Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

Division of Nursing & Allied Health — Curriculum Code 2104

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
(Also see General Science A.S. Degree Program)

Nursing Program – RN Fact Sheet
Nursing Program – RN Application
LPN Certificate Program – Application

Why major in Nursing?

There is a growing demand for nurses nationwide. Nursing is a service-oriented profession that involves caring for and working with people. A state-of-the-art, well-equipped nursing simulation laboratory is available on campus to facilitate student learning. In addition, a multi-media computer laboratory is available for student use. The nursing program prepares the student for entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to qualify for licensure.

If I major in Nursing, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Many colleges have “upper-division” nursing programs that allow associate degree graduates to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Apply to the College as a General Science (curriculum code: 0603) student with a major in nursing. The following are the minimum standards for admission:

  • Be at college level in reading, English, and mathematics, which may require the completion of developmental courses (e.g., RDG 096, ENG 096, and/or MTH 092) based on placement test scores.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have a college GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Complete the program prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better.

For other admissions requirements, contact the Nursing & Allied Health Division. Qualified applicants are admitted on a space-available basis. Admission to the nursing program is based on a statistically weighted system.

Note: In addition to the nursing program requirements, transfer students must be enrolled at Essex County College and have completed a minimum of 9 credits to be eligible for admission to the nursing program.


How long will it take me to complete this degree?

The Nursing program is a full-time program that can be completed in a two-year period (after the program prerequisite courses are completed) if you register for an average of 14 credits each semester.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-1868/1865.


(23 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)

BIO 121 and BIO 122 (two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

PSY 101 and SOC 101 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)



(43 credits)

CHM 101 College Chemistry I (4 credits) OR CHM 103 General Chemistry I (4 credits)

BIO 211 Microbiology (4 credits)
BIO 251 Pharmacology (3 credits)
NRS 104 Nursing I (6 credits)
NRS 114 Nursing II (8 credits)
NRS 206 Nursing III (8 credits)
NRS 216 Nursing IV (8 credits)
NRS 217 Nursing V (2 credits)

Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses designated BIO, MTH or NRS is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C”, you need to repeat that course.


Course substitutions are not acceptable in general education requirements. CHM103 may be used to fulfill the CHM101 requirement.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 66

(1) Students enrolled in the Nursing program will be required to submit to criminal background checks, drug screen, health clearance, and CPR certification in connection with their clinical placement at certain health care organizations. All expenses for criminal background checks, health clearance, and CPR certification are the responsibility of the student.
(2) Consult the NJ Board of Nursing for specific information on licensure requirements at


Prerequisite Courses
BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
CHM 101 College Chemistry I OR CHM 103 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
PSY 101 General Psychology I (3 credits)

First Semester
BIO 122 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
NRS 104 Nursing I (6 credits)

Second Semester
NRS 114 Nursing II (8 credits)
BIO 251 Pharmacology (3 credits)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

Third Semester
NRS 206 Nursing III (8 credits)
BIO 211 Microbiology (4 credits)

Fourth Semester
NRS 216 Nursing IV (8 credits)
NRS 217 Nursing Seminar (Nursing V) (2 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Additional Note: This Nursing program is approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark, NJ, 07102, (973) 504-6430,; and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, (404) 975-5000, fax: (404) 975-5020.

Click here to view 2012-2016 Nursing Program Outcomes


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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