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Nursing Education Graduate Programs

Prepare to help develop tomorrow’s leaders in the field of nursing. TCNJ offers a nursing education track within its Master of Science in Nursing program as well as a Nurse Educator Certificate with a special focus on teaching in an academic environment or a health care setting. Both programs have been approved by the New Jersey Department of Education.

About the Programs

These fully accredited programs build on the training and knowledge base of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse and equip students with the critical skills to educate future nurses or to advocate within the current industry. Course offerings will be face to face, online, or blended and are available on a full- or part-time schedule.

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MSN Nursing Education Track

The MSN nursing education track, taught by a team of dedicated educators with diverse backgrounds, prepares graduates to teach in classrooms, to educate online, or to drive change in hospitals and community health systems to ultimately improve patient-centered care. This program focuses on how technology, assessment, and academic support facilitate student progress and improve instruction.

38 Credit Degree Program

Nurse Educator Certificate

The Nurse Educator Certificate is designed for nurses who are seeking to acquire advanced knowledge in the field with a special focus on teaching in an academic environment or in a health care setting.

14 Credit Certificate Program

Program Info

Course Format, Locations, and Times

MSN Nursing Education track and Nurse Educator Certificate course offerings will be blended, face-to-face and/or online. To accommodate the working RN, some classes will be scheduled online. The time block for face-to-face classes is typically 5:00-7:50 PM. Class schedules follow TCNJ’s regular academic calendar and are offered Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Programs are offered Full-Time or Part-Time.

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, academic nurse educators, or clinically-based nursing professional development nurses as appropriate to the area of specialization and to the program. Required practicum hours for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Nursing 570, 573, 633, 670, and 701 require up to two days each week for daytime clinical hours. NURS 633 requires one day a week for daytime clinical hours.

Application Requirements

Students that may be interested in the MSN (Nursing Education track) degree are students with a BSN and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their major. Prospective students may have precepted nurses and/or student nurses in the clinical setting, may have taught practical nurses, or may have a desire to better understand how to advance the profession of nursing by educating others.

  • 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$1014.59 per credit
Out-of-State Tuition$1014.59 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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The Master of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by:
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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Washington, D.C. 20036-1120

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