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Registered nurses (RNs) play a critical role in the healthcare system. Working in tandem with physicians and other nursing staff, they not only provide direct care and relief to patients but also administer medications and procedures. Essentially, RNs provide the care and attention necessary to meet patients in their time of need.

In New Jersey, training to become a registered nurse is a journey that can take any one of four paths: the hospital diploma, the associate’s degree, the bachelor’s degree, or the direct-entry master’s degree. Each of these programs has its pros and cons. For example, while an associate’s degree gives students a fast track into the profession, a bachelor’s degree may be more well-regarded by employers. A hospital diploma gives students a great deal of hands-on learning but may lack the theoretical and scientific foundation of a baccalaureate program. These are important preferences and constraints to consider when looking into an RN program.

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Regardless of pathway, the career outlook for New Jersey’s registered nurses is excellent. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans now have access to health services, leading to a projected increase in the number of RN jobs over the next decade. New Jersey’s RNs report a median annual salary of $77,830. They are employed by a wide breadth of local healthcare institutions including Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Virtua, and Barnabas Health.

Looking for more information about New Jersey’s RN programs? Consider exploring the options provided on the list below.

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Atlantic City

Stockton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Stockton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2013 to 2018
Atlantic Cape Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.3% 2013 to 2018

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

Rowan College at Gloucester County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Salem Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Rowan College at Burlington County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rowan College at Gloucester County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.0% 2013 to 2018
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 95.4% 2013 to 2018
Salem Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2013 to 2018
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.3% 2013 to 2018
Rowan College at Burlington County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.4% 2013 to 2018

Edison / New Brunswick area

Monmouth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2018)
Middlesex County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Ocean County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Brookdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Georgian Court University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Monmouth University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2018 to 2018
Chamberlain College of Nursing - North Brunswick
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2017 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
Brookdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.8% 2013 to 2018
Georgian Court University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.4% 2013 to 2018

New York City suburbs

Eastern International College - Jersey City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Felician University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Passaic County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Bergen Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Jersey College - Teterboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
New Jersey City University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Berkeley College - Woodland Park
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
Hudson County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
William Paterson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Saint Peter's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Eastern International College - Jersey City
Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2018 to 2018
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 91.8% 2013 to 2018
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.4% 2013 to 2018
Felician University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.1% 2013 to 2018
Passaic County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2013 to 2018
Bergen Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2013 to 2018
Jersey College - Teterboro
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.7% 2014 to 2018
New Jersey City University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.2% 2013 to 2018
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.6% 2013 to 2018
Berkeley College - Woodland Park
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program 78.6% 2018 to 2018
Hudson County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.4% 2013 to 2018
William Paterson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.4% 2013 to 2018
Saint Peter's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.1% 2013 to 2018

Newark

Bloomfield College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
County College of Morris
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Eastern International College - Belleville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Seton Hall University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Trinitas School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Raritan Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Essex County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Caldwell University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Montclair State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bloomfield College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.8% 2013 to 2018
County College of Morris
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.0% 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
Trinitas School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 84.6% 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
Essex County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.0% 2013 to 2018
Caldwell University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.0% 2013 to 2018
College of Saint Elizabeth
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Montclair State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Trenton

Thomas Edison State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
The College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Jersey College - Ewing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Mercer County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Thomas Edison State University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 93.6% 2013 to 2018
The College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.6% 2013 to 2018
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 89.6% 2013 to 2018
Jersey College - Ewing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2014 to 2018
Mercer County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.0% 2013 to 2018

Other New Jersey cities

Warren County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
Cumberland County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Warren County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.4% 2013 to 2018
Cumberland County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2013 to 2018