HRSA Grant

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Health Research & Service Association Grant

An Academic-Practice Partnership to transition ethnically diverse graduates into community health settings

Welcome to the website of the New Jersey City University (NJCU) Nursing's HRSA Grant (Health Research & Service Association) to increase nursing workforce diversity. NJCU Nursing recognizes a strong connection between a culturally diverse nursing workforce and providing culturally competent care. Hence, this HRSA Grant is an extraordinary opportunity for nurses from the ethnic backgrounds (Hispanic or African American Heritage) to become the next generation of diverse nursing leaders. Candidates must have successfully completed an Applied Associate's degree from either Essex County College or Passaic County Community College, our partner Colleges in the HRSA Grant. In The academic portion of the grant the recipient will complete their BSN curriculum at NJCU in one year; the clinical portion will provide for a stellar experience in a Nursing Residency Program at the Magnet designated Jersey City Medical Center and the Jersey City Public Health Department. I encourage any qualified candidate to submit an application by June 1st of 2015 for this exclusive opportunity to excel in the profession of nursing. It is our goal that the HRSA graduates will assume leadership roles and actively shape the health care of tomorrow.

Welcome to your future,

Joyce Wright PhD, RN, CNE
Phone: (201) 200-3157
Fax: (201) 200-3264

Goal of the HRSA Grant

New Jersey City University, Passaic County Community College, Essex County College and Jersey City Medical Center partnered to create an innovative one-year RN to BSN program with a concurrent 900 hour residency component for 8 qualified students per year. A "Summer Leadership” and Jersey City Public Health Department Summer experience is planned.

Objectives of the HRSA Grant

  1. Expand a diverse, competent, workforce through a one-year program for the Associate Degree Graduate Nurse through the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing while concurrently increasing their clinical competency and critical thinking through a one-year (900 hour) clinical residency program. An additional Public Health Residency is planned for Summer.
  2. Increase the success of ethnically diverse BSN students through financial assistance, mentoring, and a comprehensive network of student support services.

The HRSA Grant Provides

  • Scholarship monies to cover part of tuition and a generous stipend
  • NJCU's additional Support Services include:
    • Financial Aide counselors
    • Transfer Coordinator
    • Family Orientation in August
    • Office of supplemental Instruction & Specialized Services
    • Counseling Center
    • Children's Learning Center

Admission Requirements

  • NJCU Application
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from colleges attended.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale is required for admission.
  • Essay (750 Words Maximum)
  • FAFSA completed

Admission's Essay Question: Describe an attribute or quality that distinguishes you from everyone else. How did you develop this quality and how would it benefit the nursing profession?


  • Return the hard copy of the application to the Nursing Department in Rossey Hall, room 405 by June 1, by 5pm. NOTE: Please visibly state attention to Dr. Joyce Wright or Samar Zahalan
  • If you have been accepted as an NJCU student please provide your Gothic ID number
  • If you are in your last Nursing semester at the community college level, you must complete the NJCU undergraduate application online.