Division of Nursing and Health Sciences

This division offers A.S. programs designed to prepare students for transfer to 4-year institutions, and A.A.S. and a certificate program designed to prepare for health careers upon graduation. Programs utilize state-of-the-art-on-campus laboratories to facilitate student learning. Faculty are licensed to practice in respective fields and hold diverse academic and professional backgrounds; most hold advanced practice credentials in their professional field.

Nursing Grads

Location: Health Sciences Building (Level I and Level II)

Chairperson: Gale Gage

Administrative Assistant: Robbyn Graham

Coordinators and Faculty:

Nursing:

         Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN):

                Coordinator: Gennevieve Danville

                Faculty: Gervida Constant

           Registered Nurse (RN) & LPN-RN Articulation

                   Coordinator: Gale Gage

                     Faculty: Gervida Constant, Gennevieve Danville, Donna Francis, Gale Gage,

                     Majuvi Sulse, Korena Stewart, and Lori York

Physical Therapist Assistant:

           Coordinator: Christine Stutz-Doyle

           Faculty: Thomas Donofrio, Christine Stutz-Doyle and Kenneth Mailly,

Radiography:

             Coordinator:  Darlyn Warner

             Faculty: Mary Ellen Carpenter, Darlyn Warner

Vision Care Technology:

             Coordinator: Charles Harrison

             Faculty: Charles Harrison

Nursing A.A.S.

Division of Nursing and Health Sciences – Curriculum Code: 2104

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Why major in Nursing?

There is a growing demand for nurses nationwide. Nursing is a service-oriented profession involving caring for and working with people. A state-of-the-art, nursing simulation laboratory is available to facilitate learning; as is a multi-media computer laboratory. The Nursing program prepares students for entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to qualify for licensure as a registered nurse.

If I major in Nursing, can I transfer to an upper-division college or University?

Yes. Many colleges have “upper-division” nursing programs that allow associate’s degree graduates to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.); we have articulation agreements with New Jersey City University, Kean University, and Montclair State University.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

It is recommended that you apply to the College as a General Science (curriculum code: 0603) major and indicate interest in Nursing. The following are minimum standards for program admission:

•Be at college level in English and Mathematics, which may require the completion of developmental courses (e.g., ENG 099 and/or MTH 092) based on placement testing.

•Have a high school diploma or GED.

•Have an overall college GPA of 2.5 or higher.

•Successfully complete all of the program prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better: ENG 101: College Composition I; BIO 121: Anatomy & Physiology I (within 5 years of admission); CHM 101 or CHM 103: College Chemistry I or General Chemistry I; and, PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology

•Completion of ONE time ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS-RN) upon approval to test granted by Nursing Department. A score of 60 and above qualifies you to be ranked for admission; tests taken outside of ECC will NOT be evaluated.

For other admissions requirements, contact the Nursing Department or see the RN Program Fact Sheet. Qualified applicants are admitted on a space-available basis. In addition to the Nursing program requirements, transfer students must complete a minimum of 9 credits at ECC to be eligible for admission to the Nursing program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

The Nursing degree program is a full-time program that can be completed in a two-year period (after prerequisites are completed) if you register for an average of 13 credits each semester.

The Essex County College Nursing program is approved and accredited by the:

New Jersey Board of Nursing

124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor

Newark, NJ, 07102, (973) 504-6430

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Pages/default.aspx

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc.

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326

(404) 975-5000

www.acenursing.org

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-1868/1865 and see RN Fact Sheet.

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Nursing: LPN Articulation Option - A.A.S.

Division of Nursing and Health Sciences – Curriculum Code: 2104

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

 

Why major in the LPN Articulation Option?

The LPN Articulation Option of the Nursing program provides opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses to gain credit for previous LPN education and licensure toward completion of the Nursing A.A.S. degree. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to qualify for licensure.

If I major in the LPN Articulation Option, can I transfer to an upper-division college or University?

Yes. Many colleges have “upper-division” nursing programs that allow associate’s degree graduates to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). We have articulation agreements with New Jersey City University, Kean University, and Montclair State University.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Students must possess a current LPN/LVN license prior to applying to program, a high school diploma or GED, and have official transcript of state-approved or NLN-accredited Practical Nursing Program sent to ECC. Applicants should enter ECC as General Science (curr. code: 0603) students and indicate interest in Nursing. Minimum standards for admission are:

•Be at college level in English and Mathematics, which may require completion of developmental courses (e.g., ENG 099 and/or MTH 092) based on placement testing.

•Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

•Complete program prerequisite courses with grades of “C” or better: CHM 101 College Chemistry I (or CHM 103 General Chemistry I), BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO 122 Anatomy & Physiology II, ENG 101 College Composition I, ENG 102 College Composition II, and PSY 101 General Psychology I.

•Possess a current LPN/LVN license.

•Completion of ONE time ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS-RN) upon approval to test granted by Nursing Department. A score of 60+ qualifies ranking for admission to the program. Tests taken outside ECC will NOT be evaluated.

For other admissions requirements, contact the Nursing Department or see the LPN-RN Fact Sheet. Qualified applicants are admitted on a space-available basis.  Admission to the nursing program is based on a statistically-weighted candidate ranking system.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

The Nursing: LPN Articulation Option can be completed in three semesters (after program prerequisites are completed) if you register for an average of 12 or more credits each semester.

How does this option benefit the LPN?

Upon successful completion of two courses, NRS 106 LPN Mobility I and NRS 111 LPN Mobility II, students can complete the Nursing Program by successfully completing NRS 206 Nursing III, NRS 216 Nursing IV, and NRS 217 Nursing Leadership (Nursing V) in the generic track. Graduates are awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree with a major in Nursing and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Upon successful completion of NRS 106 and NRS 111, the LPN is awarded 6 credits toward the Nursing degree as credit for their LPN education (NRS 999).

The Essex County College Nursing program is approved and accredited by the:

New Jersey Board of Nursing

124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor

Newark, NJ, 07102, (973) 504-6430

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur/Pages/default.aspx

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Inc.

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326

(404) 975-5000

www.acenursing.org

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-1868/1865.

Nursing Lab

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Division of Nursing and Health Sciences Curriculum Code: 3312

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate

 

Why major in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)?

There is growing demand for LPNs to care for individuals in various settings. LPNs work closely with RNs and other health care team members in long-term care facilities, assisted living sites, and some hospitals. A state-of-the-art, well-equipped nursing simulation laboratory is available, as is a multi-media computer laboratory. Upon program completion, a student is eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to qualify for LPN licensure.

Is there educational mobility after completing the LPN program?

The Division of Nursing and Health Sciences subscribes to the state articulation model for education mobility of nurses. LPN students can enter the RN program upon meeting admission requirements of the Nursing: LPN Articulation Option A.A.S. Degree Program.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in the LPN program?

Apply to the College as an LPN student (curriculum code: 3312). The following are minimum requirements for admission into the program:

•Be at college level in English and Mathematics, which may require completion of developmental courses (e.g., ENG 099 and/or MTH 092) based on placement testing.

•Have a high school diploma or GED.

•Achieve a satisfactory score on the LPN program admission exam.

Note: Strict program application deadline is June 30 for enrollment the following Spring. Admission is competitive. Qualified applicants are admitted on space-available basis based on minimum score of 50% in Reading and overall composite score of at least 50% in English, Science, Math, and Reading on the pre-admissions (TEAS) test.

How long will it take for me to complete the LPN program?

This 48-week program can be completed in one 12-month cycle (January-December).

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

•Demonstrate cognitive knowledge (including basic nursing care theory and practice, patient assessment techniques, and comprehensive treatment plan/intervention elements) required of entry-level LPNs;

•Demonstrate psychomotor skills (including medication administration, physical assessments, and assisting with teaching/instruction in care of older adults) required of entry-level LPNs; and

•Demonstrate communication skills and ethical/professional behaviors (including progress reports and written documentation of client care) expected of entry-level LPNs.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call (973) 877-1868/1865.

Health Science Program

Division of Nursing and Health Sciences – Curriculum Code: 2114

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Why major in Health Science?

The Health Science program provides opportunities for health care personnel and allied health majors to complete a general health science associate degree. Students receive up to 24 credits for previous post-secondary professional training in health science professions. Certificates or licenses must be current at time of evaluation. Bachelor’s degree completion can lead to employment in health education or entry-level health care administration positions.

If I major in Health Science, can I transfer to an upper-division college or University?

The A.S. degree in Health Science may be transferred to the Health Science bachelor’s degree programs at Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, and Berkeley College. Also, Thomas Edison State University will apply most or all of courses taken toward a bachelor’s degree in Health Science or in Applied Science and Technology.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on placement testing, you may have to take developmental courses in English and/or Mathematics before taking major courses. Submit copies of diploma and official transcript from where you received professional training and current certificate or licensure to the Division of Nursing and Health Sciences for evaluation prior to admission to the Health Science major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental courses and depending on credits granted for prior professional training, you can complete the degree in two years or less by taking an average of 15 credits each semester. You may shorten the time required by taking courses in summer sessions.

Who should apply to the Health Science Program?

Any health care professional who holds licensure or certification in their specialty and who received training in any accredited or state-licensed post-secondary health science training program may apply. This program is useful for health care professionals working in fields for which no specific degree is offered. In addition, any ECC student who completed some college-level course work in nursing or other health science disciplines but did not complete a specific degree may apply their credits toward completion of this degree.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

•Advance to a bachelor’s degree program specializing in health education, health care informatics, or health care administration;

•Secure job promotions within health-related fields for which no specific degree exists; and

•Prepare for employment in fields such as health services administration, health computing, or health education.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call (973) 877-1865.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Division of Nursing and Health Sciences – Curriculum Code: 2106

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Why major in Physical Therapist Assistant?

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs)have a rewarding opportunity to make a positive difference in the quality of people’s lives. Their work involves extensive contact with both patients and other health care professionals. PTAs work under the supervision of physical therapists in implementing treatment programs specific to the plan of care. PTAs work in hospitals, private physical therapy offices, community health centers, corporate or industrial health centers, sport facilities, research institutions, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, schools, pediatric centers, colleges, and universities. The PTA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE); rules and regulations regarding accreditation can be found on their website:  http://www.capteonline.org/AccreditationHandbook

If I major in Physical Therapist Assistant, can I transfer to an upper-division college or University?

The PTA curriculum differs from that of physical therapists. Under most circumstances, courses completed and credits acquired toward this associate’s degree are not transferable. Our program, however, has an articulation agreement with Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY). This agreement allows graduates, who apply and are accepted into Mercy’s Physical Therapy program, to transfer many credits completed at ECC. Other accredited programs designed to allow experienced PTAs to continue working while attending a doctoral degree program on weekends exist, but our articulation agreement only applies to Mercy College.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

All students – even transfer students – should apply to the College as a General Science (curriculum code: 0603) student first before applying for admission to the PTA Program. Completion of prerequisites and submission of an application does not automatically guarantee admission. Transcripts from other institutions must be evaluated and accepted by ECC Enrollment Services prior to review by the PTA program. Strict application deadline is March 15 for enrollment the following Fall. Admission to the PTA program is competitive and merit-based and includes minimal basic standards that must be met for applicants to be considered for admission. These standards are as follows:

•Completion of all remedial and/or ESL courses as indicated by placement testing.

•Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher. Only two of the three prerequisites may be repeated to achieve these grades; each may only be repeated once. Prerequisites courses are: BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits), ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits), and PSY 101 General Psychology I (3 credits).

•A college GPA of 2.5 or higher in courses required by the PTA program. Grades in general education courses completed prior to admission are also applied to establish applicants’ GPA.

•Submission of a program application to the Division of Nursing and Allied Health (applications are accepted from January 1st to March 15th each calendar year).

•Completion and documentation of 50 required volunteer or work hours in a physical therapy department or facility by the March 15th application deadline.

•Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum score of 50. The TEAS may only be taken once per application and a passing score does not guarantee admission to the program. Students should not register to take the TEAS until all other application requirements listed above have been met.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental courses and have completed prerequisites and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the program in two years.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

•Demonstrate hands-on skills and cognitive knowledge (including implementing treatment plans, performing appropriate measurement and assessment techniques, and modifying an intervention) required of a PTA;

•Demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication (including completing written treatment documentation, providing patient progress updates to the supervising physical therapist, conveying discharge/follow-up care instructions, and teaching specific techniques) and appropriate interaction with diverse ethno-cultural patients and their families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public;

•Demonstrate safe, ethical, legal, and professional behavior while under supervision of a physical therapist; and

•Demonstrate readiness for professional development by reading and interpreting professional literature, identifying levels of authority and responsibility in the physical therapy profession, and being aware of policies and procedures among other things.

The PTA program is designed to be completed in 80 weeks; however, it is strongly recommended students take as many general education courses prior to admission to ensure success in the professional phase of the program.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

To contact the program directly, please call (973) 877-3375 or email ptapro@essex.edu.

Radiography Program

Division of Nursing and Health Sciences – Curriculum Code: 2105

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Why major in Radiography?

Radiography involves assisting in the diagnosis and management of human illness by producing diagnostic images (also called radiographs or x-rays) of structures in the body. Students receive hands-on training in radiographic procedures and imaging modalities and in operating room and fluoroscopic procedures. Graduates are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Board examination for National Registration in addition to New Jersey State licensure. Upon licensure, graduates will qualify to work with physicians in offices, clinics, and hospitals. Radiographers can specialize in mammography, computed tomography (CT), digital vascular imaging (angiography), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Related jobs can be found in manufacturing firms and medical supply companies. The Radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60606 and by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.

If I major in Radiography, can I transfer to an upper-division college or University?

The Radiography degree program is job-oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s program. However, colleges and universities, including Thomas Edison State University and Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions, may apply most or all credits earned in this program towards a bachelor’s degree.
Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

All students – even transfer students – must first apply to the College (a General Science major-curriculum code: 0603 is recommended) before applying for admission to the Radiography Program. Admission is competitive. Completion of prerequisites and application submission does not automatically guarantee admission. Transcripts from other institutions must be evaluated by ECC Enrollment Services prior to review by the Radiography Department. Strict application deadline is April 30 for enrollment in the following Fall. The following are minimum standards for admission into the Radiography program:

•Be at college level in English and Mathematics, which may require completion of developmental courses (e.g., ENG 099 and/or MTH 092) based on placement testing.

•Successfully complete program prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better: BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I, ENG 101 College Composition I, MTH 100 Introduction to College Mathematics or any other college-level math, and HSC 109 Medical Terminology.

•Have a college GPA of 2.5 or higher.

•Perform satisfactorily – score at least 50 – on the ‘TEAS for AH’ (Test of Essential Academic Skills for Allied Health), which is scheduled annually in the Spring.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental courses and have completed prerequisites for admission, you can complete the program in 22 months by following the recommended sequence of courses and by earning a grade of “C” or better in all RTC courses.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

•Demonstrate skill and competence of an entry-level radiographer;

•Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication with diverse ethno-cultural patients and other health care professionals;

•Demonstrate appropriate problem solving and critical thinking skills in the health care setting; and

•Demonstrate appropriate behavior in providing quality patient care.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3293.

Vision Care Technology Program A.A.S.

Division of Nursing and Health Sciences – Curriculum Code: 2122

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

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Why major in Vision Care Technology?

The Vision Care Technology (VCT) degree program introduces students to opticianry. Students receive training in laboratory techniques of measuring and grinding eyeglasses to prescription and in fitting and final adaptation of eyewear. Curriculum prepares students for business administration functions of the profession and to pass the state licensing examination for Ophthalmic Technician and Ophthalmic Dispenser. To be successful in the field, you must combine scientific and clinical skills with ability to work well with patients. Job opportunities include owning or working in a retail optical dispensary or sales and marketing of ophthalmic materials. Employment prospects are increasing caused by rising number of elderly and trends toward high fashion eyewear. The VCT program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), PO Box 592, Canton, NY, 13617 (Phone: 703-468-0566).

If I major in Vision Care Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or University?

The program is career-oriented, although students may choose to transfer credits to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s degree in optometry, opticianry, or related fields.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on placement testing, you may be required to take developmental courses in English and/or Mathematics before taking courses in your major. In addition, prior completion of trigonometry, biology, and physics at the high school level is strongly recommended.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental courses and you register for an average of 18 credits each semester, program can be completed in two years; less by taking courses in summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

•Demonstrate understanding of responsibilities of a practicing optician, optometrist, and ophthalmologist;

•Explain how glass and other optical materials are manufactured;

•Analyze ophthalmic prescription and its parts;

•Demonstrate the use of the lens meter;

•Perform ophthalmic finishing techniques;

•Demonstrate proper dispensing skills;

•Demonstrate knowledge of refractive implications of accommodation and convergence;

•Explain how a refractionist may determine “ADD” power;

•Use basic optical problem-solving techniques; and

•Use basic techniques in bifocal height measurements.

After fulfilling requirements of the VCT program, students can take the New Jersey State boards to obtain their New Jersey license. They may also choose to obtain American Board of Opticianry (ABO) Certification. Since the inception of this program, 100% of our students have passed the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens exams, and 75% have passed the NJ State Licensing Board exam. Job opportunities are excellent for licensed New Jersey Opticians with nearly 100% placement immediately after licensure.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3367.

Vision Care Technology Academic Certificate Program

Division of Nursing and Health Sciences – Curriculum Code: 3310

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Achievement

Why major in Vision Care Technology?

The Vision Care Technology certificate program introduces students to the field of opticianry. Students receive training in laboratory techniques of measuring and grinding eyeglasses to prescription and in fitting and final adaptation of eyewear. Curriculum also prepares students for business administration functions of the profession and to pass the state licensing examination for Ophthalmic Technician and Ophthalmic Dispenser. To be successful in the field, you must combine scientific and clinical skills with ability to work well with patients. Job opportunities include owning or working in a retail optical dispensary or sales and marketing of ophthalmic materials. Employment prospects are increasing caused by growth in the elderly population and trends toward high fashion eyewear. All course work required by the Certificate of Achievement can be applied towards earning an A.A.S. degree in Vision Care Technology.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), P.O. Box 592, Canton, NY, 13617 (Phone: 703-468-0566).

If I major in Vision Care Technology, can I transfer to an upper-division college or University?

The certificate program is career oriented, although students may choose to transfer their credits to four-year institutions in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in optometry, opticianry, or related fields.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement testing, you may be required to take developmental courses in English and/or Mathematics before taking courses in your major. In addition, prior completion of trigonometry, biology, and physics at high school level is strongly recommended.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 6 credits each semester, you can complete the program in three years in conjunction with New Jersey’s Apprentice Dispensing Permit.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

•Demonstrate understanding of responsibilities of a practicing optician, optometrist, and ophthalmologist;

•Explain how glass and other optical materials are manufactured;

•Analyze ophthalmic prescription and its parts;

•Demonstrate use of the lens meter;

•Perform ophthalmic finishing techniques;

•Keep basic records;

•Apply laboratory workshop safety procedures;

•Demonstrate proper dispensing skills;

•Demonstrate knowledge of refractive implications of accommodation and convergence;

•Explain how a refractionist may determine “ADD” power;

•Use basic optical problem-solving techniques; and

•Use basic techniques in bifocal height measurements

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3367.

PLEASE NOTE:

All applicants to Nursing and Health Sciences programs must meet special admission requirements. While waiting for admission, students are urged to begin taking core curriculum requirements, contact the divisional chair or faculty advisors for details. Admission to programs in the division is competitive; also contact counselors, faculty advisors, and/or Enrollment Service for additional details.

An individual who has charges pending or has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and/or found guilty of professional misconduct or negligence may or may not be eligible to be licensed as an allied health professional. These matters should be cleared with the respective licensing boards before applying for admission to allied health programs.