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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.