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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. Registered nurses are typically responsible for caring for patients and dispensing medication, although they might also work in schools, prisons, and other settings. To qualify for licensure in New Jersey, RNs must complete an accredited pre-licensure program such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and they must pass the NCLEX-RN qualifying exam.

The outlook for other nursing roles is similarly rosy. Home, hospice, and palliative care are also expected to grow, driving increased demand for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

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Just like RNs, LPNs and CNAs who want to work in New Jersey must complete an accredited program. They must also pass the relevant licensing examination: the national NCLEX-PN exam for LPNs, and a state examination for CNAs. While their duties have some overlap, LPNs typically focus on administering medical procedures while CNAs ensure that all of a patient’s essential needs (like food, water, and hygiene) are well-met.

New Jersey has attractive salaries for all three nursing roles. The state’s RNs earn $77,380 per year on average, its LPNs earn $52,810 annually, and the state’s CNAs bring home $27,410 per year. The outlook for nursing is bright across the state. The increasing complexity of the world – and of patient care – promise a challenging and rewarding career for nursing staff, in addition to one that genuinely meets people in their moment of need.

So what are you waiting for? With more than 150 different nursing-related programs available in the state of New Jersey, we have compiled a list below to help you get started.

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Atlantic City

Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Prism Career Institute - Egg Harbor Township
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stockton University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Atlantic Cape Community College Mays Landing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Atlantic County Institute of Technology Mays Landing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Prism Career Institute - Egg Harbor Township Pleasantville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Stockton University Galloway
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

Burlington County Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Camden County College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rowan College at Burlington County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rowan College at Gloucester County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rowan University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Salem Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Burlington County Institute of Technology Westampton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Camden County College Blackwood
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown Moorestown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Camden
  • Diploma in Nursing
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill Cherry Hill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rowan College at Burlington County Pemberton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rowan University Glassboro
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden Camden
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Salem Community College Carneys Point
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Edison / New Brunswick area

Avtech Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brookdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Georgian Court University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Iselin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Middlesex County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Monmouth County Vocational Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Monmouth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Ocean County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ocean County Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Universal Training Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Avtech Institute of Technology South Plainfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brookdale Community College Lincroft
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick North Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Georgian Court University Lakewood
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Iselin Iselin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Middlesex County College Edison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools East Brunswick
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Monmouth County Vocational Schools Long Branch
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Monmouth University West Long Branch
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Ocean County College Toms River
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ocean County Vocational Technical School Toms River
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health Toms River
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Universal Training Institute Perth Amboy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

New York City suburbs

Bergen Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Berkeley College - Woodland Park
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Eastern International College - Jersey City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastwick College - Hackensack
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bilingual)
Eastwick College - Ramsey
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Felician University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Hudson County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jersey College - Teterboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Merit Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New Jersey City University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Passaic County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Passaic County Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Peter's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
William Paterson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Bergen Community College Paramus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Berkeley College - Woodland Park Woodland Park
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Eastern International College - Jersey City Jersey City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastwick College - Hackensack Hackensack
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bilingual)
Eastwick College - Ramsey Ramsey
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Felician University Lodi
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing Teaneck
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Hudson County Community College Jersey City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jersey College - Teterboro Teterboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus Paramus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Merit Technical Institute Harrison
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New Jersey City University Jersey City
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Passaic County Community College Paterson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Passaic County Technical Institute Wayne
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Saint Peter's University Jersey City
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
William Paterson University Wayne
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Newark

Best Care College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bloomfield College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Caldwell University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
County College of Morris
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastern International College - Belleville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Essex County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Healthcare Training Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Kean University
  • Graduate Certificate: School Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Management with a Transcultural Focus
  • MSN: Community Health Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Montclair State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morris County School of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Raritan Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seton Hall University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trinitas School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Union County College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Best Care College East Orange
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bloomfield College Bloomfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Caldwell University Caldwell
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Elizabeth Morristown
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
County College of Morris Randolph
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Eastern International College - Belleville Belleville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Essex County College Newark
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Healthcare Training Institute Union
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing Plainfield
  • Diploma in Nursing
Kean University Union
  • Graduate Certificate: School Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Management with a Transcultural Focus
  • MSN: Community Health Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Montclair State University Montclair
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morris County School of Technology Denville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Newark
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Seton Hall University South Orange
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Trinitas School of Nursing Elizabeth
  • Diploma in Nursing
Union County College Plainfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Trenton

Jersey College - Ewing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mercer County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mercer County Technical Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rider University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
The College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Thomas Edison State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Jersey College - Ewing Ewing Township
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mercer County Community College West Windsor
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mercer County Technical Schools Trenton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Rider University Lawrenceville
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing Trenton
  • Diploma in Nursing
The College of New Jersey Ewing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Thomas Edison State University Trenton
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Other New Jersey cities

Cape May County Technical Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cumberland County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Warren County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Warren County Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Cape May County Technical Schools Cape May Court House
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cumberland County College Vineland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Warren County Community College Washington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Warren County Technical School Washington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing