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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.

Featured Schools

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: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Camden County College
200 College Drive | Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Salem Community College
460 Hollywood Avenue | Carneys Point, New Jersey 08069
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
406 Penn Street | Camden, New Jersey 08102
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • 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
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
1600 Haddon Avenue | Camden, New Jersey 08103
  • Diploma in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Rowan College at Burlington County
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road | Pemberton, New Jersey 08068
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill
Three Executive Campus, Suite 280 | Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown
308 Route 38 West | Moorestown, New Jersey 08057
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Burlington County Institute of Technology
695 Woodlane Road | Westampton, New Jersey 08060
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 70.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Jerrothia Riggs Adult Education Center
1656 Kaighn Avenue | Camden, New Jersey 08103
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 57.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2010)
Brooks Alternative Technical School
701 North Blackhorse Pike | Runnemede, New Jersey 08078
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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 98.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Camden County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Salem Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to 2012
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
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Rowan College at Burlington County Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill Certificate in Practical Nursing 77.8% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown Certificate in Practical Nursing 74.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Burlington County Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 70.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Jerrothia Riggs Adult Education Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 57.9% 2009 to 2010
Brooks Alternative Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rowan University RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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