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Nurse Education Program

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.

The AAS Nurse Education program at Passaic County Community College meets the state education requirements for an RN nursing license in the state of New Jersey. Passaic County Community College has not determined if the AAS Nurse Education program at Passaic County Community College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Contact the state regulatory agency for nursing in any other state for which this information is needed.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has resources that may be helpful.

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


The Associate in Applied Science nursing program at Passaic County Community College located in Paterson, New Jersey  is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate in Applied Science nursing program is continuing accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at:

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 healthcare 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).