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The Newark metropolitan area is home to more than 30,000 nursing staff. What exactly do they do? The vast majority of Newark’s nurses fill one of three critical nursing roles.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Nursing assistants help patients with daily living tasks and bedside care in a variety of settings, from hospitals to home care. New Jersey’s aspiring CNAs must compete a brief certificate program and pass a state-administered examination before practicing.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses measure vital signs, dress wounds, administer injections, collect samples for testing, and monitor medical equipment. LPNs must complete a lengthier certificate program, typically requiring 12-18 months of fulltime study. New Jersey’s LPNs must also successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam before practicing.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses make a range of independent patient care decisions, and they frequently manage teams of LPNs and CNAs. Aspiring RNs can follow one of four education pathways in New Jersey: hospital diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and direct-entry master’s degree. All candidates must also successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam before practicing.

Among Newark’s major nursing employers are several large non-profit networks, including Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. The city’s nurses are compensated very competitively. Newark’s CNAs report a median annual salary of $27,280, while its LPNs earn $52,610 per year. Local RNs receive average pay of over $80,000 annually.

To help those pursuing a nursing career in the Newark area, we have organized below a comprehensive list of accredited local nursing schools and programs.

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Newark nursing schools by NCLEX score

Morris County School of Technology
400 East Main Street | Denville, New Jersey 07834
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Bloomfield College
467 Franklin Street | Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road | Branchburg, New Jersey 08876
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Essex County College
303 University Avenue | Newark, New Jersey 07102
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Union County College
232 East Second Street | Plainfield, New Jersey 07060
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Trinitas School of Nursing
40 West Jersey Street | Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202
  • Diploma in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Best Care Training Institute
68 South Harrison Street | East Orange, New Jersey 07018
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Dover Business College - Dover
15 East Blackwell Street | Dover, New Jersey 07801
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
Park Avenue & Randolph Road | Plainfield, New Jersey 07061
  • Diploma in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools
50 South Clinton Street, Fifth Floor | East Orange, New Jersey 07018
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue | South Orange, New Jersey 07079
  • Direct Entry MSN: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Eastern International College - Belleville
251 Washington Avenue | Belleville, New Jersey 07109
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
County College of Morris
214 Center Grove Road | Randolph, New Jersey 07869
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall | Newark, New Jersey 07102
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Caldwell University
120 Bloomfield Avenue | Caldwell, New Jersey 07006
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 57.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Center For Advanced Training & Studies
50 South Center Street, Suite 1B | Orange, New Jersey 07050
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 57.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Sierra Allied Health Academy
120 West Seventh Street | Plainfield, New Jersey 07060
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
New Community Workforce Development Center
201 Bergen Street | Newark, New Jersey 07103
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
College of Saint Elizabeth
Two Convent Road | Morristown, New Jersey 07960
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Healthcare Training Institute
1969 Morris Avenue | Union, New Jersey 07083
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue | Union, New Jersey 07083
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Montclair State University
One Normal Avenue | Montclair, New Jersey 07043
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Morris County School of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Bloomfield College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Raritan Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Essex County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Union County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Trinitas School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 94.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Best Care Training Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Dover Business College - Dover Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 88.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Seton Hall University Direct Entry MSN 86.3% 2013 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72.2% 2013 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Eastern International College - Belleville Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% Q1-2 2013 to Q1-2 2013
County College of Morris Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.5% 2013 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Caldwell University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 57.1% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Center For Advanced Training & Studies Certificate in Practical Nursing 57.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Sierra Allied Health Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing 50.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
New Community Workforce Development Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 11.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
College of Saint Elizabeth Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Healthcare Training Institute Nursing Assistant Certificate
Kean University Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Montclair State University RN-to-BSN Degree Completion