Nursing Program

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Nursing Admission

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 towards 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.

Note: Applicants need to only complete one application through the online system, and incomplete applications will not be processed. All documents (High School and College transcripts) MUST be on file when the application is submitted.

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 whom 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.
  • Submission of a completed nursing admissions application online.
  • Submission of proof of high school completion:
    • High School Diploma
    • GED
    • Translation of Foreign Credential
  • Official Transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities transcripts to:   
    Office of Outreach & Admissions
    900 College Circle
    Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
    They must be submitted by no later than January 31, 2019. 
  • No preference for Burlington County residents.
  • Completion of all required prerequisite (non-nursing) courses with a grade of a C or better
    • BIO 110
    • BIO 111
    • BIO 114
    • BIO 115
    • BIO 155
    • BIO 156
    • ENG 101
    • ENG 102
    • MTH 107
    • NUR 220
    • PHI 101
    • PSY 101
    • PSY 256 
    • SOC 101 

Note: Completion of non-nursing courses is strongly recommended but not required.

  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or greater in all college coursework.
  • Students with non-repeated failures in pre-requisite (non-nursing) courses will not be admissible.
  • Students with more than 2 failures and more than 2 repeats of the required courses will not be admissible. This includes nursing courses from previously attended programs. 
  • LPN students must meet the same admissions criteria.
  • If you previously attended another nursing program: 
    • You must submit a letter stating "good standing" from the previous program to
    • 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 will not be admissible.

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 pre-requisite courses.

Applicants will be ranked according total points scored and number of required courses repeated. The number of students admitted will be based on space availability, which varies by term.

RCBC Nursing Admission Rubric

All applicable courses are evaluated using the following scale:
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 prerequisite 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.

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 prerequisite (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


Semester Taken


Average Score

BIO 110



BIO 111



BIO 114



BIO 115



BIO 155



BIO 156



ENG 101



ENG 102



MTH 107



NUR 220



PHI 101



PSY 101



PSY 256



SOC 101





____ / 140

Required courses that were taken more than 8 years ago (2010 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.

NOTE: There will not be a holistic review process and all applicants must meet the admissions criteria.

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 Fall 2019 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
  • Fingerprinting Clearance
  • Malpractice Insurance (fee for the coverage is part of the tuition rate, therefore there will be no additional fees to the students for this coverage.)
  • 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.

Fall 2019
Nursing Application