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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

Bloomfield College
467 Franklin Street | Bloomfield, New Jersey 07003
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Union County College
232 East Second Street | Plainfield, New Jersey 07060
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
County College of Morris
214 Center Grove Road | Randolph, New Jersey 07869
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Best Care College
68 South Harrison Street | East Orange, New Jersey 07018
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Morris County School of Technology
400 East Main Street | Denville, New Jersey 07834
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
Park Avenue & Randolph Road | Plainfield, New Jersey 07061
  • Diploma in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Eastern International College - Belleville
251 Washington Avenue | Belleville, New Jersey 07109
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue | South Orange, New Jersey 07079
  • Direct Entry MSN: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • 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
Trinitas School of Nursing
40 West Jersey Street | Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202
  • Diploma in Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Essex County College
303 University Avenue | Newark, New Jersey 07102
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road | Branchburg, New Jersey 08876
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall | Newark, New Jersey 07102
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • 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: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Saint Elizabeth
Two Convent Road | Morristown, New Jersey 07960
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
  • 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
One Normal Avenue | Montclair, New Jersey 07043
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bloomfield College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.8% 2013 to 2018
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Union County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.1% 2013 to 2018
County College of Morris Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 2013 to 2018
Best Care College Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2013 to 2018
Morris County School of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.1% 2013 to 2018
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 85.8% 2013 to 2018
Eastern International College - Belleville Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.4% 2013 to 2018
Seton Hall University Direct Entry MSN 85.4% 2013 to 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.4% 2013 to 2018
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
Trinitas School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 84.6% 2013 to 2018
Essex County College Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.4% 2013 to 2018
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.0% 2013 to 2018
Raritan Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.1% 2013 to 2018
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2013 to 2018
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 77.0% 2013 to 2018
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Healthcare Training Institute Nursing Assistant Certificate
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