The JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing/Union County College Cooperative Nursing Program provides an education soundly rooted in outstanding academic traditions of both hospital-based nursing education and community college education. This program, acknowledged as a model in the field of nursing and different from existing nursing programs offered by nearby community colleges and hospital-based schools, affords its graduates advantages in the attainment of nursing competency, a Diploma in Nursing from JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing, an Associate in Science (AS) Degree from Union County College. and in transferability of credits to programs leading to a baccalaureate degree. Graduates from JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools Nursing Program are eligible to sit for the National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurse (RN) licensure.
The Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. The School is approved for the training of veterans.
Student Learning Outcome
- Function as a graduate professional nurse within structured health settings.
- Provide competent nursing care to patients with commonly occurring health deviations through application of nursing theory, evidence-based practice and concepts from the behavioral and natural sciences, the humanities, ethical principles and legal standards.
- Utilize opportunities for continuing personal and professional development.
- Accept accountability/responsibility for professional practice as a nurse.
- Teach patients self care practices related to the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
- Cooperate with health team members to facilitate optimal health of clients in primary, secondary and tertiary settings.
- Select appropriate communication, coordination and collaborative skills when interacting with individuals and groups.
- Apply critical thinking to nursing care situations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of evidence based practice as a research participant.
The curriculum is planned to meet not only the educational needs of the recent high school graduate, the holder of a GED, the needs of the adult learner, the student seeking entry with advanced standing, a licensed practical nurse and a student who seeks part-time and/or evening patterns of study.
To meet this diversity of student entering the School of Nursing, the school conducts four tracks. All four tracks lead toward registered nurse licensure and include 75 credits: 37 General Education credits and 38 Nursing credits. The Pathways to BSN Track includes an additional 14 credits.
- Generic Track
- For Recent High School Graduates, Holders of a GED or Transfer Students
- 75 Course Credits (See School of Nursing Curriculum Check-off Sheet - Generic Track)
- Day or Evening/Full or Part-time for General and Nursing Courses
- Five Semesters of Nursing Courses (two and one-half years)
- No Summer Nursing Classes Offered
- Accelerated Track
- For Individuals Holding a Prior Baccalaureate or Higher Degree in Other Disciplines Looking to Change Career Goals
- Builds Upon Students' Existing Knowledge and Life Experience
- Up to 40 Transfer Credits for Holders of a Baccalaureate Degree
- Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher Required for Transfer
- Higher Scores Required on School's Entrance Examination
- 75 Course Credits (See School of Nursing Curriculum Check-off Sheet - Accelerated Track)
- Day Full-time Only for Nursing Courses
- Three Semesters of Nursing Courses (one year)
- LPN to RN Transition Track
- For the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who wishes to continue studies to be eligible to sit for the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).
- Builds Upon Students' Existing Knowledge, Skills and Strengths
- 75 Course Credits (See School of Nursing Curriculum Check-off Sheet - LPN to RN Transition Track)
- 4 Week Full-Time Transition Course begins at the end of May and finishes in June
- Day or Evening every other year
- Advanced Standing Entry Into Generic Track (Credit Transfers)
- Pathway to BSN Track
- For Individuals Seeking A Direct Path To Complete A Bachelor Degree
- Collaborative Program Between JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools, Union County College, and Kean University
- 89 Credit Curriculum (75 UCC/JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing plus 14 Additional BSN Track Credits) (See School of Nursing Curriculum Check-off Sheet - Pathway to BSN Track)
- Eligible to Complete a BSN in 3 Semesters After Receiving the Diploma in Nursing from JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing and an AS Degree from Union County College and Passing the NCLEX Licensing Exam and thereby earning an RN license
- Daytime only, Five Semesters Of Nursing Courses (2 ½ years)
- Enrollment In All Three Schools thru the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing
- Intention for BSN Track Declared Upon Application to the School Of Nursing
The general education courses are the same across all tracks.
Up to 32 transfer credits are available for comparable course credit; 40 transfer credits for holders of baccalaureate degrees. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher is required.
Biology courses for transfer must be taken within the last 5 years;
Chemistry courses must be taken within the last 10 years.
General Education courses are taken at Union County College - Cranford, Elizabeth or Plainfield campuses. Nursing courses are taught at JFK Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools' campus and various other clinical sites and affiliations.
The Pathways to BSN students will also take general education and nursing courses at Kean University.
All tracks are sponsored by JFK Medical Center, 65 James Street, Edison, NJ 08818
All tracks are accredited by the NJ Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved for Veteran Training.
Enrollment into the JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing and Union County College is done through JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Schools. There is no need to enroll with each school.
For admission to the School of Nursing and enrollment into one of the above tracks, there are general requirements common across all schools and specific requirements for the School of Nursing both of which must be met.
For more information on the school's Nursing program, admissions requirements, course requirements, etc., visit the:
- Program Information for the Public
- JFK Muhlenberg Snyder Schools Catalog
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Nursing,
- Financial Aid & Tuition FAQs
- Math Resources
- Textbook Information
For curriculum activities such as specific course attendance policy, administrative information, Nursing progression and academic policies, school life, etc. visit our School of Nursing Student Handbook.