Nurse Education Program

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Nurse Education Program
(Nursing)

Offered in Passaic and Newton locations.

 
 
 

PUBLIC NOTICE OF UPCOMING ACCREDITATION REVIEW VISIT BY THE ACEN

Announcement

Passaic County Community College Nurse Education Program wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate in Applied Science nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 10:45 am on Feb 28, 2019 at Passaic Academic Center located at 2 Paulison Avenue, Passaic, NJ, 07055.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll
Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326
Or e-mail: mstoll@acenursing.org

Welcome to the Passaic County Community College Nurse Education Program, one of the leading nurse training programs in the State of New Jersey. Over 30 years old, the program has graduated over 1,000 students since its beginnings. (Click for History of the PCCC Nurse Education Program)

OUR PROGRAMS

Our graduates have gone on to fulfilling and distinguished careers in hospitals, specialty nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, educational institutions, and more. Many have earned advanced degrees and hold positions in nursing management and nursing education. 

Additionally, our students train in state-of-the-art facilities under the watchful guidance of highly experienced and caring professors. 

 
Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Degree

Offered at the Passaic Academic Center, the Nurse Education A.A.S. Degree program is a competitive 2-Phase program that includes both General Education (Phase 1 ) and  core curriculum nursing courses (Phase 2) 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 Standard 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
973-505-6430

 
Newark, NJ 07101
973-505-6430
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 County Community College Nurse Education Program is also housed at Sussex County Community College for Sussex County residents only. The Program begins in the semester each year, alternating between days and evenings with the day program beginning in the 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 are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses.

 
The program offers three options:

  • Day Option: For students who choose to complete the program in two academic years during the day. 
  • Evening Option:  For students who have completed most of the General Education courses.
  • LPN Mobility Option: For LPNs who desire careers as Registered Nurses.

 
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 with commonly occurring health problems 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 and within legal parameters according to the New Jersey 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 interdisciplinary health-care team.
  • Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional development.
  • Integrate developmental principles when caring for clients of all ages. 
  • Implement evidence based clinical judgment as an associate degree nurse as a provider of care, manager of care, and member of the inter-professional health care team.
  • Collaborate with the inter-professional 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).

 
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 Phase 2 Nursing students must contact the Nursing Department to begin 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 to the program:

  1. Student must 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 a 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 Transfer Admissions Requirements

The Nurse Education Program admits students to the program with advanced standing in nursing and general education courses when space is available.

  1. All applicants requesting admission with advanced standing 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 Assistant Dean of Nursing and Sciences to review the following documents (applicants must bring these to the meeting with the Assistant 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, or 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 County 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 to the Associate Dean of Nurse Education and 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 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 are assigned for each subject section score and then averaged for a total point score.

 
Per Cent Correct
15 week
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
50 - 54
5
55 - 59
3
 
Combined Scores
9
9 points divided by
3 (sections) =
Total Score of 3 points
 
GPA AND NUMBER OF
COLLEGE CREDITS
GPA
CREDITS
POINTS
3.5 – 4.0
27 - 34
12
 
19 - 26
8
 
12 - 18
4
 
3.1 – 3.4
27 - 34
11
 
19 - 26
7
 
12 -18
3
 
2.5 – 3.0
27 - 34
10
 
19 - 26
6
 
12 -18
2
 
2.0 – 2.4
27 - 34
9
 
19 - 26
5
 
12 - 18
1
 
LPN Mobility Exam
Score
Points
Score
Points
90 – 99
10 points
94 – 99
10 points
80 - 89
8
88 – 93
8 points
75 – 79
6 points
82 – 87
6 points
70 – 74
4 points
76 – 81
4 points

 
NOTE: Applicants who have withdrawals (W), D’s, and F’s in the required General Education and Nursing courses will lose one (1) point for each occurrence within the last 5 years.

Sciences will be accepted within five (5) years from the date of course 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 advanced standing (transfer from another generic nursing program) will be considered on an individual basis and are not subject to these 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 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 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 second 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 time 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 Wl (Writing Intensive) course upon completion of EN 101. For a list of Wl courses available for registration, go to: www.pccc.edu/home/writing-intensive-courses.

*Applicants must complete the course CH 103 Introduction to Organic Chemistry with a grade of "C" or higher prior to admission.
 
 
Requirements for General Education

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

 
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
 
GENERAL EDUCATION  (34 credits)
Code
Name
Credits
 
Communication
EN 101
Composition I
3
EN 102
Composition II
3
 
 
Science
CH 103
Introduction to General and
Organic Chemistry
4
BS 103
Anatomy and Physiology I
4
BS 104
Anatomy and Physiology II
4
BS 203
Microbiology
4
 
 
Social Science
PS 101
Introduction to Psychology
3
PS 102
Human Growth and Development
3
SO 101
Introduction to Sociology
3
 
 
Humanities or History
 
Choose one course from the following categories
Category 6 - Humanities
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
 
SUGGESTED SEQUENCE
Prerequisite to NUR - 101 Nursing 1 is:
CH - 103 Introduction to Inorganic &
Organic Chemistry - 4 Credits.
 
First Semester (Fall/Day)
Code
Name
Credits
BS 103
Anatomy and Physiology
4
EN 101
Composition I
3
NUR 101
Nursing I
7
PS 101
Introduction to Psychology
3
 
Total
17
 
BS 104
Anatomy and Physiology II
4
EN 102
Composition II
3
NUR 102
Nursing II
8
PS 102
Human Growth and Development
3
 
Total
18
 
 
Third Semester (Fall/Day)
Credits
BS 203
Microbiology
4
NUR 106
Nursing III
9
 
Humanities or History Course
3
 
 
16
 
 
Fourth Semester (Spring/Day)
Credits
NUR 202
Nursing IV
9
NUR 203
Nursing Seminar
1
SO 101
Sociology Elective
3
 
Total
13
 
 
Total Credits * (Includes CH-103)
68
 
 
First-Year General Ed. Courses (Evening)
Credits
CH 103
Introduction to Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
4
BS 103
Anatomy and Physiology I
4
BS 104
Anatomy and Physiology II
4
EN 101
Composition I
3
EN 102
Composition II
3
PS 101
Introduction to Psychology
3
PS 102
Human Growth and Development
3
 
Total
24
 
 
First Semester (Spring/Evening)
Credits
NUR 101
Nursing I
7
 
Total
7
 
 
Summer Session I
Credits
BS 203
Microbiology
4
 
Total
4
 
 
Summer Session III
Credits
 
Humanities or History Elective
3
 
Total
3
 
 
Second Semester (Fall/Evening)
Credits
NUR 102
Nursing II
8
 
Sociology Elective
3
 
Total
11
 
 
Third Semester(Fall/Evening)
Credits 
NUR 201
Nursing III
9
 
Total
9
 
 
Fourth Semester (Fall/Evening)
Credits
NUR 202
Nursing IV
9
NUR 203
Nursing Transition
1
 
Total
10
 
 
Total
44
 
 
Total Credits for Degree
68

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
LPN MOBILITY OPTIONS

An applicant for admission to the Nurse Education Program must be a high school graduate or have a high school equivalency diploma (GED). These admission requirements are minimum standards. Each applicant must:

  1. Meet the general admission criteria for students admitted to Passaic County Community College; 
  2. Achieve satisfactory scores on the College Placement Test for placement in college-level math and English courses or have completed required remediation; with a grade of "C" or higher.
  3. Complete the following college-level courses with grades of "C" or higher prior to admission:
     
     
     
    Credits
    CH - 103
    Introduction to Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
    4
    BS - 103
    Anatomy and Physiology
    4
    PS - 101
    Introduction to Psychology
    3
    EN - 101
    Composition I
    3
     
     
    14
  4. Achieve a minimum score of 76 on the National League for Nursing NACE I examination. ( May be taken only once every 6 months). The results of this examination are valid for three years; 
  5. Submit evidence of a valid New Jersey practical nurse license (LPN); 
  6. Submit a transcript from the School of Practical Nursing with grades of "B" or higher; 
  7. Submit a dated letter of recommendation from your current employer or from the director of the practical nurse program from which you graduated. 

LPN MOBILITY OPTIONS CURRICULUM SAMPLE

This option is designed for LPNs who desire careers as registered nurses.

 
 
First Semester (in May)
Credits
NUR - 102
Nursing Mobility
2
 
 
2
 
Summer Semester
 
NUR - 102
Nursing II
8
PS - 102
Psychology Human Growth and Development
3
 
 
11
 
Third Semester
 
BS - 104
Anatomy and Physiology II
4
EN - 102
Composition II
3
NUR - 201
Nursing III
9
 
Humanities Elective
3
 
 
19
 
Fourth Semester
 
BS - 203
Microbiology
4
NUR - 202
2 Nursing IV
9
NUR - 203
Nursing Transition
1
 
Sociology Elective
3
 
 
17
 
Total Credits for Degree
70

 
Admission Timelines

Passaic Campus (Passaic County Community College)
Students are admitted to the day option of the Nurse Education Program each September and the evening option each January.

Licensed practical nurses are admitted each Spring (May) to the mobility option.

Newton Campus (Sussex County Community College)
Students are admitted to the day option of the Nurse Education Program in January of the even-numbered years and to the evening option in January of the odd numbered years.

 
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE AS FOLLOWS
 

LPN Mobility Exam
PASSAIC
DUE DATE
SUSSEX
DUE DATE
Fall (September)
 
Spring (January)
even-numbered years
 
Day Option
March 1
Day Option
October 1
Spring (January)
 
Spring (January)
odd-numbered years
 
Evening Option
October 1
Evening Option
October 1
LPN Mobility Option
February 15
 
 


*Applications will NOT be accepted past the due date.
Incomplete applicationS will NOT be reviewed by the Committee and become ineligible for that admission cycle.

*NOTE: Priority is given to residents of each county of the respective colleges. Others may be accepted on a space available basis


This sequence of courses is carefully planned to maximize integration of General Education courses with nursing courses. Some students elect to take all or most of the General Education courses before starting the Nurse Education Program, thus lessening the course load during the two-year sequence of courses. This option is highly recommended for students who plan to be employed during the course of their studies. However, once admitted to the Nurse Education Program, all courses required in each semester must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher prior to, or concurrently within, the designated semester.
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.

ACCREDITATION

This Nurse Education Program is accredited by:
Department of Law & Public Safety
New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010
Newark, New Jersey 07101
973-504-6430

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

The program admits students without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.
Nurse Education Program
Contacts/Locations
Donna Stankiewicz
Associate Dean for Nurse Education & Sciences
Office: PAC 206
Phone: 973-684-5218
E-mail: dstankiewicz@pccc.edu

Passaic Academic Center (PAC)
2 Paulison Avenue
Passaic, NJ 07055
Main Campus Telephone: 973-341-1600
Nursing Department Email: swashington@pccc.edu or dbernard@pccc.edu

Sussex Campus
Tel: 973-300-2136
Postal address: One College Hill, A Building Room 325A, Newton, New Jersey 07860.
Email: kpetriccione@sussex.edu