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FAQs for Pre-licensure Master’s Program: CNL

Frequently Asked Questions for Pre-licensure Master’s Program: Clinical Nurse Leader (M.S.N. program for Non-Nurses) 

What are the requirements for admission? 
You must submit an application, along with all official college transcripts, completed prerequisite coursework, submit two letters of recommendation from a professional and academic source, write a personal statement, and submit a resume. If your application is reviewed favorably you will be contacted for an interview with the admissions committee.

What are the prerequisite courses?

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) 
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) 
  • Microbiology (4 credits) 
  • Chemistry (Organic or Biochemistry) (4 credits) 
  • Developmental Psychology (covering the lifespan, birth to death) (3 credits) 
  • Economics (3 credits) 
  • Ethics (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
What grades do I have to earn in the prerequisites in order for them to be accepted?
At a minimum, you must have a grade of C+ or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in order for the course to be accepted.
Can I be accepted into the program without having the prerequisite courses completed?
Yes, you can be Conditionally Accepted into the program. This means that you will be able to begin the program, if the conditions stated in your offer letter are met. If they are not met, then you will not be able to matriculate into the program.
Can I take the prerequisite courses after I begin the program?
No, all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program.
Who should write my letters of recommendation? Is there a template for them to follow?
We suggest professors, academic advisors, former managers or supervisors from work. We will not accept recommendations from family members, family friends, or colleagues who list you as their friend. We recommend the letter attests to your work habits or academic performance.
I am not sure if the courses I have taken are equivalent to the prerequisites, what should I do to be sure?
If you have a question about a class you have taken or would like your transcripts reviewed to see what courses you have fulfilled, please email your unofficial transcripts in a PDF to, Gabby Zengewald, at
How do I know if a course will fulfill a prerequisite requirement?
If you have taken a course and you are not sure if it is what we are looking for but think it might have relevant content to what we require please send a course description or syllabus along with your unofficial transcripts to Gabby Zengewald at
After I complete my application what is the next step in the admissions process and how long do I have to wait?
Once your application is completed it will be reviewed. If your application is favorably reviewed you will be contacted for an interview. Once you have completed the interview process the committee will make a decision within two-three weeks. 
I have an associate’s degree, not a baccalaureate degree, am I still eligible for this program?
Unfortunately this program is for individuals with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree only.
I have a B.S.N. degree from a country outside the United States – am I eligible for this program?
No, we will not consider applicants who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
I am an international student, what do I need to submit to apply?
Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States or Canada must undergo a course-by-course evaluation conducted by an independent credential evaluation agency. These agencies must be members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Students attending U.S. schools abroad or international schools following a U.S. curriculum abroad do not need to submit a credential evaluation; other exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
My first language is not English – do I have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language?
Satisfactory TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants with a degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university are exempt.
I do not see my question listed here, whom should I contact?
For any questions or concerns regarding the CNL program, your personal application, or the admissions process please contact Gabby Zengewald at or (973) 761-9583.
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