New Jersey Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide is designed to provide you with essential information on the many nursing programs available in the state of New Jersey. Nursing students in New Jersey’s colleges and universities have an eclectic menu of nursing concentrations from which to choose, including family health nurse practitioner in emergency care, nursing education, clinical leadership, pediatrics nurse practitioner, and nursing informatics. Those students in search of a flexible, convenient alternative to a traditional nursing program may want to consider an online bachelor’s or master’s in nursing program offered at such online universities as Kaplan University.

New Jersey School Facts:

  • 21 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 20 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 14 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: The College of New Jersey 87%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Felician College 38%.1
  • Highest net price: Monmouth University $27,204.1
  • Lowest net price: New Jersey City University $9,415.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in New Jersey with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $8,111 – $34,750.2
  • 1 school in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, Newark (79).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.

Following are several profiles of the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in New Jersey’s colleges and universities.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in New Jersey

Farleigh Dickinson University
Farleigh Dickinson University confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 128 credit program. The nursing curriculum consists of 67 credits in a range of topics, including nursing research, cross-cultural perspectives, medical surgical nursing, and community health nursing. Clinical rotations are mandatory with students working at such affiliated sites as Atlantic Health Systems, Chilton Memorial Hospital, Overlook Medical Center, and V.A. New Jersey Health Care Systems. Students may study on a full-time or a part-time basis. The Nursing Department also features an RN to BSN program for current registered nurses who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing.

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey features a four-year undergraduate nursing program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The highly competitive program prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). In addition to mandatory clinical rotations, students will complete coursework in the childbearing family, care of the adult, and issues in nursing. Nursing majors may become involved on campus, joining the Nursing Club or Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing students. Students may also apply to live in the nursing living learning community where they will share housing and take part in activities with other nursing majors.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in New Jersey

Rutgers University
Graduate students at Rutgers University may pursue the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of nine concentrations: adult gerontology acute/crucial care nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, advanced community health leadership, family health nurse practitioner in emergency care, clinical leadership, nursing informatics, nursing education, and nurse anesthetist. Students must complete between 32 and 60 credits depending on the concentration. Clinical practicums are also mandatory for most of the specializations. Students in the family health nurse practitioner in emergency care program, for example, must complete 60 credits and 990 hours in clinical practicums. Successful candidates must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a current registered nurse’s license.

Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features five tracks: case management and health administration, health systems administration, adult gerontological nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, and school nursing. A Master of Arts (MA) in nursing education is also available. Students complete between 30 and 62 credits depending on the concentration. Clinical rotations are mandatory for some tracks. The adult gerontological nurse practitioner track requires students to complete 675 hours in a clinical practicum. Successful applicants must already possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and hold a current registered nurse’s license. A personal statement and letters of recommendation are also required.

Reviews of New Jersey Nursing Programs

Ocean County College
1 College Dr
Toms River, NJ 08754
(732) 255-0400

“The nursing program itself was very interesting. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and this was a great way to accomplish that goal. However the college/program did not make it easy for things to be accomplished for sure. Repeatedly lost paperwork and a generally disorganized staff made me have to wait an extra semester before I could start with the program. The content itself was extremely interesting and I learned a lot. The practical applications were also very fun. The instructors were a mix of exceptional and terribly poor. I’ve had some that spent the extra time working with me and I’ve had others who have flat out ignored my correspondence and questions via email. The amount of work was to be expected for the importance of being a good RN. I’d say it would be a tossup if you want to attend as my experience was a total mix with some days I could wait to attend and other days I wanted to quit, but I kept my goal in mind and now I’m an RN.” – Student at Ocean County College

1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: https://colleges.niche.com/?degree=4-year&state=NJ&major=nursing&sort=best