Frequently Asked Questions: Nursing

What will I learn as a Nursing student at Berkeley College?

The Nursing programs at Berkeley College prepare students to enter this rewarding, in-demand field and to enhance their skills and expand their career opportunities.

The Practical Nurse Certificate program prepares students to:

  • Sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination (Required for an LPN)
  • Provide basic medical care and perform administrative tasks

The LPN to B.S.N. program is the only LPN to B.S.N. program in New Jersey. Licensed, experienced LPNs can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree and prepare to:

  • Sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)

For further details about the requirements and licensure process in the State of New Jersey, visit the Nursing programs, and read Berkeley’s Accreditation and Regulatory Information.

What are the Admissions requirements for Berkeley College?

The College considers students for admission to degree and certificate programs on the basis of future potential, the motivation and interest to succeed in a chosen profession, and past academic achievement.

Graduation from high school or the equivalent is a basic requirement for admission to degree and certificate programs. In evaluating candidates, the Committee on Admissions takes into consideration your individual interests, your motivation to succeed in a chosen profession, and prior academic achievement. Basic requirements for admission include graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent and an entrance exam or SAT/ACT scores. Applicants to the School of Health Studies have additional requirements. Documentation of successful completion of high school or the equivalent must be submitted to the College prior to starting classes. 

A personal interview is strongly recommended. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Admissions at the campus of their choice to arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Associate. For further information, students may also call the College at 866-317-6087 ext. WC1 or email

What is the application deadline to apply for the Nursing programs?

Since Berkeley maintains a rolling admissions policy, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been evaluated.

For further questions about the enrollment process, call Admissions to schedule an appointment with an associate.

Can I study for Nursing at any campus?

No. The Nursing programs are only offered at the Woodland Park campus.

What kind of job can I get with a Practical Nurse Certificate – as an LPN, or a Bachelor’s of Science   degree in Nursing (B.S.N.)?

Graduates from the Practical Nurse Certificate program often begin careers working in:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Home healthcare settings

With advanced skills and training, B.S.N. graduates can qualify for higher-level positions and pursue graduate degrees. Registered Nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.  Most RNs work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some Registered Nurses also oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.  

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