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Almost 140,000 nursing staff serve the nine million residents of New Jersey. Among these, roughly 50,000 are certified nursing assistants, 15,000 are licensed practical nurses, and 75,000 are registered nurses.

The size of New Jersey’s nursing workforce attests not only to the state’s significant healthcare needs, but also to the broad range of educational options that feed into the nursing profession. New Jersey is home to a broad range of nursing programs that range in length from several weeks to four years. Each student can select the educational program that best suits her background, aspirations, and both short- and long-term career goals.

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Moreover, these courses are offered at a dizzying range of institutions, both public and private, large and small. Each kind of school offers its unique benefits. For example, private schools have smaller class sizes and more personal attention, but public schools offer lower tuition for New Jersey residents. No single type of school is definitively best for all students. However, they definitely provide variety, and the differences between them offer food for thought for the prospective nursing student.

No matter your specific choice of nursing school and role, you’ll never be in poor company. Nursing is a profession that heals not only patients’ bodies but also their hearts and minds, by providing care and concern at a crucial low point in patients’ lives.

If you are interested in pursuing a nursing career in New Jersey, then you might find the list below helpful in guiding your search. We’ve identified the best nursing schools in each city and organized them from largest to smallest.

Featured Schools

Atlantic City

Atlantic Cape Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 69 students during the 2010 period
Stockton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 33 students during the 2017 period
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 4 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
School Program Class size
Atlantic Cape Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 69 students
Stockton University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 33 students
Atlantic County Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 4 students

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 163 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Rowan College at Burlington County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86 students during the 2010 period
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 84 students during the 2010 period
Rowan College at Gloucester County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74 students during the 2010 period
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 38 students during the 2010 period
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Salem Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2010 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Camden County College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Burlington County Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
School Program Class size
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown Certificate in Practical Nursing 163 students
Rowan College at Burlington County Associate's Degree in Nursing 86 students
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 84 students
Rowan College at Gloucester County Associate's Degree in Nursing 74 students
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden Bachelor of Science in Nursing 38 students
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill Certificate in Practical Nursing 36 students
Salem Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students
Camden County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
Burlington County Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students

Edison / New Brunswick area

Brookdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 164 students during the 2010 period
Ocean County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 153 students during the 2010 period
Lincoln Technical Institute - Edison
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 144 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Middlesex County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2010 period
Universal Training Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Monmouth County Vocational School District
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Ocean County Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Avtech Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the Q1-2 2013 period
School Program Class size
Brookdale Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 164 students
Ocean County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 153 students
Lincoln Technical Institute - Edison Certificate in Practical Nursing 144 students
Middlesex County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 67 students
Universal Training Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 51 students
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students
Monmouth County Vocational School District Certificate in Practical Nursing 5 students
Ocean County Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 5 students
Avtech Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 1 student

New York City suburbs

Jersey College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 153 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 138 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Eastwick College - Ramsey
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 111 students during the 2009 period
Bergen Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 103 students during the 2010 period
Passaic County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80 students during the 2010 period
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 75 students during the 2017 period
New Jersey City University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72 students during the 2010 period
William Paterson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71 students during the 2010 period
Felician University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 65 students during the 2010 period
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 58 students during the 2017 period
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2010 period
Diploma in Nursing: 1 student during the Q1-2 2013 period
Merit Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Saint Peter's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 32 students during the 2010 period
Eastwick College - Hackensack
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bilingual): 1 student during the Q1-2 2013 period
Dover Business College - Clifton
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Passaic County Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Hudson County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2010 period
School Program Class size
Jersey College Certificate in Practical Nursing 153 students
Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus Certificate in Practical Nursing 138 students
Eastwick College - Ramsey Certificate in Practical Nursing 111 students
Bergen Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 103 students
Passaic County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80 students
Ramapo College of New Jersey Bachelor of Science in Nursing 75 students
New Jersey City University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72 students
William Paterson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71 students
Felician University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 65 students
Fairleigh Dickinson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 58 students
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 53 students
Diploma in Nursing 1 student
Merit Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 51 students
Saint Peter's University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 32 students
Eastwick College - Hackensack Certificate in Practical Nursing 28 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bilingual) 1 student
Dover Business College - Clifton Certificate in Practical Nursing 24 students
Passaic County Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Hudson County Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students

Newark

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 336 students during the 2017 period
Seton Hall University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 210 students during the 2017 period
Direct Entry MSN: 9 students during the 2017 period
Trinitas School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 191 students during the 2009 period
County College of Morris
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 166 students during the 2010 period
Essex County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91 students during the 2010 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 87 students during the 2010 period
Raritan Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77 students during the 2010 period
Sierra Allied Health Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 55 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
New Community Workforce Development Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Best Care Training Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Union County College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Center For Advanced Training & Studies
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Bloomfield College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 15 students during the 2010 period
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Dover Business College - Dover
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Morris County School of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
School Program Class size
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Bachelor of Science in Nursing 336 students
Seton Hall University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 210 students
Direct Entry MSN 9 students
Trinitas School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 191 students
County College of Morris Associate's Degree in Nursing 166 students
Essex County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 87 students
Raritan Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 77 students
Sierra Allied Health Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing 55 students
New Community Workforce Development Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 43 students
Best Care Training Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
Union County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
Center For Advanced Training & Studies Certificate in Practical Nursing 28 students
Bloomfield College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 15 students
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
Dover Business College - Dover Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Morris County School of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 3 students

Trenton

Mercer County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 149 students during the 2010 period
The College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 58 students during the 2017 period
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 36 students during the 2010 period
Thomas Edison State University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 20 students during the 2017 period
Mercer County Technical Schools, Health Careers Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
School Program Class size
Mercer County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 149 students
The College of New Jersey Bachelor of Science in Nursing 58 students
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 36 students
Thomas Edison State University Accelerated Second Degree BSN 20 students
Mercer County Technical Schools, Health Careers Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 3 students

Other New Jersey cities

Cumberland County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62 students during the 2010 period
Warren County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 23 students during the 2010 period
Warren County Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the Q1-2 2013 period
Cape May County Technical Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the Q1-2 2013 period
School Program Class size
Cumberland County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 62 students
Warren County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 23 students
Warren County Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students
Cape May County Technical Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 1 student