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Nursing

The Berkeley College School of Health Studies is committed to excellence in nursing education. Current programs 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, which is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Students learn to provide basic medical care and perform administrative tasks. Graduates often begin careers in physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, or home healthcare settings.

Student Testimonial

“I was working as an LPN and I was looking to go back to college. When I found out that Berkeley College offered an LPN to B.S.N. program, I thought it was a good idea. I recently attended my first Medical Missions trip with Berkeley students, faculty, and administrators. It’s been a beautiful and challenging experience as a student, but if you put your mind to it, you will achieve it all." 

-Folukeme Fakinlede, LPN to B.S.N. Student

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). With advanced skills and training, graduates can qualify for higher-level positions and pursue graduate degrees.

Berkeley College’s Nursing programs meet the educational requirements for licensure in the State of New Jersey. Licensure, however, is not automatic. In addition to successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN), the New Jersey Board of Nursing requires that applicants be of a good moral character. Applicants wishing to become licensed in another State are encouraged to explore licensure requirements, which vary from State to State. 

For more information regarding a degree in Nursing or another program of study at Berkeley College, click here.

B.S.N., LPN to B.S.N.

The only LPN to B.S.N. program in New Jersey!

(LPN License Required)

Berkeley College’s LPN to B.S.N. program grants experienced LPNs the opportunity to transition into the role of a baccalaureate-prepared Registered Nurse. Graduates of the program are awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). In the rapidly changing world of healthcare, a B.S.N. can expand employment and earning opportunities. In fact, many hospitals and other healthcare facilities now require RNs to possess a B.S.N. The B.S.N. also prepares nurses to pursue graduate degrees.

Berkeley College’s LPN to B.S.N. program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of New Jersey. Licensure, however, is not automatic. In addition to successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Professional Nurses (NCLEX-RN), the New Jersey Board of Nursing requires that applicants be of a good moral character. Applicants wishing to become licensed in another state are encouraged to explore licensure requirements, which vary from state to state.

Nurses with a B.S.N. are qualified to perform advanced tasks, including:

  • Developing nursing care treatment plans
  • Providing care to patients who are ill, injured, or suffering from other medical conditions
  • Providing support and education to patients and families
  • Supervising nurses and other professionals
  • Administering medications and injections
  • Assisting doctors during surgical and other medical procedures

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and practice of clinical care
  • The practical experience of hands-on labs and faculty monitored clinical assignments
  • A supportive faculty selected on the basis of academic excellence and relevant professional experience in the nursing field
  • Eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and to apply for graduate programs in nursing

Applicants to the LPN to B.S.N. program must a) have completed an accredited Practical Nurse program in the United States, b) possess an unrestricted active or inactive practical nurse license, and c) have completed a minimum of 2,080 hours of work as an LPN within the last two years.

Program Location: 

LPN to B.S.N. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) is offered in: Woodland Park

Practical Nurse Certificate

Provide vital care to patients in need.

The Practical Nurse program provides students with the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to enter the healthcare field as a Practical Nurse. Graduates of the Practical Nurse program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Passing this exam is required to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Berkeley College’s Practical Nurse program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of New Jersey. Licensure, however, is not automatic. In addition to successfully passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), the New Jersey Board of Nursing requires that applicants be of a good moral character. Applicants wishing to become licensed in another state are encouraged to explore licensure requirements, which vary from state to state.

Practical Nurses provide basic medical care, including:

  • Monitoring a patient’s health by checking vital signs
  • Administering wound care and inserting catheters
  • Providing for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Reporting a patient’s medical status to the registered nurse and/or physician
  • Maintaining patient health records
  • Collecting specimens

Practical Nurse graduates provide care to their patients in a variety of healthcare environments, including physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and home healthcare settings.

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of clinical nursing
  • Hands-on learning in on-site nursing laboratories that simulate various clinical environments
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of clinical rotations at off-campus healthcare facilities, under the supervision of New Jersey licensed Registered Nurse (RN) instructors

The Practical Nurse Certificate (Day Program) is designed to be completed in 45 weeks.

The Practical Nurse Certificate (Evening Program) is designed to be completed in 75 weeks.

Program Location: 

Practical Nurse Certificate Program is offered in: Woodland Park

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Frequently Asked Questions: Nursing

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.

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 info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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.

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

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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