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Admissions Requirements

  • An Associates Degree or diploma in nursing from an NLN accredited institution
  • A Baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited institution
  • License to practice as a registered nursing in the state of New Jersey (license to practice in the state of Pennsylvania may be required for some clinical sites)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)— For test waiver information, please see below* or visit
  • Completion of one undergraduate statistics course within 5 years prior to taking first graduate level nursing course (usually NURS 506). This may be taken concurrently with undergraduate bridge courses.
  • Undergraduate health assessment course or approved equivalent
  • Preadmission interview may be requested
  • Adherence to the College’s health requirements

Additional Requirements for accepted students

  • CPR certification
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Drug Test
  • Additional health requirements specific to the nursing programs [add link to health requirements page]
  • Liability Insurance for student nurse practitioner


*Standardized testing (GRE) is not required for applicants to the Bridge to the MSN program who meet either of the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in their Baccalaureate degree program plus a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in their basic nursing program.
  • A grade of B or better on the first 3 TCNJ undergraduate courses taken as part of the undergraduate bridge program.

All applicants who do not meet the above requirements must take the GRE.

Owing to exceptionally high enrollment and retention, the Department of Nursing has no capacity for external transfer students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for the 2022-2023 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.