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Generic RN Track

Thank you for your interest in Trinitas School of Nursing. Please carefully read the minimum requirements to apply and answers to most frequently asked questions.

Relationship with Union College

Trinitas School of Nursing, in partnership with Union College, conducts a Cooperative Nursing Program that awards students a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas School of Nursing and an associate in science degree from Union College upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam and upon passing will be entry level RNs.

Follow these steps to apply. Each step must be completed prior to submitting a Trinitas School of Nursing application.

1. Important New Requirement for TSON Students

  • As of Fall 2024, all current TSON students are required to have a laptop computer with minimum systems requirements so you can:
    • Take all (required) exams and quizzes via “Exam Software”
    • access all course material from anywhere.
    • submit clinical and class assignments.

Laptops are available in the Union College bookstore in all campuses.

  • If you are eligible for financial aid, check if the laptop is included in your financial aid package. The link for more information is: https://www.ucc.edu/techfee/
  • If you carry less than 12 credits (full time status), you can apply for a laptop loaner. The link for more information is: https://www.ucc.edu/laptoploaner/

If you already own a laptop, it must meet the following specifications:

Minimum System Requirements:
Operating system: Windows or MacOS
Processor: Intel i5 or better (non- ARM processor)
Ram: 8GB
Storage: 128 GB or higher

2. Attend a Trinitas School of Nursing Information Session within 12 months prior of submitting application. Click below to see the schedule and find instructions on how to register.

3. Take and pass the TEAS Exam.

4. You must initially apply to Union College to be eligible to apply to Trinitas School of Nursing.

  • Click here for information on the Union College admission process or call the Elizabeth campus at 908-965-6050 or the Cranford Campus at 908-709-7500.
  • Click here to access a Union College online application.

5. All official transcripts from other colleges and universities must be sent officially through other college or university directly to admissions@ucc.edu for evaluation for transfer of credits. Transcripts emailed by students will not be accepted for course evaluation for transfer credits.

  • Please keep in mind, this can take up to 6 weeks, especially at peak application times. Plan accordingly. The updated unofficial transcript must be sent as part of your application submission.
  • Transfer credit for any of the Trinitas School of Nursing curriculum courses must be posted to the student’s Union College transcript prior to Generic RN application submission.
  • The updated unofficial transcript must be sent as part of your complete Trinitas School of Nursing application submission.
  • Although credits from other institutions are considered for transfer, GPA from other institutions do not transfer. Please see below for further information for transfer students.

6. Set up a meeting with Academic Advising by sending an email to nursing@ucc.edu

  • They will review your transcripts and advise which courses you may still need to take to be eligible to apply to Trinitas School of Nursing.
  • Academic advising is available on site at 12 W. Jersey St., Elizabeth NJ.

7. The following courses must be reflected on your Union College transcript.

  • BIO 105 – a minimum grade of a “C” is required.
  • Either ENG 101 or ENG 112
  • PSY 101

8. A minimum Union College GPA of 2.5 is required.

  • Students who have transferred all their co-requisite courses from other institutions will have a Union College GPA of 0.00.
  • Transfer student’s application will be considered based solely on the TEAS exam result.

9. Further Important information for transfer students:

  • The nursing program does not accept transfer credits for nursing coursework from other academic institutions.
  • Students who have completed college level courses at an accredited college or university will be evaluated for transfer credit for up to 33 credits.
  • A minimum grade of “C” or 70 is required to receive transfer credit for all general education courses.
  • If a student completes any applicable science or general education courses at another college or university, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure Union College receives official transcript evidence for the corresponding transfer credit to be entered on the Union College transcript.


Click here for Trinitas School of Nursing application. Applications are reviewed using a ranking score calculation that is based on your Union College GPA, grade points, and your TEAS score.

  • See below for when to submit Trinitas School of Nursing Application

When to Apply:

Spring semester application dates:

  • The Generic RN Applications are accepted between November 1 and November 30.
  • Admission notifications can be expected by December 10th.
  • Applicant acceptance date by December 14th.

Fall semester application dates:

  • The Generic RN Applications are accepted between June 1 and June 30th.
  • Admission notifications can be expected by July 15.
  • Applicant decision date by July 19.

The Generic RN track:

  • For individuals wishing to become a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • Students may enroll as full-time or part-time students.
  • Nursing courses will take 2.5 years to complete. • All accepted students must provide proof of complete COVID and Flu vaccination to be eligible to register for Nursing Courses (NURE).
  • Trinitas School of Nursing has contracted with CastleBranch, a repository for all required registration documents. Please note there is a fee to create your account with CastleBranch.

Schedule Options

  • Day lecture classes begin at 9AM and end at 1PM.
  • Day clinical experience begins 8AM and end at 2PM.
  • Evening lecture classes at 5:30PM and end 9:30PM.
  • Evening clinical experience begins at 5:30PM and end 11:30PM.
  • Weekend clinical experience begins at 7AM and end at 7PM.
  • Weekend clinical options are available based on availability.
  • Please note start and end times may vary slightly per course

Academic Requirements

Students are required to maintain a minimum grade of “C+” in each nursing course and a “C” grade for all science courses.

  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for entrance into all Nursing (NURE) courses.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for all students re-entering the nursing sequence.
  • All nursing students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while enrolled in the nursing program.

A maximum of 7 semesters are permitted to complete the generic track from the date of entering initial NURE course.

Co-Requisite Courses

Successful completion of these courses is required before progressing to clinical courses.

  • BIO 105
  • ENG 101 or ENG 112
  • PSY 101