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Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Program Options

Advanced nurses develop health interventions and evaluate healthcare outcomes for individuals and families. TCNJ offers Post-MSN Family and Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificates and a Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate for MSN-Prepared Adult and Geriatric NPs. Students in either certificate program must complete the program within six years of being accepted into the program.

About the Post-Masters NP Programs

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 families and adults. Faculty advisors work closely with each student to plan an appropriate course of study and to ensure progress through the program.

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificates is for MSN-prepared nurses who wish to enter advanced practice in the specialty area of family health. Students must complete the program within six years of being accepted into the program.


33 Credit Degree Program /  715 Practicum Hours / 35 Hours of Health Assessment Clinical

Post-Master’s Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Post-MSN Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificates is for MSN-prepared nurses who wish to enter advanced practice in the specialty area of primary care of adult/elderly populations. Students must complete the program within six years of being accepted into the program.


37 Credit Degree Program /  585 Practicum Hours / 35 Hours of Health Assessment Clinical

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner: Specialist NP

The Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate for MSN-Prepared Adult and Geriatric NPs is certificate program is designed for the master’s prepared certified nurse practitioner with a specialty in Adult or Geriatric Primary Care who wishes to complete a course of study leading to a Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate.


11.5 Credit Degree Program / 200 Hours of Specialty Clinical Practicum 

Post-Masters DNP: Articulation with Rutgers

Graduates of the MSN NP programs may apply to Rutgers DNP program as we have a special articulation agreement to smooth transfer of credit. This agreement provides for transfer of up to 6 credits taken at TCNJ to Rutgers as partial fulfillment of the requirements for either the DNP Clinical or DNP Leadership tracks at Rutgers.

Please contact Dr. Connie Kartoz, Graduate Program Coordinator, at kartoz@tcnj.edu for more information.

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.

 Term Priority Consideration Final Deadline
Fall Matriculation for Nursing MSN Programs February 1 August 1
Spring Matriculation for Nursing MSN – School Nurse; All other Nursing
Certificate and Post-Master’s Programs
October 1 December 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 Type Rate
In-State / Nearby Tuition* $462.76 per credit
Out-of-State Tuition $672.45 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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