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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.

Featured Schools

Atlantic City

Stockton University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Stockton University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.2% 2013 to 2017
Atlantic Cape Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

Rowan College at Gloucester County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Salem Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Rowan College at Burlington County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Rowan College at Gloucester County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Salem Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2009 to 2012
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 86.7% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Rowan College at Burlington County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013

Edison / New Brunswick area

New Jersey City University - Wall Township
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Ocean County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Middlesex County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Brookdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Georgian Court University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Monmouth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
New Jersey City University - Wall Township
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100.0% 2010 to 2012
Ocean County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.1% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Middlesex County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Brookdale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Georgian Court University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 66.7% 2012 to Q1-2 2013
Monmouth University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

New York City suburbs

Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Passaic County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Felician University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Bergen Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
William Paterson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
New Jersey City University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Eastwick College - Ramsey
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Saint Peter's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 100.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Passaic County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Felician University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2013 to 2017
Bergen Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
William Paterson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.3% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.5% 2013 to 2017
New Jersey City University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Eastwick College - Ramsey
Associate's Degree in Nursing 63.0% 2011 to Q1-2 2013
Saint Peter's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 59.3% 2010 to Q1-2 2013
Jersey College
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Newark

Bloomfield College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Raritan Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Trinitas School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Seton Hall University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Eastern International College - Belleville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
County College of Morris
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Essex County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Caldwell University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 57.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bloomfield College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Raritan Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Trinitas School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 94.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 88.9% 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
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
Essex County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Caldwell University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 57.1% 2012 to Q1-2 2013

Trenton

Thomas Edison State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
The College of New Jersey
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • Direct Entry MSN
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Mercer County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Ewing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Thomas Edison State University
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 92.0% 2013 to 2017
The College of New Jersey
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.2% 2013 to 2017
Direct Entry MSN
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing 89.2% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Mercer County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.5% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Jersey College - Ewing
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Other New Jersey cities

Warren County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
Cumberland County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1-2 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Warren County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.0% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
Cumberland County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2009 to Q1-2 2013
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