Associate in Applied Science


This program prepares students for first-level positions as Registered Nurses by providing curriculum composed of theoretical and clinical study. The theoretical component is comprised of general education and nursing courses. The clinical component, within the nursing courses, affords the student the opportunity to practice giving direct nursing care to clients in acute, long-term, and community health care agencies under the guidance of qualified nursing faculty. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and have the educational requirements necessary to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for RN Licensure. Atlantic Cape ’s Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., 331 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Telephone (404) 975-5000.

An applicant for a license to practice professional nursing in the state of New Jersey must also submit evidence to the New Jersey Board of Nursing, that he or she: (1) "has attained his/her 18th birthday; (2) is of good moral character, is not a habitual user of drugs and has never been convicted or has not pleaded nolo contendere, non vult contendere or non vult to an indictment, information or complaint alleging a violation of any federal or state law relating to chemical abuse substances; (3) holds a diploma from an accredited four-year school or the equivalent thereof as determined by the New Jersey State Department of Education."

In an effort to encourage nurses to continue their education and provide for advancing job opportunities, the nursing program has an advanced placement process for Licensed Practical Nurses and articulation agreements with several institutions, which offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing for graduates of the program.

Admission to the Nursing Program is competitive and requires a second application for admission. See the Admission to Allied Health Programs page for details. 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. NOTE: Acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis. Successful completion of all prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Students must pass each program course with a "C" or better to remain in the program, and must complete the program in five years from the date of acceptance. Students, who are unable to progress to the next consecutive nursing course at the planned time, for any reason, must withdraw from the program. They may request re-admission one time through the department chairperson, in writing, and letters must be received by June 1 of the year in which they wish to re-enter the Nursing program. Re-entry is contingent on available space in the course required by the re-entering student.

Students who fail one nursing course and repeat it, and then fail a second nursing course, or the same course a second time, will not be permitted to repeat again and will be required to withdraw from the Nursing Program until 10 years have elapsed. If 10 years or more have elapsed, students may reapply to the nursing program. 

Students must complete and pass a standardized "exit exam" to receive their letter of program completion (required by the State of New Jersey) to take their NCLEX.

The Nursing Program is challenging. Students are encouraged to consider limiting time commitments outside of school as much as possible during the two-year period of their nursing studies. Locations and hours of clinical assignments vary; significant additional travel time may be required. Travel to the clinical setting is the student's responsibility. Promptness and attendance are crucial to the successful completion of the Nursing Program.

Licensed Practical Nurses may be admitted to the nursing program via an advanced placement process. LPN's should contact the Admissions Office for additional information at (609)343-4922.

For more information on Allied Health programs, students are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session or contact Glenda Stogel, College Recruiter, at (609)343-5048, (609)463-4774, ext. 5048 or email

Program Requirements:

  • Students accepted into the Nursing Program are required to show proof of certification for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Health Care Provider from the American Heart Association. A criminal background check is required once the student is accepted into the program. (Instructions for completing this are given at the time of acceptance.)
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better and science course(s) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better, to be eligible to apply to the Nursing program.
  • A standardized pre-nursing exam (TEAS V) is required for admission to the Nursing program. The test must have been completed within the last three years. Applicants must receive a minimum scare of 58.7 for their application to be considered.
  • All science courses must have been taken within the last ten years or must be repeated.
  • LPN applicants are required to complete, with a grade of C or better, NURS109-LPN Transition course and BIOL121-Human Anatomy and Physiology II, before being admitted to the Nursing program.

 For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (609) 343-5000.

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Deliver patient-centered care by recognizing the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, culture, values, and needs;
  • Collaborate with other team members by functioning effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communications, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care;
  • Provide competent nursing care by integrating best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care;
  • Maintain standards of professional performance, including the pursuit of life-long learning, by using data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems;
  • Manage Safe and therapeutic nursing care in a variety of health care settings employing technical nursing skills so as to minimize risk for harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performances;
  • Demonstrate information and technology literacy by using information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
Courses Credits
Prerequisite Courses - General Education  
ENGL101-Composition I 
PSYC101-General Psychology 
SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
BIOL120-Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Other General Education Courses  
ENGL102-Composition II
BIOL121-Human Anatomy and Physiology II
ALHT110-Comprehensive Medical Terminology
Choose HIST101 or HIST102
Fall Semester:
NURS110-Nursing I
Spring Semester:
NURS112-Nursing II
Fall Semester:
NURS200-Nursing III
NURS204-Nursing Management
Spring Semester:
NURS206-Nursing IV
NURS208-Nursing Trends and Issues
Computer Literacy: 0-3 credits. Is fulfilled with CISM125, testing or reviewed departmental portfolio.