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2023-2024 College Catalog 
  
2023-2024 College Catalog

Nurse Education, A.A.S.


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Program Description

The Nurse Education Program in conjunction with Passaic County Community College (PCCC) is highly competitive and admits approximately twenty students each year.

  • Applicants must be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GED). Admission to the Nursing Program is very competitive; selection at the SCCC campus is limited to approximately 20 students. At the Sussex Campus, priority is given to residents of Sussex County, NJ and Pike County, PA. The Sussex Campus also gives preference to applicants who have completed most of the required pre-requisite courses at SCCC. Admission criteria are minimum standards and, in most cases, applicants accepted into the program exceed these requirements.
  • Students who are admitted to the Nurse Education Program take nursing courses with PCCC instructors on the SCCC campus and in clinical sites throughout northern NJ. The program is comprised of a four-semester sequence which begins every January. The curriculum prepares students to practice in hospitals and healthcare agencies within the framework of the American Nurses Association’s Standards of Practice and the New Jersey Nurse Practice Act.

Admission Criteria

The following requirements must be met prior to admission:

  • Pass the ten required general education pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or above in each.

  • Complete required science pre-requisite courses within the past five years. Achieve a passing score on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) with a minimum of 50% in three subject areas: Math, Reading, and English. A passing score is required but does not guarantee acceptance. The TEAS test is offered several times each semester through the Testing Center.

  • A point system is used to rank applicants; those with the highest total scores are selected for admission. Points are earned based on TEAS scores and a unique GPA calculation. The GPA is calculated only from the grades earned in the required courses.

LPN-RN Mobility Option

The Nurse Education Program also offers an LPN-RN mobility option which is designed for LPNs who wish to continue their education and become Registered Nurses. The application is open from December 1st to February 1st of each year. There is a separate set of admission requirements and acceptance is based on several criteria and the availability of a seat in Nursing II on either campus.

General Education Requirements


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (34 Credits) Taken through SCCC

Humanities (3 cr.)


Choose from the list of approved General Education  courses in the College catalog

Program Requirements


NURSING CORE (34 Credits) Taught at SCCC Campus for PCCC

Applying for the nursing program is not automatic. Pre‐Nursing students must formally submit an application for the nursing program. The application deadline for the nursing program is October 1 each year and the deadline for the LPN Mobility Program is February 1 each year.

Required Courses (34 cr.)


  • NUR 101/PCC 101 - Nursing I Credits: 7 Spring Only
  • NUR 102/PCC 102 - Nursing II Credits: 8 Fall Only
  • NUR 201/PCC 201 - Nursing III Credits: 9 Spring Only
  • NUR 202/PCC 202 - Nursing IV Credits: 9 Fall Only
  • NUR 203/PCC 203 - Nursing Transition Credits: 1 Fall Only

Total Program Hours: 68


The A.A.S. in Nurse Education is conferred by Passaic County Community College. PCCC determines the criteria for successful completion of this program.

Developmental Courses


Students may need to first take some developmental courses  that are designed to prepare students for the college‐level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time. The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.

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