Medical Schools

With 13 teaching hospitals and 5 medical schools, New Jersey is a prime location for clinical trials. New Jersey medical schools also provide top-level training for the medical practitioners of tomorrow.


Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) officially launched in 2012 as the first new medical school in New Jersey in 35 years and the only four-year MD-granting medical school in South Jersey. Less than one month after its official grand opening, it enrolled its charter class.

Today, CMSU is an active medical school that is committed to pioneering efforts to solve the challenges of ensuring access to high-quality education and health care for New Jersey’s citizens. In 2017, the medical school graduated the 57 students in its charter class, who went on to residency positions at top programs across the country. More than 300 medical students are currently enrolled at CMSU.

CMSRU is located in a newly-constructed 200,000-square-foot, six-story building in Camden. It is affiliated with Cooper University Health Care, the leading provider of comprehensive health services in South Jersey.


Rutgers New Jersey Medical School offers a professional medical education and several medical degrees. Fourth-year graduates receive a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. The medical school also offers MD/PhD and MD/MPH dual degree programs.

The Medical School is comprised of 20 academic departments and works with several healthcare partners, including University Hospital, its principal teaching hospital. The school’s faculty includes a number of world-renowned scientists and New Jersey’s top doctors.

Home to the nation’s oldest student-run clinic, Rutgers NJMS operates more than 30 centers and institutes, including the Public Health Research Institute Center, the Global Tuberculosis Institute and the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. Research funding at NJMS has more than doubled in the past decade, fueled by an impressive list of groundbreaking discoveries by a cadre of world-class researchers.


RWJMS in New Brunswick offers a professional medical education for students who strive for a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. The medical school’s 4-year program also offers MD/PhD, MD/Masters, MD/JD, and MD/MBA dual degree programs.

The school introduces its clinical program experience early in the 1st year through its Patient Centered Medicine course. The school enhances Clinical training through the use of standardized patients, Objective Structured Clinical Exercises (OSCE), individual observation and feedback by the by the more than 2,400 full time and volunteer faculty.

RWJMS has 20 basic science and clinical departments. It also operates centers and institutes including: The Cardiovascular Institute; Child Health Institute of New Jersey; Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine; Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute; and, the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey. In addition to its principal hospital affiliate, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the medical school has 34 other hospital affiliates and ambulatory care sites throughout the region.


Located in Stratford, the public osteopathic medicine school, opened in 1976, is the only college of osteopathic medicine in New Jersey. The medical school became part of Rowan University in July, 2013.

The school’s faculty has a multidisciplinary team-based approach to health care, with an emphasis on primary care. As a result, RowanSOM is a major source of primary care physicians for the State and South Jersey.

The school offers combination degrees including the: D.O./M.P.H., D.O./J.D., D.O./M.S., and D.O./Ph.D. Once they have gotten their degrees, RowanSOM can help graduates find post- graduate residencies and fellowships. The Osteopathic Medicine school has a close affiliation with 600-bed Kennedy Health System and affiliate hospitals. There the post grads may take training in: endocrinology; cardiology; critical care; gastroenterology; nephrology; infectious disease; and, many other specialties.


Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health have partnered to open a 4-year medical school in Nutley and Clifton. The school – which is the only private medical school in the State – opened its doors to its charter class in the fall of 2018.

The partners have combined Hackensack Meridian Health’s extensive clinical and research expertise with Seton Hall’s academic expertise in the sciences, nursing, and health and medical sciences. Hackensack Meridian Health‘s hospitals are teaching sites for the medical students. In addition, nearby Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences and will serve as a major site for health science research and discovery activities.


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