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Montclair State Announces New Pre-licensure MSN

This is your first step to becoming a registered nurse

Posted in: Education, University

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The Pre-licensure MSN is designed to meet the needs of graduates of baccalaureate degree programs in non-nursing fields. This innovative, 18-month program prepares successful graduates to take the RN licensure exam.

“We value the unique perspective these students bring to nursing. Building on their existing skills and knowledge, we are committed to preparing them to become licensed registered nurses with advanced knowledge in Care Coordination and Transition Management. We understand the needs of adult learners as they transition to a new career, and are excited to be part of their journey to becoming licensed registered nurses,” says Janice Smolowitz, Dean, School of Nursing.

The first student cohort will start in fall 2020. Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis for fall admission. The $60 application fee is waived for the inaugural cohort. As a public university, Montclair State is among the most affordable options in the state.

Admission requirements for this program:

  • All official transcripts
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers or past professors
  • A one-page personal statement explaining your reason for applying to the program, learning goals and relevant professional experience.

Prior to admission into the program, applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits with lab)
  • Microbiology (4 Credits with lab)
  • Chemistry (3 Credits)
  • Statistics (3 Credits)
  • Human Growth and Development (3 Credits)
  • Nutrition (3 Credits)

Prerequisite courses may be completed at other accredited institutions.

“Montclair State University’s newest forward-thinking academic offering further strengthens the institution’s commitment to preparing New Jersey’s future workforce for 21st-century careers,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Willard Gingerich. “Students in this program will now have a new, exciting pathway to a career in health care.”

To learn more about this program, register for an on-demand webinar.

Still Have Questions?

Contact the School of Nursing at 973-655-3654 or