Hi! If you have any questions about TCNJ, feel free to post here! I know how difficult it is to make a college decision, so I'm hoping I can help some people who are trying to decide. I'm currently a freshman nursing major. I'll answer your questions the best that I can!
I just got an e-mail stating that I'm being reviewed a second time. Is there anything particular that I should include on the form that will higher my chances of being accepted?
I'm applying for the nursing program. =)
I'm not familiar with the form that you're referring to; what does it ask you to include on the form? For the nursing program, I'd suggest including anything that sets you apart in the medical field from others that are applying, such as certain anatomy classes you've taken, any hospital experience or volunteer work, or any certifications that you might have, like CPR or first aid.
Yay nursing!! Good luck, hope you get in! Let me know if you have any other questions!
I was accepted in december for early decision as a nursing major i'm super excited that you posted here because i havent seen anyone talk about nursing yet!
my first question (and my biggest fear so far) is about the classes. how are they and how are the professors?
i know i have a ton of other questions but at the time i cant even recall! i will ask as i remember them!
@Vbee: Congrats on your acceptance!! As I'm assuming that you've heard, the freshman nursing classes (which are the only ones I can tell you about so far), are a lot of work. In high school a lot of times you could study for an hour and still get an A. For nursing here, you need to pretty much constantly be going over what you learned and expanding on it. Not only do you have to learn what's being taught in lecture, you must also pretty much memorize your textbooks. However, I find the classes to be really interesting, because I'm interested in the medical field, as I'm sure you are, so though the classes are very difficult it can be pretty enjoyable and really fascinating to find out how the body works and the processes that go on that keep your body functioning! Another good thing is that you don't get much "homework," per se, it's mostly just studying with the occasional project or paper here and there, and only in certain classes.
As for the professors, I can honestly say that most of them are incredible! Most of the professors that I have are clearly enthusiastic about the topics that they teach, and they can make class fun by making connections, and telling stories that relate to what we're learning. You can always go to them to ask questions and you can always ask things in lecture if you don't understand something.
Hope that helps, let me know if you remember your other questions!
@Shopsgal: I'm not really able to answer that, I'd think that someone in admissions would know though. I can tell you that the nursing program is very competitive, so I would assume that they are looking for high SATs, a great GPA, lots of involvement, and probably something that makes you good for a nursing program, such as hospital experience or volunteer work, anatomy classes, or any certifications, though I honestly can't tell you for sure.
thanks so much! that was the answer i was hoping to hear also, as a nursing major.. do you have any suggestions for what a good first seminar to take is???
and although this is not nursing related lol, i was wondering what the housing situation is like.. i know that some colleges give out surveys to try to match people well.. and i was wondering if tcnj does that too?
By first seminar I'm guessing you mean FSP, the freshman seminar program? Unfortunately if you're a nursing major you have to take an fsp that doesn't relate to nursing, so the medical ones and related ones are reserved for other majors who aren't in the sciences. You still have tons of options, though the chance that you'll get your first choice is very slim. It's chosen based on the rest of your schedule and how many spots are left in that fsp. Some fsps are awesome, some are boring, some have tons of work and some have none at all...it's really all chance, though if you get a good one it can be lots of fun! (Mine, for example, was boring but I had little work, while other people had a really fun one with lots of work). So just choose the ones that seem the most interesting to you!
TCNJ does send out a housing survey. In a few months you'll be sent a survey to take asking things like if you're a morning or night person, how you feel about alcohol, how you feel about having people in your room, and what time you go to bed; things like that. And then you'll be matched up with someone who filled out the survey similarly. You can see the people who have filled it out similarly to you and request them to be your roommate, but in order for you to be each others roommates you would have to have fsps that are on the same floor (each floor has only certain fsps on it), so just because you request each other doesn't mean you'll be roomed together.
Feel free to ask more questions, nursing-related or not!
i think these are my last two questions: (for now!)
what about accepted students day? obviously i will be attending orientation in july but i was wondering what accepted students day is all about. is it worth going or is it just an attempt to sway the decision of people who are not sure yet?
also, as a nursing major, is there any hands on "stuff" (for lack of better term) to do in the first year of classes? for example, learning how to use hospital equipment/ learning how to take blood? or is it all just the basic core classes? i have a feeling the fun stuff doesnt start til after freshman year haha but im curious!
I actually forget about accepted students day, which may tell you a bit about it! I know that I went, and I'm pretty sure it was like your typical visit but maybe they gave you a bit more information. If you've already visited once or twice, I'm not sure if it's necessary to go. It definitely can't hurt though!
You're right, freshman year there's not very much hands on stuff, unfortunately. That mainly starts sophomore year as you're preparing for clinicals. The most hands on you'll get is in anatomy lab, where you'll sometimes be working with dissections, such as cats, sheep brains, and pig hearts. Freshman year you'll take a core nursing class (about lifespan development), Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, biochemistry, and microbiology, along with any electives. It's mostly the science behind what you will be learning about for the next 3 years.
Glad I can help! Let me know if you've got any more questions!
You have no idea how glad I am to find someone in the TCNJ nursing program! I'm really stuck right now between TCNJ and RU (I got accepted to both nursing programs). I've always wanted to go to TCNJ but the only thing about RU is that I hear that it's in the perfect location with hospitals surrounding it, which is perfect for nursing students. So I wanted to know if junior and senior year of college, if you get to work in clinical areas such as hospitals? And are there many hospitals around TCNJ? Also, do you know if it's easy/hard to find a nursing position straight out of college if you graduate from TCNJ?
Actually, at TCNJ you get to start clinicals in sophomore year! There are many hospitals around TCNJ, some are farther away than others. There's a link to the practicum sites here: School of Nursing :: The College of New Jersey. Since I'm a freshman, I can't really tell you how far away each one is, but I know that some of them are pretty close while others can be pretty far away, but I'm pretty sure that every school is like that and it just depends on which hospital you get assigned to.
100% of nursing graduates from TCNJ are employed withing 6 months of graduation, though many have already found a job during their senior year.
Hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions!
I've really loved freshman year so far. In terms of the year as a nursing major, it absolutely has been tons of work, but as long as you study reallllly hard and take good notes and pay attention in class you'll be fine. As a I said in a few posts before, you really have to take it upon yourself to memorize the textbooks and expand on what you learned in class, but classes are somewhat fun because I'm really interested in the topic. I also love the professors- they can make class fun and are pretty funny and tell interesting stories to make connections.
You can absolutely balance the workload. I'm in two clubs and go to gym classes a few times a week and still can hang out with my friends most of the time, as long as I worked hard beforehand to get all of my studying out of the way. Nursing majors do have some of the most work of all the majors, and you'll have more work than your friends, but you can definitely balance everything.