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Bridge to the MSN Program

The Bridge program is designed for students who are registered nurses and have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. As a Bridge student, you do not need to complete the entire BSN program before entering the MSN program. RNs with a B.A. or B.S. degree in a discipline other than nursing are required to take one, two, or three of the RN500 courses as specified by the department.

The Path

  • Qualified students enter with a provisional acceptance into the graduate program.
  • Students seeking to pursue the nurse practitioner, nursing education, school nursing, or forensic nursing specialization should complete NU312, NU413, and NU414.
  • Students seeking to pursue the nurse administration track should complete NU413, NU414, and NU450.
  • Upon completion of the Bridge courses, you may register for master’s level courses and follow the sequence of scheduling as detailed in the MSN curriculum charts.

Seven Things You Need

You are provisionally accepted as a graduate student. Graduate tuition and fees apply.

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • One year of work experience as a registered professional nurse and one year experience in the enrolled specialty track before beginning the clinical specialty practicums.
  • A personal statement (one to two pages) outlining professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One year of clinical experience is necessary to begin the clinical specialty.
  • A college-level course in health assessment. (An appropriate continuing education course may be substituted at the program director’s discretion.) This requirement does not apply to the Nursing Administration concentration.
  • A current New Jersey R.N. license, a year of experience as a registered nurse, and proof of a current $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 liability and malpractice policy.
  • Résumé.

After acceptance and prior to starting classes, you must submit to the School of Nursing and Health Studies a certificate of good health from a primary care practitioner, including a complete health history and physical exam. Before beginning clinical laboratory experiences, you are required to have a physical examination, with associated laboratory studies, immunizations, and criminal background checks, in accordance with the special requirements of affiliation contracts with clinical agencies.

If you have any questions about the application process, please call the Office of Admission at 732-571-3456.