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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Nursing is congruent with the mission of The College of New Jersey in promoting excellence, valuing diversity and providing a service to society from within a diverse community of learners. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to serve the people of New Jersey and the nation by preparing professional nurses at the baccalaureate and masters levels and by ensuring that all graduates are prepared to be successful, ethical and visionary leaders in a multicultural, technological and increasingly global world. The Department of Nursing will accomplish its mission by emphasizing caring, critical thinking, independent judgment, clinical and ethical decision-making and autonomous behaviors.


The philosophy of the Department of Nursing at The College of New Jersey reflects the beliefs of the faculty, provides the foundation and a direction for its programs and thereby contributes to excellence in professional nursing.

We, the faculty, espouse a philosophy that is humanistic in nature and emphasizes the uniqueness, dignity, and worth of each person. The faculty believes that each person has a dynamic, creative drive with the potential toward higher levels of self-actualization. Nursing is viewed as a human science of persons and health experiences that are mediated by professional, personal, scientific, aesthetic and ethical human-to-human care transactions.









TCNJ is currently accepting applications for the RN-BSN program, but owing to exceptionally high enrollment and retention, the Department of Nursing has no capacity for external transfer students seeking admission to the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for the 2023-2024 academic year. This notice will be updated if capacity allows for applications to be submitted through the Office of Admissions for the 2023-2024 academic year