Nursing Degree Programs in New Jersey (R-Z)

One advantage to pursuing an accredited nursing degree program in New Jersey is the proximity of many fine hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state. The schools listed in this article differ in size and personality, but all offer programs that will prepare students to pass the NCLEX. To see more nursing degree programs, visit Nursing Degree Programs in New Jersey (A-R).

Rowan University

College of Graduate and Continuing Education

The Rowan University School of Health Professions is housed within the graduate and continuing education college and is part of the school’s commitment to global learning. The public coed university began in 1923 as the Glassboro Normal School with the mission to turn out much-needed teachers. It became a university in 1997. One of the school’s oldest buildings, the Hollybush Mansion, was used by President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Kosygin during the Cold War for a summit talk. Today the student undergraduate population is 13,169. The US News and World Report ranks the university as #20 of Regional Universities –North. The student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. The Rowan University School of Health Professions is a limited collaboration with Rutgers University, Camden and offers several accredited nursing degree programs.

RN-BSN

The focus of this program is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees, the gold standard for professionals in the nursing profession, without sacrificing their responsibilities on the job. That degree allows the nurses to advance their professional standing or to prepare for graduate education. The program contains 121 credits. To qualify for admittance, students must have an RN or an associate degree from an accredited nursing program. Students who graduate from an accredited ACEN program receive 30 credits toward the degree. Transfer students may bring a maximum of 90 credits into the program. The degree is offered in an accelerated hybrid and online delivery although some courses require minimal campus attendance.

Accreditations

 

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Contact

School of Health Professions
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ, 08028
856-256-5142
mastrogiacomo@rowan.edu
http://rowanu.com/programs/126

Rutgers University Camden

School of Nursing

This university, offering accredited nursing degree programs in New Jersey, is one of three campuses of Rutgers University. It began in the 1920s as the South Jersey Law School and the College of South Jersey. In 1950 the school merged with Rutgers University. The school awards degrees in 40 majors and 50 minors. The Rutgers University Camden undergraduate student population is 6,600. The goal of the nursing school is to “support social justice, civic engagement and health care innovation.” To make the programs accessible for most students, the School of Nursing has flexible programs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree is offered in a traditional track and as an accelerated program. Nursing courses in the traditional degree path begin in the freshman year and are interspersed with general education required courses. The program has 121 credit hours and contains courses like Nursing of Adults, Nursing of Children, Pharmacology and Clinical Nursing Competencies among others. The Accelerated degree program is for those individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. It is a fast-track program, containing 63 credit hours that can be completed in four semesters. Some of the courses in the program are: Gerontological Nursing Theory, Gerontological Nursing Lab and Community Health Nursing.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Contact
School of Nursing
Rutgers University Camden
215 North 3rd Street
Room 201C
Camden, NJ, 08102
856-225-2325
margaret.avallone@rutgers.edu
http://nursing.camden.rutgers.edu/academics/bachelor-science-bs-nursing

Rutgers University, Newark

School of Nursing

Rutgers University was founded in 1776 in New Brunswick and is the oldest college in the United States. The Newark campus opened in 1946 and today has more than 11,000 students in attendance. The US News and World Report ranks the school as #125 among national universities. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. The School of Nursing at Rutgers University Newark, with 1,679 students, is ranked in the top 20 schools for graduate nursing programs and the Master of Science in Nursing degree is #19. The nursing school awards four bachelor’s degrees, one master’s degree, a doctoral degree in nursing and two PhD degrees as well as several certificates.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This accredited New Jersey nursing degree program consists of 126 credit hours. The program is a traditional, four year degree path with courses such as Academic and Professional Development, Microbiology and Community Health Nursing. Graduates from the program will be able to use their liberal arts education in their “generalist nursing practice,” utilize their leadership skills, basic nursing knowledge and decision-making capabilities to provide safe, “evidence-based” care and advocate ethically for social justice and collaboration in their field.

RN-to-BSN

This program is for students with an associate degree in nursing and registered nurses who want to earn a baccalaureate degree. The 124-credit-hour program is delivered primarily online but requires some face-to-face campus presence. The clinical practicums are in New Jersey. Students in the program who decide to go on to earning a master’s degree can earn up to 12 simultaneous graduate credits to make an easier transition into graduate school. Transfer students may transfer in up to 21 nursing science credits, 32 general education credits and up to 40 previously earned nursing credits.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Contact

School of Nursing
Rutgers University Newark
180 University Drive
Newark, NJ, 07102
973-972-3780
bugelma@rutgers.edu
http://nursing.rutgers.edu/

Saint Peter’s University

School of Nursing

This private university, one of 28 American Jesuit schools and associated with the Jesuits of the Roman Catholic Church, was founded in 1872. It is ranked by the US News and World Report as #99 of Regional Universities-North. There are more than 50 undergraduate majors offered at the school, including accredited nursing degree programs, as well as graduate and doctoral degrees. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1 and most classes have fewer than 20 students. Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the school are individually customized for professionals already working in the field who want advancement in their career goals.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This is a generic degree which means that it addresses all nursing areas without specialization. Students must complete all pre-nursing courses and other prerequisites before beginning the nursing courses. During the second term the School of Nursing requires all students to register for the TEASV exam and they must score at least 78 percent overall. This is a two-step enrollment, which means that students must be accepted into the university first and then apply to the nursing school. There are 40 credits of general education and core classes followed by 71 nursing credits. The program gives students a “breadth of knowledge, skills and values needed for professional nursing practice.”

RN-BSN

This degree program is held in Jersey City or online and is intended for those students who hold an associate degree or who are registered nurses. There are 85 credits in the program and students may transfer in up to 30 hours of basic nursing courses. Before beginning the nursing clinicals, all students must have current New Jersey licenses, meet health requirements including having a current health examination, have liability insurance and CPR certification and pass a criminal background check. The course contains classes such as Introduction to Nursing Research, Women’s Health Issues and Care of Families and Aggregates.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Contact

School of Nursing
St. Peter’s University
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ, 07306
201-761-6274
lgarsman@saintpeters.edu
http://www.saintpeters.edu/school-of-nursing/

Seton Hall University

College of Nursing

This private Catholic university was founded in 1856. It contains 11 colleges and schools and serves an undergraduate population of 6,090. It is ranked by US News and World Report as # 118 of National Universities. The school has a four-year graduation percentage of 51 percent and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1, with most classes having fewer than 49 students. In 1937 the College of Nursing was founded as the first school in New Jersey to offer undergraduate degrees in nursing. The college boasts “evidence-based practice, servant-leadership principles and cutting edge technology.”

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This accredited nursing degree program includes 123 credit hours of nursing and liberal arts courses. It is a blend of “classroom learning, skills labs, high-tech simulations and clinical experience.” The BSN is intended for students who want a career in professional nursing at the undergraduate level for professional advancement or who intend to go on to graduate school. Courses include subjects such as Anatomy and Physiology, Pathological Physiology and Research in Nursing. The curriculum leans heavily upon liberal arts studies to establish foundations for ethical nursing training. Clinicals begin in the sophomore year.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Contact

College of Nursing
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange NJ, 07079
973-761-9702
Afua.baiden@shu.edu
http://www.shu.edu/nursing/undergraduate-programs.cfm

Stockton University

School of Health Sciences

This university, offering accredited nursing degree programs in New Jersey, was founded in 1969 and it has been part of the New Jersey State University system since 2015.The school owns the Seaview Resort as a resource for its Tourism and Hotel Management program. The university prides itself on being environmentally friendly. It is ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as ninth of Regional Universities-North. In the fall of 2016 there were 8,728 students registered at the school. The School of Health Sciences offers seven undergraduate degrees and one minor, three master’s degrees, a post-master’s program and one doctoral degree. The nursing program at Stockton University is ranked as forty-third of four hundred and fifty programs by the NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com.

Nursing BSN

This degree program contains 128 credit hours. Thirty-two of these credits are in general studies, sixty-four in nursing science, twenty in applied science and twelve are electives. Included in these courses is a section of “At-a-Distance” courses in an area different from the nursing courses such as fine arts or chemistry. This requirement is intended to give graduates a breadth of education. Students in this program take courses such as Teamwork and Collaboration, Functional Human Anatomy and Stats for Health Professionals. Program goals include preparing professional nurse generalists for ethical practice. The undergraduate nursing program stresses the roles of the nurse as an advocate and educator as well as healthcare provider. Graduates from the program are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN and have the foundation to go on to graduate school and specializations. Some the anticipated learning outcomes of the program are nursing competency, leadership and the ability to succeed in continuing education.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Contact

School of Health Sciences
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ, 08205-9441
609-626-3488
mark.adelung@stockton.edu
https://stockton.edu/health-sciences/nursing-prelicensure.html

Thomas Edison State University

W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing

This university began in 1972 as the Thomas Alva Edison College, and became a university in 2015. The school is known for the artwork housed in on-campus galleries. There is even a painting by N.C. Wyeth. TESU has more than 100 areas of study housed in five schools, including accredited nursing degree programs which are housed in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing. The student population is 18,600. The university is ranked in the second tier of regional Universities-North. The school of nursing delivers most programs online, but the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program requires some classroom attendance as well.

Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN

This degree program is intended for adult students who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and who want a career in nursing. The program leads to a generalist nursing degree. Because of the intensive courses, students must take the program full-time and may not be employed during the program. Students must complete 60 general education courses before acceptance into the program. The Accelerated BSN contains 60 credits of professional nurse credits, 25 of which are offered online. The classroom component features courses such as Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations and Nursing Care Across the Lifespan. Courses such as Nursing Informatics and Nursing Research are offered online.

RN-BSN /MSN

This degree program is for experienced registered nurses or for those with an associate degree and a diploma. It is online and is self-paced. There is no time limit for completion of the degree program. However, students must take at least three credit hours in each twelve-month period. There are 128 credits in the program, 60 of which are in general studies, 48 in nursing course and 123 in free electives. Some of the courses in the program are Anatomy and Physiology, Health Assessment and Research Methods. Nine of the credits will transfer to a graduate program and students may take an additional 27 credits and, upon graduation, will also be awarded a master’s degree.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Contact

W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing
Thomas Edison State University
101 West State Street
Trenton, NJ, 08608
609-633-6460
nursing@tesu.edu
http://www.tesu.edu/nursing/programs/RN-to-BSN-Program-Requirements.cfm

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Department of Nursing

This university was founded in 1855 and is the second oldest of New Jersey’s state universities. The oldest building on campus was built in the style of a castle and is still in use. Initially called the Paterson City Normal School, the institution became a university in 1997. The undergraduate student population is 10,028. There are five colleges in the university: The College of Arts and Communication, the Cotsakos College of Business, The College of Education, the College of Humanities and Social Science and the College of Science and Health, which houses the accredited nursing degree programs. The university is ranked by the US News and World Report as #104 of Regional Universities-North. Most classes have between 20 and 49 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. The Department of Nursing is one of New Jersey’s largest nursing schools. In 2017, it will celebrate 50 years of nursing instruction at the university.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program leads to a generalist nursing degree. It contains 123.5 credit hours and is completed in four years. All general education and nursing prerequisites must be completed before admission to the school of nursing, and all courses must be completed within six semesters of beginning the nursing program. The first two years of general studies may be taken part-time, but the nursing course component requires candidates to be full-time students. Examples of courses in the program are Critical Thinking and Inquiry, Health Assessments, and Pharmacology.

RN-BSN

This program is for people holding a license as a registered nurse who want to earn a bachelor’s degree. Increasingly, the BSN is becoming the gold standard for a career as a professional nurse. There are 120 credits in the program, 44 of which are general education courses that must be taken before students progress to nursing courses. The degree may be pursued as a part-time student. All general education and co-requisite courses are held in the evening, as are some nursing classes. Clinicals are all held during the daytime. Students should plan their schedules carefully because not all classes are offered every semester.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Contact

Department of Nursing
William Paterson University of New Jersey
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-720-2000
Boltonm@wpunj.edu
http://www.wpunj.edu/cosh/departments/nursing/undergraduate-program/

Although this article does not give an exhaustive description of the schools, this listing of accredited nursing degree programs in New Jersey will prove a valuable tool to those interested in earning a nursing degree in the state.

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