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Atlantic City may be known for its lively gaming and tourism industry, but the area is also home to a robust healthcare sector. Major local nursing employers include AtlantiCare Health System and APS Healthcare.

Atlantic City resides within Atlantic County, which is home to four accredited nursing schools. These institutions run the gamut of nursing programs. Prism Career Institute offers a brief certificate program for aspiring certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Atlantic County Institute of Technology has a lengthier certificate program for licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The county’s two nursing colleges, Atlantic Cape Community College and Richard Stockton College, both focus on degree programs for prospective registered nurses (RNs).

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All three nursing roles require direct patient care. Indeed, a CNA focuses primarily on everyday living needs like eating, bathing, and changing. LPNs go a step beyond this. They are responsible for recording vital signs, dressing wounds, and preparing injections. RNs hold the most independent nursing role. They make patient care decisions and lead teams of junior nursing staff. Each nursing role requires a license: CNAs must pass state certification exams, while LPNs and RNs must pass a national licensure examination, the NCLEX.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Atlantic City’s nurses are very well compensated. Local CNAs earn a median annual salary of $27,230, while LPNs in the area receive $45,890 in annual pay. The city’s RNs earn an impressive $73,320 per year. All three figures are significantly higher than the national averages.

Below we share additional information on Atlantic City’s accredited nursing schools and programs, including students’ recent NCLEX test scores where relevant.

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Atlantic City nursing schools by NCLEX score

Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive | Galloway, New Jersey 08205
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike | Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
5080 Atlantic Avenue | Mays Landing, New Jersey 08330
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Prism Career Institute - Egg Harbor Township
8025 Black Horse Pike, Suite 250 | Pleasantville, New Jersey 08232
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 70.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Stockton University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Atlantic Cape Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2013 to 2018
Atlantic County Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 74.7% 2013 to 2018
Prism Career Institute - Egg Harbor Township Certificate in Practical Nursing 70.2% 2015 to 2018