The College of New Jersey

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Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from an NLN or CCNE accredited
    institution.  RN’s with a non-nursing baccalaureate are eligible to enter via our Bridge program to the MSN.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  For test waiver information, please see below* or visit
  • 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)
  • Preadmission interview may be requested
  • Undergraduate health assessment course or approved equivalent
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course (or approved equivalent) within 5 years prior to enrollment in NURS 506. This course may be taken concurrently with application to the program or in the summer prior to starting courses.
    • Adherence to The College of New Jersey’s health requirements
    • 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 MSN programs who meet of the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in their Baccalaureate degree program
  • A B or better in the first two graduate nursing courses taken as a non-matriculated student. One of these courses must be NURS 504 Advanced Human Pathophysiology.