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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a trend towards hiring nurses with “baccalaureate education” – in other words, nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree. This is hardly surprising. So what should a student who wants to obtain these advanced credentials do? It will require attending a four-year college or university – one that offers bachelor’s degree programs instead of only associate’s degree and certificate programs.

Upon graduation from a four-year college or university’s nursing program, you will be the proud holder of a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Passing the NCLEX-RN and completing the relevant paperwork will then allow you to be licensed to practice as a registered nurse in New Jersey. The median salary for the state’s RNs is a lofty $78,310, with the middle fifty percent of salaries ranging between $66,240 and $89,430. Graduating with a master’s degree in nursing will allow you to practice an advanced specialization, such as nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or nurse practitioner.

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Two of the largest New Jersey universities with nursing programs are Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and Seton Hall University. These two schools offer more than ten programs at a bachelor’s level or higher between them. In addition, New Jersey also boasts some large nursing employers, like Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and one of the nation’s best hospitals, Hackensack University Medical Center.

If you’re interested in pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing at one of New Jersey’s four-year colleges or universities, you might find the list below helpful in starting your search.

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Atlantic City

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
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

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
School City Programs offered
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

Edison / New Brunswick area

Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Georgian Court University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
School City Programs offered
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick North Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Georgian Court University Lakewood
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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

New York City suburbs

Berkeley College - Woodland Park
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Eastern International College - Jersey City
  • Associate's Degree in 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
New Jersey City University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
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
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
New Jersey City University Jersey City
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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

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
Eastern International College - Belleville
  • Associate's Degree 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
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
School City Programs offered
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
Eastern International College - Belleville Belleville
  • Associate's Degree 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
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

Trenton

Rider University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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
Rider University Lawrenceville
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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