New Jersey Schools with LPN Programs
Aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs) must complete an approved training program prior to pursuing licensure. LPN programs are found at many 2-year community colleges or vocational schools in New Jersey, and they often result in a certificate. LPN studies include both classroom and clinical experiences in order to prepare students for the national LPN certification exam.
Learn more about two New Jersey colleges providing LPN studies. Get details regarding courses, program length and admission requirements. Find helpful facts about these two schools in the table provided within this article.
- Camden County College, one of the largest community colleges in New Jersey, offers a practical nursing certificate at its main campus. The school is located about 12 miles south of downtown Camden in Gloucester Township.
- Essex County College is based directly in downtown Newark. The Division of Nursing and Allied Health offers the LPN certificate program.
Comparison of Schools
It is a good idea to consider what each school offering LPN programs has to offer before making your decision. Read below to get an idea of each of these two schools' tuition costs, student population, campus size, and retention and graduation rates.
|Camden County College||Essex County College|
|School Type*||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||10,492||8,997|
|Campus Setting*||Large suburb||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*||$4,320 in-district; $4,440 in- and out-of-state||$4,995 in-district; $8,790 in- and out-of-state|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||66%||77%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||61% for full-time students||56% for full-time students|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)*||16%||13%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Camden County College
Camden County College is a 2-campus school that offers more than 100 associate's degree and certificate programs. The college's LPN program is offered through the nursing department in the math, science and health careers division, located at the school's main campus.
Practical Nursing Certificate
This 2-year certificate program combines classroom instruction, lab practices and clinical experiences. Prior to beginning clinicals, participants must provide proof of a successful health examination and drug screening, and they must submit to a criminal background check. The curriculum includes introductory and basic courses in nursing practices, nutrition, medical terminology, pharmacology, microbiology and psychology.
The major skills course, a 2-part course in practical nursing for adult health, focuses on pre- and post-operative patient care, patient assessment, pathology, medication dosage and pain management. Students are also taught skills and techniques for maternal, child and mental health nursing. Graduates are prepared to take the national licensing exam for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN) through the New Jersey Board of Nursing.
Essex County College
Established in 1966, Essex County College (ECC) is a 2-campus community college with an open-door admissions policy. At ECC nearly 9,000 full- and part-time students choose from over 70 programs each semester.
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
The LPN program at ECC takes two years to complete and includes courses in adult health, pediatric care and nursing fundamentals. In addition to a fundamental course in practical nursing, students take courses that develop nursing skills needed to work in adult, pediatric and mental health nursing. These courses provide clinical experiences in a variety of medical settings, including in-patient surgery clinics, community health centers and nursing homes.
Enrollment requirements include CPR certification, a criminal background check and a physical examination. When students complete this program, they receive a certificate and can take the NCLEX-PN.