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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (PN/AD), Associate of Applied Science Degree Option in Nursing

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The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Nursing (PN/AD Option) prepares graduates of Practical Nursing programs who want to advance their educational preparation to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  Graduates are prepared for an entry-level position as registered nurses.  The program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The course of study is designed as a career program, although graduates may wish to continue their studies for a baccalaureate degree in nursing at a four-year institution.  Credits earned are applied in whole or in part to the upper division program depending on the policies of the institution to which application is made.  Articulation agreements which enhance this process are in effect with numerous colleges and universities.

The nursing program includes nursing courses, general education courses and clinical experiences.  These experiences are in varied health care settings in acute care, subacute and long term care and community-based care under the supervision of nursing faculty.  In addition, students practice nursing intervention skills in the fully-equipped college laboratory.

The program requires one summer session (Nursing Transition) and one year of study.  All developmental courses and Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and an overall 2.75 GPA is required for admission into Nursing Transition.  Due to its concentrated and rigorous design, it is recommended that students devote themselves fulltime for study and preparation.  In order to progress through the program, a grade of “C” or better in all nursing and science courses and satisfactory clinical evaluations must be achieved.  Nursing policy states that two grades of D, F,W or AU in any required science courses or Nursing courses will make a student ineligible to continue in the Nursing program.  All required science courses must have been completed within the past 5 years for students applying to the college as pre-nursing majors as of 9/1/17.  Students who became pre-nursing majors before 9/1/2017 may follow previous nursing requirements and will have no time limit of required science courses. Nursing clinical courses must be taken in an unbroken sequence.  If there is a break in sequence, the student must request re-admission into the program with re-entry on a space-available basis.  This is a rigorous program.  Students with weak basic skills or no previous college-level experience may require a longer period of time to complete the program.  All students must have a yearly health maintenance survey by their health care practitioner and maintain current liability insurance while in the program.

Licensure for the practice of professional nursing is regulated by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.  Limitations to NCLEX-RN testing, licensure and professional practice may occur for substance/alcohol abuse or violation and conviction of any federal or state law involving moral turpitude or relating adversely to the nursing profession.

Graduates are able to:

  • provide client-centered holistic nursing care across the lifespan by responding to evidenced wellness states
  • manage and coordinate care for individuals, groups and families experiencing disruptions in wellness states
  • practice as a member within the profession of nursing


PLEASE NOTE: Students interested in pursuing the PNAD/RN nursing program will initially be enrolled into the AS in Health Science degree as pre-PNAD majors. Students must complete the pre-requisites in order to become eligible to apply for selective admission for entrance into the PNAD nursing program.
Admission Requirement(s):  The following forms are to be submitted to the Admissions Office - completed RVCC application, including proof of HS completion or GED, transcripts from all colleges attended, official transcript from LPN school, and LPN Recommendation Form. A current LPN license from the State of New Jersey must be presented at time of registration.  All developmental classes and prerequisites must be completed by the PNAD clinical application deadline date. Graduation  from a LPN program with a 3.25 GPA or higher.  Entrance testing will be required by the nursing program.  Students who submit proof of residency for Somerset or Hunterdon County are given priority placement.



Curriculum – PN/AD Option

  • Transfer credits from LPN education 15 Credits

Prerequisite Courses

Total Credits 68

1 A grade of “C” or better is required in all Science and Clinical Nursing courses.

2 Complete any developmental courses required in Reading and Writing, including ESL (English as a Second Language) courses.

 Mathematics Proficiency - This degree requires a minimum math proficiency through MATH 020 - Elementary Algebra .

4 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list. Technological Competency may also be met by passing the Technological Competency test (no credit).*

5 Refer to the Health Science Education webpage,  http://www.raritanval.edu/academics/dept/hs/index.html 

6 Enrollment in these courses is restricted to students formally admitted to the Nursing Clinical courses. All other courses are open and should be taken by students waiting for admission to the Nursing Clinical courses.

7Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list. PHIL 106 - Current Moral and Social Issues  is the preferred Humanities course.


*NOTE:  Technological Competency must have been demonstrated within the last seven years.

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