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The School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science is comprised of two departments:


Department of Nursing Mission Statement


The mission of the Department of Nursing is congruent with the mission of TCNJ in promoting excellence, valuing diversity and promoting a service to society from within a diverse community of learners; it fulfills its mission to serve the people of New Jersey (the majority of TCNJ nursing students are New Jersey residents) and the nation by preparing professional nurses at the baccalaureate and masters levels and by ensuring that all graduates are prepared to be successful, ethical and visionary leaders in a multicultural, technological, and increasingly global world. The Department of Nursing degree programs emphasize compassionate caring, critical thinking, independent judgment, clinical and ethical decision making, and autonomous professional behaviors.

The Nursing program offers:

For a full listing of requirements in the program, please view the Nursing undergraduate bulletin.


Department of Health and Exercise Science Mission Statement


The Department of Health Exercise Science (HES) embraces the concept that regular physical activity enhances health, fitness, and performance. Department faculty and administration aspire to and strive for excellence and distinction in teaching, scholarship, and professional service, and believes that a serious and continuing commitment to scholarship complements and enriches teaching. The department is committed to providing an intellectually challenging yet accessible environment that fosters and maximizes students’ learning and development. The department offers a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses both the breadth and depth of knowledge of human health and movement. Through a variety of course offerings, laboratory and field experiences, pedagogical practices, research opportunities, and student-faculty interactions, our graduates develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to excel as professionals or as continuing students seeking advanced education.


  • The Exercise Science major, HESA, prepares students for a focused area of study in the applied sciences.  The academic program concentrates on basic and applied physiology (at introductory and advanced levels), anatomy and kinesiology, biomechanics and nutrition and metabolism.      Graduates of this program have successfully completed graduate programs in medicine, allied  health  ( e.g.   physical   and occupational therapy, nutrition, etc.,) and research.  Many students have also entered the strength and conditioning profession through this major, and are working as either personal trainers or strength and conditioning coaches.  The Health and Exercise department is a  recognized educational program for the study of strength and conditioning by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


  •  The Physical Education major, HPET, prepares students to become Health and Physical education teachers in K-12 schools, meeting all New Jersey state teacher education requirements.  Practical classroom experience in school settings begins in the sophomore year and continues through the senior year with supervised student teaching.  Many students in this major choose to enter the coaching profession during their careers.


For a full listing of requirements in the program, please view the Health and Exercise Science undergraduate bulletin.