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.
Nursing Program Stats
- 18 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
- 20 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
- 15 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
- 4 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2017 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: Fairleigh Dickinson University (#151, MSN; #136, DNP), Monmouth University (#175, MSN; DNP not ranked), Rutgers University-Newark (#20, MSN; #18, DNP), Seton Hall University (#76, MSN; #72, DNP).
- Highest graduation rate: The College of New Jersey 85%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate: Felician University 46%.1
- Highest net price: Rider University $29,583.1
- Lowest net price: Raritan Valley Community College $3,392.1
- Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in New Jersey with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $6,931 – $27,149.2
Following you will find more information, including profiles, about the various undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in New Jersey’s colleges and universities.
NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in New Jersey
The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit New Jersey nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the New Jersey Board of Nursing (http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/).
|School||ADN or LVN Program||BSN Program||Graduate Nursing Program||ACEN/CCNE Accredited*||NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**||Number Taking||NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***||Number Taking||Net Price****|
|Atlantic Cape Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||84.13%||63||$8,898|
|Bergen Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||87.01%||77||$6,187|
|Brookdale Community College||Yes||No||No||No||N/A||N/A||87.31%||134||$6,468|
|Camden County College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||11||N/A||N/A||$7,990|
|College of New Jersey||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||94.64%||56||$20,146|
|College of Saint Elizabeth||No||Yes||Yes||ACEN||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$17,032|
|County College of Morris||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||86.41%||103||$6,858|
|Cumberland County College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||14||85.48%||62||$7,909|
|Essex County College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||69.57%||23||75.34%||73||$8,704|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||88.52%||61||$16,929|
|Georgian Court University||No||Yes||No||CCNE||N/A||N/A||88%||25||$16,614|
|Hudson County Community College||Yes||No||No||No||100%||2||N/A||N/A||$6,791|
|Mercer County Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||86.15%||65||$5,410|
|Middlesex Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||92.75%||69||$6,832|
|New Jersey City University-Jersey City||No||Yes||Yes||ACEN||N/A||N/A||85.07%||67||$7,753|
|New Jersey City University-Wall Township||No||Yes||Yes||No||N/A||N/A||100%||12||$7,753|
|Ocean County College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||84.14%||145||$8,659|
|Passaic County Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||90.57%||53||$8,584|
|Raritan Valley Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||75.27%||93||$3,392|
|Rowan College at Burlington County||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||85.71%||70||$6,972|
|Rowan College at Gloucester County||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||97.56%||41||$7,150|
|Salem Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||17||95.45%||22||$5,401|
|Seton Hill University (BSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||80.90%||199||$27,404|
|Seton Hill University (MSN)||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||87.50%||24||$27,404|
|St. Peter’s University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||91.67%||12||$13,906|
|Thomas Edison State University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||88.24%||17||N/A|
|Union County College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||82.14%||56||N/A||N/A||$4,102|
|Warren County College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||94.44%||18||$6,208|
|William Paterson University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||90.77%||65||$15,443|
*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.4,5
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.6 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).
Schools in New Jersey with Nursing Degrees
Associate’s in Nursing Programs
Essex County College
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing program at Essex County College provides students with the skills and learning to become professional registered nurses. The program’s state-of-the-art simulation lab and multi-media computer lab provide students with up-to-date learning opportunities. After meeting program prerequisites students can typically complete the AAS in four semesters with a full-time course load. Admission to the program is highly competitive and is based on the candidate’s GPA, results on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam, and county of residence. Essex County College also offers a licensed practical nurse certificate program.
Ocean County College
Ocean County College offers three pathways to earning an associate’s degree in nursing. The traditional pathway admits students twice per year in the fall and spring semesters and offers both day and evening lectures. The On-Site Online nursing program is a full-time program that requires face-to-face classes one day per week, with the remainder of coursework delivered online. The Career Mobility nursing program is designed for practicing licensed practical nurses. The competitive admissions process for the nursing programs is based in part on an applicant’s score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam and residency in Ocean County. Through the school’s partnership with Kean University, Ocean County College (OCC) students can begin taking courses for the RN to BSN and BSN to MSN programs at Kean on the OCC campus.
Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs
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
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.
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd
Paramus, NJ 07652
Student Review: “Bergen Community College nursing program was really knowledgeable. The program helped to learn everything in nursing in order to peruse my future career. The campus and staff helped me and I also made a lot of new relationships with like minded people. The program has taught me so much that I can see myself being very successful in life and the future. In the program I worked with sickly elders in a retirement home, when there I was able to care for them and take of their medical needs under supervision of the professor. Overall this program was amazing Iâ€™m so glad I was able to be a part of it and I look forward to helping people down the road in life.” – Student at Mercer County Community College
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Rd
West Windsor Township, NJ 08550
Student Review: “Mercer County Community College’s Nursing program was challenging, but it prepared me very well to pass the state licensing exam and to work as an RN. Students are able to enroll in either a day or night program, however some classmates had scheduling issues because class times varied between semesters. Each course required a substantial amount of Clinical hours and subsequently gave students appropriate opportunities to practice in the field. Throughout the program, students were able to access testing practice questions. The final course of the degree included access to multiple licensing exam practice tests. The Professors were available outside of class hours to answer questions and to clarify course concepts. No Nursing program is a walk in the park, but the Professors were supportive of the students and that made the program bearable. Certainly some students were unhappy, but the majority of students understood the degree of professionalism required to achieve a Nursing Degree.” – Student at Mercer County Community College
Ocean County College
1 College Dr
Toms River, NJ 08754
Student Review: “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
Student Review: “My experience has been great. I take half my courses online and half in the field. We work hands on with patients now after completing our prerequisites. I learned phlebotomy first and then how to read an EKG. I now Know the difference between a myocardial infarction and a-fibrillation (one is a clot and the other is a heart murmur). The hands on experience is what allows for true understanding. I am currently completing a few side classes to achieve the next level of degree even before I am ready to fully pursue it (I can take certain classes required for my bachelors before I finish my primary entry level degree). The program does require long hours and they recommend not working more than 12.5 hrs a week, which does put a strain. The program is almost like having a full time job since we put in close to 40 hrs a week into hands on training and classes.” – Student at Ocean County College
7 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Student Review: “My experience in the Rutgers University- Camden nursing program has been great so far, with a bit of mishaps. I think the program is a bit unorganized and needs to work on the communication with students, and even professors/instructors. However, they are getting better; there is a brand new building dedicated to nursing which helps a great deal. The SNA is great with setting up meetings and getting students involved with volunteering, etc. The clinical locations and instructors have been great so far, and the nurses we work with are amazing. I feel as if I’m learning so much, and I can’t wait to finish up!” – Student at Rutgers University
Student Review: “Rutgers is a well known nursing program and the school constantly emphasized our reputation for being one of the best. However, since the merger with UMDNJ, many student issues arose because the administration itself couldn’t figure out what they were doing. Additionally, when students complained about these issues to try to get things to change, it seemed like the administration didn’t care and nothing was ever done. Throughout the program, there were several outstanding professors/instructors but also some really terrible ones who were unorganized and just reading off of powerpoints. Some of the lower level classes that are required of the undergraduate students were a waste of time such as requiring a literature class, humanities class, technology class. Many students resorted to just taking “GPA booster” classes to fulfill the requirement which made it a waste of time and money. Some of the clinical rotations were very enriching and taught a lot but others seemed like a waste of time. Overall, the experience is a hit or miss depending on who happens to be teaching. The only positive aspect of this nursing program is the reputation…but I’m not sure what they are priding themselves on.” – Student at Rutgers University
William Paterson University
Atrium, 300 Pompton Rd
Wayne, NJ 07470
Student Review: “The William Paterson University nursing program is one of the best program in the state of New Jersey. The program is very competitive. Maintaining the GPA to stay in the program was very challenging. Though it felt like 4 years of the program was very brutal but I have all my professors to thank for shaping me the nurse I am today. At first, learning the fundamentals of nursing seemed impossible to reach, however, by the time we spent 8 hour days for clinicals made the experience very rewarding and made us students feel that we have touched patient’s lives even though were not full pledged nurses. Professors were helpful, very approachable and encouraging. Though the curriculum for the program is strictly hard, the only thing I would suggest for them to improve is the nursing research syllabus. To me, it was the only class that didn’t make sense and very hard to follow. The school offered Hollistic Nursing as an elective and I think it should be offered to all the colleges/universities in this country. It made me understand why most people choose the holistic route without making a judgment for declining the western medicine way.” – Student at William Paterson University
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
3. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/
4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
5. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): https://directory.ccnecommunity.org/reports/accprog.asp
6. New Jersey Board of Nursing: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/