The Best New Jersey Online Nurse Practitioner Programs and Requirements

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In New Jersey, nurse practitioners (NPs) can practice independently, diagnosing and treating patients in private practices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. However, NPs must hold a joint protocol in collaboration with a licensed physician to provide prescriptions. This joint protocol requirement means New Jersey NPs work in a reduced practice role, but can still function as primary care providers.

NPs in New Jersey must also be registered nurses (RNs), with whom they share many overlapping roles. Prior to earning an advanced nursing credential, NPs must obtain RN licensure. While both NPs and RNs assess patients and provide crucial care, NPs have authority to diagnose and treat patients and to prescribe medications. New Jersey's Board of Nursing expects candidates to complete a master's degree in nursing or higher. Many NPs also hold a doctor of nursing practice degree (DNP).

This page provides further information on nurse practitioner programs in New Jersey. Prospective nurse practitioners can learn more about careers and salary potential in New Jersey, licensing and continuing education requirements, and what areas in the state offer the highest pay rates for nurse practitioners.

Read about our ranking methodology here.

Best New Jersey Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

1. Seton Hall University - South Orange, NJ
2. Felician University - Rutherford, NJ

Seton Hall University

As one of the oldest Catholic higher education institutions in the U.S., Seton Hall University boasts nationally-ranked graduate nursing degrees, including an online master of science in nursing in adult-gerontology. This nurse practitioner program offers a values-based curriculum that addresses healthcare needs and wellness across the lifespan.

The 48-credit program requires nine hours of core coursework in healthcare issues and policy, nursing theories, and research. Each student in the primary care specialization must complete 600 practicum hours, while the acute care track requires 675 hours.

The online program features an asynchronous delivery format. Distance learners complete classes at their convenience but must fulfill specific assignment deadlines and test dates. In addition to online coursework, students must attend three in-person immersion experiences.

Campus South Orange, New Jersey
Type Private
Accreditations Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $1,31/credit for in-state and out-of-state students
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree with a major in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited program, current RN license, minimum 3.2 GPA for acute care; minimum 3.0 GPA for primary care
Minimum Time Commitment 3-4 years
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Programs Master of science in nursing - adult/gerontology; Master of science in nursing - pediatric nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial Aid

Felician University

Felician University, founded by the Felician Catholic religious order, admitted its first class of nursing students in 1965. Its school of nursing offers two specializations in its three-year master of science in nursing (MSN): family nurse practitioner program. The primary care adult-gerontology track requires 37 credits and 585 clinical hours. The primary care family nurse practitioner option comprises 40 credits and 650 clinical hours.

The cohort-based online curriculum emphasizes healthcare delivery to vulnerable and underserved populations. The MSN prepares its graduates for national certification from the American Nurses' Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and for Advanced Practice Nurse licensure by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.

Campus Rutherford, New Jersey
Type Private
Accreditations Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $1,060/credit for New Jersey residents and out-of-state students
Admission Requirements Bachelor of science in nursing degree from an accredited program, current RN license, minimum 3.0 GPA
Minimum Time Commitment Three years
On-Campus Requirements No
Programs Master of science in nursing - primary care adult/gerontology; Master of science in nursing - primary care family
School site Tuition | Financial Aid

Requirements to Become a Nurse Practitioner in New Jersey

All nurse practitioners in New Jersey must:

  • Hold a current New Jersey RN license. All prospective nurse practitioners must be licensed RNs prior to applying for advanced licensure.
  • Earn a master's degree in nursing from an accredited program that prepares nurses for advanced practice. The program must hold accreditation from a nursing accrediting association approved by the U.S. Department of Education. This master's program must also include at least six credits in pharmacology specifically related to controlled substances.
  • Take and pass the highest level of examination offered by their specialization's national certifying agency. The agency must hold accreditation from the American Board of Nursing Specialties and/or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. In New Jersey, some of the most in-demand nursing specializations include intensive care, medicine and surgery, and operating room nursing. The certifying agencies for these areas are, respectively, the American Association for Critical-Care Nurses, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the Competency and Credentialing Institute. Each agency's website provides detailed information on the requirements for passing individual exams, and there is more information on each specialty below.
  • Complete an application for the Advanced Practice Nurse Certification through New Jersey's Board of Nursing. Prior to applying, qualified nurses must request an application by email. Applicants must provide the board with a copy of their current nursing licenses, official transcripts from their completed master's programs, and proof of passing the required specialty exam. Candidates must also complete an application form and submit an application fee. Upon approval, applicants must pay an additional certificate fee.
  • Renew their licenses every two years. For a license renewal, NPs must submit a renewal application, renewal fee, and proof of certification. After the license expiration date, NPs have 30 days to renew their licenses with a late fee. If they miss that deadline, they must apply for reinstatement.
  • Complete at least 30 hours of continuing education during each two year certification period. If a licensee completes more than 30 hours during a certification period, they may carry over up to 15 hours toward the next renewal period. Of the required 30 hours, at least one hour must pertain to prescription opioids. Advanced practice nurses may complete continuing education hours online, in person, or through approved, employer-sponsored programs.
  • Advanced practice nurses in New Jersey have prescriptive authority. However, they must hold a joint protocol with a licensed, collaborating physician in order to prescribe medication. Nurse practitioners must maintain proof of this protocol and remain in good standing.

In-Demand Nursing Specialty Eligibility Requirements in New Jersey

Intensive Care (CCRN)

Years of Experience: 2-5 years

Clinical Hours Required: 1,750 hours over 2 years, with 875 hours occurring over the previous year; OR 2,000 hours over 5 years, with 144 occurring over the previous year

Continuing Education: N/A

Medicine / Surgery (RN-BC)

Years of Experience: 2 years

Clinical Hours Required: 3,000 hours within the last 3 years

Continuing Education: At least 30 hours of continuing education in medical-surgical nursing within the last 3 years

Operating Room (CNOR)

Years of Experience: 2 years

Clinical Hours Required: 2,400 hours of perioperative nursing, with at least 1,200 of those hours in the intraoperative setting

Continuing Education: N/A

Salary and Career Information

According to the New Jersey Board of Nursing, there are nearly 4,000 certified advanced practice nurses in 17 unique specialty areas actively practicing in the state. Of these specialities, certified registered nurse anesthetists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and neonatal nurse practitioners tend to earn the most.

New Jersey is one of the nation's top-paying states for nurse practitioners. Nursing professionals in the state earn a mean salary of $122,100 per year -- thousands more than the national mean for the position. As the data below indicates, RNs in New Jersey also tend to earn more than the national mean.

NP salaries in the New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania metropolitan area are the highest in the state. This metro area also has the country's highest employment levels for nurse practitioners.

RN vs. NP Salary and Projected Job Growth in New Jersey
  Registered Nurse Nurse Practitioner
New Jersey Mean Salary $82,750 $122,100
U.S. Mean Salary $75,510 $110,030
New Jersey Job Growth 12.3% 30.7%
U.S. Job Growth 14.8% 36.1%

Source: BLS, Projections Central

New Jersey Metropolitan Areas With the Highest Mean NP Wages
  Salary Employment
New York - Newark - Jersey City, New York - New Jersey - Pennsylvania $126,570 13,470
Vineland - Bridgeton, New Jersey $121,830 90
Atlantic City - Hammonton, New Jersey $120,170 210
Trenton, New Jersey $115,270 270
Philadelphia - Camden - Wilmington, Pennsylvania - New Jersey - Delaware - Maryland $106,690 4,350

Source: BLS