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Graduate Admission Requirements

Criteria for Admission:

  • baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an N.L.N.A.C., A.C.E.N., or C.C.N.E. accredited program; 
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (3.2 or above for Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, plus a "B" average in all nursing courses; 
  • statement of professional goals; 
  • registered professional nurse licensure in U.S. state of practice and in New Jersey if clinical performed in New Jersey; 
  • professional liability insurance; 
  • letters of reference (one professional, one academic); 2 professional letters may be used if applicant is out of school over 5 years); 
  • TOEFL scores (minimum scores of 22 in reading, 22 in listening, 26 in speaking, and 24 in writing) and WES reports for all nurses educated outside of the United States and/or educated in a language other than English; 
  • A $75 application fee; and 
  • Selected students will be invited for a personal interview. 

Prior to enrollment in clinical courses, accepted students must complete Joint Commission and OSHA requirements for immunization, medical history, liability insurance, criminal background check and competencies including the American Heart Association Certification course for CPR (BLS for Healthcare Professionals). 

Nurse practitioner track applicants must have a minimum of at least one year of nursing experience (two years-experience for Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students), prior to enrolling in practicum courses.

Academic Prerequisites 
The following areas of undergraduate study must be completed prior to the first graduate course in nursing and are not credited toward the graduate degree: Statistics, Nursing Research and an Undergraduate Physical Assessment course. Nurse practitioner students must complete a basic physical assessment refresher course no more than three years prior to enrolling in Practicum I.

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