Nursing Program






About Our AAS/RN Program

Nursing students dressing a woundThe Nursing Program was established at OCC in 1966 and has been noted for its excellence in nursing education and student learning. There are eleven full-time faculty, two full-time lab staff as well as part-time clinical instructors.

The Nursing Program has different opportunities to obtain an Associates Degree (AAS) in Nursing leading to the RN:

1. The Traditional Nursing Program admits 90 students for the Fall and 90 for the Spring semesters. Students may choose day or evening lectures which are held two days per week. Clinicals, which are assigned by the nursing office, are usually 1 day per week 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (can be subject to change). There are no evening or weekend clinicals. To meet clinical objectives, clinical experiences can be spread throughout the state of NJ (*see information below about clinicals). Students time must be flexible to allow for practicums and testing. Although it is not a requirement, it is recommended that students do not work full time.

2. The On Site On Line Nursing Program is a unique full-time program that is designed for students that would attend class and clinical face-to-face on site and the rest is delivered online. Students attend an on site 12 hour day that includes clinical and lecture. Great for those who are working (part time is recommended) or have significant family responsibilities, however, the program is rigorus and requires discipline on the part of the student to study on the subsequent days. Healthcare experience is a requirement. Usually 30 students are admitted the Fall semester only. (*see information below regarding clinicals). Students who previously applied but were not accepted must re-apply every semester.

Deadline for Fall 2014 is March 31, 2014

On Site On Line Application

3. The Career Mobility Nursing Program (click to open link) is an alternative program for qualified, practicing LPN's. This is a selective program. All nursing general education requirements and a passing TEAS score must be completed before applying for Career Mobility (see admissions to nursing page and open link for list). This includes students with a previous degree. Please contact the Nursing Department if you have any questions at ext. 2224. (*see information below about clinicals)

All OCC Nursing Programs are two year programs. This does not include the General Education requirements. The program spans four semesters (not including summer) generally following a 15 week semester.

There is usually a waiting period between completing the General Education requirements which provides the student with a date of completion and acceptance into the Nursing program.


*Current clinical sites:

Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin

Community Medical Center, Toms River

Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood

Ocean Medical Center, Brick

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune

Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch

Barnabas Behavorial Health Center, Toms River

CentraState Medical Center, Freehold

Genesis Health, Manahawkin

Meridian Sub Acute, Brick

Barclays Sub Acute, Jackson

Clinical skills:

All students must be available the evening before their clinical day to do pre-clinical assignments.


In order to allow for maximum time in the classroom and clinical setting the nursing program will require nursing students entering Nursing 2, 3, & 4 to perform competency testing in order to begin the semester.

Attendance for competency testing is mandatory.

***Ocean County College reserves the right to asess the nursing student for fitness for class/lab or clinical. Students would have to provide documentation of fitness from a physician.***


Any former student who has been out of the program for more than 2 years since the last date of a completed Nursing course must start from the beginning and enter through the Admissions process.

Ocean County College has become a powerhouse in producing highly qualified nursing graduates. More nursing students graduate from our program than most other community colleges in New Jersey.

Our pass rate for state boards is one of the best in the state.


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