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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for this program?

This program is designed for RN’s with a non-nursing BA or BS who wish to enter the Master of Science (MSN) program in either the clinical nurse leader program, or the nurse practitioner program specializing in adult/gerontological primary care, family, or neonatal advanced practice.

Is this a graduate or undergraduate program?

As this program requires applicants to have an earned baccalaureate degree, it is considered part of our graduate studies program, but requires satisfactory completion of some undergraduate courses prior to enrollment in graduate nursing courses.

How do I apply for the program?

Students must apply for this program by completing a Graduate Studies Application. Applicants need to indicate both the specific MSN track they plan to pursue (Adult NP, Family NP, Neonatal NP, or Clinical Nurse Leader) and their intent to enroll in the Bridge to MSN Program.

What do I pay for the undergraduate portion of the program? 

According to College policy, students who are accepted into the MSN Bridge will be charged graduate per credit rates for the required undergraduate courses. Students must take the required undergraduate credits after acceptance into the MSN program.  Undergraduate credits taken as a non-matriculated undergraduate student cannot be applied to the MSN Bridge.

Is it possible to receive a waiver for work experience in place of some of the bridge requirements?

Students who have significant community health expertise and experience may apply for a waiver of up to 8 credits of community health (NUR 440 and/or NUR 444). Waiver is based on a portfolio review by the Department of Nursing Faculty.

How long is the program?

Courses required for completion of the bridge program may be completed in two semesters of full-time study. The time required to complete the bridge requirements part-time will depend on individual circumstances. The subsequent MSN program may be completed in two academic years plus two summers of full-time study.

Where and when do classes meet?

All nursing courses are held in Paul Loser Hall. Courses for the bridge program are typically offered between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM on Mondays or Wednesdays. MSN courses are usually offered during the evening hours with some exceptions.  Clinical practicum hours for both the undergraduate and graduate portions of the program are during regular business hours, Monday-Friday.

How many practicum hours are required for the undergraduate bridge courses?

NUR444 requires about 1-2 days per week practicum time. These practicum hours take place in one or more community health agencies.

Who will be my faculty advisor?

Bridge students are advised by the Nursing Graduate Coordinator.

What do I need to know about the faculty?

The Faculty is comprised of dedicated nursing professionals representing a wide range of roles.  All MSN clinical courses are taught by advanced practice nurses who currently practice within their own area of clinical specialization.  Our faculty members are highly student-focused, making themselves available and approachable to students both in and out of the classroom.

What is the average class size?

Typical undergraduate nursing classes range from 15 to 30 students. We strive to limit clinical groups to eight students (two fewer than the maximum allowed by state law).

Are distance learning courses or internet based classes offered?

We currently do not offer distance learning options. The Department 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.

Are weekend courses offered?

The College of New Jersey does not currently offer any weekend course options.

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.