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Registered nurses (RNs) fill the prototypical “nurse” role. They direct patient care in tandem with the medical staff, and many RNs progress into administrative or leadership roles. New Jersey’s RNs can follow four distinct education pathways: hospital diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or direct-entry master’s degree. All candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam upon graduation. With RN programs offered at both public and private institutions in the Edison / New Brunswick area, local students have ample choice.

The other two critical nursing roles are licensed practical nurse (LPN) and certified nursing assistant (CNA). LPNs address a range of bedside needs, including dressing wounds, recording vital signs, monitoring medical equipment, and collecting samples for testing. LPNs must complete a certificate program and pass the NCLEX-PN national exam to practice. CNAs attend to their patients’ basic quality of life by helping them eat, bathe, dress, or use the restroom. CNAs must complete a brief course and pass state certification exams.

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New Jersey’s nursing profession promises an engaging and challenging career, as well as attractive pay. RNs in the Edison / New Brunswick area earn over $77,000 annually. Local LPNs receive about $53,000 in annual pay, while CNAs take home almost $28,000 per year. The area has a healthy mix of big and small healthcare employers, including United HealthGroup, Aetna, and the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Memorial Hospital.

Want to learn more about joining the nursing profession in the Edison / New Brunswick area? We’ve compiled below a thorough list of the area’s accredited nursing schools and programs.

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Edison / New Brunswick area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue | West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Monmouth County Vocational Schools
255 West End Avenue | Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick
630 US Highway 1 | North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2018)
Ocean County Vocational Technical School
137 Bey Lea Road | Toms River, New Jersey 08753
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
112 Rues Lane | East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Avenue | Edison, New Jersey 08818
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Ocean County College
One College Drive | Toms River, New Jersey 08754
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Lincoln Technical Institute - Iselin
675 US Highway 1 South, Second Floor | Iselin, New Jersey 08830
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road | Lincroft, New Jersey 07738
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Universal Training Institute
174 Jefferson Street | Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Avenue | Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Avtech Institute of Technology
50 Cragwood Road, Suite 350 | South Plainfield, New Jersey 07080
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 67.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health
1333 State Route 9, Suites 4-6 | Toms River, New Jersey 08755
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 67.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Monmouth University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2018 to 2018
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Monmouth County Vocational Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2013 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2017 to 2018
Ocean County Vocational Technical School Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.7% 2013 to 2018
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.2% 2013 to 2018
Middlesex County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.0% 2013 to 2018
Ocean County College Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2013 to 2018
Lincoln Technical Institute - Iselin Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.4% 2013 to 2018
Brookdale Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.8% 2013 to 2018
Universal Training Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.6% 2013 to 2018
Georgian Court University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.4% 2013 to 2018
Avtech Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 67.6% 2013 to 2018
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 67.3% 2013 to 2018