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Nursing Program
Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

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This program prepares students for entry-level positions in nursing and for taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). It has been approved by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing, the New Jersey Council of Presidents, and Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

What is the pass rate for the NCLEX?
The pass rate for the NCLEX is as follows:

  • Class of 2009 – 97.44%
  • Class of 2010 – 94.12%
  • Class of 2011 – 92.75%
  • Class of 2012 – 93.65%

What is the role of Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC)?
Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is the primary clinical site for the Nursing program.

Are there any special requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

  • An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Students must have a “B” or better in high school laboratory biology and laboratory chemistry or an equivalent college course.
  • Algebra 1 is a pre-requisite for all majors. Algebra 1 competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test of completion of the appropriate course. As a result of the student’s performance on the College’s placement test, he or she may need developmental coursework. All developmental coursework must be completed before they will be considered for admission to the program.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75. High school GPA will be used if the student has less than 12 college credits at the time of application.
  • When students apply, they must take a Health Technologies entrance examination.

Is there a waitlist for the Nursing program?
No, When an applicant is admitted to the nursing program, the student starts the first nursing course and begins clinical within two weeks. If you not admitted, then you reapply for the next class.

How long will it take to complete this degree?
The standard duration of this Associate Degree program is four semesters (two years). Many students elect to take the science and general education courses required in the program before entry into the program. However, the four nursing courses must be taken in sequence and still require four semesters before graduation. Each nursing course may require Monday through Friday attendance.

Are there any special requirements once the student is admitted to this major?
The student must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher and meet the academic standards of progress to stay in the nursing program.

Are there additional requirements after graduation to be eligible for licensure?
The New Jersey State Board of Nursing requires that an applicant for licensure as a registered nurse must submit to the Board evidence, in such form as the Board may prescribe, that the applicant is of good moral character, is not a habitual user of drugs and never been convicted or has not pleaded nolo contendere, non vult contendere or non vult to an indictment, information or complaint alleging a violation of any Federal or State law relating to narcotic drugs. Application for licensure may be denied by the Board if violations exist. All licensure candidates must undergo a criminal history record background check, including fingerprinting prior to the issuance of the license.

Can students who major in Nursing transfer to a four-year college or university?
The courses students take may be applied to the Bachelor of Science (BSN) Degree. Any final decision regarding transfer courses will be made by the receiving college. MCC has articulation agreements with Felician College and Kean University that makes the transfer process as seamless as possible.

Are there any other things I should consider before I apply?
Yes, there are practical considerations, health considerations and legal considerations that you should review before making the decision to choose nursing as a career:

Practical Considerations:
The following Practical Considerations are listed so the student may be better able to assess their career choice in terms of ability to succeed in the program and gain employment in the field:

  1. Have written and oral communications skills in the English language to effectively and accurately communicate with patients, peers, and supervisors.
  2. Have sufficient visual acuity to accurately assess patient conditions and treat patients safely.
  3. Have motor skills capable of fine and delicate manipulation of patient equipment.
  4. The ability to transfer, lift and move patients without restrictions.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable affective behaviors required by health care employees such as maintaining excellent attendance and integrity and being able to work under pressure.
  6. Comprehend and follow clinical policies and procedures related to the profession you choose.

Health Considerations:
Due to the nature of clinical experiences in the Nursing Program, students will be participating in a work environment that has the potential of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases. All students accepted into the Nursing Program are provided with instruction on infection control protocols specific to the Program in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Legal Considerations:
A student is required to have a criminal background check performed with satisfactory results acceptable by Middlesex County College and the Nursing Department and/or participating clinical facilities as a consideration of admission, initial enrollment and/or continued enrollment. An offer of admission will not be final and enrollment not permitted until the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check. Drug testing is a requirement for the program. Admission may be denied or rescinded or enrollment terminated based on the results of the criminal background check and the drug testing.