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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this programs for?

This program is for RN’s with a BSN who wish to enter advanced nursing practice as a generalist in a leadership role. The CNL works with defined patients on a clinical unit to improve clinical and client outcomes. RN’s with a non-nursing baccalaureate are eligible to enter via our Bridge program to the MSN. (Please see the Bridge program guidelines).

How long is the program?

The program can be completed in 2 years + 2 summers of full-time study.  Most students complete the program in 3 years + 2 summers of part-time study.\

What is the average class size?

Typical graduate classes are small, ranging from an average of 6 students to 15 students per class.

Where and when do classes meet?

All lecture and seminar classes are held on The College of New Jersey campus. Practicum sites vary (see below). Most classes are offered on weekdays during the evening with some exceptions.

How many clinical practicum hours are required?

The CNL program requires a total of 410 hours of clinical work in different settings within the healthcare system. The majority of the clinical hours are in NURS 695 which is the last course students complete prior to graduation.

How many days per week are spent at each practicum site?

Students are required to commit approximately 30-35 hours each week to the practicum site during the final practicum. Most practicum hours take place during regular Monday – Friday working hours.

Where will I do my practicum?

Practicum experiences for this program generally take place in a hospital or health system. Other sites such as nursing homes, rehab centers, primary care practices, clinics, community or public health agencies may be used.

What do I need to know about the faculty?

The Faculty is comprised of dedicated nursing professionals representing a wide range of roles.  All CNL clinical courses are taught by Clinical Nurse Leaders, many of whom currently practice within their own area of clinical specialization.  Our faculty members are highly student-focused, and make themselves available and approachable to students both in and out of the classroom.

What options do you offer for distance learning or internet based classes?

The College of New Jersey does not currently offer distance learning options. The Department of Nursing places great emphasis on its role in developing a community of nursing professionals through intensive mentoring and the fostering of collegial relationships. We have found that the interactions necessary to achieve these goals occur best in an interactive classroom setting.

Do you offer weekend courses?

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

How do I apply for the program?

Students must apply for this program by completing a Graduate Studies Application.