Stockton University's new portion of its Manahawkin campus

Professor Jacqueline Arnone,PHD,RN (right) overlooking students Arianna Jones (center) of Woodbine and Lindsay Carignan of Somers Point in a exam room at Stockton University’s new portion in Manahawkin campus. The new campus section includes nursing labs and exam rooms. March 8, 2018 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

Stockton University’s nursing program ranked among the top programs in the state in a new report by a nurse-led organization that looks at the profession nationwide.

The college’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was seventh best out of 40 nursing programs offered in New Jersey, according to

“We’re exceptionally proud even as we look at the list of schools we’re being compared with,” said Elizabeth Calamidas, interim dean of the School of Health Science, “but we’re more concerned about what we do from within.”

The second annual ranking analyzed current and historical passing rates of the National Council Licensure Examination, which is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to award licenses to practice nursing.

New Jersey program exam rates from 2013 through 2017 were used for the rankings, according to the organization.

Other nursing programs that were ranked with Stockton included Rowan College Gloucester County, Warren County College, Thomas Edison State University, The College of New Jersey and Ramapo College.

Stockton’s Registered Nursing Program dates to the college’s establishment, but its BSN, accelerated and master’s programs are newer.

Nursing students study and take courses both at Stockton’s Galloway Township and Manahawkin campuses, the latter of which recently expanded to include 8,000 square feet of space, seven physical-assessment examination rooms, clinical labs and advanced technology for nursing students.

About 215 students take classes at the Manahawkin campus, including 24 students in the current cohort of the university’s 15-month accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

The program is “doing very well, and we attribute that to great nursing students and great faculty who all work together for the students to be well prepared for a career in nursing,” Calamidas said.

As nursing programs continue to be sought after and more competitive, Calamidas said the opportunities and reputation of Stockton’s program can draw students who want to attend a top program.

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