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General Information | Degrees and Certificates | Catalog Archive | Course Descriptions | Course Schedule | Admissions | Registering For Courses | Immunization Requirements | Academic Information | Nursing Admissions | Acceptance Of Credits | Assessment | Developmental Policy | Disability Assistance | Specialized Programs | International Travel

New Jersey's community colleges are open door institutions that admit all high school graduates, those holding graduate equivalency diplomas (GED), and all other persons 18 years of age or older who have the ability to benefit from post secondary education. The student applying for admission to Ocean County College is required to submit an application and credentials to the Office of Registration and Records as early as possible during the 6 months immediately prior to entrance. Applications will be considered when all the necessary steps have been completed.

The candidate is responsible for the completion of all admission requirements. These are listed below.

1. If a student attended a secondary school, an official transcript from the secondary school showing subjects completed and grades earned is requested. If the student is a high school graduate, the transcript must include the date of graduation. A State General Education Diploma (GED) may be submitted as evidence of high school graduation.

2. A completed application for admission. Application forms may be obtained from the high school guidance counselor, from the college Office of Registration and Records or from the college website. All information to be filled in by the candidate should be completed and returned to the Office of Registration and Records.

3. Official transcripts forwarded to the Office of Registration and Records from any college previously attended.

4. A medical examination by a physician is required only of those individuals accepted into the nursing and medical laboratory technology programs.

5. Proof of residency.
Signing the application after listing the address may be sufficient. A copy of a valid New Jersey voter registration, driver's license, county I.D. card or state printed New Jersey Tax Return label from the preceding year may be requested. Proof of residence must be satisfactory to college officials. In order to qualify as a resident, an adult must have established legal, permanent domicile within the county for 1 year prior to the date of registration. Adjustments to residency status can only be made prior to the first day of class each semester.

6. Applicants for the NURSING PROGRAM are required to take the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). (This requirement is waived if the applicant has a Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university and successful completion of A&P I & II with a minimum of a "C"within the last ten years or have a 2.7 college GPA which includes the General Education component of the Nursing Program.

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Registering For Courses
The registration dates and course schedules for each term are available on our website or from the Registration and Records Office. Registration forms are available in this office as well. Full time students must see an academic advisor before registering for classes, and obtain the advisor's signature on the registration form. Part time students can obtain advising if they choose, but it is not required. Completed registration forms can be processed in the Registration and Records Office.

WebAdvisor is an online service for students that allows students to view semester schedules, check grades, register for courses (if approved), access transcripts, pay bills, and run program evaluations to detail exactly what courses are required for a particular degree. No login is required to view the semester schedules. WebAdvisor is available at, or through the college website home page at

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Student Immunization Requirements
New Jersey law requires that all students attending colleges in New Jersey show proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella. This law requires all students born after 1956, who are matriculated in a degree program, and who did not attend an elementary or secondary school in New Jersey, to provide the college with a Certificate of Immunization.

Academic Information
Academic Progress
The academic sanctions for failing to maintain satisfactory academic standards/progress may include probation, special probation, academic restriction, and academic suspension. These sanctions will be imposed on students who either fail to earn sufficient grade points or who continue to withdraw excessively from classes. More specifically, any student who has completed 12 or more semester hours with a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 ("C" average) or who has failed to earn at least 50 percent of all credits registered for on the official day of counting student enrollment for two or more consecutive semesters will have an academic sanction of probation, special probation, academic restriction or academic suspension imposed.

A student placed on academic restriction or suspension may appeal the action to the Academic Standards Committee.

Academic Standing
In order to remain in good standing and become eligible for graduation, the student must maintain a "C" average or a grade point average of 2.00. The cumulative grade-point average is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total semester hours attempted.

A student will be placed on academic probation if he/she earns a cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.00.

If the number of grade points is 12 or more below the points required to maintain a 2.00 average the student will be considered for academic restriction.


Semester Hours
Letter Grade
Grade Points
Course 1
Course 2
Course 3
Course 4
Course 5

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This student took 15 semester hours and received 21 grade points, a grade-point average of 1.4. This is below 2.00 so the student is on probation. However, since the total grade points are only 9 grade points short of the 30 required for a 2.00 average, the student is not academically restricted. A comparable report in two consecutive semesters would leave the student 18 points short and eligible for academic restriction. A student may continue on probation as long as the grade-point deficiency does not go below 12, but a 2.00 index is
required for graduation.

If a restricted student fails to make appreciable progress, a one year suspension may be imposed during which no credit courses may be taken.

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Class Attendance
Ocean County College, recognizing that class attendance must be consistent with the objectives of the institution, will develop and maintain student attendance regulations and procedures that are consistent with these objectives.

Attendance at all classes and appointments is expected. Following Policy #5162, at the beginning of each course, the instructor will state the attendance policy for that course. Individual instructors determine the attendance policies for their courses; however, if an instructor chooses to make absence a component of course grading procedures, grade penalties for absence may be imposed only when a student exceeds a ten-percent absence rate.

A student may withdraw without academic penalty at any time up to mid-course. After mid-course, it will be the instructor's responsibility to assign the appropriate grade of "W" or "F" to a student whose absences exceed the limit.

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Changes in Schedule
A student may drop a course at any time prior to the first date of the term and receive a full tuition refund. (See section on refunds concerning drops after the first date of classes.)

A student may add a course or change a schedule only during the designated Drop/Add time period after classes have begun. No registration will be allowed after the attendance census date of the term.

After a semester begins, students who drop and add courses within the same day, even if done as separate transactions at different times of the day, will have tuition and fees processed on an even exchange concept. If the drop and add are on separate dates, tuition and fees for the drop will be processed according to the Refund Policy.  The added courses will be billed at full rate.

A student may withdraw at any time up to the 60% point of the semester; a grade of "W" will be assigned.  No withdrawals are allowed after that time. Exact withdrawal deadline dates are available on our website and posted in the Registration and Records office.

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Auditing a Course
Students registered for audit are entitled to participate in all course activities but receive no credit. Permission to audit forms are due to Registration and Records before the attendance census data of the term. In special circumstances a student may appeal in writing to the Academic Standards Committee for permission to change to audit after the census date, if he/she is passing at the time. No student may change from audit to credit. Audit students not fulfilling all course requirements may be required to withdraw from the course. The grade of "R" (registered for audit) will be recorded.

Any student who is auditing a course will still be financially responsible to the college for all tuition and fees.

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Incomplete Work
A grade of "I" (Incomplete) may be awarded by an instructor if he/she approves a request received from the student no later than the day of the final examination. A valid reason for the request must be offered. Approval of the request will allow 30 days from the beginning of the next regular semester for the work to be completed (five days for prerequisites). If the student is enrolled in a course for which the "I" grade is a prerequisite however, the work for the incomplete course must be made up by the fifth day of the next regular semester or the student must withdraw from the higher level course. Extensions in both cases may be granted by the instructor with the consent of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. When the work is completed, a change of grade report will be prepared by the instructor and forwarded to the Office of Registration and Records after all required signatures are obtained. If the work is not completed within 30 days of the following semester, the grade of "F" will automatically be recorded.

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Course Changes and Drops
Schedule changes must be initiated on an official Add/Drop form. Instructors cannot accept changes in registration that have not been properly authorized. Add/Drop forms can be obtained from the Registration and Records Office and must be submitted to Registration and Records prior to the attendance census date.

After a semester begins, students who drop and add courses within the same day, even if done as separate transactions at different times of the day, will have tuition and fees processed on an even exchange concept. If the drop and add are on separate dates, tuition and fees for the drop will be processed according to the Refund Policy. The added courses will be billed at full rate.

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Grading System
The student is at all times responsible for his/her own academic progress and standing, for contributing by preparation for and participation in those classes in which he/she is enrolled and for maintaining an academic achievement record commensurate with his/her ability.

Reports showing the grades received by the student will be issued at the end of each semester. These reports will be available on WebAdvisor (

The following marks, with their value in grade points per semester hour of credit are used:

Grade Points per semester hour
A Excellent 4.0
B+ Very Good 3.5
B Good 3.0
C+ Above Average 2.5
C Average 2.0
D Passing / Below Average 1.0
F Failure 0
W Withdrawn/ Non-Payment None
I Incomplete None
R Audit None
P Pass None
NC No Credit None

Incomplete grades ("I") must be resolved prior to 30 days into the following semester (five days for prerequisites). Meanwhile, the initial grade report will indicate the "I" grade but will not affect the semester and grade point average. If the work is not complete within 30 days into the next regular semester or an extension is not granted by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the grade of "F" will be recorded.

Courses in which a grade of "D" or "F" is received may be repeated. Note that the second grade received is the one that counts toward the grade point average and the credits earned (even if the second grade is lower than the first).

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Nursing Program Requirements
The minimum passing grade for nursing (NURS) courses is "C" (75%). All required courses in the nursing curriculum must also be passed at the "C" level or higher.

Students may not continue or reenter the program upon failure on the second attempt of a required nursing course OR failure of a third required nursing course.

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Pass/No Credit Grading
One free elective course outside the major field of study may be taken each semester during the sophomore year on a pass/no credit basis. A part-time student who has earned a minimum of twenty-eight (28) semester hours of credit may register on a pass-no credit basis for one elective course during any succeeding semester for a maximum of three courses. Students so registered shall be expected to complete all course requirements. The grade of "P" will be recorded for successful completion of each course with semester hours of credit applied toward a degree. A grade of "NC" - No Credit will be used to indicate unsuccessful completion of the course and will appear on the permanent record. In neither case will the grade point average be affected.

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President's List and Honors
The President's Honors List is official recognition by the faculty of outstanding academic achievement. A student who has completed a minimum of 12 credits, with no grade lower than "C" in a given semester, and has achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better qualifies for this honor. The President's Honors List is compiled each semester. Part-time students are eligible for this honor at the completion of 16, 32, 48 and 64 credit hours respectively, having a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better.

A candidate whose final cumulative grade-point average is 3.50 or better will be graduated with honors:

Cum Laude (3.50-3.79)
Magna Cum Laude (3.80-3.89)
Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00)

Enrollment on a full-time or part-time basis does not have to be maintained during consecutive semesters to qualify. If a student stops attending for one semester or more, the cumulative average will be the determinant.

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Student Classification
In deciding on a credit-hour load, the student must consider the pressures of part-time jobs and other limiting factors. One method is to estimate that each credit hour carried will require two hours of out-of-class preparation.

  1. A full-time student is one who is in good academic standing and who carries 12 or more hours of credit. The full-time student will normally carry 15 to 18 credit hours in order to graduate after four semesters. Full-time students must be enrolled as degree candidates.
  2. A probationary student is one who has a grade-point deficiency or other academic deficiency and will normally carry no more than 12 hours of credit in a semester.
  3. A part-time student is one who carries 11 or fewer semester hours of credit in a semester.
  4. A non-degree student is one who has not been admitted to a degree program.
  5. A sophomore student is a regular student who has earned a minimum of 30 semester hours. All other degree candidates are considered freshmen.
  6. A visiting student is one who is matriculated at another school while enrolled at OCC.

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A student who wishes to withdraw during a semester must do so on the form provided by the Registration and Records Office. Failure to do so may result in a grade of "F". The student is still financially responsible to the college for all tuition and fees, subject to the applicable refund percentage. (See also Refunds and Changes in Schedule.) Failing to attend class will not relieve you of your financial responsibility, even if you have not paid your bill.

Students receiving financial aid or VA educational benefits must, under the law, notify the Office of Registration and Records and the Financial Aid Office of their withdrawal from the college or of changing from full-time to part-time status. Failure to do so may result in reimbursing the government agency.

If physically unable to withdraw in person, notify the Office of Registration and Records immediately by telephone. You will not be officially withdrawn until a follow-up written request is received.

A student may withdraw without academic penalty at any time up to mid-semester. It will be the instructor's responsibility to assign the appropriate mark of "W" or "F" to the student who withdraws after mid-semester.

Acceptance Of Credits
Acceptance of Credits from an Accredited Institution
Credits granted for work completed at other regionally accredited institutions may be applied to a degree student's record at Ocean County College if requested. It is the responsibility of the student if requested to provide the Registration and Records Office with a catalog of the institution from which the credits are expected to be transferred.

Advanced Standing
Students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in certain subjects while in high school (e.g., English or foreign language) and who meet specific college departmental criteria, may be considered for advanced placement and/or credit. Advanced placement/credit will be considered on the basis of grades attained in the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Program examinations.

Challenge Examination
With instructor approval, challenge examinations may be offered to qualified students who apply. This policy may be implemented only for those courses in which objectives can be measured by examination. An examination may not be requested earlier than the end of the third week from the beginning of classes, nor later than three weeks prior to the end of classes. Grading will be on a Pass/Fail basis only. Students who successfully complete the challenge examination will be awarded a Pass grade and credit for the course at the end of the semester.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
In accordance with established departmental criteria, credit may be granted for the General Examination or the Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Questions concerning the examinations accepted at this college and minimum scores required are available in the Admissions and Advising offices.

Credit By Examination
Credit from non-accredited institutions and/or credit for work and other experiences may be granted on the basis of credit by examination in accordance with established departmental criteria. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will approve the granting of such credit upon recommendation of the appropriate department administrator in accordance with College policy. This policy applies only to fully matriculated students who have not transferred in the maximum credits acceptable. A fee shall be assessed for each examination. A grade of Pass/No Credit will be issued for Credit By Examination.

Portfolio Assessment
Students may earn credit through portfolio assessment for experiential learning in certain academic programs.

College Placement Test
The college tests incoming freshmen in reading, writing and mathematics skills. The results of these tests have no effect on admission to Ocean County College. Their purpose is to help the college place students in courses appropriate to their academic backgrounds and needs. Students with the following scores will be exempt from the corresponding segment, of the Placement Test:

SAT: 540+ Critical Reading; 530+ Math
PSAT: 54+ Critical Reading; 53+ Math
HSPA 235+ Critical Reading & Literacy; 250+ Math

Students may challenge (retake) the Placement Test once but must do so before beginning developmental courses. Placement Tests are valid for three years. For additional information and practice sites, visit the Testing Center.

After students are accepted by the college, they must call the Testing Center at 732-255-0420 or 0401 and schedule to take the College Placement Test. The test should be taken as soon as possible, since a delay in testing could result in a delay in the scheduling of courses. Also, early testing may enable students to complete developmental courses during summer sessions.

College Level Math Test
Students who wish to register in the Mathematics course sequence MATH 191 or higher and who have not met the course prerequisites must take the College Level Math Test. This placement test assesses current mathematical ability in areas such as algebra, trigonometry, and functions.

For additional details on this test, visit the Mathematics web page, or stop by the Mathematics Office (Russell Building, room 113).

Developmental Policy
College policy states that full-time students must take the Placement Test before registering for their first semester. Part time students must take this test before attempting their 12th credit and before registering for an English or math course. Also, prior to taking the Placement Test, a part-time student may not enroll in more than three courses in a semester.

A student needing developmental reading or writing must enroll in the course(s) immediately. A student needing developmental mathematics must enroll in the course before completing 24 credits. The passing grade for a developmental course is "C". New full-time students needing ENGL 091 are limited to a maximum of 13 credits. The required courses are:

  • ENGL 091 (4 cr.)
  • ACAD 155: Student Success (3 cr.)
  • Developmental Math (if needed)
  • Courses identified on a limited load course list (if needed for the 12-13 credit maximum)

Part-time students who need ENG 091 and who wish to take additional courses will be restricted to a limited load and must select from the limited load course list.

Students enrolled in developmental courses may need to attend Ocean County College for one or more additional semesters in order to satisfy specific program degree requirements. The college will not award a diploma to any student who has not demonstrated competency in the developmental skills.

Developmental Courses
The developmental courses offered by the college are:

ENGL 091 Developmental Reading and Writing I
ENGL 095 Developmental Reading and Writing II
MATH 011 Introduction to Algebra I
MATH 012 Introduction to Algebra II

The minimum passing grade for a developmental course is "C".

Developmental courses cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements but are prerequisites to advanced courses.

Developmental Probation, Restriction and Suspension

  1. Developmental Probation - Math
    Students failing to attain a minimum grade of "C" in the mathematics developmental courses will be placed on remedial probation.
    1. FULL-TIME students are limited to 12 semester hours and must re-enroll immediately in the developmental course.
    2. PART-TIME students must include the developmental course as part of their course load in the next semester in which they enroll.
  2. Developmental Restriction - English
    Students failing to attain a minimum grade of "C" in English developmental courses will be placed on developmental restriction. (Developmental restriction takes priority over developmental probation).
    1. Students placed on developmental restriction are limited to a maximum credit load of 12-13 credits, which must include the needed developmental course. The remainder of courses must be selected from the limited load list.
    2. Students placed on developmental restriction who fail to pass the developmental course on the next attempt, are limited to 6-7 credits, which must include the developmental course.
    3. Students placed on developmental restriction who fail to pass the developmental course after having been limited to 6-7 credits, can only register for that developmental course.

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Associate in Applied Science
Ocean County College's nursing program is a planned, two year curriculum of classroom study and clinical experience that prepares graduates for employment in the hospital and various health care settings. Successful completion of the program leads to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and eligibility to take the licensure examination for Registered Nurses in New Jersey.

The OCC nursing program has full accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10006, 1.800.669.1656, ext. 153, and by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

Admission to the Nursing Program
For acceptance into the Nursing Program a candidate must meet:

  1. Possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  2. Have completed high school algebra, biology and chemistry with a minimum grade of "C" or college equivalent
  3. Complete the general education requirements with a minimum grade of "C" and a cumulative college G.P.A. of 2.7 or better. All previous colleges are considered.
  4. An applicant can be accepted into the Nursing Program without previous completion of the general education requirements if the applicant has either:
    1. a minimal SAT I score of 1100 or ACE score of 24
    2. a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  5. Academic Skills (TEAS) composite percentage score of 40% or greater
  6. Successful completion of a criminal background check.

Traditional Day Or Evening Nursing Program
The traditional Nursing Program currently features a combination of classroom study and clinical experiences that can be completed in two years. Students may apply for admission to the Fall or Spring class schedule. In the Fall, lectures are during the day and in the Spring, lectures are in the evening. Clinical assignments for Fall and Spring classes are based upon providing maximal clinical experiences for the students to attain clinical objectives. Students must be willing to travel during the day or evening to a number of clinical facilities in Ocean, Monmouth and Burlington counties.

One Day Per Week Nursing Program
This unique Nursing Program allows individuals to complete the program by attending clinical/colloquium with the faculty member one day per week. The didactics are provided through web-assisted instruction. Preference is given to applicants who are currently employed in health care.

Career Mobility Nursing Program
Career mobility is an option for the qualified licensed practical nurse (LPN) who meet established criteria. Individuals will be assessed for eligibility.

Nursing General Education Requirements
Minimum grade of "C" in the following courses:

  • English Requirements (ENGL 151 & 152)
  • General Psychology (PSYC 152)
  • Mathematics Requirement: (MATH 151 or higher, MATH 156 or MATH 165 recommended)
  • Health and Human Performance requirement (HEHP 225 or HEHP 110)
  • One three credit Humanities elective
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 (BIOL 130 & 131)
  • Microbiology (BIOL 232)

Additional Requirements:

  1. Completion of a health record to include:
    1. Laboratory tests
    2. Rubella screening titer with appropriate follow-up; vaccine may be indicated.
    3. A Mantoux test with the results every 12 months; a chest x-ray may be necessary if the Mantoux test is positive, with appropriate follow-up/treatment.
    4. Varicella screening titer with appropriate follow-up.
    5. Hepatitis B vaccinations and follow-up blood work indicating immunity.

      The student will not be admitted to class, clinical or lab until the health record is complete and on file in the College Nurse' office. These health requirements may change as a direct result of health care delivery system mandates. The cost of these health requirements is borne by the student.

      It is the student's responsibility to see that these records are complete and are in the College Nurse's office before the beginning of the semester. New students' records must be in the College Nurse's office by August 15 or January 15 for the first Nursing semester.

  2. CPR certification from the American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer) or the American Heart Association (Health Care Provider).
  3. Purchase of required uniforms, name pins and equipment in sufficient time to be properly attired when entering the clinical experience.
  4. Students must provide independent transportation to and from the college and clinical experience. Agencies in Ocean, Monmouth and Burlington counties are utilized.
  5. Maintain a grade of "C" in all required courses.
  6. A cumulative grade of 75% is necessary to pass each NURS course as determined by individual course
    requirements AND satisfactory clinical performance.
  7. Students may not continue, re-enter or be readmitted to the program following failure on the second attempt of a required NURS course.
  8. Ocean County College reserves the right to assess the nursing student for fitness for class/lab or clinical.
  9. Students must complete clinical facility orientations, confidentiality forms, and computer orientations every semester as required for clinical placement.
  10. The completion of an Affidavit of NO Change in relation to the criminal background check must be submitted every semester.
  11. The New Jersey Board of Nursing requires a criminal background check from graduates who are applying for a RN licensure. The candidate for admission to the OCC Nursing Program may consider the following questions prior to applying for admission to the program:
    1. Have you ever been an abuser or habitual user of a chemical substance?
    2. Have you ever stolen or distributed any chemical substance?
    3. Have you ever been treated for alcoholism?
    4. Have you been indicted or convicted of any crime within the last ten years?
      If you can answer "yes" to any of the questions, it is strongly recommended that you contact the Board of Nursing prior to entering the nursing program.

      OCC reserves the right to endorse a candidate for licensure. The privilege is awarded at the completion of the nursing program. When the candidate is recommended and the application has been approved, the student will be notified of eligibility to sit for the licensing examination by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

Associate In Applied Science

First Semester
3 s.h. English I (ENGL 151)
4 s.h. Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 130)
3 s.h. General Psychology (PSYC 172)
9 s.h. Nursing I (NURS 175)
19 s.h.

Second Semester
3 s.h. English II (ENGL 152)
4 s.h. Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 131)
9 s.h. Nursing II (NURS 176)
3 s.h. Nutrition (NURS 174)
19 s.h.

Third Semester
3 s.h. Mathematics Elective (MATH 151 or higher)
4 s.h. Microbiology (BIOL 232)
2-3 s.h. Applied Modern Health (HEHP 110) or Contemporary Health (HEHP 225)
9 s.h. Nursing III (NURS 273)
18 -19 s.h.

Fourth Semester

3 s.h. Humanities Elective
10 s.h. Nursing IV (NURS 275)
2 s.h. Contemporary Nursing (NURS 274)
15 s.h.
Total Credits 71-72

One Day Per Week Nursing Program
This unique program allows committed, motivated individuals who are currently employed in the health care field to complete our A.A.S. Degree in Nursing program by attending class/clinical only one day per week supplemented by web-assisted instruction. The program is designed so that all classroom, laboratory and clinical face-to-face learning experiences are delivered in a single day of the week and within an existing hospital, allowing the students to keep their employment in healthcare. Online components to the didactic (classroom) portions of the entire nursing curriculum allow significant portions of the courses to be taught in a web-assisted manner, giving students major improvements in access and learning. The student must allow extra time during the day, evening or Saturday mornings to practice their nursing skills at the nursing laboratory at OCC or at the host hospital nursing laboratory. The student must also allow time for clinical preparation prior to the One Day clinical experience.

Admission to the One Day per Week Nursing Program
Applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the nursing program. In addition, the applicant must submit 3 typed essays with the application addressing the following issues:

  1. Why the applicant would like to be admitted to the One Day per Week Nursing Program.
  2. A detailed description of the applicant's computer literacy.
  3. A detailed description of the applicant's experience in a health care workplace.

Applicants who have met all requirements will have their applications forwarded for consideration for admission via a Nursing Admissions Committee. The decision of the Nursing Admissions Committee is final. Priority is given to in-county residents. Students are admitted to the program option in the spring semester.

Students accepted without completing their nursing general education requirements must take those required courses concurrent with the other nursing courses. These additional classes would require an additional time commitment beyond the day required for the One day per Week Nursing Program.

Career Mobility Option
Career mobility is an alternate track for nursing students who are qualified licensed practical nurses (LPN). The full general education component of the nursing program, as well as nutrition and microbiology, must be completed prior to beginning studies in the career mobility track.

Criteria For Admission
1. Admission requirements for the college must be met.
2. Admission requirements to the Nursing Program must be met.
3. LPN students must be graduates of State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing programs. A current and valid license to practice nursing and current LPN practice are required.
4. Successful completion of the ACE 1 Exam at 75% or higher as administered at OCC. This exam may be taken only once.
5. Completion of all prerequisite and corequisite courses is required.

Disability Assistance
Disability Services of the Center for Academic Services
Project Academic Skills Support (PASS) Learning Disability Program

Specialized Programs
English-as-a-Second-Language Program

High School Students
Participation in the following programs is arranged through the high school guidance department, and students must be recommended by a high school guidance counselor. Reduced tuition is available for some high school students who are admitted. For more detailed guidelines, contact your high school guidance office or call the Office of Registration and Records at 732.255.0304.

Early Admission Program
Under the Early Admissions Program policy, high school students who have completed their junior year, whose class rank is at least at the 90th percentile and who meet certain other admissions criteria may, with the concurrence of their high school administration, matriculate as full-time degree students at Ocean County College. Applicants for the Early Admissions Program are also eligible to apply for admission to the Honors Program.

Jump Start Program
With the concurrence of their high school administration, junior or senior high school students may enroll as part-time, non-degree students at Ocean County College in the "Jump Start" Program. Jump Start students attend Ocean County College part-time while attending high school.

Honors Program


Rutgers Dual Degree Program

New Jersey Stars Program - NJ STARS I

NJ Stars II is a continuation of NJ Stars that enables successful NJ STARS students to earn a bachelor's degree at a New Jersey four-year public institution of higher education. Students must:

  • Earn an associate's degree from a New Jersey community college
  • Graduate with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • Be admitted to a New Jersey four-year public institution of higher education
  • Be enrolled in a full time course of study (up to 18 credits per semester) in a baccalaureate degree program during the academic year immediately following graduation from community college
  • Students may receive a NJ STARS II scholarship for up to four (4) semesters, excluding summer sessions and must apply for all forms of State and Federal need-based grants and merit scholarships by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) within the established deadlines and complete any required verification procedures.

For additional program information and requirements, please visit or Call 732.255.0525 or email

Other Joint Admissions and Transfer Opportunities

Silver Edge Registrants

Tech Prep

International Students

International Travel

Academic Affairs offers 7-10 day credit-bearing study abroad courses such as Theater in London(England) , The World of the Maya (Central America/Mexico). and Native American Ravel Seminar (American Southwest). These courses are generally offered during semester breaks. For more information, please check the course listings for each academic term.

Additional non-credit travel opportunities are offered through Continuing and Professional Education.

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