For the fourth consecutive year, Rowan College of South Jersey’s (RCSJ) Associate in Nursing program is ranked the #1 Nursing program in the state of New Jersey by RegisteredNursing.org.
The state-wide study examined 46 N.J. Nursing programs, which included Associate in Nursing, Bachelors in Nursing and Direct-Entry Masters in Nursing programs. Programs were rated based on the number of graduates produced who are able to pass the NCLEX-RN exam, which is the licensure exam used by all state boards of nursing across the United States to help assess a student's competency. RCSJ was awarded the highest score, with 97.03 percent of graduating students able to pass the licensure exam on their first attempt – a pass rate considerably higher than the national pass rate of 88 percent.
“The success of the RCSJ Nursing program is due to many components,” remarked Dean of Nursing and Health Professions Susan Hall, Ed.D, MSN, RN. “The ongoing support from the College Board of Trustees, the College administration and the dedicated faculty, staff and students here demonstrate that there is no single factor that leads to the success of our graduates. We look forward to maintaining the high standards that have been set in place to educate safe, effective and competent caregivers.”
Health-care providers across the region rely on RCSJ to prepare exemplary practitioners for employment in the nursing and allied-health fields. An aging population coupled with a rise in obesity and chronic disease have increased the demand for nurses and health-care professionals. According to the American Nurses Association website, there is a “nursing shortage” with registered nurses near the top of the list when it comes to employment growth.
RCSJ’s Division of Nursing and Health Professions offers programs in nursing, diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), nuclear medicine technology, exercise science, health science, alcohol and drug counseling, health care administration, LPN-RN, physical therapy assistant, medical technology, psychology, certified clinical medical assistant, medical coding, and healthcare risk management. The College’s faculty and staff, state-of-the-art nursing and health-care facilities, and dedicated skills and tutoring center, along with their strong relationship with clinical partners including Inspira, Jefferson, Cooper and Virtua, produce graduates as comfortable in a health-care environment as they are in the classroom.
Partnership opportunities with four-year universities offer RCSJ students even more career options. RNs can earn a Rowan University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree on the RCSJ campus thanks to a seamless “pathway” with the College’s premier partner. A unique 3+1 partnership program provides students with the opportunity to earn a four-year degree for less than $30,000. Nursing students save on tuition and fees, paying the community college cost for three years, with the final year at the university rate.
“For the fourth consecutive year, Rowan College of South Jersey nursing graduates are the best of the best in New Jersey,” stated College President Frederick Keating. “To have our nursing students standout and be recognized in such a noble profession says much about the quality of our College’s program, faculty and students. This College could not be prouder.”
For more information about RCSJ’s Nursing program, visit RCSJ.edu/Nursing.
Rowan College of South Jersey is a comprehensive, two-year regional college serving more than 10,000 full- and part-time students with degree and workforce development programs, on campuses in Gloucester and Cumberland Counties. The main campus in Gloucester County is located on 250-acres on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.