Programs & Curriculum

The 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 Associate 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 Online Nursing Program is a unique full-time program that is designed for students who attend class face-to-face one day or more per week and the rest is delivered online. Great for those who are working (part time is recommended) or have significant family responsibilities, however, the program is rigorous 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.
  3. The Career Mobility Nursing Program 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 School of Nursing and Health Sciences if you have any questions at ext. 2224.

AAS/RN Program

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.

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