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Pre-licensure MSN FAQ

What prerequisite coursework is required for entry into the program?

  • 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)

A minimum grade of C is required for these courses.

Do I need to complete the prerequisite coursework prior to submitting an application?

We do not require the prerequisite courses be completed at the time you submit your application. However, they must completed before starting the program. Failure to complete these courses will result in applicants being unable to matriculate into the program.

Do I have to complete the prerequisite coursework at Montclair State University?

No. We accept coursework from all accredited institutions of higher learning.

For specific questions about transferring these credits, please contact the School of Nursing.

Can I apply for this program before I have graduated with my baccalaureate degree?

Students who have not yet completed their baccalaureate degree may apply during their last term as undergraduates.

Will this program make me eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN?

Yes. Students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN upon successful completion of the program.

What is the time commitment of this program?

The Pre-licensure MSN is an accelerated 63-credit, 18-month program, and requires a full-time commitment from students.

My bachelor’s degree is in another field. Am I eligible to apply for this program?

Yes, you are! We value and understand the importance of your non-nursing background and will build on your existing skills as we prepare you to become a registered professional nurse.

I have an associate’s degree, but not a baccalaureate degree. Am I eligible to apply for this program?

No. This program can only accept individuals with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.

Am I able to enroll in this program as a part-time student?

No. This is an accelerated program and requires a full-time commitment from students.

What degree is awarded after graduating from the program?

Students are conferred a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) after graduating from the program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination to become a licensed registered nurse (RN) in New Jersey.

Does this program have a specialty or concentration?

Students are educated for generalist nursing practice with specialty preparation in Care Coordination and Transition Management.

What is care coordination and transition management?

Care coordination involves making patients’ preferences known to professional health care providers and caregivers. This allows for the delivery of safe, high quality, effective and individualized care.

What is the cost of this program?

Please refer to Graduate Student Costs for detailed information on tuition.

When does this program begin?

The inaugural Pre-licensure MSN cohort will begin the program in Fall 2020.

When is the application deadline?

The last day to apply for a Fall 2020 start is May 30, 2020.

When will I be notified of acceptance into the program?

Applicants who have been accepted into the program will be notified by July 1st, 2020.

I have a question that is not listed here. Who can I contact?

Please contact us directly at 973-655-3654 or