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.
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
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/?degree=4-year&state=NJ&major=nursing&sort=best
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/