Admission to Nursing and Health Sciences Programs

The Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, and Radiologic Technology programs are specialized areas of study at Atlantic Cape. To apply to these programs, you must follow the general application procedures of the college and meet additional admission requirements for the specific programs. Details regarding the Nursing Program, AAS degree, appear below.

Atlantic Cape provides the AAS degree in Radiologic Technology cooperatively with the Shore Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology. Completing the prerequisite courses required and indicated for potential entry to the “SMCSRT” along with additional general education and program courses may lead to the AAS degree or for potential transfer to other regional programs for related fields of medical imaging.

The Atlantic Cape Community College Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program is offered in collaboration with Mercer County Community College. Students complete the general education and program courses (pre-professional phase) at Atlantic Cape. Upon acceptance, students will complete the professional phase of the program at Mercer County Community College and laboratories located in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Medical Laboratory Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree.

At Atlantic Cape, short-term programs in health related fields are also available through Workforce Development. There is no college credit associated with these programs.

For more information on these programs, you are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session or contact Carol Fraone, College Recruiter.

Applying to the Nursing Program

Application deadline is June 1st.

Atlantic Cape's Nursing program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 334 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 -Telephone (404) 975-5000 and The New Jersey Board of Nursing, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07102 - Telephone 1 (800) 242-5846 or 1 (973) 504-6430.

Students Studying


The goal of the admission process is to admit qualified students who will be successful in their pursuit of a professional nursing career. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Complete the admission process for "Admission to Atlantic Cape."
  • Have a high school diploma or GED and submit a copy to Atlantic Cape.  
    Please note
    , students who completed high school outside of the United States must provide a formal evaluation of their high school credential performed by an agency that specializes in formal credential evaluation. The Admissions Office can provide a list of these companies.
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses: BIOL220 (formerly, BIOL120), ENGL101, PSYC101 and SOCL101 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students must complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an overall GPA of 2.5 to be eligible to apply to the nursing program.
  • All science courses must have been taken within the last 10 years or must be repeated.
  • Applicants who transfer prerequisite courses from another accredited institution must have their credits evaluated by the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline.
  • Applicants must take a pre-nursing test, ATI TEAS, which can be taken at Atlantic Cape and is administered by the Testing Office. This test must be taken within three years of applying to the Nursing Program. Call (609)343-5099 or (609)463-3775 or request information by e-mail at

The ATI TEAS, with a score of 58.7 or higher, is required to apply for admission to the Nursing program. The ATI TEAS is a general, comprehensive assessment tool, which evaluates several areas. These include basic mathematics skills, reading comprehension, learning style, social interaction and stress level profile. To take the ATI TEAS at Atlantic Cape, you must be an Atlantic Cape student and must have completed at least two Nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of 'C' or better before registering for the test. Registration is conducted on the website for ATI. See Nursing Entrance Test - ATI TEAS.

When all criteria have been met, applicants must submit their credentials to the Admissions Office with the completed Nursing Program Application. All required credentials must be presented by June 1 to be considered for admission to the program which begins in the fall for selected students. Only completed applications will be accepted. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (609) 343-4922 or 463-4774, ext. 4922 or

Acceptance to the program is on a competitive basis. Successful completion of all prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into the program.   *Please note, Atlantic and Cape May County residents are given priority consideration. Residents of other counties will be considered only if all seats cannot be filled with qualified Atlantic and Cape May County students.

Selection Process for the Nursing Program

Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) currently licensed in the State of New Jersey, who qualify for admission, may be eligible for advanced placement. To be eligible, LPNs must meet the same admission criteria as an RN applicant, and complete, with a grade of "C" or better, BIOL221, Human Anatomy & Physiology II (formerly, BIOL121) and submit the Nursing Program Application to Admissions office by the annual July 1 deadline. One Nursing Program Application is used by all applicants including those who are seeking LPN Advanced Placement (all applicants complete Sections I and II; LPNs for Advanced Placement complete Sections I, II, and III). The Advanced Placement candidates who are offered Conditional Acceptance may be approved to attend the LPN Nursing Transition class offered each fall. Successful applicants who pass the NURS109 Transition course will be admitted for the spring term into NURS112. Call (609)343-5035 or (609)463-4774, ext 5035 for information, or contact the Admissions Office for an application to the program.

Optional Nursing Program

Atlantic Cape is invited to notify students that Ocean County College offers an On-Site Online Nursing program. Students of Atlantic Cape and of Rowan College of Burlington County are welcome to apply to Ocean County College for this option. The clinical portion of the program is completed at various locations throughout Southern New Jersey in a one-day a week (12 hour) format. The didactic portions of the program are Online. The students completing this program will receive their AAS degree from Ocean County College. This program has limited seating and the criteria for acceptance differ from the OCC traditional program requirements. Further information about this program can be found on the Ocean County College website or by contacting the Nursing department at Atlantic Cape.