Nurse Education Program

Pinning Ceremony


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 Standards of Practice and the New Jersey Nurse Practice Act.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become registered nurses.
(Click here for information about NCLEX and PCCC results)

The program offers three options:

  • Day Option: For students who choose to complete the program in two academic years during the day.  ( See below for Admission/Program details) 
  • Evening Option:  For students who have completed most of Phase 1/General Education courses
    ( See below for Admission/Program details) 
  • LPN Mobility Option: For LPNs who desire careers as Registered Nurses (click for Admission/Program details)

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.
  • Function as an entry-level associate degree nurse as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the discipline of nursing.
  • Contribute to continuity of care for clients and their families in the changing health-care system.

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).


The Nurse Education Program at PCCC is a 2-phase program. 

Phase 1 – General education is open to all applicants
Phase 2 – Core/Clinical Component is competitive. Admission to Phase 1 does not guarantee admission to Phase 2. Additionally, preference is given to county residents.

Once admitted to the College, prospective Phase 2 Nursing students must contact the Nursing Department to begin the Phase 2 Nursing Admissions process.

Applicants for admission to Phase 2 of 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 Phase 2: 

  1. Meet Passaic County Community College admission criteria.
  2. Achieve proficiency on the College Placement Test 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. If an applicant has not completed at least one high school laboratory science course within the past 5 years, it is recommended that they complete SC 004, General Science, 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. (See  Test of Essential Academic Skills below)
  6. A point system based on cumulative GPA and TEAS score is used to rank applicants and determine acceptance to Phase 2. (See Selection Point System  below)

    Advanced Standing Transfer Admissions Requirements

    The Nurse Education Program admits students to Phase 2 of 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 Assistant Dean of Nursing and Health 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 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 County Community College and has been taken within the last two (2) years.
    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 date of course completion to 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 Phase 2 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)

    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 Phase 2 of 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. How to Register for TEAS

    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

    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

    3.5 – 4.0
    3.5 – 4.0
    27 – 34 
    2.5 – 3.0
    27 – 34 
    19 – 26
    19 – 26
    12 – 18
    12 – 18
    3.1 – 3.4
    27 – 34
    2.0 – 2.4
    27 – 34
    19 – 26
    19 – 26
    12 – 18
    12 – 18


    : 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 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 this admission criterion. 



    Once accepted into Phase 2 of 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. Additional requirements such as drug testing, fingerprinting, or other requirements may be required by specific clinical agencies, and students must comply with these policies to participate in clinical experiences.

    Special Note for High School Students

    Admission to the Nursing Program is very selective. PCCC will consider high school students based on their high school GPA, their grades in laboratory biology and chemistry, and their score on the TEAS V examination.  To be considered for the Fall semester, high school seniors must:

    • Take the Test of of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)
    • Apply to PCCC Admissions and the Nurse Education Department by the first Friday in April
    • Place at college level in English, reading, and math on the placement exam
    • Include official copies of the high school transcript and the TEAS scores

    Accepted students will be required to take CH 103, Introduction to General and Organic Chemistry during one of the following Summer Sessions.  Acceptance to the program is conditional upon successful completion of CH 103 with a grade of “C” or higher and official notification of high school completion.


    CH 103 (4 credits, Introduction to Inorganic and Organic Chemistry) must be taken prior to acceptance in the Nurse Education Program and is good five years from course completion.

    PHASE 1
    GENERAL EDUCATION A (34 credits)
    PHASE 2
    (34 credits)    
    Communication B (6 credits) NUR 101 Nursing I 7
    EN 101 Composition I 3 NUR 102 Nursing II 8
    EN 102 Composition II 3 NUR 201 Nursing III 9
          NUR 202 Nursing iV 9
    Science (16 credits) NUR 203 Nursing Seminar                       1
    CH 103 Introduction to General and
    organic Chemistry
    4 Total Career Credits 34
    BS 103 Anatomy and Physiology I  4      
    BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II  4      
    BS 203 Microbiology 4      
    BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    Social Science (9 credits) 
    PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3    
    PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3    
    Sociology Elective:
    Choose one (1) course from Category 5
    on p56.
    3 A. Students must complete all General Education and Nursing courses with a grade of “C” or higher.


    B. It is recommended that students enroll in their first WI course upon completion of EN 102.
    Humanities or History (3 credits) For a list of WI courses available for registration, go to: 
    Choose one course from Category
    6 or 7 on p.56 of the College Catalog
    Total General Education Credits 34
    Total Degree Credits    68


    First Semester (Fall) Credits Third Semester (Fall) Credits
    BS 103 Anatomy and Physiology 4 BS 203 Microbiology 4
    EN 101 Composition I 3 NUR 106 Nursing III 9
    NUR 101 Nursing I 7 Humanities or History Elective 3
    PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3     16
        17 Fourth Semester (Spring)
    Second Semester (Spring) NUR 202 Nursing IV 9
    BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 NUR 203 Nursing Seminar               1
    EN 102 Composition II 3 Sociology Elective 3
    NUR 102 Nursing II 8     13
    PS 102 Human Growth and
    Total Credits for Degree     68 


    First-Year General Ed. Courses B Credits Summer II Session Credits
    CH 103 Introduction to General and Organic Chemistry 4 Humanities or History Elective 3
    BS 103 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 (one course from Categories 6 or 7 on p. 56)
    BS 104 Anatomy and Physiology II 4    
    EN 101 Composition I 3 Second Semester (Fall) B
    EN 102  Composition II C 3 NUR 102 Nursing II 8
    PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 Sociology Elective 3
    PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3     11
        24 Third Semester (Spring) B
    First Semester (Spring) B NUR 201 Nursing III                             9
    NUR 101 Nursing I 7      
          Forth Semester (Fall) B  
    Summer Session I NUR 202 Nursing IV 9
    BS 203 Microbiology 4 NUR 203 Nursing Seminar 1
    A. This degree can be completed in three (3) years.
    B. All required General Education and Nursing courses require a grade of “C” or higher.
    C. It is recommended that students enroll in their first WI course upon completion of EN 102.
    For a list of WI courses available for registration, go to:
    Total Credits for Degree     68 


    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.

    This program is accredited by:
    New Jersey Board of Nursing
    P.O. Box 45010
    Newark, NJ 07101

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Rd, N.E.,
    Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326