Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

Department of Nursing — 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 at the Essex County College main campus to facilitate student learning. In addition, a multi-media computer laboratory is available for Nursing student use. The Nursing degree 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?

Yes. Many colleges have “upper-division” nursing programs that allow associate’s 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?

It is recommended that you apply to the College as a General Science (curriculum code: 0603) major and indicate interest in the Nursing program. The following are the minimum standards for admission into the Nursing program:

  • 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.
  • Successfully complete all of the program pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better.

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

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


How long will it take me to complete this degree?

The Nursing degree 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 13 credits each semester.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

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

The Essex County College Nursing program is approved and accredited by the:

New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ, 07102, (973) 504-6430

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326
(404) 975-5000


Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)
BIO 121 (4 credits)
BIO 122 (4 credits)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
SOC 101 (3 credits)

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)


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 Seminar: Nursing V (2 credits)

(1) 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.
(2) Course substitutions are not acceptable in general education requirements.
(3) 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.
(4) Consult the NJ Board of Nursing for specific information on licensure requirements at


Total Credits Required for Degree: 66

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)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)

(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, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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