2018-2019

Associate in Applied Science

Nurse Education

Offered at the Passaic Academic Center, the Nurse Education Program includes both General Education and nursing courses for those who have chosen careers as registered nurses. General Education courses from the sciences and liberal arts enhance students' understanding of clients. Graduates are prepared for practice in hospitals and health-care agencies within the framework of the American Nurses Association's Standards of Practice and the New Jersey Nurse Practice Act.  

 

Note: New Jersey Board of Nursing requires all licensure applicants to complete a criminal history background check prior to licensure as a registered professional nurse. Information is provided to graduates by the Board of Nursing upon application to take NCLEX. 

This two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program is a member of the National League for Nursing. 

This program is accredited by:

New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010 
Newark, NJ 07101
973-504-6430
http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Pages/default.aspx

AND

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd, N.E, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

 

Nurse Education at Sussex County Community College

The Passaic Country Community College Nurse Education Program is also housed at Sussex County Community College for Sussex County residents only. The Program begins in the spring semester each year, alternating between days and the evenings with the day program beginning in even-numbered years and the evening program in odd-numbered years.  For more information, call the Nurse Education Program Office at 973-684-5218 or 6495. 

 

Graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate into practice knowledge and skills from the sciences, liberal arts, and nursing.
  • Apply the nursing process when caring for clients to promote, restore, and maintain health.
  • Individualize nursing care to accommodate cultural, ethnic, and economic differences in clients and families.
  • Practice nursing based on ethical considerations within the legal parameters of the Nurse Practice Act and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Care.
  • Communicate in an effective manner with clients, clients' families, and the interprofessional health care team.
  • Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional development.
  • Integrate developmental principles when caring for clients of all ages.
  • Implement evidence based clinical judgement as an associate degree nurse as a provider of care, manager of care, and member of the interprofessional health care team.
  • Collaborate with the interprofessional health care team to ensure continuity of care for clients and their families.

Graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree and are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Successful performance on this examination allows the graduate to apply for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). 


Note:

Admission Requirements Day and Evening Option

IMPORTANT:  Applicants selecting the EVENING OPTION must complete CH 103, BS 103, BS 104, EN 101, EN 102, PS 101, and PS 102 prior to admission.

The Nurse Education Program at PCCC is a competitive program. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the program. Additionally, preference is given to county residents. Once admitted to the College, prospective Nursing students must contact the Nursing Department to begin the Nursing Admissions process. Applicants for admission to the Nurse Education Program must be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GED). They also must meet admission criteria selected to ensure that accepted candidates have the potential to succeed in a rigorous academic program. Admission criteria are minimum standards and, in most cases, applicants accepted into the program exceed these requirements. The following requirements must be met prior to admission: 

  1. Meet Passaic County Community College admission criteria.
  2. Achieve college level proficiency OR complete the required remediation with a grade of "C" or higher. 
  3. Complete CH 103, Introduction to General and Organic Chemistry, with a grade of "C" or higher. 
  4. Applicants selecting the evening option must complete CH 103, BS 103, BS 104, EN 101, EN 102, PS 101, and PS 102 prior to admission. 
  5. Achieve minimum passing score of 50% correct in each section of TEAS. A passing score is considered valid for admission to the Program within three years of successfully passing the test. 
  6. A point system based on cumulative GPA and TEAS score is used to rank applicants and determine acceptance.

Advanced Standing Transfers Admission Requirements

The Nurse Education Program admits students to the program with advanced standing in nursing and General Education courses.

1. All applicants requesting transfer to the Nurse Education Program are required to complete an application to Passaic County Community College. 

2. Applicants should request an appointment to see the Associate Dean of Nursing and Sciences to review the following documents (applicants must bring these to the meeting with the Associate Dean):

    • Transcript(s)
    • Nursing course descriptions and objectives
    • Nursing program outcomes and requirements
    • Nursing program grading scale

3. Students who have earned nursing credits in an accredited institution of higher learning (community college, four-year college, or university) may receive transfer credit for NUR 101, Nursing I, only, when the content is comparable to the course required at Passaic Country Community College and has been taken within the last two(2) years. A letter from the Nursing program Dean/Director confirming that the student left the program in good standing is required to be sent directly tho the Associate Dean of Nurse Education & Science.

4. Transfer applicants must take the NUR 101 final examination and pass with a score of 75% or higher and pass the clinical calculation examination with a score of 85% or higher. There is a fee for the NUR 101, Nursing I, final examination. This fee must be paid at the Bursar's Office and a receipt presented prior to taking the exam. See the office staff for dates and fee amount.

5. Grades in science courses will be accepted within five years from the start of the first nursing course at PCCC. 

6. Students who exceed the five-year requirement and have a "C" or better may take available standardized challenge examinations to validate their knowledge. 

Guidelines for Student Selection (The Selection Point System)

The Selection Point System is designed to quantify the admission criteria and provide a point system upon which to rank the applicants for admission. Utilization of this Selection Point System will be carried out by the Student Selection Committee. Each applicant will be given a score based on the system below. Students selected will be offered a seat in the program based on their score, in rank order, as space is available. Passaic County residents are given preference. 

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)

Note: May be taken only once in a semester, Fall, Spring, or Summer (June through August). Students are advised to make an appointment with the Associate Dean of Nurse Education and Sciences if unable to achieve passing score after 2 attempts.

A passing score on the TEAS is a minimum of 50% correct (Adjusted Individual Score) in each of the subject areas: Math, Reading, and English. A passing score is required but does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The points earned on the TEAS are combined with points earned for the G.P.A., and applicants are admitted in rank order of their point score. Points area assigned for each subject section score and then averaged for a total point score. 

Percent Correct Points
49 or below 0
50-54 1
55-59 2
60-64 3
65-69 4
70-74 5
75-79 6
80-89 7
90-99 8
   
Example:
Reading Score 50% 1 point
Math Score 70% 5 points
English Score 60% 3 points
  9 points
9 points divided by 3 (sections) = Total score of 3 points
 
GPA AND NUMBER OF COLLEGE CREDITS
GPA Credits Points GPA Credits Points
3.5-4.0 27-34 12 2.5-3.0 27-34 10
  19-26 8   19-26 6
  12-18 4   12-18 2
3.1-3.4 27-34 11 2.0-2.4 27-34 9
  19-26 7   19-26 5
  12-18 3   12-18 1

 

Notes:  Withdrawals, D's, and F's in the required General Education and Nursing courses: 

-1 point for each occurrence within the last 5 years.

Sciences will be accepted withing five (5) years completion to the start of the first Nursing course.

Students applying to the program while in their senior year of high school or students applying for the advanced standing (transfer from another generic nursing program) will be considered on an individual basis and are not subject to this admission criteria. 

Requirements for Clinical Experience

Once accepted into the Nurse Education Program and prior to participation in courses with a clinical component, the following are required:

  1. Submit a complete health form signed by a physician or nurse practitioner.
  2. Provide evidence of current Professional Liability Insurance coverage for nursing students. 
  3. Submit verification of current certification in American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR. 
  4. Submit evidence of health insurance coverage. 
  5. Complete a criminal background check. Only students with a CLEAR background report are eligible to participate in clinical. If the background check is NOT CLEAR, the student must withdraw from the program. Background checks are required annually while the student is in the program, and if the report is NOT CLEAR at any time during the student's enrollment in the program, the student will not be permitted to continue in the program. (A comprehensive criminal history background check, with fingerprints, is required at completion of the program by the New Jersey Board of Nursing in order to obtain your nursing license.)
  6. Complete drug test at designated laboratory facility. All drug testing reports must be NEGATIVE. Drug testing is required annually or more frequently as required by clinical agencies. A POSITIVE drug test report at any point during the program will result in dismissal from the program. 
  7. Additional requirements such as fingerprinting or other requirements may be required by specific clinical agencies, and students must comply with these policies to participate in clinical experiences.  

Students must complete all General Education and Nursing courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

It is recommended that students enroll in their first WI course upon completion of EN 101. For a list of WI courses available for registration, go to: www.pccc.edu/home/writing-intensive-courses.

* Applicants must complete the course CH 103 Introduction to Organic and Inorganic Chemistry with a grade of "C" or higher prior to admission to phase 2.

Requirements for General Education

Nursing students must take at least one (1) Writing Intensive General Education course.


General Education(34 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
Science (16 credits)
CH 103 Introduction to Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 4
BS 103 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BS 203 Microbiology 4
Social Science (9 credits)
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Humanities or History (3 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following categories  (3 credits)
Category 6 - Humanities 3
Category 7 - History 3

Career(34 credits)

Code Name Credits
NUR 101 Nursing I 7
NUR 102 Nursing II 8
NUR 201 Nursing III 9
NUR 202 Nursing IV 9
NUR 203 Nursing Transition 1

Total Credits 68


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester (Fall/Day) Credits
BS 103 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
NUR 101 Nursing I 7.0
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
Total 17.0
Second Semester (Spring/Day) Credits
BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
NUR 102 Nursing II 8.0
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3.0
Total 18.0
Third Semester (Fall/Day) Credits
BS 203 Microbiology 4.0
NUR 201 Nursing III 9.0
Humanities OR History Course 3.0
Total 16.0
Fourth Semester (Spring/Day) Credits
NUR 202 Nursing IV 9.0
NUR 203 Nursing Transition 1.0
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
Total 13.0
First Year General Education Courses (Evening) Credits
BS 103 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
CH 103 Introduction to Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 4.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3.0
Total 24.0
First Semester (Spring/Evening) Credits
NUR 101 Nursing I 7.0
Total 7.0
Summer Session I Credits
BS 203 Microbiology 4.0
Total 4.0
Summer Session III Credits
Humanities or History Elective 3.0
Total 3.0
Second Semester (Fall/Evening) Credits
NUR 102 Nursing II 8.0
Sociology Elective 3.0
Total 11.0
Third Semester (Spring/Evening) Credits
NUR 201 Nursing III 9.0
Total 9.0
Fourth Semester (Fall/Evening) Credits
NUR 202 Nursing IV 9.0
NUR 203 Nursing Transition 1.0
Total 10.0