper University Health Care offers skilled and compassionate primary, specialty, tertiary, and urgent care, all within one complete health system. Cooper University Health Care also happens to be home to a leading cancer center (MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper), the only Level II pediatric trauma center in the Delaware Valley, the only Level I trauma center in South Jersey, and the busiest trauma center in the Philadelphia region. 

Cooper University Health Care has been recognized as a top-performing regional hospital by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Hospitals annual survey. It has also made Forbes’ list of Best-in-State Employers in New Jersey for three consecutive years.

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The BAYADA Education story began in 2017 when a small team at BAYADA Home Health Care set out to find a solution to the nursing shortage. Mark and Mel Baiada recognized that the best way to bring more great nurses into the world was to revolutionize nursing education. Their vision focused on improving clinical preparation through partnerships with renowned academic and clinical sites. 

From this vision — and through a generous donation from Ann and Mark Baiada — BAYADA Education was born. We are a nonprofit with a mission to bring more great nurses into the world and support the nursing profession. While separate from BAYADA Home Health Care, BAYADA Education was founded in the spirit of The BAYADA Way, which is a representation of timeless values that have a positive impact on society.


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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice program at Thomas Edison State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

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*TESU has achieved impressive first time NCLEX-RN pass rates of 100% in 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2023. The school’s first-time NCLEX-RN exam pass rate for its Accelerated BSN program graduates ranks in the top 4 percent of all BSN programs in the country.

**The conditional offer of employment for BAYADA Scholars is facilitated directly between the student and Cooper University Health Care. TESU has no control over or participation in any employment agreement the student may engage in while enrolled or after graduation. Visit the Cooper University Health Care website for more details. 

***Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages for Registered Nurses, May 2023