Apply critical thinking skills to guide decisions regarding nursing practice, adapt therapeutic interventions to assist individuals and groups, evaluate communication strategies, synthesize evidence-based research and demonstrate professional nursing standards of practice. 

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Program Overview

RCBC aims to develop self-awareness, self-direction, critical thinking and accountability in our students by addressing individual learning styles and encouraging mutual trust and respect.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply critical thinking skills to guide decisions regarding nursing practice for individuals and groups within a complex health care delivery system.

  2. Adapt therapeutic interventions to assist individuals and groups in the promotion maintenance and restoration of health.

  3. Apply professional standards and cultural concepts in planning the care of patients with complex healthcare alterations.

  4. Evaluate therapeutic communication strategies when caring for individuals and groups of patients with complex healthcare alterations.

  5. Synthesize evidence based research as it applies to the care of patients with complex healthcare alterations.

  6. Demonstrate incorporation of professional nursing standards of practice and commitment to professional development into personal nursing practice.

Nursing Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the nursing program of Rowan College at Burlington County is consistent with the mission of the college in its commitment to meet the educational needs of the community at large.  The program reflects the constantly changing patterns of healthcare delivery.

Nursing is a dynamic, systematic science and art based profession which is a unique body of evolving knowledge influenced by the behavioral, physical and social sciences. Nursing provides a holistic approach to patient needs. Therapeutic interactions are utilized to assist patients to promote their optimal health.

Professional nursing involves accountability for the diagnosis and treatment of actual and potential human responses throughout the lifespan. Nursing as a profession assists human beings in the management of these responses on a continuous basis to sustain life and health, recover from disease or injury, and/or die with dignity. Nursing focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration. Nursing assists in the development of healthy communities. Working collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams, nurses ensures clients’ rights to actively participate in planning their health care.

Critical thinking, communication skills and caring are integral to the nursing process. A primary objective of the nursing program is to produce future nurses who have the knowledge skills and attitudes necessary to improve quality and safety in the healthcare setting while promoting an exceptional patient experience.

Every individual is a unique human being and has the ability to adapt to changing needs.  Humans exist within the contexts of the individual, family, group, community, nation and world. They have the capacity for self-knowledge, the ability to choose, think critically and assume responsibility for themselves and others. Individuals must meet needs to maintain homeostasis. Adaptation is the mechanism used to compensate for unmet or partially met needs.  Safety (the avoidance of harm), Security (protection from fear), Energy (required to meet basic physiologic needs), Sensory (the ability to send, perceive and receive stimuli), and Esteem (self-respect and positive recognition) are necessary for the well-being of each individual.

The environment is complex and dynamic and includes the physical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, economic and political context of the world. The effects of the environment on the health of individuals are addressed by nursing. Individuals can promote, maintain, enhance and restore their health. Health is a dynamic state of fluctuation within the wellness-illness continuum.

Learning requires readiness of the learner to set and achieve goals.  The intent of this process is to acquire knowledge, skills and behavioral change through instruction, experience and interactions with the teacher and patient.

 Teaching facilitates the achievement of the academic goals of the learner through an innovative mix of methodologies.  Teaching strategies address the individualized needs of a diverse student population.  The goals to develop self-awareness, self-direction, critical thinking and accountability within the context of quality and safety in practice  is achieved through  methodologies that facilitate exchange of ideas, foster critical thinking, address individual learning styles and encourage mutual trust and respect.

Nursing education is a cooperative process to develop critical thinking and clinical judgment in the learner.  Nursing education helps to develop the students’ knowledge, skills and behaviors.  The structure of the nursing program includes faculty who facilitate students’ nursing knowledge progressing from simple to complex, chronic to acute, and general to specific. Students are assisted to take professional responsibility and actively participate in the learning process. Advancement of the profession is encouraged by the expectation that the graduate will take responsibility for continued professional growth guided by ethical and legal principles of the profession. 

The faculty also believes that concurrent education in the arts and humanities, as well as in the basic sciences, represents an essential element in providing the nursing student with an integrated body of knowledge.  This integrated body of knowledge is essential to a holistic approach to identify patient needs.  The nurse must have a broad knowledge base to intervene effectively in assisting patients to promote optimum health.

The graduate of the associate degree nursing program is educated to practice within the knowledge skills and attitudes to provide safe and quality nursing care.

The purpose of the Rowan College in Burlington County nursing program is to provide the graduate with the necessary theoretical and clinical experiences to practice in a variety of settings. Academic mobility is facilitated by the design of the curriculum and transferability of credits into baccalaureate degree programs.

Program Requirements

The pre-requisite for NUR 130, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, is admission to the RCBC Nursing program.

General Education Courses Credits
  Written & Oral Communications (ENG 101 & ENG 102 required) 6
  Mathematics (MTH 107 required) 3
  Natural Science (BIO 110/111 required) 4
  Social Science (PSY 101 required) 3
  Additional General Education Requirements (SOC 101 required and PHI 101 required) 6
  TOTAL 22
Program Courses  
BIO 114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
BIO 155 Microbiology 3
BIO 156 Microbiology Laboratory 1
PSY 256 Developmental Psychology 3
NUR 130 Fundamentals of Nursing 5
NUR 131 Fundamentals of Nursing Laboratory 1
NUR 132 Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical 1
NUR 140 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 2
NUR 141 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family Clinical 2
NUR 145 Nursing Care of the Children and Families 2
NUR 146 Nursing Care of Children and Families Clinical 2
NUR 216 Management and Professional Issues 1
NUR 220*** Nutrition in Nursing and Health Care 3
NUR 240 Nursing Care of Patients with Mental Health Alterations 2
NUR 241 Nursing Care of Patients with Mental Health Alterations Clinical 1
NUR 245 Nursing Care of Patients with Medical Surgical Health Alterations 2
NUR 246 Nursing Care of Patients with Medical Surgical Health Alterations Clinical 2
NUR 250 Advanced Concepts of Nursing Care 4
NUR 251 Advanced Concepts of Nursing Care Clinical 4
NUR 303 Pharmacology for Nursing 3
  TOTAL: 48

***CHE 210 - if taken within the last two years (spring 2015-fall 2016) this course will be accepted otherwise NUR 220 is the required course.

All information on this webpage is subject to change. Every effort will be made to apprise applicants of any changes affecting admission.

Organizing Framework

The nursing courses are organized into two levels, Level I and Level II. Level I encompasses simple, chronic, general needs of the patient and Level II encompasses complex; acute, needs of individuals and groups. The nursing scope and standards of practice and concepts of quality and safety education in nursing are woven through each course.

The two central concepts of the Rowan College at Burlington County organizing framework are the nursing process and human needs. Each of the nursing courses was developed based upon these concepts. The roles of Provider of Care, Manager of Care, and Member of the Profession describe nursing practice and are addressed throughout each level. Students are guided in the development of these roles of the professional nurse.

The topical outline for each course includes Maslow’s hierarchy of needs with content organized and presented according to the steps of the nursing process.

The nursing courses are organized into two levels, Level I and Level II. An orderly progression of the curriculum from Level I encompassing simple, chronic, general needs of the patient to Level II encompassing complex; acute, specific needs of groups of patients. Assigned experiences, such as learning activities and clinical assignments provide opportunities for students to develop required competencies. These experiences reflect the progression of objectives of each course to the level and student learning outcomes which identify the competencies required for the successful entry of the graduate into practice.

Nursing Process

Nursing is a dynamic, systematic science, and art based upon a unique body of evolving nursing knowledge which is influenced by the behavioral, physical, and social sciences. Nursing is holistic in its approach to identified patient needs. The nurse collaborates with patients through therapeutic interactions designed to promote optimum health. This is accomplished through the nursing process, one of two central concepts of this Program. This consists of assessing the healthcare needs of the patient and family, establishing nursing diagnoses and patient care goals, developing plans of care, implementing interventions, and evaluating and documenting patient care.

Integral to the nursing process are communication skills, critical thinking, therapeutic management, accountability, and caring. In collaboration with other healthcare professionals, nurses are advocates for patients and families in promoting health through direct and indirect care and education.

The nursing process is a systematic method used to assist the patient in meeting identified needs. As a person interacts with the internal and external environment, basic human needs must be fulfilled.

However, each individual is a unique human being whose needs at various developmental and health levels must be considered. The individual utilizes both internal and external resources to meet basic needs satisfactorily through adaptation resulting in homeostasis.

Human Needs

The individual is a unique being possessing worth and dignity and is constantly interacting with the internal and external environment to meet human needs. These human needs, the second central concept of this program, are threads throughout the curriculum and must be fulfilled to maintain individual homeostasis. Adaptation is the mechanism used by the individual to compensate for unmet or partially met needs. Safety (the avoidance of harm), Security (protection from fear), Energy (required to meet basic physiologic needs), Sensory (the ability to send, perceive & receive stimuli), and Esteem (self- respect & positive recognition) are necessary for the well-being of each individual.

A state of health exists when there is equilibrium in all areas of human functioning. Illness may result when adaptation is not achieved. Partially met or unmet needs may be classified as physiological or psychological health problems. Therapeutic nursing care results from utilizing the steps of the nursing process in assisting the individual in maintaining or restoring homeostasis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be admitted to the nursing program right out of high school? 
Yes, see the Nursing Admission for High School Students website for more details at

When can I apply to the nursing program and when will I learn if I’m accepted?
The nursing program accepts applications twice a year. The official dates are posted on

Do I need to take an admission assessment test?

How will I be evaluated for admission? 
We carefully consider candidates to determine who will be most successful at RCBC and in the nursing profession. Our goal is to place students in the best situation for their success.

For more information, visit the Nursing Admission High School Students website at or the Nursing Admission for Traditional Students website at

I do not live in Burlington County. Will I be considered? 
Out-of-county students are evaluated in the same way as in-county students. We want to admit the best candidates.

I have not been to RCBC before. Will I be considered? 
Yes. All transcripts from other schools must be submitted prior to applying.

For more information, visit the Nursing Admission for Traditional Students website at

I went to another nursing school. Will I be considered?
Yes, however, you must submit a letter from a prior nursing director indicating you were not dismissed for clinically unsafe behavior.

For more information, visit the Nursing Admission for Traditional Students website at

What courses will I take my first year after high school? 
Your initial year will mostly consist of foundational science, math and liberal arts courses. The nursing curriculum is mainly in your second year. For a recommended course schedule that includes courses for students seeking a 3+1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, click here to see the 3+1 RCBC Rowan University Major Map for Nursing.

What if I already took the required non-nursing courses? 
See the Advising Department for assistance in selecting courses for the 3+1 program.

Applying to the Program

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) offers a two-year professional program leading to an Associate of Applied Science of Nursing degree (AAS.NUR), as well as 300 level courses toward the BSN that students have the opportunity to finish as part of our 3+1 program offerings. Learning is facilitated through classroom activities, simulation labs and clinical experiences in area healthcare facilities. Upon successful completion, graduates who meet the NJ Board of Nursing requirements are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

Admissions Process:

The Nursing program has a limited number of spaces and admission into this program is very competitive.

The admissions application cycle is:

  • Fall Admissions:  November 1 - January 31
    • Admissions decisions sent in late April
  • Spring Admissions: May 1 - July 31
    • Admissions decisions sent in late September

All admissions Decisions will be sent via email only to RCBC student email accounts.

Students who are seeking to apply are encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session. For upcoming dates please click here.

Application Criteria:

Applicants to the Nursing Program are evaluated according to the following standards:

  • Completion of the Admissions Application to RCBC at
  • Submission of a completed Nursing admissions application.
  • Applicants must be 18 years old prior to the start of the program.
  • Submission of proof of High School Completion via
    • High school diploma
    • GED
    • Translation of Foreign Credential
      If you have not completed high school and are a current high school senior please see our Nursing Admissions Criteria for High School Students at
  • Official Transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities sent to: 
    Office of Outreach & Admissions
    900 College Circle
    Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
  • Completion of all required (non-nursing) courses with a grade of C or better:
    • BIO 110 Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
    • BIO 114 Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIO 115 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
    • BIO 155 Microbiology
    • BIO 156 Microbiology Lab
    • ENG 101 College Composition I
    • ENG 102 College Composition II
    • MTH 107 Introduction to Statistics
    • NUR 220 Nutrition in Nursing and Healthcare
    • PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
    • PSY 101 General Psychology
    • PSY 256 Developmental Psychology
    • SOC 101 Principles of Sociology

             Note: Completion of all required (non-Nursing) courses is strongly recommended but not required.

  • Students are strongly encouraged to have as many of the required program courses completed in order to obtain more points on the Rubric. 
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or greater in all college coursework.
  • Students with non-repeated failures in required (non-nursing) courses will not be admissible.
  • Students with more than 2 failures in total of any of the required (non-nursing) courses listed on the rubric will not be admissible.
    • For the Nursing program admissions purpose, C-, D, or F are considered failures. This includes nursing courses from previously attended programs.
  • LPN students must meet the same admissions criteria.
  • If you previously attended another nursing program and left in good standing (no failed grades outstanding and are eligible to return to that program):
    • You must have the nursing program director from that college/institution email a letter to indicating that you were not dismissed for clinically unsafe behavior.
    • Any failed nursing courses at a prior school will be counted as a failure with the limit of 2 failures.
    • Students who failed or were dismissed out of other nursing schools/programs

NOTE: Meeting all admission standards DOES NOT guarantee admission into the program.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants will be selected according to total points earned based on an admission rubric. This rubric will evaluate the academic performance of a student within the required program (non-nursing) courses.

Applicants will be ranked according to total points scored. Students with the highest points, and most program credits completed without any failures and repeats will be admitted first.  The number of students admitted will be based on space availability, which varies by term.

RCBC Nursing Admission Rubric

Applicants will be selected according to the total points earned based on the admission rubric. This rubric will evaluate the academic performance of a student for the required (non-nursing) courses required to apply for the Nursing program. 

A = 10 points
A- = 9 points
B+ = 8 points
B = 7 points
B- = 6 points
C+ = 3 points
C = 2 points
C-, D, or F = 0 points

The above listed courses are required courses for the nursing program. There may be additional courses required that are not counted in the Nursing Admissions Rubric, including: BIO 120 & 121, CHE 107 & 108, and developmental Math and English courses. Example: You need BIO 120 & 121 to take BIO 110 and BIO 111 if you don’t have a high school Biology.

Please speak to your advisor for clarification and to see if you are in need of any of these additional courses.

The grades of the required (non-nursing) courses will be factored into the chart below and averaged for a total score based off of each attempt.

Courses Needed # of Credits Semester Taken Grade Semester Taken Grade Average Score
BIO 110 3          
BIO 111 1          
BIO 114 3          
BIO 115 1          
BIO 155 3          
BIO 156 1          
ENG 101 2          
ENG 102 3          
MTH 107 3          
NUR 220 3          
PHI 101 3          
PSY 101 3          
PSY 256 3          
SOC 101 3          
Total           ____ / 140


Required courses that were taken more than 8 years ago (2011 or older) in which the student received a grade less than C will not be counted or placed on the rubric. The student will, however, have to have repeated the course within the last 8 years and received a grade of C or better.

Acceptance into the Program:

Accepted students will be notified by RCBC email of their conditional acceptance into the Nursing program. Conditional acceptance will include but is not limited to the following:

  • Attendance at the mandatory Nursing orientation for the spring 2020 cohort
  • Proof of Medical/Health Insurance
  • Proof of  American Heart Association BLS CPR Card for an “in person” course (note: no other providers will be considered, including those stating to “follow AHA standards” or online courses.)
  • Completion of a Physical Examination including:
    • Various titers, current Flu shot and PPD
    • Medical history
    • Lab Tests
  • Clear Criminal History Background Checks/Negative Urine Drug Test
  • FBI Fingerprinting  Clearance
  • Reliable Transportation (to clinical sites)

NOTE: Students who are not accepted or decline admission to the Nursing program, must re-apply in a future application cycle.

Applying to the Program as a High School Student

Fall 2020 Nursing Admissions Application

The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is a three-year academic program with an opportunity to lead into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with Rowan University. For more information, click here

The Nursing Application for the Fall 2020 High School cohort opens January 15, 2020 and the deadline to apply is May 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

All applicants for high school nursing admissions for fall 2020 must complete the college admissions process for Rowan College at Burlington County.

The application for admission before you register for classes. Submit a completed application for admission to the Office of Admissions by clicking here

Submit Documents
Please be sure to request an official transcript from your high school showing subjects completed, and grades earned. Transcripts should be sent to RCBC's Office of Outreach & Admissions:

Rowan College at Burlington County
Office of Outreach & Admissions
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054


State of New Jersey Requires Immunizations The State of New Jersey requires all full-time (12 or more credits), degree seeking students provide proof of immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella, and hepatitis b. Proof of immunizations should be certified by your healthcare provider, utilizing the “Certificate of Immunization” form.

Students who are exempt from the immunization requirements on grounds of medical contraindication, religious reasons, or age (students born before 1957 are exempt from MMR requirements only), should submit the “Certificate of Immunization”, indicating the type of exemption, along with supporting documentation as required. Students may be admitted and enrolled on a provisional basis for their first term if required immunization documentation is not available at the time of registration.

For the Certificate of Immunization Form, please click here.

If you have any questions about the enrollment process, please contact the Office of Outreach and Admissions at (856) 222-9311, ext. 1199 or via email at

Admissions Criteria
Applicants will be evaluated based on their performance in high school based on the following criteria:

  • Current high school senior whom is completing high school (diploma) by June 31, 2020
  • Satisfactory completion of the following high school courses:
    • English (Up to 4 years) 
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II

  *** NOTE: Students are encouraged to achieve a minimum grade of “C” or better in the required high school courses.

  • Standardized Test Scores of:
    • SAT: minimum score of 500 in Math & 550 in Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
    • ACT: minimum score of 20 in Math & 23 in Reading
  • GPA: minimum of 3.0 at the time of the application
    (Student must have official transcript sent to the Office of Outreach and Admissions showing the GPA)

Admissions Decisions:
Applicants should expect an admissions decision within 6-8 weeks of application via email (RCBC student email only which is provided within 48 hours of application to RCBC).

Acceptance into the Program:
Acceptance as a high school student into the Nursing program is conditional acceptance for Fall 2020 if the student successfully completes the following:

  • Satisfactory completion of all the current coursework required for high school graduation.
  • Submissions of final transcript from high school after graduation to RCBC’s Office of Outreach & Admissions.
  • Satisfactory completion with a grade of C or better in the following courses prior to fall 2020:
    • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits.
    • ENG 101: English Composition I, 3 credits.
    • BIO 110/111 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab, 4 Credits.
    • SOC 101: Principles of Sociology, 3 credits.
    • PHI 101: Introduction to Philosophy, 3 credits.
    • NUR 220: Nutrition in Nursing & Healthcare, 3 credits.
    • ENG 102: English Composition II, 3 credits.
    • BIO 114/115: Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 credits with lab.
    • PSY 256 : Developmental Psychology, 3 credits.
    • MTH 107: Introduction to Statistics, 3 credits.

Upon successful completion of the above listed courses prior to beginning nursing courses in fall of 2020, students will need to complete additional requirements:

  • Undergo a Criminal Background check and have clear results.*
    NOTE: Any charge regardless of degree or type that appears on the background screen.**
  • Undergo FBI fingerprinting and have clear results.*
    NOTE: Any charge regardless of degree or type that appears on the background screen.**
  • Undergo a drug screening with negative results.
  • Complete health requirements, and CPR certification.

*Eligibility for placement in clinical facilities is a requirement of admission and enrollment in Health Sciences Division programs specifically in relation to the Nursing program:
NJAC 13:37-1.8 (h) “Before an individual is admitted to a nursing education program, the program shall inform the individual that a criminal history background check is a prerequisite for licensure as a registered professional nurse.”

Program Staff and Faculty


Dr. Karen Montalto, PhD, RN
Dean of Health Sciences
Mahirym Holguin, BA
Health Sciences Division Coordinator
Dr. Martin Manno, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing
Laura Skrable, MSN
Simulation Lab Manager
Dr. Patricia Price, EdD, RN
Nursing Program Success Manager


Elizabeth Brendle, MSN 
100 Level Coordinator

Joyce Rittenhouse, MSN

Dr. Audrey Brooks, DNP
Dr. Colleen Spiehs, PhD
Dr. Maria Lauer-Pfrommer, PhD, DNP
Shannon Williams, MSN
Amanda Mitchell, MSN

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Dona Barto, DNP
(Advanced Concepts, Theory)
Linda Kozsyck, MSN
(Fundamentals Theory)
Kathleena M. Cohen, MSN, BHA, CRRN, RNC, CCM, CNLCP, CLNC
(Mental Health Theory)
Kelly LaRocca, MSN
(Mental Health Theory)
Patricia Giuliana, MSN (Fundamentals Theory)
Dr. Susan Politsky, PhD
(Leadership Theory)

Staff and Clinical Education Administration

Danielle Garcia
Department Secretary
Maggie D. Lynch, MN, RN-BC
Director, Office of Clinical Education Operations
  Rose Moore
Administrative Assistant, Office of Clinical Education Operations​



The Rowan College at Burlington County Nursing Program​ is accredited by

The New Jersey Board of Nursing, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark, New Jersey 07102, Telephone: (973) 504-6420 


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Telephone: (404) 975-5000,

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

Program Contact

Phone: (856) 222-9311, ext. 1410
Fax: (609) 726-0628