The Nursing Department offers the A.A.S. degree program designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities immediately upon graduation.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the certification exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. The Department also offers the opportunity for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to gain credit for previous LPN education and license toward the completion of an A.A.S. degree in Nursing.

The Nursing program utilizes state-of-the-art on-campus laboratories, including a nursing simulation laboratory and a multimedia computer laboratory, to facilitate student learning.

Many colleges have upper-division nursing programs which allow Associate Degree graduates to transfer most or all of their credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing (B.S.N.).

Currently, Essex County College has such articulation agreements with New York University, New Jersey City University, St. Peter’s College, Felician College, Kean University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, and William Paterson University.

Students seeking admission to any of the ECC Nursing programs must complete online applications by following dates:

  • LPN program application is open from April 15-June 30 for Spring (January) admission.
  • RN Nursing program application is open from January 15-March 31 for Fall (September) admission. All prerequisites must be completed or transferred by December 31 of the year prior to applying to the program.
  • LPN-RN program application is open from July 15-August 31 for Spring (January) admission. All prerequisites must be completed by August 31.
  • TEAS testing will be arranged after an application is submitted and reviewed. No outside test scores accepted.

Academic Programs

Academic Degrees:



Nursing Program Outcomes

Program Outcome #1: Graduates will be successful as first-time candidates for the National Council Licensure

Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN) as evidenced by end-of-year NCLEX-RN pass rate measured by cohort at or

above the national average.


Program Outcome #2: At least 50% of entering students will complete the program within 4 semesters.

FALL 2019321753.1%
FALL 2020372259.4%

Academic Certificate:



The Nursing Department is accredited by the following:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program
    New Jersey Board of Nursing
    PO Box 45010
    Newark, NJ 07101
    Phone: (973) 504-6430
  • The Associate Degree Nursing program at Essex County College located in Newark, 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 Degree
    Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at
  • New Jersey Board of Nursing
    PO Box 45010
    Newark, NJ 07101
    Phone: (973) 504-6430

As per the National Council State Board of Nursing 2019 Licensure Survey, ECC’s nursing programs meet the educational licensing requirements for the following states and the District of Columbia: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia. Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Essex County College (ECC) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, familial status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran or disability, or any other category protected by applicable law in its recruitment/enrollment, employment practices, educational programs or vocational opportunities. ECC is committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion.

Message from Chairperson Dr. Gale Gage

We offer high-quality Associate degree, LPN-RN Articulation, and PN Certificate nursing programs that prepare students in a variety of clinical settings designed to meet the needs of patient populations in an ever-changing healthcare environment. Our state-of-the-art simulation laboratory allows students to experience hands-on clinical scenarios. The first-rate education received by our graduates positions them for direct entry into gainful employment or articulation into RN-BSN programs.

Location: Center for Health Sciences
Telephone: (973) 877-1868
Fax: (973) 877-3216