It is important for nurses to remember that education is a lifelong endeavor. Continuing in education can help nurses provide the highest quality care possible. Nursing continues to involve in the fields of bedside care, case management and healthcare delivery. It is because of this that nurses are able to aid patients in navigating the increasingly complex system. Registered nurses are seeking out high education more than ever. There are many nursing programs in New Jersey with RN and BSN programs. The programs offer a way to earn your baccalaureate degree while maintaining a busy work schedule. Now is a better time than ever to pursue a BSN as lawmakers have been pushing higher education to meet increasing demands and for healthier patient outcomes.

In our New Jersey RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key New Jersey RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of New Jersey, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

New Jersey RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 20 16
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 83.01% 83.63%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 34.05% to 98.37% 73.96% to 93.70%
Average Net Price $8,016.94 $18,101.60
Average Net Price Range $2,933.00 to $30,006.00 $9,596.00 to $28,884.00
Average Student Loan $6,817.29 $19,988.69
Average Student Loan Range $4,542.00 to $13,666.00 $9,876.00 to $25,000.00
See Additional Detail ADN Rankings for New Jersey State BSN Rankings for New Jersey State

Best Ranked RN Programs in New Jersey

Best Ranked RN Programs in New JerseyTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both New Jersey and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 17 ADN degree programs and 13 BSN degree programs in New Jersey. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in New Jersey to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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98.40 ADN Rowan College at Gloucester County 1 19 Sewell

Rowan College at Gloucester County (formerly Gloucester County College) is located in Sewell, New Jersey.  They offer a generic nursing track and an LPN to RN track.  Rowan College has partnerships with other universities, such as Rowan University, Drexel University an Wilmington University, allowing nursing students to attend both schools simultaneously, earning credits for both their RN an BSN degrees.

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95.48 ADN Salem Community College 2 86 Carneys Point Public Campus ACEN See School Details
92.94 ADN Bergen Community College 3 177 Paramus Public Campus ACEN See School Details
91.72 ADN Middlesex County College 4 230 Edison Public Campus ACEN See School Details
91.16 ADN Essex County College 5 251 Newark Public Campus ACEN See School Details
90.29 ADN County College of Morris 6 286 Randolph Public Campus ACEN See School Details
90.22 ADN Mercer County Community College 7 288 West Windsor Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
88.67 ADN Ocean County College 8 339 Toms River

Ocean County College is located in Toms River, New Jersey.  Ocean County College has multiple options for its nursing students; they do offer a traditional nursing program.  They also offer a career mobility program, which is an LPN to RN program.  Unique to their college is the On-site Online Nursing program – this program requires students to attend class one day per week on-site, with the rest being online.  Students must have prior healthcare experience to be accepted into this program.

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87.95 ADN Passaic County Community College 9 369 Paterson

Passaic County Community College is located in Patterson, New Jersey.  They offer a nurse education (RN) and an LPN mobility (LPN to RN) program.  The RN program is offered as a “day” or “evening” option, making it flexible for various types of learners.

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86.45 ADN Atlantic Cape Community College 10 430 Mays Landing Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.09 ADN Jersey College 11 445 Teterboro Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
85.73 ADN Cumberland County College 12 461 Vineland Public Campus ACEN See School Details
85.42 ADN Eastern International College-Belleville 13 467 Belleville

Eastern International College is located in Belleville, New Jersey.  They offer an associate’s degree in nursing.  At this time, they do not have an LPN to RN option.  The college itself began in 1990 as Micro Tech Training Center, training students in computer-related topics.  The school evolved into healthcare training programs in 2002.

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84.93 ADN Brookdale Community College 14 482 Lincroft Public Campus ACEN See School Details
83.70 ADN Raritan Valley Community College 15 519 Branchburg Public Campus ACEN See School Details
75.97 ADN Rowan College at Burlington County 16 648 Pemberton Public Campus ACEN See School Details
96.52 BSN Thomas Edison State College 1 53 Trenton

Thomas Edison State College is located in Trenton, New Jersey.  They have several degree options; there is a BSN option, an RN to BSN option, an RN to MSN option and an accelerated BSN option (available for students with a prior bachelor’s degree).  Thomas Edison State College has a rolling admission, meaning that students can enter any time of the year and go at their own pace through their chosen program.

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95.52 BSN Bloomfield College 2 75 Bloomfield

Bloomfield College is located in Bloomfield, New Jersey.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program; the RN to BSN program is an accelerated program that has one day of on-site coursework, with the rest of the work being completed online.  They also offer a certificate in gerontology, which is a six credit certificate that can be completed after a BSN is earned.

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95.17 BSN William Paterson University of New Jersey 3 84 Wayne Public Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
94.30 BSN The College of New Jersey 4 122 Ewing

The College of New Jersey is located in Ewing, New Jersey.  The College offers a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  Their programs are traditional programs, meaning they are offered on-site.  They are currently evaluating the need for distance learning and online programs.

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92.09 BSN Stockton University 5 209 Galloway

Stockton University is located in Galloway, New Jersey.  Stockton University offers a BSN program, an accelerated BSN program (for students with a prior bachelor’s degree) and an RN to BSN program.  This program is offered online, with the exception of the clinical component, which is requires time in the clinical setting.

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89.87 BSN Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus 6 272 Teaneck Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid ACEN, CCNE See School Details
89.20 BSN Saint Peter's University 7 289 Jersey City Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
88.42 BSN Felician College 8 312 Lodi

Felician College is located in Lodi, New Jersey.  They offer a BSN program, an ABSN program (accelerated program for adult learners with a prior bachelor’s degree) and an RN to BSN program.  Felician College is a Catholic, Franciscan, private, independent institution for students representing diverse religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.  It originated in 1923 as a Normal School to train teachers.

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87.16 BSN Caldwell College 9 344 Caldwell Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
86.59 BSN New Jersey City University 10 363 Jersey City Public Campus CCNE See School Details
83.03 BSN Seton Hall University 12 436 South Orange Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
82.83 BSN Georgian Court University 13 441 Lakewood Private Not-For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
80.10 BSN Rutgers University-Camden 14 474 Camden Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details