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Admissions Requirements

School Nurse Non-Instructional Certificate and Instructional Certificate

  • Baccalaureate in Nursing
  • Preadmission interview may be required
  • License to practice as a Registered Nurse in New Jersey
  • Completion of the following courses (each must be at least 3 credits or the equivalent)
    • Human Growth andDevelopment
    • Health Assessment
    • Community Health Nursing
    • Mental Health Nursing
    • Psychology

Additional Requirements for accepted students

  • CPR Certification
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug test
  • Liability Insurance for a student nurse practitioner
  • Adherence to the health requirements of the college and the school

School Nurse Master of Science

  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited
    institution.  RN’s with a non-nursing baccalaureate are eligible to enter via our Bridge program to the MSN.
  • Completion of the School Nurse Non-Instructional and Instructional Programs
    • Note: Programs are available for School Nurses certified prior to 2004. Please contact the Department of Nursing for more information
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): For test waiver information, please see below* or visit www.tcnj.edu/~graduate/application.html.
    • License to practice as a registered nursing in the state of New Jersey (license to practice in the state of Pennsylvania may be required for some clinical sites)
    • Preadmission interview may be requested
    • Undergraduate health assessment course or approved equivalent
    • Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course (or approved equivalent) within 5 years prior to enrollment in NURS 506. This course may be taken concurrently with application to the program or in the summer prior to starting courses.

Additional Requirements for accepted students

  • CPR Certification
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug test
  • Liability Insurance for a student nurse practitioner
  • Adherence to the health requirements of the college and the school

*Standardized testing (GRE) is not required for applicants to the MSN programs who meet of the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in their Baccalaureate degree program and in the school nurse certification program(s).
  • A B or better in the first two graduate nursing courses taken as a non-matriculated student. One of these courses must be NURS 504 Advanced Human Pathophysiology.
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