County College of Morris Nursing Program Review

The County College of Morris (CCM) opened its door for the first students in 1968. The college was opened in response to the needs of workforce training center that would offer high quality yet affordable education.  In the mission to spread its services to the community, a satellite campus was opened in Morristown in 1992. Through its main campus at Randolph and the satellite site, the County College of Morris offers dynamic educational programs that foster the student’s quest for professional development and lifelong learning.

Nursing Programs at the County College of Morris

The nursing department at the college has only one nursing program that leads to the associate in applied degree. The program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is unconditionally approved by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The program also welcomes Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) wishing to receive advanced placement status in the associate in order to become registered nurses.

Nursing-Associate of Applied Science Degree

The nursing program at County College of Morris offers a curriculum designed to prepare students to become registered nurses. Students are expected to apply to the college for a Pre-Professional phase during which they take 20 credits of general education and science courses. However, completion of the pre-professional phase does not guarantee students a seat in the professional nursing phase.

Admission into the professional phase is competitive and depends on the number and grades of prerequisite courses completed at Morris County. During the time of application, students must clearly indicate whether they want day or Evening study tracks. Day students start their professional phase in fall while evening track students start classes in spring.

Once accepted into the professional phase, a further 47 credits must be completed: 9 support and 38 nursing credits. This brings the entire curriculum to 67 credits which can be completed in 6 sequential semesters (excluding summer sessions) for the day/full time students. For the evening students, additional semesters are required depending in the course load of the student.

Satisfactory completion awards the student an Associate of Applied Science degree besides becoming eligible apply and take the NLCEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse.


All Students are welcome to apply for the over 15 nursing-designated scholarships from the CCM scholarship foundations but applicants must have eligibility criteria applicable to each scholarship.

Advanced Placement

This is meant for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who meet the general admission requirements of the associate nursing track besides having a current LPN New Jersey license. Admission into the program conforms to the New Jersey transfer articulation model and depends on space availability. In this case, LPNs must have graduated from a LPN program during the past year. On the other hand, LPNs who graduated between 13 months and 3 years must have at least 1000hrs clinical experience while those with more than 3 years after graduation must have 2000hrs.

Upon admission, LPNs enter an Advanced Placement Program where they complete 1 special Transition Course for LPNs and 2 other Basic/foundation nursing courses. These enable them to receive advanced standing status in the associate track. After meeting all the curriculum requirements, LPNs are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in nursing degree and can apply for the NLCEX-RN exam.

Articulation Agreements

County College of Morris has formed articulation agreements with:

  • College of St. Elizabeth
  • Rutgers University

This enables nursing students to take upper division nursing courses right at County College of Morris campuses during their study period. Completion of such Bachelor of Science-upper division designated courses enables students to readily transfer to the two schools for a BSN degree.

County College of Morris
214 Center Grove Rd, Randolph,
NJ 07869