Students with career aspirations in the nursing field have a variety of accredited educational options to choose from near Trenton, New Jersey. Whether you are looking to start a career in nursing or gain additional education to become an advanced practice nurse, there are many different pathways to making your nursing dreams a reality.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry Level ADN and BSN Programs in Trenton, NJ

For students who do not have any prior nursing education or experience, an entry-level nursing program is the place to start. Entry-level programs include the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree programs. Both of these programs prepare students to pass the NCLEX-RN exam and begin their careers in nursing.

ADN Programs

The ADN program, also known as a nursing diploma program, prepares students for an entry-level nursing position, and is generally completed in two years. Middlesex County College prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam over four semesters, and is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

BSN programs provide students with a more in-depth nursing education than ADN programs, and generally take around four years to complete. Direct-entry BSN programs are designed for students who are entering their nursing education after completing a high school degree, or, in some cases, who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing subject. Rutgers University offers a traditional BSN program for recent high school graduates as well as an accelerated program designed for students who have completed their bachelor’s degree in another subject.

Learn more about New Jersey Accelerated BSN Programs

Trenton RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 TrentonNew Jersey
NCLEX-RN Students Total8933,349
NCLEX-RN Students Passed7843,001
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate87.8%89.6%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Trenton

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Trenton based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for New Jersey out of 45 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Chamberlain University - #5
  • Middlesex County College - #13
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing - #3
  • St. Francis Medical Center - #12
  • The College of New Jersey - #9
  • Thomas Edison State University - #2
SchoolContact Information
Chamberlain University
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked New Jersey Program: #5 of 45
630 US-1
North Brunswick Township, NJ 08902
(732) 875-1300
Jersey College - Ewing
1001 Spruce St., Suite 7
Ewing, NJ 08638
(609) 777-9035
Mercer County Community College
102 N. Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 570-3416
Middlesex County College
  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked New Jersey Program: #13 of 45
2600 Woodbridge Ave
Edison, NJ 08818
(732) 548-6000
Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing
  • Diploma
  • Top Ranked New Jersey Program: #3 of 45
1600 Haddon Ave
Camden, NJ 08103
(856) 757-3730
Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Rd
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 526-1200
Rowan College at Burlington County
601 Pemberton Browns Mills Rd
Pemberton, NJ 08068
(609) 894-9311
Rutgers State University
55 Commercial Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(973) 353-5149
Rutgers State University - Camden
215 North 3rd Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-2776
St. Francis Medical Center
601 Hamilton Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08629
(609) 599-5190
The College of New Jersey
  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked New Jersey Program: #9 of 45
2000 Pennington Rd
Ewing Township, NJ 08628
(609) 771-2131
Thomas Edison State University
111 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(888) 442-8372

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Trenton, NJ

A BSN or MSN degree can open the door to new job opportunities and higher pay. For registered nurses with an ADN who wish to go back to school to earn a higher degree, specialized RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs may be a good fit. These programs provide a pathway to a higher degree that takes into account completed nursing coursework, thereby saving the student the time and expense of duplicating foundational coursework.

RN to BSN Programs

RN to BSN programs are designed for working nurses who wish to earn their bachelor’s degree, and generally take less time than a direct-entry BSN program. Thomas Edison State University offers an RN to BSN program that includes 20 credits of coursework that may be satisfied by transfer credit from an ADN program, and 28 credits of coursework, much of which can be taken in an online format.

Learn more about New Jersey RN to BSN Programs

RN to MSN Programs

RN to MSN programs prepare nurses for advanced practice careers such as those as nurse practitioners, leaders or administrators. The RN to MSN program may also provide students with a BSN degree in addition to an MSN, and in much less time than a direct-entry BSN and traditional MSN program. The RN to MSN program at Thomas Edison State University offers self-paced learning so students can complete a combined BSN and MSN degree program on their own schedules.

Learn more about New Jersey RN to MSN Programs

SchoolContact Information
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 895-5435
Rutgers School of Nursing - Camden
303 Cooper St
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-2776
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 771-2541
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
(888) 442-8372

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Trenton, NJ

Advanced practice nursing degree programs, such as the traditional MSN, post-master’s certificate programs or DNP programs, allow nurses to secure jobs at the highest level of nursing. These programs prepare nurses for careers as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse leaders, administrators, educators and more.

MSN Programs

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program allows nurses to specialize their study in a given area of advanced practice nursing such as family medicine, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing or administration. The College of New Jersey offers MSN programs in a variety of nurse practitioner specializations, including adult/gerontology, family medicine, and neonatal nursing, as well as a clinical nurse leader specialization.

Learn more about New Jersey Nurse Practitioner Programs

Post-Master’s Certificate Programs

Post-master’s certificate programs are designed for nurses with their MSN degree who would like to learn a new specialty. For example, Thomas Edison State University offers graduate certificate programs for nurses interested in learning the nurse educator specialty, which includes three theory courses and two practicum courses.

Learn more about Post-Master's Certificate Programs

DNP Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree provides nurses with the highest level of nursing practice education. The DNP program at Thomas Edison State University is an online program that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and includes coursework in advanced practice nursing, organizational leadership, finance and economics, healthcare policy and technology.

Learn more about New Jersey DNP Programs

SchoolContact Information
Rutgers University
110 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(848) 932-7700
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 771-2591
Thomas Edison State University
111 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(888) 442-8372