Find a nursing school near you

Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

In New Jersey, there are a number of educational pathways into the nursing profession. Some of these, like bachelor’s degrees in nursing, take at least four years to complete. Others, like programs for licensed practical nursing and associate’s degrees in nursing, take anywhere from one to three years, providing an accelerated path into the workforce. If that is what you are looking for, then a vocational, career, or community college is the place for you.

Vocational and career institutions provide programs that train students for a particular profession – in this case, nursing. Community colleges offer a broader range of programs that award diplomas or associate’s degrees. At both types of institutions, it is possible to train to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN). The first type of program typically spans 12 to 18 months, while the second spans two to three years, depending on the precise nature of the program.

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There are more than 80 vocational, career, and community colleges that offer nursing education in the state of New Jersey. With the range of courses that are offered at these institutions, and the fact that they usually offer more accommodation for part-time students, it is a good bet that you will find a program that suits your needs. Around 16,000 LPNs and 75,000 RNs are employed throughout the state by prominent healthcare institutions like the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Summit Medical.

The question is less “why a vocational or community college,” but rather “why not?” If you’re looking for a fast track into nursing with a career-focused curriculum, these schools are the best choice for you. Check the list below for some detailed guidance in your school search.

Featured Schools

Atlantic City

Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Prism Career Institute - West Atlantic City
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Atlantic Cape Community College Mays Landing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Atlantic County Institute of Technology Mays Landing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Prism Career Institute - West Atlantic City West Atlantic City
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Camden / Philadelphia suburbs

Brooks Alternative Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Burlington County Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Camden County College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jerrothia Riggs Adult Education Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rowan College at Burlington County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rowan College at Gloucester County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Salem Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Brooks Alternative Technical School Runnemede
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Burlington County Institute of Technology Westampton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Camden County College Blackwood
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jerrothia Riggs Adult Education Center Camden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Moorestown Moorestown
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing Camden
  • Diploma in Nursing
Prism Career Institute - Cherry Hill Cherry Hill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rowan College at Burlington County Pemberton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Rowan College at Gloucester County Sewell
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Salem Community College Carneys Point
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Edison / New Brunswick area

Avtech Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brookdale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Edison
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Middlesex County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Monmouth County Vocational School District
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ocean County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ocean County Vocational Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Universal Training Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Avtech Institute of Technology South Plainfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brookdale Community College Lincroft
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Edison Edison
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Middlesex County College Edison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools East Brunswick
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Monmouth County Vocational School District Long Branch
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ocean County College Toms River
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ocean County Vocational Technical School Toms River
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health Toms River
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Universal Training Institute Perth Amboy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

New York City suburbs

Bergen Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Dover Business College - Clifton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastwick College - Hackensack
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bilingual)
Eastwick College - Ramsey
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Hudson County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jersey College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Merit Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Metropolitan Learning Institute - Jersey City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Passaic County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Passaic County Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Bergen Community College Paramus
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Dover Business College - Clifton Clifton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastwick College - Hackensack Hackensack
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bilingual)
Eastwick College - Ramsey Ramsey
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing Teaneck
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Hudson County Community College Jersey City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jersey College Teterboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Paramus Paramus
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Merit Technical Institute Harrison
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Metropolitan Learning Institute - Jersey City Jersey City
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Passaic County Community College Paterson
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Passaic County Technical Institute Wayne
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Newark

Best Care Training Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Center For Advanced Training & Studies
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
County College of Morris
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Dover Business College - Dover
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern International College - Belleville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Essex County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Healthcare Training Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Morris County School of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New Community Workforce Development Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Raritan Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Sierra Allied Health Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Trinitas School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
Union County College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Best Care Training Institute East Orange
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Center For Advanced Training & Studies Orange
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
County College of Morris Randolph
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Dover Business College - Dover Dover
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern International College - Belleville Belleville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Essex County College Newark
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools East Orange
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Healthcare Training Institute Union
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing Plainfield
  • Diploma in Nursing
Morris County School of Technology Denville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
New Community Workforce Development Center Newark
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Sierra Allied Health Academy Plainfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Trinitas School of Nursing Elizabeth
  • Diploma in Nursing
Union County College Plainfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Trenton

Jersey College - Ewing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mercer County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mercer County Technical Schools, Health Careers Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
School City Programs offered
Jersey College - Ewing Ewing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Mercer County Community College West Windsor
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Mercer County Technical Schools, Health Careers Center Trenton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Francis Medical Center School of Nursing Trenton
  • Diploma in Nursing

Other New Jersey cities

Cape May County Technical Schools
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cumberland County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cumberland County Technical Education Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Vineland Adult Education Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Warren County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Warren County Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Cape May County Technical Schools Cape May Court House
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cumberland County College Vineland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cumberland County Technical Education Center Bridgeton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Vineland Adult Education Center Vineland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Warren County Community College Washington
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Warren County Technical School Washington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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