Top Nursing Schools in New Jersey

Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 Salem Community College 95.00 $$$$$ 17:1 1 21%
2 Brookdale Community College 95.00 $$$$$ 21:1 1 22%
3 Ocean County College 94.50 $$$$$ 26:1 1 30%
4 Saint Francis Medical Center School of Nursing 94.50 $$$$$ 7:1 1 100%
5 Mercer County Community College 94.25 $$$$$ 18:1 1 14%
6 Middlesex County College 93.75 $$$$$ 20:1 1 14%
7 Holy Name Medical Center School of Nursing 93.75 $$$$$ 9:1 1 88%
8 Raritan Valley Community College 93.50 $$$$$ 21:1 1 19%
9 Warren County Community College 93.25 $$$$$ 17:1 1 19%
10 County College of Morris 93.00 $$$$$ 19:1 1 27%
11 Bergen Community College 92.75 $$$$$ 19:1 1 19%
12 Rowan College at Burlington County 92.25 $$$$$ 24:1 1 20%
13 Atlantic Cape Community College 91.75 $$$$$ 21:1 1 16%
14 Cumberland County College 91.50 $$$$$ 23:1 1 23%
15 Rowan College at Gloucester County 91.25 $$$$$ 29:1 1 22%
16 Essex County College 90.00 $$$$$ 24:1 1 8%
17 Passaic County Community College 89.75 $$$$$ 21:1 1 10%
18 Union County College 88.50 $$$$$ 26:1 1 10%
19 Camden County College 87.75 $$$$$ 25:1 1 11%
20 Hudson County Community College 85.50 $$$$$ 37:1 1 9%
Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 Rutgers University-Newark 94.75 $$$$$ 11:1 6 66%
2 Rutgers University-New Brunswick 93.00 $$$$$ 16:1 1 81%
3 The College of New Jersey 93.00 $$$$$ 13:1 10 87%
4 William Paterson University of New Jersey 92.25 $$$$$ 14:1 6 51%
5 Monmouth University 92.25 $$$$$ 14:1 1 67%
6 Rutgers University-Camden 91.00 $$$$$ 11:1 16 53%
7 Seton Hall University 90.75 $$$$$ 14:1 1 66%
8 Stockton University 90.50 $$$$$ 17:1 12 67%
9 Saint Peter’s University 90.00 $$$$$ 13:1 6 53%
10 Thomas Edison State College 90.00 $$$$$ 15:1 5 N/A
11 New Jersey City University 89.75 $$$$$ 14:1 12 32%
12 Caldwell University 89.75 $$$$$ 12:1 16 62%
13 Rowan University 89.25 $$$$$ 17:1 16 67%
14 Ramapo College of New Jersey 89.25 $$$$$ 18:1 12 72%
15 Kean University 89.00 $$$$$ 17:1 10 48%
16 College of Saint Elizabeth 89.00 $$$$$ 12:1 12 50%
17 Felician University 89.00 $$$$$ 14:1 4 36%
18 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus 88.75 $$$$$ 13:1 6 48%
19 Georgian Court University 88.00 $$$$$ 12:1 16 48%
20 Bloomfield College 84.75 $$$$$ 16:1 16 32%

Where to Find Nursing Programs in NJ

The New Jersey Board of Nursing accredits nursing schools and approves clinical affiliates to standardize the practice of nursing. It oversees those programs to ensure that curriculum and practical study is rigorous and provides adequate training for aspiring nurses. There are a number of approved and accredited nursing schools in New Jersey that offer certificate programs as well as degree options. The tool below can help narrow down the search for a nursing program that fits your needs.

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NJ Licensing Requirements

All nurses looking to practice in the state of New Jersey must apply for and receive a license. Nurse licensure requirements can vary from state to state, so below is an overview of what applicants can expect during the process in New Jersey.

Requirements

  • Applicants who have not previously been licensed in New Jersey or another state are eligible for licensure by examination, which starts with the completion of an accredited nursing program. Those who have a license and want to apply for reciprocity should fill out the License by Endorsement application.
  • Register to take the NCLEX-RN with Pearson Vue and pay the appropriate fee
  • Submit proof of citizenship to the Board. If you are not a US citizen, submit USCIS immigration documents.
  • Complete the Certification and Authorization for a criminal background check
  • Request fingerprint cards
  • Submit the $200 fee to the New Jersey Board of Nursing
  • Once you receive an eligibility notice from the Board, sign up for an exam date
  • Request that a complete, official transcript for your nursing degree be sent to the board if you graduated from an out-of-state school

License Renewal in New Jersey

Nurses with an active license must meet certain criteria to renew their license, which includes ensuring that they are up-to-date on current practices and technology. Licenses are good for two years and expire on May 31. To renew a license, nurses must complete a minimum of 30 approved contact hours of continuing education during the two-year period before renewal. Any RN that has not received education or continuing education on organ and tissue donation and recovery must take a one contact hour CE on this topic. The renewal fee is $120 and an additional $50 will be added for any applications that do not meet the renewal date.

Advanced Practice Nursing in New Jersey

Advanced practice nurses receive additional education and training in a specialized field, such as acute care nurse, pediatric nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse and OB/GYN nurse practitioner. There are currently about 4,000 advanced practices nurses in New Jersey, and these nurses must meet all the qualifications of registered nurses, as well as additional criteria.

  • Earn a graduate degree or higher from an accredited program
  • Pass an exam in your specialty through a national certifying agency that is also accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies
  • Request a certificate application packet from the Board
  • Complete the application and submit the $100 application fee (additional fees may apply), an official transcript, a copy of your national certification certificate, and proof that all information is in good standing

You can find more information about advanced practice nursing and license renewal at the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

New Jersey Salaries for Nurses

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects that there will be nearly 90,000 nurses at work in the state by 2022, an 11 percent increase from 2012. Nurses in New Jersey command one of the highest median salaries in the profession across the country, making it a competitive career to enter.

Find out more about where the highest-paid nurses work and what the future of nursing looks like in New Jersey.

Top-Paying Areas for RNs in New Jersey

Area Hourly Median Wage Annual Median Wage
Newark-Union NJ-PA Metropolitan Division $38.89 $80,880
Edison-New Brunswick NJ Metropolitan Division $37.25 $77,470
Camden Metropolitan Division $37.03 $77,010
Atlantic City-Hammonton $35.82 $74,500
Trenton-Ewing $34.07 $70,860
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton $34.04 $70,810
Ocean City $32.01 $66,590

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

New Jersey vs. National Numbers

Salary
  • New Jersey
  • National
  • Annual Salary (25th percentile)
  • Annual Salary (median)
  • Annual Salary (75th percentile)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Employment
Total Employment (2014)
2022 occupational outlook
Avg. annual openings (2012 – 2022)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 and Projections Central

Resources for New Jersey Nurses

Institute for Nursing

The Institute for Nursing is a charitable affiliate of the NJSNA and provides scholarships and research grants to nursing students. It also offers 24-hour assistance for nurses with practice problems, primarily substance abuse.

NCIN Scholar Alumni Toolkit

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides an NCIN Scholar Alumni Toolkit to those transitioning into the field of nursing. It gives nursing students leadership development and mentoring resources as they plan to start their careers.

New Jersey State Nurses Association

The New Jersey State Nurses Association represents the state’s nursing population and advocates on behalf of the nurses and the general public. It is an affiliate of the American Nurses Association.

Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Eta Chapter

Sigma Theta Tau International Kappa Eta Chapter is an honor society for nursing and was founded in 1922 to provide grants and learning opportunities to nursing students.

Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses

This organization serves all advanced practice nurses who specialize psychiatric care. It advocates for its members and works to uphold the standards for excellence in the profession.