Those afraid of needles need not apply. The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) offers more than 100 medical and dental degree and certificate programs through eight schools on five campuses throughout the state. Schools include those dedicated to nursing, public health, biomedical sciences, and osteopathic medicine. UMDNJ also owns and operates a hospital and a behavioral care facility and has affiliations with more than 200 state hospitals and health care systems. Founded in 1970, the institution is the largest health sciences school in the US; it has an enrollment of more than 6,500 students. It has agreed to merge with Rutgers.
After many years of discussion, the integration of UMNDJ into Rutgers was finally put into motion in 2012. State officials believe a union between the two schools will raise New Jersey's profile as an academic destination. All of UMNDJ's schools, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the University Behavioral HealthCare centers will become part of Rutgers in 2013. However, the University Hospital in Newark will become a freestanding institution with its own advisory board while the the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford will be transferred to Rowan University.