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Associate in Applied Science

Nurse Education - LPN Mobility Program

This program is for LPNs who desire careers as Registered Nurses and is offered during the day,

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 being the Nursing Admissions process. 


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Admission to the program must be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GED). The following requirements are minimum standards:

1. Applicants must meet Passaic County Community College's admission criteria. 

2. Applicants must achieve college level proficiency OR complete required remediation with a grade of "C" or higher.

3. Applicants must complete the following college-level courses with a grade of "C" or higher prior to admission:

CH 103  Introduction to General and Organic Chemistry  4
BS 103  Anatomy and Physiology I  4
PS 101  Introduction to Psychology  3
EN 101  Composition I  3

4. Applicants must achieve a score of 76 or higher on the National League for Nursing - Nursing Accelerated Challenge Examination (NACE1). (Results of this exam are valid for three years.) Applicants who tested prior to Sept. 1, 2017 are required to have achieved a score of 70.

5. Applicants are required to submit evidence of a valid New Jersey Practical Nurse License (LPN).

6. Applicants are required to submit a transcript from a School of Practical Nursing with grades of "B" or higher.

7. Applicants are required to submit a dated letter of recommendation from your current employer or from the Director of the practical nursing program from which you graduated.

8. A point system based on cumulative GPA and NACE1 score is used to rank applicants and determine acceptance.

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 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.

Score Points
90-99 10
80-89 8
75-79 6
70-74 4

Required scores for tests taken prior to Sept. 1, 2017.

Score Points
94-99 10
88-93 8


76-81 4

Required scores for tests taken after Sept. 1, 2017.

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 five (5) years from the date of course completion to the start of the first Nursing course.

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

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 completed 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 an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR.
  4. Submit evidence of health insurance coverage.
  5. Successfully 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.


A. The 70 credits include the 14 credits from the first chart above plus NUR 101. After successful completion of NUR 195, seven (7) credits will be awarded for NUR 101.

B. 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 

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

Total Credits 0

Guided Pathways Academic Map

First Semester (Spring May/ Summer) Credits
NUR 195 Nursing Mobility 2.0
Total 2.0
Summer Session Credits
NUR 102 Nursing II 8.0
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3.0
Total 11.0
Third Semester (Fall) Credits
BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
NUR 201 Nursing III 9.0
Humanities Elective 3.0
Total 19.0
Fourth Semester (Spring) Credits
BS 203 Microbiology 4.0
NUR 202 Nursing IV 9.0
NUR 203 Nursing Transition 1.0
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
Total 17.0