May 18, 2021
Students enrolled in the previous Nursing AAS program curriculum which was in effect prior to 2017-2018 must complete their program by Spring 2019. The previous Nursing AAS program curriculum can be accessed here: Nursing AAS program prior to 2017-2017. The schedule phase out is:
NURS 161 Fall 2017
NURS 162 Spring 2018
NURS 261 Fall 2018
NURS 262/263 Spring 2019
This program prepares the student for entry-level nursing positions in hospitals or comparable facilities. Clinical learning experiences are required for some courses. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this examination results in licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).
This program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing (NJBON), 124 Halsey Street, Sixth Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07101, (973) 504-6430, and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. If you have questions or complaints about the program, you can contact NJBON and/or ACEN.
Specific admission criteria for the program are outlined in the Registration & Records section of this catalog. Separate policies exist for the Nursing Program, including grading. These policies can be found in the Nursing Student Handbook.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Use clinical reasoning to provide holistic patient-centered care to individuals, families and groups.
- Assume accountability for own behavior and nursing practice based upon legal and ethical principles, regulatory guidelines, and professional standards.
- Manage patient care through effective communication and interdisciplinary collaboration within systems-based practice.
- Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
- Communicate effectively with patients, families, and colleagues, fostering mutual respect and share decision making, to enhance patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
- Function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision making, and collaboration.
- Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
- Participate in quality improvement initiatives to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
- Utilize the best current evidence coupled with clinical expertise and consideration of patients’ preferences, experience and values to make practice decisions.
General Education - 24 credits as follows:
Career Studies - 40 credits as follows:
A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all career studies courses in order to complete this program.
Credits required for degree: 64
Suggested Sequence- Nursing A.A.S. Program
The following sequence is an example of how this program can be completed. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Foundational Studies requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date. An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs. See a counselor for other options, or to monitor your progress. Students must satisfy specific requirements in order to be admitted to this program. See Admission to Health Science Program, Registration & Records section of this catalog or visit the Nursing Program web page.
Faculty recommend that ENGL 122 be taken in the summer term. For a full-time credit load in semester 5, students may take courses required for the BSN degree.
For information on transferring to a four-year college or institution visit the Transfer Resources website.