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Graduate Nursing Programs in New Jersey

New Jersey is home to many nursing schools with graduate programs. Doctorates and master's degrees in many different specialties are available; we'll explore program requirements and admissions.

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In New Jersey, many different universities and colleges allow you to study at the graduate level for nursing. Some schools only offer a few tracks of one type of degree, while others contain a number of specializations.

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New Jersey Schools Offering Graduate Programs in Nursing

Rutgers University

Rutgers offers aspiring nurses the chance to earn a Master of Science in Nursing. Concentrations are available with Rutgers in Informatics, Nursing Leadership, and Clinical Leadership. Several different class formats exist for each concentration, including online and hybrid options that allow you to take classes from home. There are also part-time programs to accommodate your existing schedule, especially if you already work as a nurse. Any classes you take in person will be attended at Rutgers' Newark location.

This university is also home to an extensive doctorate program within the nursing school. You can choose from many Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees in areas such as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Leadership, Nurse Midwifery, and Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. These programs consist of a combination of hybrid, part-time, and full-time schedules. Like the master's degree, you will attend the traditional classes at the Newark campus. Ph.D. programs are available in practice or leadership if you already have a master's, or as a direct path from an existing bachelor's degree.

The College of New Jersey

At The College of New Jersey, many options exist for nurses looking to earn graduate-level credentials. To begin, existing nurses can complete practitioner programs in several specializations. You can choose from Adult Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse (this is also available for existing Certified Nurse Practitioners), and Neonatal Nurse. You could also earn graduate certificates in each of these concentrations, with the exception of Neonatal. In other areas, a master's degree is available in School Nursing, as well as a graduate certificate in the same area. One more MSN program is available for Clinical Nurse Leadership, as well as a general RN-MSN degree for those who did not earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo allows you to earn a Master of Science in Nursing on one of three main tracks. Nursing Education takes 33 credits to finish, while Nursing Administration requires 34. There is also the Family Nurse Practitioner option, the longest of the three, which will take 49 credits total. If you have a non-nursing bachelor's, you can go through the RN-to-MSN transition program, which will require taking some specified nursing-type undergraduate classes to fill prerequisites.

New Jersey City University

With NJCU, you will find a part-time Master of Science degree with a Major in Nursing and a Specialization in Nurse Education program. It consists of 37 credits, and can typically be completed in two years. Spring or fall start times are available as well. This program is tailored for those who already have nursing degrees and want to start a new career teaching others about nursing. NJCU also offers a certificate program for those who already have a master's in nursing. The certificate offers mastery of various practice settings, and the 15 to 19 credits can be finished in three semesters of part-time study.

Monmouth University

Monmouth has an extensive offering of graduate-level nursing programs for its students. The MSN program is made for people who already have a career in nursing, and courses are offered at night as well as online. If you choose to attend hybrid courses, you will only have to go to campus on alternating weekends. Master's programs are available in areas such as Nurse Practitioner, Forensic Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and School Nursing. Those in a Nurse Practitioner program can choose from the following specializations: Adult-Gerontological Primary Care, Family Psychiatric and Mental Health, and Family Nurse.

Monmouth also has a Bridge-to-MSN program and an RN-to-MSN option, both allowing an accelerated path to a master's in nursing. Additionally, there are many certificate options for those looking to supplement their existing studies. Those with a bachelor's degree can earn endorsements in Forensic Nursing, School Nursing, and Non-Instructional School Nursing. If you have an MSN, you can choose a certificate with a concentration in Adult-Gerontological, Family Nurse, or Psychiatric-Mental Health.

Finally, Monmouth offers the chance to earn a Doctor of Nursing degree for those interested in leadership education in the area of organizational/systems in nursing. This program requires 36 credits and is entirely online. The part-time schedule lets you start at any term you prefer, and you'll only take one or two courses per semester.

New Jersey Graduate Nursing Program Admissions Requirements

To gain entrance into an MSN program, you'll need to provide proof of an existing license to work as a nurse in New Jersey. With a master's program, you'll also need to have an existing bachelor's degree in nursing, unless you are entering an MSN transitional program. You'll want to be sure that transcripts from every previously attended institution are sent to the admissions office. Your GPA in nursing should be around a 3.2 minimum to gain admission into an MSN program. GRE scores are not typically required for master's-level nursing programs.

Depending on the Ph.D. program, applicants will be required to hold either a master's or bachelor's degree in nursing. Certain prerequisite courses may be desired, along with work experience in the field.

Finding a graduate program in New Jersey is as easy as picking what kind of academic track you want to pursue. Whether it's a certificate or a full master's or doctoral degree, you should be able to find a graduate nursing program that fits your needs.

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