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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are these programs for?

These programs are for RN’s with a BSN who wish to enter advanced practice as nurse practitioners in the specialty areas of Family, Adult/Gerontological Primary Care, or Neonatal health care.

How long are the programs?

The Adult/Gerontological NP program consists of 44 credits and may be completed in two academic years of full-time study plus 2 summers. The FNP program consists of 47 credits and may be completed in two academic years of full-time study plus two summers. The NNP program consists of 38 credits and may be completed in two academic years of full-time study plus two summers. Students choosing to attend classes on a part-time basis must complete the MSN within six years of being accepted into the program.

What is the average class size?

Typical classes are small, ranging from an average of 6 students to a 24 per class.

Where and when do they meet?

All lecture and seminar classes are held on The College of New Jersey campus, except for the Neonatal NP specialty courses. The NNP program is a consortium based program and NNP specialty courses are offered on the Thomas Jefferson University campus in Philadelphia.

How many practicum hours are required for each program?

The Family NP program requires a total of 715 practicum hours.  The Adult/Gerontological program requires a total of 585 practicum hours. The Neonatal  NP program requires a total of 672 practicum hours. Each NP student also completes an additional 35 hours of health assessment clinical.  Practicum hours for each specialty take place in various settings as appropriate to the specialty and population.

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

Time commitments vary by course and by specialty but average about two days each week during clinical courses.

Where will I do my practicum?

Practical experiences take place under the guidance of experienced NP or physician preceptors in a variety of settings including hospital units (for NP students), hospital clinics, private and group practices and community health clinics.

What should I 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, who 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?

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

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.