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The Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey are dense and growing denser. The demand for healthcare workers of all kinds – and nurses in particular – will grow steadily over the next decade. In the process, these professions will become more challenging and more fulfilling. Prospective nurses in the Camden area can consider three primary nursing roles.

The most junior nursing role is the certified nursing assistant (CNA). Nursing assistants qualify for licensure by completing a brief course and passing state certification exams. Their duties focus on patients’ daily needs, such as eating and personal hygiene. By doing so, CNAs help patients in long- and short-term care settings to recuperate in dignity.

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The other two critical nursing roles are licensed practical nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN). For either role, students must graduate from a state-approved program. LPNs must earn a certificate in practical nursing, while RNs must earn a diploma or degree in professional nursing. Both roles also mandate that students pass the NCLEX national exam before practicing. LPNs perform a range of medical procedure like collecting samples, dressing wounds, and recording vital signs. RNs independently direct patient care and lead teams of junior nursing staff in tandem with physicians.

Camden-area nurses can expect a robust job market and attractive compensation. Camden is home to many large nursing employers, including Cooper University Health Care, the Lourdes Health System, and HCR ManorCare. The proximity to Philadelphia promises additional opportunities for jobseekers. The area’s CNAs earn a median annual salary of $27,290, while its LPNs and RNs earn $52,110 and $75,170, respectively.

To help aspiring nurses in Camden and the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey, we’ve compiled below a detailed list of local nursing schools and programs.

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Camden and the Philadelphia suburbs nursing schools by NCLEX score

Rowan College at Gloucester County
1400 Tanyard Road | Sewell, New Jersey 08080
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
1600 Haddon Avenue | Camden, New Jersey 08103
  • Diploma in Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Salem Community College
460 Hollywood Avenue | Carneys Point, New Jersey 08069
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Camden County College
200 College Drive | Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown
308 West Route 38 | Moorestown, New Jersey 08057
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
406 Penn Street | Camden, New Jersey 08102
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Burlington County Institute of Technology
695 Woodlane Road | Westampton, New Jersey 08060
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill
Three Executive Campus, Suite 280 | Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Rowan College at Burlington County
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road | Pemberton, New Jersey 08068
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road | Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rowan College at Gloucester County Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.0% 2013 to 2018
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 95.4% 2013 to 2018
Salem Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.0% 2013 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2013 to 2018
Camden County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.3% 2013 to 2018
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.1% 2013 to 2018
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.3% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Burlington County Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 78.9% 2013 to 2018
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill Certificate in Practical Nursing 76.9% 2013 to 2018
Rowan College at Burlington County Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.4% 2013 to 2018
Rowan University RN-to-BSN Degree Completion