College Health/Medical Prep Programs Ranked Number 1 by National Organization

Nursing Professor Beverly Chapman, third from left, in the Nursing Lab with Executive Dean of Faculty and Academics Alvin Williams, on left, and two Nursing students.
Professor Darlyn Warner in Radiography lab demonstrates X-Ray machine
PTA Professor Thomas Donofrio demonstrates the use of rehabilitation equipment

Essex County College’s Associate degree programs in Health/Medical Preparatory have been ranked Number 1 for 2022 out of 23 schools reviewed nationally by the online ranking service College Factual. ECC offers Associate degrees in Nursing, Radiography, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Vision Care Technology through the Division of Nursing & Health Sciences.

“Congratulations to our outstanding faculty and students. Everyone at ECC should be proud of this ranking, which is proof of the quality of education we provide,” said President Dr. Augustine A. Boakye.

“Essex County College is providing the community wonderful opportunities to succeed in the high demand Health Sciences fields. This accomplishment of a Number 1 ranking by an independent organization is a testament to the faculty and staff at the College,” said Dr. Alvin Williams, Executive Dean of Faculty and Academics.  

According to College Factual, the overall quality of the Associate degree college, and not just a particular major, is the most important factor in its ranking system. Other factors considered include:

  •  Major Focus – How many resources a college devotes to other health/medical preparatory programs students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand – The number of other health/medical preparatory programs students who choose to seek an associate degree at the college.
  • Educational Resources – The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Accreditation – Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized other health/medical preparatory programs related body.

The College’s Associate degree Health Sciences programs are accredited by the following national agencies:

  • Nursing – Accreditation Commission on Nursing, Inc.
  • Radiography – Joint Review Commission on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Physical Therapist Assistant – Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Vision Care Technology – Commission on Opticianry Accreditation

“The College Factual ranking clearly shows that ECC has all you need to succeed,” said Dr. Boakye. 

Learn more about Essex County College’s Health Sciences programs at or call 973-877-4477. Fall II classes begin on October 6, 2022.