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Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program Options

Advanced nurses develop health interventions and evaluate healthcare outcomes for individuals and families. TCNJ offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with four NP 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. A bridge program to the MSN for RNs with a non-nursing baccalaureate and Post-MSN Certifications are also available.

About the NP Program

This fully accredited program builds on the nursing and scientific knowledge base of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse and focuses on advanced clinical decision-making and critical thinking skills. Graduates are prepared to accurately and critically assess the health and illness experiences of school age children. Faculty advisors work closely with each student to plan an appropriate course of study and to ensure progress through the program.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

RN’s with a BSN who 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 choosing to attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the MSN within six years of being accepted into the program.


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)

RN’s with a BSN who 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 choosing to attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the MSN within six years of being accepted into the program.


44 Credit Degree Program  / 585 Practicum Hours

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

RN’s with a BSN who 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 complete 23 credits at TCNJ and 15 at Thomas Jefferson University. Students choosing to attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the MSN within six years of being accepted into the program.


38 Credit Degree Program / 672 Practicum Hours

Program Info

» Curriculum

» Frequently Asked Questions

Course Format, Locations, and Times

We currently do not offer distance learning options. The School of Nursing at The College of New Jersey places great emphasis on its role in developing a community of nursing professionals through intensive mentoring and fostering of collegial relationships. We have found that the interactions necessary to achieve these goals occur best in an interactive classroom setting.

All lecture and seminar classes are held on TCNJ’s campus, except for 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 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 per week for daytime clinical hours. NURS 633 requires one day per week for daytime clinical hours. Clinical experiences take place under the guidance of experienced advanced practice nurse 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 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.

» View Application Details for Nursing MSN Programs


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

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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 / Nearby Tuition*$938.17 per credit
Out-of-State Tuition$1,368.05 per credit

*Includes nearby Pennsylvania zip codes in a 40 mile radius of TCNJ.

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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.

» Learn more about Graduate Assistantships

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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