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General BSN Information

How long is the BSN program?

The program is 128 credits or 32 course units. Following the course path at right, the program takes four years.

How is TCNJ different from programs at other nursing schools?

TCNJ places emphasis on helping to develop tomorrow’s leaders in the profession of Nursing. Our program will not only help you develop excellent technical skills, but it will help you expand your awareness of global health care and the role of Nursing in it. We pride ourselves on preparing our graduates to continue setting goals for themselves that will take them on to positions of professional leadership, advanced practice or nursing education.

How academically rigorous is the program?

TCNJ is very academically demanding. However, excellent instruction, student-centered faculty, and plentiful student support services allow us to maintain a very high retention rate. Our program requires a rich background in the sciences. We challenge our students to build on this background because we believe it is essential in order to empower our graduates not only to succeed in their profession, but also to excel.

What is the average class size?

Typical nursing classes range from 15 to 30 students. We strive to limit clinical groups to eight students (two fewer than the maximum allowed by state law).

What options do you offer for distance learning or internet based classes?

While we currently do not offer distance learning options, we are actively exploring this possibility. The School of Nursing at The College of New Jersey places great emphasis on its role in developing a community of nursing professionals. Our challenge is to find ways to present distance learning options while preserving the mentoring and collegial relationships fostered in our curriculum.

Do you offer weekend courses?

The College of New Jersey does not currently offer any weekend course options.


Outcomes & Graduate Study

What is the BSN program’s NCLEX pass rate?

The six-year average NCLEX pass rate for The School of Nursing is 93.5%. The pass rate for graduates of the 2010 academic year is 95%.

What percentage of BSN graduates get employed?

100% of our students who seek full-time employment upon graduation are placed within six months. A large number of our graduates also go on to begin their graduate studies upon completion of the BSN.

What options do you offer for graduate study?

The School of Nursing at TCNJ currently offers master’s level programs. These are the Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader and an MSN in School Nursing.

Do you suggest students go immediately into graduate study?

The School of Nursing does not take a specific stance on whether it is best to enter graduate school immediately upon graduation or to gain workplace experience first. We believe that such a decision should be made after considering a broad range of criteria, including career goals, personal resources, and personal philosophy. While no one can make this decision for you, we do provide a highly supportive environment in which to weigh the options and make the best decision possible.


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