About Us
Welcome to the Trinitas School of Nursing. Established in 1891, the School is located in the city of Elizabeth, a wonderfully diverse urban community in Union County, New Jersey. Trinitas Regional Medical Center, our parent institution proudly represents the heritage of the School of Nursing whose graduates have served as professional nurses in our community and throughout the world. Our collective vision of providing students a learning environment conducive to the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function as a safe competent professional nurse is reflected in our school philosophy.

In 1971, the School made a commitment to serve educationally disadvantaged students, the non-traditional, and those seeking a second career and/or career mobility. This commitment resulted in the formation of a Cooperative Nursing Program (CNP) in partnership with Union County College which would allow students to earn a diploma in nursing and an associate in science degree. To encourage and support the educational mobility of our graduates, the School entered into a partnership with Kean University in 1992 and with the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) in 2004. Both BSN and MSN program courses offered by CSE are held at Trinitas School of Nursing. Through these contractual relationships, our graduates are able to move seamlessly to the BSN and MSN programs offered by both institutions. Many of our graduates have obtained their baccalaureate and master's degrees through these partnerships.

Our commitment to creating and sustaining environments that enhance student learning and professional development was recognized by the National League for Nursing and awarded the School two consecutive designations as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2008-2011 and again for 2011-2015. The School was also recognized for having the first faculty in the nation to have all eligible members earn the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential. This certification is a validation of faculty's commitment to our vision of excellence.

I feel confident that we will continue this commitment to excellence and provide our students with an educational environment that will ensure their future success as professional nurses.

Mary E. Kelley, LLD, MSN, MEd, RN, CNE, ANEF
Dean, Trinitas School of Nursing


Cooperative Nursing Program
Fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education, Inc. and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing, Trinitas School of Nursing offers a basic course of study in nursing. It provides a sound theoretical base of knowledge in nursing, biological, behavioral and social sciences and integrates this knowledge into academic and practical experiences within the health/illness continuum of patient care. Utilization of a variety of health care agencies facilitates the application of all aspects of the students' learning. The curriculum has many options from which to select in order to complete the program of study.

BSN/MSN onsite at Trinitas
The College of Saint Elizabeth, located in Convent Station, New Jersey, offers both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing program onsite at Trinitas School of Nursing. Trinitas graduates have a seamless articulation to the BSN program and receive a discounted tuition rate.
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