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. 

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. 

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. This application is not intended for current high school seniors who have not completed any prerequisites. 

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. 

Are you a high school student looking to apply? Click the link below!

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: 

  • Completion 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 4: 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 5: Submit the nursing application

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. Information sessions run on a monthly basis. 

  • 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)

*According to NJ State Law, all candidates for admission must be informed before being admitted to a nursing education program, that a criminal history background check is a prerequisite for licensure as a registered professional nurse or a licensed practical nurse.

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.

  • For High School Admissions ONLY: Completion of the SAT (500 Reading and 500 Math), ACT (23 reading and 23 math) OR ATI TEAS Exam (composite score 58%) by June 30. (All students applying who did not just graduate from high school must take the TEAS exam regardless of prior exams - see information under other links).
  • Links for the exam:
  • GPA: minimum of 3.0 at the time of the application
    (Student must have official transcript sent to the Office of Outreach and Admissions showing the GPA.)

Admissions Decisions (Updated)

Students who apply and submit official transcript by April 1 will receive a decision letter by April 15.
Students who apply after April 1  will receive a decision letter two weeks after their application is submitted.
All remaining material, including final transcript, SAT/ACT or TEAS are due by June 30. 

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 the spring semester, the first year. 

Upon successful completion of the above listed courses, students will need to complete additional requirements prior to July 30.

Please note: Clinical requirements are dictated by the clinical agencies necessary for completion of the clinical component of the curriculum. These facilities have the right to reserve entrance to any student who has not completed the stated requirement. The requirements are not college requirements but requirements to enter a clinical facility based on contracts the program has with the facility. Students are guests in the facility and the agency has the right to refuse entrance to any student/guest who has not completed requirements.

  • Undergo a criminal background check and have clear results.*
    NOTE: Any charge regardless of degree or type that appears on the background screen would make student ineligible.**

  • Undergo a drug screening with negative results. NOTE: students with positive drug screens are ineligible to continue and will have their admission rescinded. A positive result for marijuana (as well as any other drug) will make students ineligible to continue in the program.

  • Complete health requirements as detailed in the student handbook, and American Heart Association (AHA) in-person CPR certification.

*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, the following statement is from the NJ State Board of Nursing:

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.”

Note: Admitted students with either a positive background or a positive drug screen will have their admission decision rescinded.  Students who suspect they have charges on their criminal background check should seek legal assistance for expungement before re-applying to the program

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
Dean
Karen Montalto, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN
Dean of Health Sciences (and Director of Nursing until 1/3/2023)
Email:kmontalto@rcbc.edu
Phone: (856) 222-9311 ext 1579
Nursing Administrator:
Dr Shannon Williams
Nursing Program Director (start date 1/3/2023)
Email: slwilliams@rcbc.edu
Phone:(856) 242 5925
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: Accreditation 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 Full Accreditation
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: Fall, 2026

The nursing program is fully accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing 
The State Board can be reached for any concerns or complaints about a nursing program at the following address and phone number: 
New Jersey Board of Nursing, 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102, (973) 504-6430
http://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
kmontalto@rcbc.edu

Laura Skrable, MSN, RN, CHSE
Simulation Lab Manager
lskrable@rcbc.edu

Dr. Shannon Williams DNP, RN
Nursing Program Director
slwilliams@rcbc.edu

Sheri Hunter MSN, RN
Nursing Program Success Coach
shunter@rcbc.edu
Danielle Garcia
Health Sciences Division Coordinator 
dgarcia@rcbc.edu
Alison English
Health Sciences Assistant
aenglish@rcbc.edu

Faculty

Elizabeth Brendle, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC 
100 Level Coordinator
NUR 145/146 Coordinator
ebrendle@rcbc.edu

Joyce Rittenhouse, MSN, RN
NUR-241 Coordinator
jrittenhouse@rcbc.edu

Kelly Rivera, MSN, RN
Level 200 Coordinator
NUR 250/251/216/246 Coordinator
Krivera@rcbc.edu

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

Linda Kozsyck, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
lkozsyck@rcb.edu

Valerie Summerfeld, MSN, RN 
NUR 130/131/132 Coordinator
High School Admission Coordinator
vsummerfeld@rcbc.edu

Lisa Parker, MSN-ed, RN
NUR 245 Coordinator
NUR 303 Coordinator
ATI Champion
lparker@rcbc.edu

Kelly LaRocca, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
NUR 240 Coordinator
klarocca@rcbc.edu

Amy Anderson, MSN, RN
Faculty
aanderson@rcbc.edu

 

Adjunct Faculty

Patricia Giuliana, MSN, RN
NUR 250/216 Assistant
pgiuliana@rcbc.edu

Angela Pino
NUR 245 (Evening)
apino@rcbc.edu

Staff and Clinical Education Administration

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

Dr. Maggie D. Lynch, DNP, RN, NPD-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                               

  • Danzan Schowgurow
  • Angela Pino
  • Stephanie DeJesus
  • Isaac Harris
  • Stacy Chase
  • Mini Matthew
  • Sara Vasquez
  • Jamie Fitzgerald
  • Pamela Scheuren
  • Stacy Curley

NUR 141                         

  • Marianne Bittle
  • Diane Fletcher 
  • Anne Fox
  • Audrey Bennett-Axelrod
  • Nanette Sulik
  • Christin Smith
  • Sarah Sharp
  • Laura Gibbs
  • Jacelyn Annett

NUR 146

  • Lisa Camacho
  • Sam Goodman-Gardiner
  • Brigid Miller
  • Tara Pezzuto
  • Edward Allen
  • Tammy Rockhill
  • Valerie Custis 
  • Leslie Oleaga

NUR 241

  • James McKeever
  • Veronica O'Connor

NUR 246

  • Malene Stokes
  • Cedeirdre Dumond
  • Claire Giordano
  • Ginger Gerard
  • Kathleen Curtis
  • Sara Holland
  • Anna Speaker
  • Allan Aguilar

NUR 251

  • Sandra Revak
  • Moehika (Kim) Watson
  • Jeana LaBrie
  • Ana Cruz-Lawrence
  • Katie McMaster
  • Peninah Mbaluka
  • Courtney Foody
  • Johanna Everett
  • Benjamin Koomson

Upcoming Nursing Events:

Filter Events
Tuesday, June 25
6 - 7 pm
Google Meet
Virtual/Online
Tuesday, July 9
5 - 6 pm
Google Meet
Virtual/Online
Tuesday, July 23
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Google Meet
Virtual/Online
Tuesday, August 6
4 - 5 pm
Health Sciences Center Room 304
Mount Laurel Campus