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Montclair State University Plans to Open New Nursing School Doors in Spring Semester

Montclair State University Plans to Open New Nursing School Doors in Spring Semester

The School of Nursing at Montclair State University is preparing a full Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, waiting for approval by the NJ Board of Nursing. Along with the new BSN program, Montclair is almost finished constructing Patridge Hall, the new school of nursing building which will be ready for use in January.

Under the leadership of Dean Dr. Janice Smolowitz and Director of Undergraduate Nursing, Courtney Reinisch, Montclair State University marks the beginning of their Registered Nurse to BSN program this September. The new program is intended to provide registered nurses with associate’s degrees in nursing or graduates from nursing diploma programs the opportunity to earn their BSN. The full BSN program is expected to begin at the university in Fall 2017.

Once completed, the new School of Nursing building in Patridge Hall will include lecture halls, fully-mediated classrooms, an anatomy lab, and state-of-the-art nursing lab space with dedicated areas for students to develop skills in specific medical procedures. High fidelity patient simulators will allow students to practice communication and decision-making skills using real-life scenarios from ambulatory, community, and hospital settings.

Eventually, Montclair State also plans to open programs for a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN), a five-year BSN-MSN combined program, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP ) degree program. The Montclair State University School of Nursing is looking for nursing students who are critical thinkers, culturally aware, effective communicators, and prepared to address the needs of individuals, families, and communities. At the forefront concern of the nursing programs are the health care needs of New Jersey and its residents.

Scholarships of up to $5,000 per year will be available to the inaugural Registered Nurse to BSN class. In addition, the McMullan Family Foundation has gifted Montclair $100,000 in scholarships for nurses at Mountainside Hospital who are seeking BSN degrees.