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JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing offers a Cooperative Program with Union County College. Graduates will receive both a Diploma in Nursing and an Associate in Science Degree.
The actual length of the nursing program varies depending on the nursing track one is accepted for:
  • Accelerated (requires a prior baccalaureate degree and higher entrance requiremenets) - 3 nursing semesters
  • Generic (option available to all accepted applicants) – 5 nursing semesters
  • LPN-to-RN (requires a current LPN license) – 3 nursing semesters
  • Pathways to BSN (requires higher entrance requirements) – 5 nursing semesters

Is there a waiting list for admissions?

There is no waiting list for admission into the nursing program. However, there may be a waiting list for certain nursing clinical courses. Enrollment for all nursing courses (NURM 100, NURM 119, NURM 120, NURM 121, NURM 122, NURM 141 and NURM 221) is determined by date of admittance, satisfactory completion of the science and other general education course requirements and seat availability.
The general education courses are offered day, evening and weekend hours. The Nursing courses vary by track:
  • Accelerated – daytime hours only
  • Generic – day or evening hours
  • LPN-to-RN – Transition course offered annually in May and alternating day or evening hours
  • Pathways to BSN – UCC courses offered day or evening; Kean University courses are daytime only; Nursing courses are day or evening.
Applications are processed for either fall or spring entrance. Select on the Application where indicated the semester applying for. However, applications should not be submitted at the last minute since transcripts, references and other material are required for a completed application by the deadline. See Admission Requirements.
No. It is neither recommended nor necessary to do so. The JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing program consists of two parts: general education courses (prerequisites and co-requisites to the nursing clinical courses), which include science and liberal arts courses, and the nursing courses (clinical). While advanced standing may be awarded, courses are not pre-requisites for acceptance. You do not have to attend Union County College first (or any other college) before applying to the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools' nursing program.

The term "pre-requisite" is not the same as the term "admission requirements." Pre-requisite courses are courses that must be completed before progressing to the next course. The pre-requisite courses listed in the School of Nursing curriculum are part of the nursing program. They are not admission requirements. Therefore, you do not have to complete them prior to applying for admission.

The criteria, which concern you as the applicant, are the admissions requirements outlined below. The Admissions Committee evaluates all required information and documentation.

  • Official High School Transcript or GED

    REQUIRED OF ALL APPLICANTS. Overall grades are reviewed, particularly algebra, biology with a lab, chemistry with a lab and a second unit of mathematics. Applicants are required to have a “C” (70%) or higher in each subject.

  • Scholastic Assessment/Aptitude Test (SAT or ACT)
    High school seniors or applicants who have graduated from high school within the last three years, must submit SAT or ACT scores. This requirement is waived for all other applicants. The Schools’ SAT code is 2452.
    • 400 or higher is required in each SAT section.
    • ACT scores – 22 or higher in Math; 23 or higher in Reading; 8 or higher in Writing.
  • Previous College Transcripts (if applicable)
    • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended must be submitted.
    • Applicants with previous college experience are required to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all relevant courses. Those applying for the Accelerated Track must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA in the relevant courses.
    • No grade lower than “C” will be accepted for transfer.
    • Up to 36 general education credits may be transferred. Those with a prior baccalaureate degree may transfer up to 40 relevant general education credits. There is also a five-year time limit to transfer Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology. Chemistry has a ten-year time limit; the other general education courses do not have any time limits.
    • No more than two science failures (grade below “C”) and only one failure in each of these science courses is permitted.
    • Applicants with more than two science failures are not considered for admissions.
  • Previous School of Nursing Transcripts
    • The School of Nursing may grant up to twenty (20) hours of advanced standing in nursing (clinical) courses that correspond in subject matter and number of credits to the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing courses. These courses must have been passed successfully at the school where they were taken. The accepted applicant will be required to submit the respective nursing course outline and syllabus from each course.
    • All advanced standing in nursing courses will be granted sequentially.
    • Nursing courses will only be considered for transfer if they were successfully completed at the previous School of Nursing and were taken within the last five years.
    • Applicants with a prior Nursing failure will not be considered for the Accelerated Track or for the Pathways to BSN Track.
    • Applicants with two Nursing failures at their previous School of Nursing are not considered for admission.
  • Current or previous Union County College students
    • If one has ever attended Union County College (UCC), is currently attending UCC, or has plans to attend UCC prior to enrollment in the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing, acceptance is contingent upon achieving and maintaining a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
    • In addition, it is necessary to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in the courses relevant to the School of Nursing program.
    • A grade of “C” or higher is required in all science courses.
    • The applicant must make arrangements to have an official Union County College transcript forwarded to the Schools’ Admission Office, following completion of courses.
    • In the event that the applicant’s Union County College cumulative grade point average is below a 2.5, acceptance to the School of Nursing will be denied.
  • Letters of Reference
    • Three complete signed references, both the reference form and an accompanying letter, are required.
    • These references should be from individuals who are acquainted with the applicant in a professional capacity. References from family members of friends are NOT acceptable.
    • Consult the Application Checklist (included with the application) for specific reference requirements.
  • Essay

    This 250-word writing sample must address one of the three essay topics listed on page 4 of the application. The essay is evaluated on grammar, spelling, clarity of thought and on neatness.

  • In addition
    • Applicants to the Accelerated Track are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree
    • Applicants to the LPN-to-RN Career Ladder Track are required to show their current LPN license and submit a transcript from their LPN school.
    • Applicants to the Pathways to BSN Track should have a strong academic record.

The minimum passing grade for all nursing courses is "C" (70 – 74). However, to transfer a nursing course, the previous nursing school's grade requirements must be satisfied.

Note: The JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing Curriculum includes science, general education and theory/clinical nursing courses. While many sections are offered, registration into these courses cannot be guaranteed. Registration for all nursing courses is on a seat availability basis. Seat availability means that students with advanced standing are not guaranteed enrollment in nursing courses for the semester they prefer. Students may register for other required general education courses. All biology courses (Anatomy I and II and Microbiology) have a five-year time limit; Chemistry has a ten-year time limit. Consult the Curriculum Design page of the Schools’ Catalog for additional information.

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