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Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program Options

Prepare to gain the advanced skills necessary to develop health interventions and evaluate health care outcomes for individuals and families. TCNJ offers a Master of Science in Nursing with four nurse practitioner options: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and a variation in the Family Nurse Practitioner option for BSN-prepared nurse midwives and nurse practitioners. TCNJ also offers post-MSN certifications.

About the NP Program

This fully accredited program builds on the training and knowledge base of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse and focuses on advanced clinical decision-making and critical thinking skills. Students learn to accurately and critically assess the health and illnesses of both individuals and families. Faculty advisors work closely with each student to plan an appropriate course of study and to ensure progress throughout the program.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

RNs who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and wish to enter advanced practice as nurse practitioners may earn this Master of Science in Nursing degree in two academic years of full-time study plus two summers. Students who attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the program within six years of being accepted.

Curriculum


47-credit degree program/715 practicum hours

Family Nurse Practitioner for Certified Nurse Practitioners

This Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) option is for BSN-prepared nurse midwives and nurse practitioners. Students choosing to attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the MSN within six years of being accepted into the program.


30-credit-minimum degree program/715 practicum hours

Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A/G NP)

RNs who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and wish to enter advanced practice as nurse practitioners may earn this Master of Science in Nursing degree in two academic years of full-time study plus two summers. Students who attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the MSN program within six years of being accepted.

Curriculum


44-credit degree program/585 practicum hours

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

RNs who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and wish to enter advanced practice as nurse practitioners may complete this MSN program in two academic years of full-time study plus two summers. Students earn 23 credits at TCNJ and 15 at Thomas Jefferson University. Those who attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the MSN program within six years of being accepted.

Curriculum


38-credit degree program/672 practicum hours

Post-MSN Certifications

These certificate programs are designed for registered nurses who have earned a master’s degree in nursing and wish to become family nurse practitioners or adult/gerontological primary-care nurse practitioners. TCNJ offers three post-MSN certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Family Nurse Practitioner for Specialized NPs. Post-MSN programs begin in the fall or spring, depending on the specialty track. Students who attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the certification within six years of being accepted into the program.

RN Bridge to the MSN for Nurses

RNs who hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree may take advantage of a bridge sequence of courses to the MSN.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by:
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036-1120
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Program Info

Course Format, Locations, and Times

Course offerings will be face to face, online, or blended and are available on a full- or part-time schedule.

The College of New Jersey School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science places great emphasis on its role in developing a community of nursing professionals through intensive mentoring and fostering collegial relationships. We have found that the interactions necessary to achieve these goals occur are best achieved in an interactive classroom setting . 

All face to face lecture and seminar classes are held on TCNJ’s campus with the exception of the Neonatal NP specialty courses. The NNP program is a consortium-based program, and NNP specialty courses are offered on the Thomas Jefferson University campus in Philadelphia.

Most classes are offered during the evenings, although some required classes and activities may be offered during the day.

Clinical Practicum Experiences

All MSN and certificate options include clinical practicum experiences. Clinical practicum

hours are held during the day, usually on weekdays. Clinical experiences take place under the guidance of experienced advanced-practice nurses, school nurses, clinical nurse leaders, physicians, or other advanced nursing practitioners as appropriate to the area of specialization and to the program. Required practicum hours for each course are listed in the course descriptions. 

Nursing 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, and 690 require up to two days each week for daytime clinical hours. NURS 633 requires one day a week for daytime clinical hours. Clinical experiences take place under the guidance of experienced advanced-practice nurses or physician preceptors. 

Health Assessment Clinical

Each NP student also completes an additional 35 hours of health assessment clinical.  Practicum hours for each specialty take place in various settings as appropriate to the specialty and to the population.


Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts including addendum
  • Application fee
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • National standardized admission test requirement (waived for post-master’s certificate program)
  • Resume/CV
  • Preadmission interview
  • Additional documents needed from international applicants seeking to study in the U.S.

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Application Deadlines

Applicants need to make sure all materials are completed by either the Priority Consideration Deadline or the Final Deadline in order for an application to be considered complete.

 TermPriority ConsiderationFinal Deadline
Fall Matriculation for Nursing MSN ProgramsFebruary 1August 1*
Spring Matriculation for Nursing MSN – School Nurse; All other Nursing
Certificate and Post-Master’s Programs
October 1December 1*

*Applications will be considered on a space available basis up to and including the first day of the semester.

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Tuition & Costs

The College of New Jersey provides a high quality education at a lower than average cost than other schools of similar quality.

Tuition TypeRate
In-State$949.91 per credit
Out-of-State Tuition$949.91 per credit

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The College Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing tuition, fees, housing and board plan rates. Tuition and fees schedules are subject to change without notice and upon action of the Board of Trustees.


Assistantships & Aid

Graduate Assistantships

TCNJ offers graduate assistantships that provide meaningful learning experiences while also supporting TCNJ’s educational mission. These assistantships require 15 hours of work per week during the fall and spring semesters while the college is in session. Only those full-time (minimum 9 credits/semester), matriculated graduate students in good academic standing with a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection.

Graduate Assistants are awarded a tuition waiver of $10,000.00 per academic year ($5,000 per semester for fall and spring only) and are hired on an annual basis for a maximum of two years.

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Financial Aid
Students pursuing a graduate degree at TCNJ may be eligible for some types of student financial assistance, including but not limited to student loans and assistantships. Graduate students must follow the same steps as undergraduates in applying for federal loan assistance.

Graduate students must be enrolled in at least five credit hours at the 500 level or above in order to be eligible for student loan assistance and for TCNJ to certify enrollment for a loan repayment deferment.

Semester Enrollment Requirements for Graduate Students
Full-time status = 9 or more credit hours
Half-time status = 5 credit hours
The enrollment requirements pertain to individual summer session enrollment as well.

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