In New Jersey, nurse practitioner training is most commonly found through master's degree and post-master's certificate programs, though one school in this article also offers a doctoral-level program. Typically, master's program applicants should be experienced nurses with a bachelor's degree in nursing, while post-master's programs are designed for nurses with a master's degree. Some specialized areas of study include acute care, women's health, nurse midwifery, family, adult/gerontology and mental health. While onsite clinical experiences are integrated into these programs, some schools may allow students to complete theory courses online.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is licensed as an advanced practice nurse by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The board says all advanced practice nurses must hold a valid New Jersey RN license, have a master's degree, complete an approved course of study in the advanced practice specialty and pass a national credentialing agency's examination in their specialty area. Below are short summaries of the NP programs at ten New Jersey colleges and universities, along with a table containing important facts about each.
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck offers family NP, adult NP and psychiatric/mental health NP tracks through its master's degree program in nursing and post-master's certificate programs. Students must have at least a bachelor's degree in nursing and a year of clinical nursing experience; post-master's certificate students need a master's degree in nursing. The degree program's adult NP track calls for 30 credit hours; students have the option to choose an education or administration focus in this track, which adds nine credit hours to the curriculum. The family NP degree program requires 38 credits, while the psychiatric/mental health NP track calls for 43 credits. NP students must take courses in advanced pharmacology, health assessment and pathophysiology as well as complete a master's project. Clinical work at area healthcare facilities is a major part of the curriculum.
At Felician College in Lodi, RNs can earn master's degrees with specializations as family NPs or adult-gerontology NPs. Post-master's certificates in these advanced practice specialties are also offered. The family NP degree program calls for 46 credits plus 780 hours of clinical experience, while the adult-gerontology NP track in the degree program requires 43 credits and 600 clinical hours. Students must complete 28 credits in the adult-gerontology NP post-master's certificate program, along with 600 clinical hours. The family NP post-master's certificate calls for 31 credits and 780 clinical hours. Many courses can be completed online. Students in all NP programs need a valid New Jersey RN license and at least a year of professional nursing experience; they currently must be working as a nurse.
In West Long Branch, Monmouth University offers a master's degree program with options of family NP, which requires 45 credit hours; family psychiatric/mental health NP, with 48 credit hours required; and adult/gerontology NP, which calls for 42 credits. Each degree program includes courses in nursing research, health informatics, data management and client education. Monmouth also offers post-master's certificate programs in each of these specialties. The adult-gerontology NP post-master's program requires 27 credit hours, while the family NP program calls for 30; the family psychiatric/mental health NP certificate requires 33 credit hours. Students in both the degree and certificate programs take courses in pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacology for advanced practice nurses as well as courses in their specialty areas. They gain experience through clinical work.
Rutgers University - Newark
Nurses who hold master's degrees can prepare for NP certification in several fields through certificate programs at Rutgers University - Newark. NP programs are offered in acute care, women's health, pediatrics, family, adult/aged, psychiatric/mental health. Each requires six courses, except for the family NP program, which requires eight. In addition to holding a master's degree in nursing, students must have completed courses in advanced paraphysiology, pharmacodynamics and advanced health assessment during their master's program.
Saint Peter's University
Saint Peter's University offers adult NP programs at its Englewood Cliffs campus. Students in the master's degree program in nursing can opt to pursue the primary care - adult NP option, which is a 39-credit program divided into two levels. In level I, students take foundation courses that prepare them for advanced practice; in level II, they study advanced theory and gain clinical experience. The post-master's adult NP certificate program consists of 25 credits with courses in family dynamics and pharmacology as well as clinical work.
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University in South Orange offers master's degree programs and post-master's certificate programs, both with options as an adult/gerontological NP and pediatric NP. Master's degree students must be RNs with at least a bachelor's degree in nursing. The adult/gerontological NP specialty, which has an acute and primary care track, calls for 48 credits taken over eight semesters. The pediatric NP degree program consists of 43 credits spanning four semesters. The post-master's certificate programs are from 18 to 32 credits, the higher number if the student wants to earn a second master's degree. The NP programs are designed to fit the schedules of working nurses, with many courses are offered online, and clinical components scheduled at facilities convenient to the students.
The College of New Jersey
At The College of New Jersey in Ewing, master's degrees in nursing are offered with specializations as adult/gerontological NPs, family NPs and neonatal NPs; neonatal students must take some of the specialty courses in Philadelphia on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University. All of the MSN programs can be completed by full-time students in two academic years and two summers, and the majority of classes meet on weekday evenings. The College of New Jersey also offers post-master's certificate programs for adult/gerontological NPs and family NPs. The adult/gerontological NP program calls for eight courses, while the family NP calls for nine. Most of the classes are clinical experiences. There is also a shortened family NP course for advanced practice nurses who hold NP certification in a specialty other than family NP.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway offers master's degrees with options for specialty certification as a family or adult NP. The 42-credit master's degree program trains NPs to develop the critical thinking skills needed in advanced practice. Courses include pathophysiology, pharmacology and research methods in addition to 500 hours of clinical experiences and practicums. RNs with bachelor's degrees in nursing can enroll in the master's degree program. Adult NPs who want family NP certification can enroll in the college's two-course post-master's program.
William Paterson University of New Jersey
Located in Wayne, William Paterson University of New Jersey offers a master's degree program with options for family NP and adult NP specializations. Students must have a bachelor's degree and a New Jersey RN license. The adult NP program requires 40 credits and 510 clinical hours, while the family NP calls for 48 credits and 680 clinical hours. Post-master's adult NP and family NP certificates are available to nurses who hold master's degrees and complete the theory courses and clinical hours required by the degree program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||NP Degree and Post-Master's Certificate Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Science in Nursing - Adult NP, Family NP and Psychiatric/Mental Health NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Adult NP, Family NP and Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
|Felician College||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Geronotology NP and Family NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Adult-Geronotology NP and Family NP
|Monmouth University||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Science in Nursing - Adult and Gerontological NP, Family NP and Family Psychiatric and Mental Health NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Adult and Gerontological NP, Family NP and Family Psychiatric and Mental Health NP
|Rutgers University - Newark||Four-year; public; large city||Post-Master's Certificate - Acute Care NP, Adult and Aged NP, Family NP, Pediatrics NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP and Women's Health NP||$19,401, in-state; $31,473, out-of-state*|
|Saint Peter's University||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Science in Nursing - Primary Care/Adult NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Adult NP
|Seton Hall University||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Master of Science in Nursing - Adult/Gerontological NP and Pediatric NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Adult/Gerontological NP and Pediatric NP
|The College of New Jersey||Four-year; public; small city|| Master of Science in Nursing - Adult/ Gerontological NP, Family NP and Neonatal NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Adult/Gerontological NP and Family NP
|$16,707, in-state; $24,445, out-of-state*|
|The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey||Four-year; public; midsize suburb|| Master of Science in Nursing - Adult NP, Family NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Family NP
|$14,602, in-state; $20,658, out-of-state*|
|William Paterson University of New Jersey||Four-year; public; small city|| Master of Science in Nursing - Adult NP and Family NP,
Post-Master's Certificate - Adult NP and Family NP
|$12,904, in-state; $20,050, out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator