Registered nurses are educated and licensed to care for the sick and injured and to promote wellness. Nurses are typically concerned with the "whole person," providing for the physical, mental and emotional needs of their patients. A career in Nursing is a rewarding experience with many opportunities to grow. The JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing offers a great educational foundation one that provides a diploma and a path to attaining your Registered Nursing (RN) License.
Established in 1894, the JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing provides a comprehensive program to prepare students for a career in nursing. Since 1984, the School has offered a nationally accredited Diploma Program in Nursing. The School has an enrollment of over 330-450 students and graduates on an average of 106 students annually.
The JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing/Union County College Cooperative Nursing Program provides an education soundly rooted in outstanding academic traditions of both hospital-based nursing education and community college education. This program, acknowledged as a model in the field of nursing and different from existing nursing programs offered by nearby community colleges and hospital-based schools, affords its graduates advantages in the attainment of nursing competency and in transferability of credits to programs leading to a baccalaureate degree.
The School of Nursing graduates earn a Diploma in Nursing by the School of Nursing and an Associate in Science Degree by Union County College. The Diploma entitles the graduate to complete the New Jersey Board of Nursing licensing examination (NCLEX-RN National Counsel Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses), and when successful, to use the title RN (Registered Nurse). The degree entitles the graduate to use the title AS (Associate in Science).
The combination of the best elements of the two schools affords the graduate a broad, in-depth background and the ability to seek entrance into institutions of higher learning with advanced standing. JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing has an articulation with Kean University, Wagner College and Rutgers University for an upper division Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
To be called and practice as a registered nurse, you must be licensed.
Graduates of the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing are eligible to apply to sit for the registered nurse licensure (NCLEX-RN National Counsel Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses).
The curriculum is planned to meet not only the educational needs of the recent high school graduate but the needs of the adult learner, the student seeking entry with advanced standing, a licensed practical nurse, the student seeking BS in Nursing and a student who seeks part-time and/or evening patterns of study.
To meet this diversity of student entering the School of Nursing, the school conducts four tracks;
- Generic - For Either High School Graduates, Students with a Graduate Equivalent Diploma (GED) and for Transfer Students,
- Accelerated - Individuals with a Bachelor's Level Degree (Or Higher),
- LPN to RN Transition - For the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN),
- Pathways to BSN - For Individuals Seeking a Direct Path to Complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree.
All four tracks require completion of 75 course credits but the Pathways to BSN Track requires an additional 18 credits.
All tracks are accredited by the NJ Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved for Veteran Training.
To learn more about the program and the Tracks explore our programs for Nursing.
Below are some links you might find helpful:
- American Nurses Association
- Higher Education Opportunity Act
- National League for Nursing
- NJS Nurses Association
- NJ Nursing Students, Inc.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- National Student Nurses' Association.