We've organized a comprehensive list of New Jersey nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major New Jersey city.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) fill an important role in the healthcare system. While physicians and RNs typically direct a patient’s care, LPNs step in to provide much-needed bedside care, technical support in performing medical procedures, and another caring hand for patients. Indeed, LPNs work in a wide range of settings both in and outside of hospitals, providing crucial care for patients especially in rehabilitation or hospice care.

When we think of the nursing profession, many of us tend to envision the dramatic situations we see on television: patients in hospitals requiring urgent medical intervention from heroic caregivers. While there is some truth to these scenarios, by and large the noble work in nursing is in the details, in the basic needs that patients need fulfilled in order to lead dignified and healthy lives even in sickness.

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.

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. Registered nurses are typically responsible for caring for patients and dispensing medication, although they might also work in schools, prisons, and other settings. To qualify for licensure in New Jersey, RNs must complete an accredited pre-licensure program such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and they must pass the NCLEX-RN qualifying exam.