New Jersey Nursing Schools
New Jersey schools offer many programs and training options for current nurses looking to advance their careers. Learn about the levels of training, prerequisites, curricula, method of program delivery and practicum requirements in two schools' programs. Check out the table following this article to learn even more school details.
- Thomas Edison State University, in Trenton, offers a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in nursing. In addition, this school offers a nurse educator certificate program.
- Rowan University is located in Glassboro, and both bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing are available at this school.
Comparison of Schools
Current registered nurses who are considering continuing their education have many important decisions to make. Let the following table ease the process a bit by comparing some of these two schools' statistics, such as tuition charges, student population numbers and acceptance rates.
|Thomas Edison State University||Rowan University|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||11,945*||18,484*|
|Campus Setting||Small city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $7,300 (in-state)*
| $13,422 (in-state)*
|% of Students Receiving Grant or Scholarship Aid (2016-2017)||12% (of all undergrads)*||56% (of full-time beginning undergrads)*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||100% (open admissions)*||69%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||Not reported*||85% for full-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2011)||Not reported*||69%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, NJ, offers over 100 degree and certificate programs. The school was one of the first schools in the nation created specifically for adult learners. Besides the programs detailed below, the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing also offers certificate programs in nursing administration and nursing informatics.
RN-BSN or RN-BSN/MSN
The RN-BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and the RN-BSN/MSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing) are designed for RNs who want to upgrade their education to a bachelor's or master's degree. The program requires students to complete 120 credits, some of which may be applied to the master's program. Students can also opt to earn a bachelor's and master's in nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing program requires students to complete 36 credits and prepares graduates to work as nurse managers, leaders and healthcare providers in educational and clinical environments. The program covers a variety of topics, including nursing informatics, leadership and nursing practice. Prospective students must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Nurse Educator Certificate
The nurse educator certificate program is intended for RNs who hold a nursing master's degree and have nursing experience. This is an independent study program where students work at their own pace and receive mentoring from nurse educators. Students need to complete at 15 credits, including an education practicum.
Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, achieved its university status in 1997. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rowan University among the Top 100 Public Schools.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Rowan University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for practicing nurses who want to pursue additional education. The program consists of 121 credits, some of which can be completed online. Additionally, the program's curriculum includes six graduate credits that may help students who want to enroll in a master's in nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN program is offered in a part-time, hybrid format and is available with two specialization options. Students can choose between the nurse practitioner and nurse educator paths. Core courses include topics in advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment and nurse leadership.