Nursing Lab
Nursing Lab
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Nursing Student/Instructor practicing blood pressure
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Nursing Student in the Lab
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Nursing Student practicing needle
Nursing Student in the Lab
Nursing Student in the Lab

Program Overview

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 a 3+1 RN to BSN program in partnership with Rowan University. Students accepted to the AAS.NUR are accepted to the BSN without any additional fee or application. 

The traditional nursing application opens every fall and spring. Students are expected to complete most, if not all of their prerequisite courses prior to applying. Please review the below tab Applying to the Program for more information.

The high school application is open to seniors every spring. New high school graduates are accepted into year one of the program which focuses on all science and general education course requirements. In year two, they begin the nursing courses. Please review the High School Student Application tab below for more information. 

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 and continue their final year for the BSN online with Rowan University if desired. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 3+1 BSN?
Our unique program provides students with the chance to take all associate degree nursing courses as well as 300 level BSN courses at RCBC cost. You graduate with your nursing degree, can sit for licensure,  and are working sooner than someone in a university program. Your last year for your BSN with Rowan University is online and you can complete it while working as an RN. If you work at Virtua, Deborah and many other hospitals, the hospital will pay for your tuition for your last year!

What relationship does RCBC have with Virtua Health System?
RCBC and Virtua Health System have a partnership for clinical placement for Health Science students. All students rotate through a Virtua Hospital for some of their clinical in the nursing program. If you are a current Virtua employee, you pay in county cost even if out of county. Graduates who accept employment with Virtua will have the remainder of their BSN courses at Rowan University paid for while working full time!

Can I be admitted to the nursing program right out of high school? 
YES! You can apply right out of High School. You can finish all your non-nursing courses year one and start nursing courses year two. What is the advantage to doing this? You have lower tuition than a 4 year college, can sit for licensure sooner than those in a 4 year program and can have your last year paid for by your employer.

Do I need to take an admission assessment test?
The nursing program requires the TEAS test for admission. A cumulative score of at least 58% is recommended. We look at your highest score if you have taken it more than one.  

How will I be evaluated for admission? 
Applicants who have completed required courses have these grades evaluated with a rubric. Applicants with the highest points are admitted first.  You can download the rubric below to estimate your score!

I do not live in Burlington County. Will I be considered? 
We do not base admissions on where you live!

Do I have to have taken non-nursing courses at RCBC?
We admit based on grades, we do not care where you took your courses, however, we do need transcripts from all former schools submitted.  

I went to another nursing school. Will I be considered?
Each applicant is evaluated individually. We do require that you provide a letter from the director of your prior school stating you were not dismissed for unsafe clinical behavior.  All other applicants are considered.

Applying to the Program

Step 1: Apply to RCBC

If you are not currently enrolled at RCBC, or haven't taken courses here in over 2 years, you are required to: 

  • Complete of the admissions application to RCBC at rcbc.edu/apply.
  • 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 the High School Application section. 

Step 2: Submit all transcripts

If you are a transfer student or have attended any college or university other than RCBC, you must submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

Students who hold degrees are not automatically accepted into the program, they are evaluated in the same process as all other applicants and are required to complete the prerequisite coursework.  

  • Official transcripts can be sent electronically (directly from your school) or via mail to:
    Office of Outreach & Admissions
    900 College Circle
    Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

  • 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 nursing@rcbc.edu indicating that you were not dismissed for clinically unsafe behavior.

Step 3: Complete prerequisite course work 

Students are required to complete the following prerequisites for the program. Most, if not all, of these courses should be completed by the nursing application deadline.

  • 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

Step 5: Complete the ATI TEAS exam

The ATI TEAS exam must be completed prior to the application deadline. Students can choose to register for the exam in person or online, proctored by ATI. 

Step 4: Submit the nursing application

The Fall 2023 application is now open, students can apply here

The admissions application cycle is:

  • Fall Admissions:  November 1 - January 31

    • Admissions decisions sent in late March

  • Spring Admissions: May 1 - August 20

    • Admissions decisions sent in late September

All admissions decisions will be sent by email only to RCBC student email accounts.

Step 5: Complete and review other application criteria

  • Applicants must be 18 years old prior to the start of the program. 

  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or greater in all college coursework.

  • Attending a Nursing Information Session. To register, please click here.

  • RCBC does not have an LPN to RN bridge program. LPN students must meet the same admission criteria.

Applicants to the Nursing Program are non-admissible in the following situations

  • 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. Please note: we do not count courses that are 8 years old or older when looking at failed courses. . 

    • For the Nursing program admissions purpose, C-, D, F, or ST are considered failures. 

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

Admission Decisions: 

Applicants will be ranked according to total points earned based on the  admission rubric. This rubric evaluates the academic performance of a student within the required program (non-nursing) courses. The total number of points, if all courses are completed without repeats with an A is 140.

Students with the highest points, without any failures and repeats of required courses, will be admitted first.  Next, students with the highest points with one failed and repeated required course will be admitted, then finally students with the highest points and two failed and repeated courses. The number of students admitted will be based on space availability, which may vary.

Download the RCBC Nursing Admissions Rubric (PDF)

Courses must be completed prior to the application deadline to receive points; it’s recommended that students complete all prerequisite courses prior to applying in order to receive full points. 

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 2023 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

  • Proof of COVID vaccination with booster is required

  • 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.

High School Student Application

High School seniors have the opportunity to apply to the High School Nursing Application. Accepted students will begin taking their Nursing program required courses  under the guidance of the Nursing Department and enroll in Nursing courses the following year, provided they finish all requirements.  

The Nursing Application for the Fall High School cohort opens in February and the deadline to apply is June 30 at 11:59 pm.

Application 

All applicants for High School Nursing admissions must complete the college admissions process for Rowan College at Burlington County. Submit a completed admissions application to the Office of Admissions by clicking here.

High School students must also complete the High School Nursing Application during the application window.

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

Admissions Criteria 

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

  • Current high school senior who is completing high school (diploma) by June 30.

  • 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.

Admissions Decisions

Applicants should expect an admissions decision no later than July 15 via email (RCBC student email only which is provided within 48 hours of application to RCBC). If accepted prior to final high school transcripts being received it will be contingent upon receiving those transcripts showing completion of any missing courses. 

Acceptance into the Program

Acceptance as a high school student into the Nursing program is conditional acceptance for fall 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 by spring of the following year:

    • 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.

    • BIO 155/156: Microbiology and Lab, 4 credits.*

*BIO 155/156 can be taken during the summer after freshman year, or concurrently with NUR 130/131/132. All other courses must be completed by the end of spring. 

Upon successful completion of the above listed courses, 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 a drug screening with negative results.

  • Complete health requirements, CPR certification, and COVID Vaccination with booster.

*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 Course Requirements

Program Requirements

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

Program courses that meet General Education Core

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 and nursing required courses. All non-nursing courses (without NUR) can be taken prior to nursing 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

4

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

2

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

3

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:

49

 

TOTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE

71

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

Accreditation Status

Associate in Applied Science Program
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Nurse Administrator
Karen Montalto, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN
Dean of Health Sciences and Director of Nursing
Email:kmontalto@rcbc.edu
Phone: (856) 222-9311 ext 1579

Accreditation Status

GOV ID: 258
Initial Accreditation: April 1986

The Associate Degree nursing program at Rowan College at Burlington County, at the Mount Laurel Campus, located in Mount Laurel, NJ 08054, is accredited by the: Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

Date of Last Visit: September 18-20, 2018
Next Site Visit: September 13-2022 

 

Accreditation status State Board of Nursing 

Full accreditation status: New Jersey Office of the Attorney General

Division of Consumer Affairs 

New Jersey Board of Nursing 

124 Halsey Street 6th floor Newark NJ 07102

www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nur

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.

Program Staff and Faculty

Administration

Dr. Karen Montalto, PhD, RN
Dean of Health Sciences
Interim Director of Nursing
kmontalto@rcbc.edu

Anne Edwards
Interim Assistant Dean of Health Sciences 
amedwards@rcbc.edu
Laura Skrable, MSN
Simulation Lab Manager
lskrable@rcbc.edu
Danielle Garcia
Health Sciences Division Coordinator 
nursing@rcbc.edu
Ruby Murrani
Health Sciences Assistant
rmurrani@rcbc.edu
 

Faculty

Elizabeth Brendle, MSN 
100 Level Coordinator
ebrendle@rcbc.edu

Joyce Rittenhouse, MSN

NUR-241 Coordinator
jrittenhouse@rcbc.edu

Kelly Rivera, MSN, RN
NUR 245 and NUR 246 Coordinator
Krivera@rcbc.edu

Pamela Mack-Brooks, MSN, RN
NUR 140 and NUR 141 Coordinator
Pmack-brooks@rcbc.edu

Linda Kozsyck, MSN
lkozsyck@rcb.edu

Suji Thomas, MSN, RN, MBA-HCM
NUR 250 and NUR 216 Coordinator
suthomas@rcbc.edu

Valerie Summerfeld, MSN 
NUR 130/131/132 Coordinator
vsummerfeld@rcbc.edu

Lisa Parker, MSN
lparker@rcbc.edu

 

 

Adjunct Faculty

Jeana LaBrie, MSN, RN
NUR 251 Coordinator
jlabrie@rcbc.edu

Patricia Giuliana, MSN, RN
NUR 250/216 Assistant
pgiuliana@rcbc.edu
Kelly LaRocca, MSN
NUR-240 Coordinator
klarocca@rcbc.edu
 

 

 

Staff and Clinical Education Administration

Laurie Davis, MSN, RN
Nursing Clinical Coordinator
ldavis@rcbc.edu

Maggie D. Lynch, MN, RN-BC
Director, Office of Clinical Education Operations

Rose Moore
Administrative Assistant, Office of Clinical Education Operations​
rmoore@rcbc.edu

 

Clinical Adjunct Faculty

NUR 131/132                               

  • Stacy Chase

  • Sheri Hunter

  • Kyersten Corda

  • Dan Showgurow

  • Nicole Lewis

  • Jamie Shelton

  • Emily Pyle

  • Angela Soorikian

  • Justin Buehring

  • Mini Matthew

  • Lacey Clarke

NUR 141                         

  • Kamilah Lawrence

  • Victoria McClain

  • Diane Fletcher 

  • Anne Fox

  • Erin Smargisso

  • Christin Smith

  • Amy Melsi

  • Jacelyn Annett

NUR 146

  • Lisa Dunn

  • Sam Gardiner

  • Tara Pezzuto

  • Tammy Rockhill

  • Tai Morton

  • Valerie Custis 

  • Leslie Oleaga

NUR 241

  • James McKeever

  • Veronica O'Connor

NUR 246

  • Nicole Lewis

  • Malene Stokes

  • Jessica Kennedy

  • Johanna Everett

  • Kathleen Curtis

  • Cynthia Fiordaliso 

  • Allan Aguilar

NUR 251

  • Sandra Revak

  • Kim Watson

  • Jeana LaBrie

  • Ana Cruz-Lawrence

  • Laura Wilno

  • Lisa Corry

  • Peninah Mbaluka

  • Courtney Foody

  • Robin Ortutay

  • Benjamin Koomson

Program Contact

Health Sciences Assistant: Ruby Murrani
Email: nursing@rcbc.edu
Phone: (856) 222-9311, ext. 1718
Fax: (609) 726-0628 

Upcoming Nursing Events:

Filter Events
December 13, 2022 1 pm - 2 pm
Virtual/Online