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Pre-licensure MSN

Realize Your Dream at Montclair State University

Have you ever thought about becoming a registered nurse, but earned your baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing discipline?

Montclair is now offering an accelerated, 7 session program, which will educate you to become a licensed registered nurse and sit the NCLEX-RN exam after successfully completing the program.

We value and understand your non-nursing background. We will build on your existing skills to prepare you to become a licensed registered nurse. With a specialty in Care Coordination and Transition Management, our unique program will prepare you for the future of healthcare.

This is your first step to becoming a registered nurse.

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How it Works

The pre-licensure Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Care Coordination and Transition Management features an accelerated curriculum for non-nursing college graduates. Our 7 session program prepares students to enter the nursing profession as licensed, registered nurses with the ability to provide direct care and manage outcomes across any setting.

With a unique focus on care coordination and evidence-based practice, our students gain the knowledge required for making a difference in the lives of persons, families, and communities.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.

The next Pre-licensure MSN cohort will begin the program in Summer 2025.

All required application materials and checklist items must be submitted by Friday, January 17, 2025. This includes proof of completion (transcripts with final grades) of all pre-requisite courses.

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Cost and Financial Aid

As a public university, Montclair State is among the most affordable options in the state.

To further assist you in meeting your goals, our Office of Student Financial Aid works with you to identify scholarships, grants and loans from federal, state and institutional sources.

Select employer discount programs and tuition deferment options make it easier to pay for your degree — please contact the School of Nursing for additional information.

Program tuition is set at the time of enrollment.

Admission Requirements

  • All official transcripts.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies.
  • Prerequisite science courses must be completed within five (5) years of your anticipated admission date.
  • A current resume is required with your application.
  • Two letters of recommendation from employers or past professors.
  • A one-page personal statement. The personal statement should explain your reason for applying to the program, learning goals, and relevant professional experience.

Applicants must complete the following pre-requisite coursework:

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

Please note: A minimum grade of C is required for all prerequisite courses. Prerequisite science courses must be completed within five (5) years of your anticipated admission date.

Prior to beginning clinical practica, all students are required to successfully pass a criminal background check and urine toxicology screening, which is performed by an external agency. Reports are sent confidentially to the School of Nursing. Fees will apply.

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