Direct-Entry MSN Programs in New Jersey (NJ)

Direct-entry MSN programs allow students with non-nursing bachelor's degrees to earn a Master of Science in Nursing. Many schools in New Jersey offer these programs for both nurses and non-nurses. Continue reading below.

Kean University

Kean University's Master of Science in Nursing program is available to applicants with a non-nursing bachelor's degree and a valid RN license. Applicants must also have completed certain undergraduate courses. Once admitted, students may also need to complete certain bridge coursework. Students can specialize their MSN curriculum in either nursing leadership (32 credits) or community health nursing (39 credits) and complete the program in less than two years.

Monmouth University

Registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in any field can earn their Master of Science in Nursing through Monmouth University by completing one to three bridge courses before beginning the MSN curriculum. Students can complete many of the program components online, in the evening, or on weekends. They can also specialize their program in school nursing, family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontological primary care nurse practitioner, psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, nursing education, nursing administration, or one of the following online forensic nursing tracks: sexual assault nurse examiner, child or elder abuse, correctional facility registered nurse, or death investigator.

Ramapo College of New Jersey

At Ramapo College of New Jersey, individuals who are licensed RNs or are still completing their RN licensure and have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field may earn an MSN in two to three years. Students can specialize their program in family nurse practitioner if they want to work as a nurse practitioner in family practice settings, nursing administration if they are interested in leadership and management roles, or nursing education if they desire to train and teach the nurses of tomorrow.

Rutgers University - Camden

Rutgers University's Camden campus offers an MSN program with a focus in school nursing that is available to registered nurses who hold a bachelor's degree in any field. Students may need to complete certain prerequisites prior to beginning MSN coursework. The program prepares graduates for nursing roles in schools and other institutions throughout New Jersey with instruction in population health, advanced physical assessments, and evidence-based practice and prevention.

Saint Peter's University

At Saint Peter's University, licensed RNs with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing can earn a Master of Science in Nursing by completing a bridge component prior to beginning the MSN coursework. The MSN program at Saint Peter's University can be completed in around three years and has an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner concentration, which helps prepare graduates for nurse practitioner and leadership roles working with adults and elderly populations.

The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey offers an MSN program with a bridge component for registered nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. The total program takes around three years and enables students to concentrate their MSN curriculum in one of the following areas: school nurse, clinical nurse leader, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, or neonatal nurse practitioner.

Thomas Edison State University

Individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field can earn both a BSN and an MSN from Thomas Edison State University in around two years. Students will first earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 12 months through the accelerated second-degree BSN program and then can enter the MSN program with 9 of the required 36 credits already completed; students can choose an MSN concentration of nurse educator, nursing informatics, or nursing administration.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Kean University MSN $15,025 in-state, $19,890 out-of-state
Monmouth University MSN $26,114
Ramapo College of New Jersey MSN $16,948
Rutgers University - Camden MSN $17,232 in-state, $28,416 out-of-state
Saint Peter's University MSN $20,664
The College of New Jersey MSN $14,234 in-state, $21,972 out-of-state
Thomas Edison State University BSN

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Direct-entry MSN programs are available at several schools in New Jersey, enabling nurses and non-nurses who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing to earn a Master of Nursing Science in around two or three years. Within an MSN program, there are one or more specializations that students can choose from based on their career objectives, which include management and administration in healthcare, nursing education, informatics, forensic nursing, and nurse practitioner tracks for populations such as family or adult-gerontology.

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