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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growing healthcare needs of the nation will drive increased demand for nurses over the next decade. However, the dynamics of the marketplace are changing as well. As the needs of the nation’s population become increasingly complex, employers are more likely to favor applicants with bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees. These candidates are best trained to serve patients well in an evolving healthcare environment.

There are two types of BSN offerings available in the state of New Jersey: prelicensure programs that prepare students for the NCLEX-RN exam, and RN-to-BSN programs that allow existing registered nurses (RNs) to obtain a BSN degree. These two programs cater to very different student populations, but they both improve graduates’ job prospects and equip them with the knowledge and training needed to adapt to a rapidly changing workplace.

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New Jersey’s registered nurses earn a median annual salary of $77,380. BSN degree-holders are often in the top quartile of the state’s RNs who earn $90,000+ per year. Nurses with BSN degrees also stand a better chance at securing positions in leadership and administration. There is of course no substitute for on-the-job experience as a registered nurse, but a broad and rigorous education can carry continued benefits throughout one’s career.

If you are interested in New Jersey’s BSN programs (either prelicensure or RN-to-BSN), you may find the list below helpful in starting your search. We’ve identified the best BSN programs in all of the state’s major cities.

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Atlantic City

Stockton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Stockton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rowan University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.3% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rowan University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Edison / New Brunswick area

Monmouth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2018)
Georgian Court University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Monmouth University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2018 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2017 to 2018
Georgian Court University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.4% 2013 to 2018

New York City suburbs

Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Felician University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New Jersey City University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Berkeley College - Woodland Park
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
William Paterson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Peter's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.4% 2013 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Felician University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.1% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
New Jersey City University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.2% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.6% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Berkeley College - Woodland Park
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program 78.6% 2018 to 2018
William Paterson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.4% 2013 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Saint Peter's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.1% 2013 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Newark

Bloomfield College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Caldwell University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seton Hall University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Kean University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Montclair State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bloomfield College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.8% 2013 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Caldwell University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.0% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seton Hall University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.4% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Elizabeth
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Kean University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Montclair State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Trenton

Thomas Edison State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
The College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rider University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Thomas Edison State University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.6% 2013 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
The College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.6% 2013 to 2018
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rider University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion