RN programs in New Jersey

Due to the current nursing shortage, there are many registered nurse (RN) positions open in New Jersey. RN programs in New Jersey have trouble graduating enough registered nurses to meet the states need due to the lack of nursing educators.

Getting into RN schools in New Jersey can be a little difficult because of this shortage; however, nurses who get into and graduate from New Jersey RN programs are able to find work quickly.  Applicants to New Jersey nursing schools should ensure they have perfected their application, and conveyed all health care related experience. It is suggested for applicants to complete a number of nursing school prerequisites to have an edge against their competition.

Being a Registered Nurse (RN) is a rewarding and lucrative career. There are three ways to train to become an RN in New Jersey. Students may choose from a two-year Associate Degree program, a four-year Bachelor’s Degree program, or a three-year Diploma program. Graduates from all three programs are qualified to take the national exam that leads to licensure.

RN Licensure in New Jersey

Graduates from an accredited RN program may apply for their license. Before it is issued, the graduate must pass the NCLEX-RN.

New Jersey RN Registry

New Jersey Board of Nursing

P.O. Box 45010

Newark, NJ 07101


RN Jobs and Salary in New Jersey

Registered nurses in New Jersey are needed at hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, and health care agencies. Many of New Jersey’s in-demand nursing jobs are located in the north east corner of the state where suburbs of Boston and washing D.C. are located. New Jersey registered nurses make an average wage of $36.05 per hour and $74,990 per year.

Here are a few well-known employers of registered nurses in New Jersey:

Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg

Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck

Barnert Subacute Rehabilitation, Paterson

The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood

Compassionate Care Hospice, Parsippany

Morristown Medical Center, Morristown

RN Programs in New Jersey

Each RN program has its own entrance requirements, and applicants are encouraged to apply one year in advance of beginning classes. Some community colleges accept anyone into their programs as long as the student maintains a 2.0 grade point average. Other community colleges and universities are very strict about admittance policies for Associate’s Degrees. They may expect applicants to have been in the top half of their graduating class and to have completed college preparatory classes with a satisfactory grade point average. They may also expect satisfactory scores from the ACT or SAT exams.

The following RN programs lead to an Associate’s Degree in New Jersey:

Brookville Community College

Department of Nursing

765 Newman Springs Road

Lincroft, NJ 07738


Burlington County College

Department of Nursing

601 Pemberton-Browns Mill Road

Pemberton, NJ 08057


Cumberland County College

Department of Nursing

P.O. Box 1500

College Drive

Vineland, NJ 08362-1500


Atlantic Cape Community College

Department of Nursing

5100 Black Horse Pike

Mays Landing, NJ 08330


Bergen Community College

Department of Nursing

400 Paramus Road

Paramus, NJ 07652


County College of Morris

Department of Nursing

214 Center Grove Road

Randolph, NJ 07869


Passaic County Community College

Department of Nursing

One College Boulevard

Paterson, NJ 07505-1179


Raritan Valley Community College

Department of Nursing

P.O. Box 3300

Somerville, NJ 08876


Mercer County Community College

Department of Nursing

1200 Old Trenton Road

West Windsor, NJ 08550


Essex County College

Department of Nursing

303 University Avenue

Newark, NJ 07102


Salem Community College

Department of Nursing

460 Hollywood Avenue

Carneys Point, NJ 08069


Gloucester County College

Department of Nursing

1400 Tanyard Road

Sewell, NJ 08080


Middlesex County College

Raritan Bay Medical Center

Nursing Program

2600 Woodbridge Avenue, LH #225

Edison, NJ 08818


Ocean County College

Department of Nursing

College Drive

Toms River, NJ 08753


Warren County College

Department of Nursing

475 Route 57 West

Washington, NJ 07882


RN programs that lead to a BSN are often very choosy about accepting students into their programs. They may expect grade point averages from high school classes that are 3.2 or higher, ACT score of 20, or an SAT score of at least 1,000. Often, hundreds of applicants are turned down and only 30 or 35 are accepted. This is not always the case, however, so anyone interested in one of these programs should contact an admissions counselor at the school. Sometimes students are admitted on a provisional basis. These RN programs that lead to a BSN:

Bloomfield College

Division of Nursing

74 Oakland Avenue

Bloomfield, NJ 07003


Fairleigh Dickinson University

Henry P. Becton School of Nursing & Allied Health

1000 River Road


Teaneck, NJ 07666-1914


Felician College

Division of Nursing and Health Management

262 South Main Street

Lodi, NJ 07644-9990


Monmouth University

Marjorie K. Unterberg School of

Nursing and Health Studies

400 Cedar Avenue

West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1898


The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Nursing Program

Jim Leeds Road, P.O. Box 195

Pomona, NJ 08240-0195


The Rutgers State University of New Jersey-Camden

Department of Nursing

311 North 5th Street

Armitage Hall, Room 455

Camden, NJ 08102-1405


The Rutgers State University of New Jersey-Newark

College of Nursing

180 University Avenue, Ackerson 102

Newark, NJ 07102-1897


Seton Hall University

College of Nursing

400 South Orange Avenue

South Orange, NJ 07079


St. Peter’s College

Department of Nursing

2641 Kennedy Boulevard

Jersey City, NJ 07306


Thomas Edison State College

W. Carey Edwards School of Nursing

101 West State Street

Trenton, NJ 08608-1176


University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

School of Nursing

65 Bergen Street, Room 1141

Newark, NJ 07107


William Paterson University of New Jersey

Department of Nursing

300 Pompton Road

Hunziker Wing 106

Wayne, NJ 07470


New Jersey City University

Department of Nursing

2039 Kennedy Blvd.

Jersey City, NJ 07305


College of St. Elizabeth

Department of Nursing

2 Convent Road

Morristown, NJ 07960


The College of New Jersey

Department of Nursing

2000 Pennington Road

Ewing, NJ 08628-0718


The following RN schools lead to a Diploma in Nursing. They take either two or three years to complete.


Bayonne Medical Center

School of Nursing

69-71 New Hook Road

Bayonne, NJ 07002


Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing

530 New Brunswick Avenue

Perth Amboy, NJ 08861


Christ Hospital School of Nursing

176 Palisades Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306


Capital Health Systems

Mercer Campus

446 Bellevue Avenue

Trenton, NJ 08618


Merit LLC-Mountainside Hospital

School of Nursing

1 Bay Avenue

Montclair, NJ 07042


Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center

Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder School

Park Avenue & Randolph Road

Plainfield, NJ 07061


Helene Fuld School of Nursing

in Camden County

P.O. Box 1669, College Drive #26

Blackwood, NJ 08012


Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing

690 Teaneck Road

Teaneck, NJ 07666


Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing

1600 Haddon Avenue

Camden, NJ 08103


St. Francis Medical Center

Nursing Department

601 Hamilton Avenue

Trenton, NJ 08629


Trinitas School of Nursing

12 West Jersey Street

5th Floor

Elizabeth, NJ 07202

For reviews and a full list of RN programs in the state, please visit Nursing Schools in New Jersey.