Continuing Education | Hackensack Meridian Health   

Continuing Education | Hackensack Meridian Health

ABSN Employment Bonus Program

Hackensack Meridian Health has launched the ABSN Employment Bonus Program to provide financial relief for students seeking a rewarding career in nursing. Through the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Employment Bonus Program, students can receive up to $35,000 to help pay tuition or loans and alleviate the burden of debt as they advance their nursing education. In return, recipients must pledge to work at Hackensack Meridian Health in a full-time acute-care or home-care nursing role for a minimum three years upon graduation from an accredited New Jersey ABSN program. By offering talented nursing students the financial support, training and first-destination career opportunities they need, Hackensack Meridian Health will improve patient outcomes and boldly transform the nursing profession to deliver the highest quality humanistic care. Click here to view or download the program brochure. For more information or questions, please contact:

Teri Wurmser, Ph.D., MPH, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President, Nursing Research, Grants and Academic Affairs

To request an application, please contact:

Anne Garby-Weck, Administrative Assistant
ABSN Employment Bonus Program, Hackensack Meridian Health

The Ann May Center for Nursing and Allied Health

The Ann May Center for Nursing and Allied Health (AMC) promotes excellence in nursing and allied health through education and research. The AMC conducts educational counseling and enrichment programs for nursing and allied health staff; provides financial support for nurses and nursing students through scholarships and grants; strives to establish Hackensack Meridian Health as a premier site for the clinical education of nursing students; promotes evidence based practice; and coordinates and conducts research on workforce and patient care issues. Learn more about Simulation and Learning


OFFER Program


Nursing Schools

Georgian Court-Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing

The undergraduate nursing program at Georgian Court University celebrated its 10-year partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health in 2019. Since its inception, the Georgian Court–Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing has graduated more than 400 students and has provided an exceptional hands-on education that equips students for nursing careers. In November 2017, the program launched the RN to B.S.N. program, which makes earning a B.S.N.—the gold standard of the profession—more accessible for working nurses. The first class of RN to B.S.N students graduated in May 2020. In January 2021, the program will launch a 14-month accelerated nursing program (B.S. to B.S.N.) that prepares professionals for a transition to nursing. Learn more

JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing/Union County College Cooperative Nursing Program

The JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing/Union County College Cooperative Nursing Program provides an education rooted in outstanding academic traditions of both hospital-based nursing education and community college education. As a model in the field of nursing and different from existing nursing programs offered by nearby schools, this program affords it graduates advantages in the attainment of nursing competency, a Diploma in Nursing from JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing, an Associate in Sciences (AS) Degree from Union County College and the transferability of credits to programs leading to a BA degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurse (RN) licensure. The Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.

For curriculum activities, academic information, nursing progression, and school life, view the School of Nursing Student Handbook.

Call our Admission Office at 908-668-2405 or email

Middlesex County College Associate in Science Nursing Program

The Middlesex County College Associate in Science Nursing Program is offered in partnership with Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC), which also serves as the primary clinical site for the program. The standard duration of this Associate Degree program is four semesters (two years). The courses students take may be applied to the BSN Degree. Final decisions regarding transfer courses will be made by the receiving college. Middlesex County College has agreements with Felician College and Kean University that makes the transfer process as seamless as possible for students. The articulation between the colleges provides students the opportunity to complete their BSN on Middlesex County College’s campus. The Nursing Degree prepares students for entry level positions in nursing and for taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). It has been approved by the New Jersey Council of Presidents and accredited by the New Jersey of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Additional information is available here


Nancy Berger, MSN, RN, CNE, FAADN
Middlesex County College Nursing Program,

New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

From day one, we are dedicated to supporting the careers of our nurses – especially our newest nurses. To help bridge the gap between classroom and career, we created the New Graduate Nursing Residency Program. Open to graduating nursing students of accredited institutions, this 12-month program allows residents to have supplemental learning, interactive chats and increased support to ease the transition into nursing practice. The residency includes:

  • Three 12-hour shifts per week on the unit the nurse is hired to
  • Three Experience days to observe other units
  • Bimonthly case studies to promote critical thinking
  • Frequent communication and support from administration and educators
  • One-to One Meetings with Program Director
  • Live Journal Club
  • Educational Modules
  • Peer support for professional growth and promoting self care

Learn more and access the application.

Student Nurse Externship Program

This 10-week Externship Program offers nursing students an opportunity to earn while learning. Students are oriented and provided training in select skills. Under the direction of a registered nurse preceptor, student nurses practice selected skills and gain confidence in the acute care environment. You must be currently matriculated in a Board of Nursing approved BSN Program to qualify and be eligible to begin the final (senior) year of the respective nursing program. Learn more.

Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to be one of the first Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Residency/Fellowship Programs in New Jersey. We are honored to be chosen as one of 36 programs in the United States to receive a grant from Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education (ANE). The purpose of the HRSA-ANE Grant is to increase the number of Advanced Practice Nurse primary care providers in community-based settings.In partnership with our academic partner, Monmouth University, we have created a rigorous nurse-practitioner residency program in community based primary care practices in NJ Counties of Atlantic, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex and Bergen. This program is a paid, one-year, full time commitment designed to provide the new NP Clinician with a unique educational opportunity to focus on clinical experience in outpatient primary care, specialty medical practices, psychiatry and urgent care centers specific to the Nurse Practitioner’s Population Foci. Learn more.

Registered Nurse Clinical Advancement Program (RN CAP)

Our new Registered Nurse Clinical Advancement Program (RN CAP) is designed to recognize nursing excellence through a points based system that aligns with our nursing strategic plan and Professional Practice Model.


Through this voluntary advancement and compensation program, Hackensack Meridian Health is able to reward and recognize exemplary practices, provide additional opportunities for growth and advancement, and acknowledge clinical expertise at the bedside/clinical setting.


  • To enhance patient care through clinical excellence.
  • To improve job satisfaction and the nurse’s engagement to the organization.
  • To provide opportunities to enhance professional development and encourage the development of clinical expertise.
  • To provide an outcomes-based model that accurately demonstrates the expertise of the bedside nurse.

Five Components to Climbing the Ladder:

  • Transformational Leadership
  • Structural Empowerment
  • Exemplary Professional Practice
  • New Knowledge, Innovation and Improvements
  • Clinical Practice Exemplars


The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certification Program

The ANCC Certification Program offers nurses the opportunity to advance their careers through the achievement of certifications. Through certification, nurses are able to demonstrate their specialty expertise and validate their knowledge. Learn more

Patient Care Technician (PCT) Apprenticeship Program

Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) are clinical partners that nurses rely heavily upon to ensure quality, highly reliable patient care. The Hackensack Meridian Health Patient Care Technician (PCT) Apprenticeship Program consists of three days of classroom learning, skills practice, and competency assessment. Click here for more details and how to apply.

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