Nursing, AAS

Program Description

The Nursing Associate Degree program prepares students to work as entry-level nurses in doctors’ offices, acute care and rehabilitation settings, long term care facilities, ambulatory and community centers, medical centers and hospitals, among others. The applied science portion of the program has two major components: the theory/didactic/lab component and the clinical externship component. The general education portion of the program includes coursework in Anatomy and Physiology, English, math, developmental psychology, microbiology, and nutrition. Emphasis in this portion of the program is placed on enhancing students’ academic and interpersonal skills.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program in Belleville, NJ and Jersey City, NJ are approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The ADN program in the Belleville campus is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Since the ADN programs are approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing, graduates are eligible to apply for state licensure and sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). However, since state licensure requirements are not controlled by the College and are subject to change without notice, Eastern International College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible for licensure in New Jersey, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

The program has a total of 70 semester credits, with 24 credits in general education and 46 credits in program major course work. The curriculum outline is shown below.

  • NCLEX-RN passing rates: 62% in 2021: 71% in 2022; 86.9 % YTD in 2023
  • Student Retention Rates: 75% in 2020; 50% in 2021; 66% in 2022

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program learning outcomes

The Associate Degree nursing program has seven (7) outcomes that are derived from the College-wide learning goals, department mission, vision, and philosophy, and professional standards of practice. The graduate of the associate degree program will be able to:
  • Utilize the nursing process, critical thinking, and principles of advocacy as tools to make culturally-sensitive client-centered clinical decisions in all health care settings
  • Collaborate with clients and other members of the health care team using effective communication in the planning, coordination and provision of competent care.
  • Integrate the concepts of Orem’s Self Care Deficit Theory into nursing practice.
  • Promote client and staff safety utilizing the process of quality improvement based on evidence- based practice.
  • Use information and technology for communication, knowledge development, professional development and clinical-decision making.
  • Demonstrate leadership behaviors and professionalism when providing care to clients across the lifespan in all care settings.
  • Integrate legal, ethical, and professional standards into nursing practice.

Thus, program graduates are prepared to assume nursing roles in a variety of settings within the health care delivery system and to provide nursing care collaboratively with other health care professionals.

General Education Coursework

Course Number Course Title Semester Credits
BIO 101 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 102 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 103 College Math 3
MIC 101 Microbiology 4
PSY 102 Developmental Psychology 3
Total 24

Total Program Credits = 70 semester credits
Length of Program: 24 months

program major courses

Course NumberCourse TitleSemester Credits
NUR 101Introduction to Nursing3
NUR 102Fundamentals of Nursing6
NUR 103Health Assessment2
NUR 104Pharmacology I3
NUR 105Pharmacology II2
NUR 201Adult Health I6
NUR 202Adult Health II6
NUR 203Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing3
NUR 204Obstetrical Nursing3
NUR 205Pediatric Nursing3
NUR 206Concept Synthesis Capstone3
NUR 207Senior Clinical Practicum6
Total 46

Total Program Credits = 70 semester credits
Length of Program: 24 months


Applicants to all programs must follow program-specific criteria listed below. Each applicant will be interviewed and given a tour of the College by his/her assigned admissions representative. Information gathered during this meeting will be presented to the Campus Director for review. If said review results in a positive recommendation, the applicant is encouraged to proceed with the appropriate application process.

  • Minimum high school Diploma or recognized equivalency certificate (GED)
  • Take the HESI Exam with a minimum score of 75
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