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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.

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Atlantic City

Atlantic Cape Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86 students during the 2018 period
Prism Career Institute - Egg Harbor Township
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 72 students during the 2018 period
Stockton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 41 students during the 2018 period
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Atlantic Cape Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 86 students
Prism Career Institute - Egg Harbor Township Certificate in Practical Nursing 72 students
Stockton University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 41 students
Atlantic County Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 29 students

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 199 students during the 2018 period
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 154 students during the 2018 period
Rowan College at Burlington County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 102 students during the 2018 period
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80 students during the 2018 period
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 70 students during the 2018 period
Rowan College at Gloucester County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42 students during the 2018 period
Salem Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2018 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2018 period
Camden County College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2017 period
Burlington County Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden Bachelor of Science in Nursing 199 students
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown Certificate in Practical Nursing 154 students
Rowan College at Burlington County Associate's Degree in Nursing 102 students
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill Certificate in Practical Nursing 80 students
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 70 students
Rowan College at Gloucester County Associate's Degree in Nursing 42 students
Salem Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 31 students
Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 students
Camden County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Burlington County Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students

Edison / New Brunswick area

Brookdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 176 students during the 2018 period
Ocean County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 136 students during the 2018 period
Lincoln Technical Institute - Iselin
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86 students during the 2018 period
Middlesex County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72 students during the 2018 period
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68 students during the 2018 period
Ocean County Vocational Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 61 students during the 2018 period
Georgian Court University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 52 students during the 2018 period
Universal Training Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 52 students during the 2018 period
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47 students during the 2018 period
Monmouth County Vocational Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2018 period
Monmouth University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 19 students during the 2018 period
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2018 period
Avtech Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Brookdale Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 176 students
Ocean County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 136 students
Lincoln Technical Institute - Iselin Certificate in Practical Nursing 86 students
Middlesex County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 72 students
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68 students
Ocean County Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 61 students
Georgian Court University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 52 students
Universal Training Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 52 students
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 47 students
Monmouth County Vocational Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Monmouth University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 19 students
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
Avtech Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students

New York City suburbs

Jersey College - Teterboro
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 208 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 182 students during the 2018 period
Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97 students during the 2018 period
Merit Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84 students during the 2018 period
New Jersey City University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82 students during the 2018 period
Felician University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80 students during the 2018 period
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80 students during the 2018 period
Bergen Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77 students during the 2018 period
William Paterson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 74 students during the 2018 period
Berkeley College - Woodland Park
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 65 students during the 2018 period
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program: 14 students during the 2018 period
Passaic County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 65 students during the 2018 period
Hudson County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 52 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2017 period
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 48 students during the 2018 period
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 42 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2018 period
Passaic County Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2018 period
Eastwick College - Hackensack
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bilingual): 9 students during the 2018 period
Saint Peter's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 10 students during the 2018 period
Eastern International College - Jersey City
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 7 students during the 2018 period
Eastwick College - Ramsey
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Jersey College - Teterboro Associate's Degree in Nursing 208 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 182 students
Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus Certificate in Practical Nursing 97 students
Merit Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 84 students
New Jersey City University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82 students
Felician University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80 students
Ramapo College of New Jersey Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80 students
Bergen Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 77 students
William Paterson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 74 students
Berkeley College - Woodland Park Certificate in Practical Nursing 65 students
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program 14 students
Passaic County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 65 students
Hudson County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 52 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students
Fairleigh Dickinson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 48 students
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 42 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
Passaic County Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
Eastwick College - Hackensack Certificate in Practical Nursing 25 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bilingual) 9 students
Saint Peter's University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 10 students
Eastern International College - Jersey City Associate's Degree in Nursing 7 students
Eastwick College - Ramsey Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students

Newark

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 303 students during the 2018 period
Trinitas School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 146 students during the 2018 period
Seton Hall University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 122 students during the 2018 period
Direct Entry MSN: 16 students during the 2018 period
County College of Morris
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 109 students during the 2018 period
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 92 students during the 2018 period
Raritan Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80 students during the 2018 period
Union County College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 59 students during the 2018 period
Essex County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 53 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2018 period
Caldwell University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 51 students during the 2018 period
Best Care College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2018 period
Eastern International College - Belleville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 34 students during the 2018 period
Bloomfield College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 30 students during the 2018 period
Morris County School of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Bachelor of Science in Nursing 303 students
Trinitas School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 146 students
Seton Hall University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 122 students
Direct Entry MSN 16 students
County College of Morris Associate's Degree in Nursing 109 students
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 92 students
Raritan Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80 students
Union County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 59 students
Essex County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 53 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 30 students
Caldwell University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 51 students
Best Care College Certificate in Practical Nursing 35 students
Eastern International College - Belleville Associate's Degree in Nursing 34 students
Bloomfield College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 30 students
Morris County School of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students

Trenton

Jersey College - Ewing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 132 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77 students during the 2018 period
The College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 62 students during the 2018 period
Mercer County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 53 students during the 2018 period
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing: 33 students during the 2018 period
Thomas Edison State University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 22 students during the 2018 period
Mercer County Technical Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Jersey College - Ewing Associate's Degree in Nursing 132 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 77 students
The College of New Jersey Bachelor of Science in Nursing 62 students
Mercer County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 53 students
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 33 students
Thomas Edison State University Accelerated Second Degree BSN 22 students
Mercer County Technical Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students

Other New Jersey cities

Cumberland County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71 students during the 2018 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2018 period
Warren County Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2018 period
Cape May County Technical Schools
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2018 period
Warren County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 16 students during the 2018 period
School Program Class size
Cumberland County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 71 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
Warren County Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Cape May County Technical Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Warren County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 16 students