History

History of the Nursing Education Program 

The Beginnings  - The charter of Passaic County Community College (PCCC) dates back to 1968. Only six years later, in 1974, the College graduated its first nursing class. The Nurse Education Program at PCCC had been established in response to a serious community matter…the closing of the School of Nursing at nearby St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (now known as St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center).

 

Sister Jane Brady, then president of St. Joseph’s, encouraged the development of nursing and allied health programs at PCCC. She allowed the nursing classes to be held in the Johnson Building on the hospital campus. (In 1978, Academic Hall opened and nursing classes and laboratory sessions were held there.)

 

First Pinning - The first pinning ceremony for the PCCC Nurse Education Program was held June 21, 1975 in the Allied Health Building, Johnson Auditorium at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Forty-six students received their pins and graduate caps that evening.

 

The College’s first nursing cap had a blue and gold stripe. The gold represented social values and the blue signified justice, loyalty and perseverance. The original nursing pin was fashioned after the College seal at that time: A double-fish outline enclosed the College crest and shield. The pin bore the College motto: Perseverantia Triumphat (Perseverance Triumphs) and was adorned with a Greek lamp, the flame of which is a burning chain. The lamp symbolized knowledge severing the chains of opposition and slavery, outgrowths of ignorance.

 

Growth of the Program - Over the years, the Nurse Education Program at PCCC has grown and flourished. In 1984, the program expanded to offer LPNs the opportunity to become a Registered Nurse (RN), an opportunity that is still available.  An evening option for students who could not attend during the day was added in 1994.

 

Two years later, Passaic County Community College entered into an agreement with Sussex County Community College to offer the Nurse Education Program to the residents of Sussex County. From 2002-2006, a similar extension program was offered at Warren County Community College.

 

Today and Beyond - Today, with the demands of increasingly complex health care procedures, and a critical shortage of credentialed, competent nurses, the Nurse Education Program of Passaic County Community College stands ready to respond to these serious social issues as it did in its very beginnings.

Pinning Ceremony