Recently, the College of Nursing solidified a five-year articulation
program in collaboration with Montclair State University (MSU)’s biology
department, beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. It is a dual-degree
program in which enrolled MSU students complete a B.S. in biology from
MSU and earn an M.S.N. from Seton Hall University.
The agreement initially targets biology majors at MSU, who upon
meeting admission criteria, can matriculate into the Master’s Entry –
Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program at Seton Hall. Once the process is
streamlined, the schools anticipate enrollment from other science majors
The programs complement each other; enrollees are able to complete
their undergraduate degree, earn their M.S.N. and become licensed as
registered nurses in five years. Students complete their baccalaureate
credit requirements – as well as their CNL prerequisites – at MSU, and
then continue in the CNL program at Seton Hall. The CNL program prepares
students for an advanced generalist role in nursing as they learn to
improve safety and quality outcomes for patients and to provide
cost-effective care. Students are eligible to sit for the CNL
certification exam during the summer prior to graduating.
The two universities will also partner on research opportunities. The
affiliation includes a Speaker Exchange Series in which faculty, staff
and students present their research topics at both schools which,
besides introducing students to diverse and engaging topics, also
promotes dialogue among faculty and the opportunity to discuss shared
research interests. So far, the speakers have included Diana Thomas,
Ph.D., associate professor within the Department of Mathematical
Sciences at MSU, who presented her research on body composition models
for use within energy balance equations. Ann Marie DiLorenzo, Ph.D.,
professor of biology and molecular biology at MSU, shared her research
on the effects of World Trade Center dust on cells grown in culture.
The College of Nursing looks forward to cultivating this partnership with MSU as both universities continue to grow and evolve.
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