Brookdale Community College (BCC) was founded in 1967 as one of the County Colleges of New Jersey. It was established to meet the educational needs of the residents of Monmouth County. The college has a notable open-admission policy that welcomes any high school graduates who have attained 18 years of age. In its effort to reach out communities, it has 6 satellite campuses and learning centers in Hazlet, Sandy Hook, Long Branch, Freehold, Neptune and Wall in addition to the main campus at Lincroft. It is a 2-year public community college that offers associate degree programs, certificate courses and a path to bachelor or master degree completion; known as “communiversity”.
Nursing Programs at Brookdale Community College
Brookdale community college has one associate degree nursing (ADN) program and a shorter certificate course for registered nurses who wish to become legal nurse consultants. There is also an opportunity for Licensed Practical Nurses to have advanced placement in the ADN program to become registered nurses. The ADN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The college prides itself for being designated as a Center of excellence by National League for Nursing for the pedagogical expertise of its faculty.
The Nursing Program at Brookdale Community College
The associate degree in nursing program at Brookdale community college offers a curriculum that trains students to become registered nurses. Potential candidates must have completed a nurse aide course prior to application and acceptance is on a first come- first served basis. Since Brookdale is an open admission college, student only require a high school diploma to be enrolled. Admissions occurs twice annually for the fall and spring semesters.
The curriculum consists of 72 credits: 26 general education and 46 nursing and support credits. Coursework is delivered on-site at the Lincroft campuses and via web-enhanced online modes for selected courses. Nursing and supporting courses are designed to be completed in five semesters on a full time study plan. Generally, the degree program is designed to be completed in not less than 2.5 years. There is also a fully online track for this program.
LPN Nursing Advanced Placement
This program is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses who would like to make a transition into professional nursing. LPNs must be graduates of a nationally accredited program and must have a current, active LPN license from New Jersey. Such applicants must then complete a Nursing Advanced Placement Challenge Program in order to receive advanced standing in the ADN. Successful candidates are admitted in the fall and spring depending on space availability.
Legal Nurse Consultant Academic Certificate
RNs who would wish to work in legal nurse consulting positions are welcome to take this certificate program at Brookdale Community College. It is open to associate or bachelors-prepared registered nurses who have an active RN license and at least 2000hours of clinical practice. The program trains nurses to work as paralegals, consultants or in law offices. To be awarded this certificate, RNs take 25 legal-related nursing credits.
BS Completion Programs
Associate of science in nursing students of Brookdale can take advantage of the numerous Bachelor of Science completion opportunities available. Through the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity program, students can be able to complete BSN or Master of Science (MS) credits while at Brookdale. Such courses are offered at Brookdale’s- Wall Higher Education learning center and involve a number of universities as follows
- B.S in Nursing at State University of New Jersey & Rutgers
- RN-BSN at New Jersey City University
- MS Nursing at Rutgers University
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft,