Trinitas School of Nursing Review

Trinitas School of Nursing (TSON) has a long history dating back to 1891.The school of nursing was founded by the Elizabeth General Education Ladies Aid to be center of professional nurses training. It was established as part of Elizabeth General Hospital which later became Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC). Coming from a diploma nursing school, the Trinitas School of Nursing started offering associate degrees after its affiliation with Union County College.

Trinitas School of Nursing Programs

Trinitas school of nursing boasts to be a Center of Excellence in nursing education; a recognition given by the National League for Nursing.  It offers a cooperative nursing program with Union County College. The two registered nurse (RN) tracks are a generic track and a RN completion track for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  The school also has an onsite Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) BSN/MSN as a cooperative program with College of St Elizabeth. An orientation/bridge program of both classroom and clinical learning is also offered at the hospital to help novice RN become acquainted with hospital environments. The programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The Generic Nursing Program

The cooperative program is taught by faculty from both Trinitas School of nursing and Union county college.  Prior to admission, candidates must complete a college placement test from either college and drop their applications at any of the two schools. Students have the advantage of completing the program at multi-campus sites of Union county college.

This program requires 75 credits to complete and takes four semesters in two and a half years. All general education and science courses are completed at Union County College campuses namely Elizabeth, Cranford and Plainfield campuses. On the other hand, all nursing courses are offered at the Trinitas School of nursing at the Elizabeth Campus.  Of the 75 credits, 38 are of nursing courses and 37 are of general education and science courses. Students can choose between the full time or part time plans for the day, evening or weekend classes. 

Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students graduate with an Associate of Science in nursing degree awarded by Union college and a Diploma in nursing from Trinitas School of Nursing. Graduates also become eligible to apply and take the NLCEX-RN exam to become registered nurses.

LPN to RN Completion Program

This program enables LPN to gain advanced standing towards the generic nursing program. Candidates must show proof of current New Jersey LPN licensures and must have graduated from a nationally accredited college. Successful students are admitted every fall semester to take two LPN to RN transition courses for which they receive advanced standing credits.

The program is offered as evening option only with a flexibility of 3 evening classes per week schedule. With this plan, LPNs can complete the program within one and a half years including a summer session.  Just like the generic track, students are awarded a diploma from Trinitas and an associate degree from Union. They also become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses.

Onsite Articulation Options

The Trinitas School of nursing has onsite BSN and MSN programs for students wishing to earn a BSN or MSN.  The programs are a joint effort between Trinitas Regional Medical Center and College of St-Elizabeth. This plan is also open to all Trinitas RN employees who wish to take advantage of professional experiential learning to earn credits.

Such employees need to submit their professional experience at Trinitas and take a professional assessment like CLEP in order to earn credits. Additional credits may be earned by following usual transcript evaluations. The program has yet another advantage of offering discounted tuition fees and deferral of payment to participants from Trinitas.

Trinitas School of Nursing
40 W. Jersey Street, Elizabeth,
NJ 07202