Associate in Applied Science

What You Will Learn

Nursing is an essential part of today’s healthcare system. Nurses provide direct care to people in hospitals, homes and long-term care facilities; they manage groups of patients in industries and communities; they participate in and lead research projects that are helping advance nursing knowledge. Nurses today are providers, collaborators, coordinators and leaders in healthcare delivery.

CCM’s expert nursing faculty and comprehensive curriculum prepare students for entry into this most trusted profession. Through experiential learning with state-of-the-art simulators and in-person clinical experiences, students learn to integrate the science of healthcare and the art of caring into their nursing practice.

At CCM we prepare nurses for today, while respecting the history and traditions that make nursing unique.

Why Study Nursing at CCM?

Preparing Nurses for the 21st century

Extensive knowledge

Foundation in liberal arts and sciences provides the
knowledge and communication skills that nurses require.

Best evidence

Curriculum is reviewed and revised annually by expert
faculty to ensure the most current and best evidence is the
foundation for the core nursing courses.

The rigorous program at CCM is reflected in our NCLEX-RN
pass rates, which consistently exceed the national average.

Advanced technology

High-fidelity simulators are used in the Nursing Laboratory
to provide realistic, hands-on “patient” experiences to
students in a safe environment.

Compassion and care

Compassion and care threaded throughout the curriculum
remains central to the unique nature of the nursing


All nursing faculty hold master’s or doctoral degrees and are
prepared with extensive current and past clinical experience.

Advanced degrees and certifications in Nursing, including
Master’s and beyond, provide additional opportunities in:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nurse Anesthetists


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. About 175,900 openings for registered nurses are projected each year.

Program Structure


  • Typically completed in two to four semesters
  • Includes general education and science courses


  • Admission by separate “professional phase” application
  • Acceptance determined by grades in pre-professional phase
  • Nursing core courses are completed sequentially in four semesters. Two years to complete.


The Nursing Program at CCM is a competitive based admissions program. A separate application is required for acceptance into the Professional Phase of Nursing. Acceptance is based on grades achieved in the pre-professional phase.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the 2021 median annual wage for registered nurses was $77,600 per year and $37.31 per hour.
Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools.

  • Armed Forces
  • Behavioral Health
  • Community and Public Health
  • Critical Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Hospitals
  • Industry Sales
  • Informatics
  • Maternal-Child Health
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Nurse Navigators
  • Oncology
  • Out Patient
  • Rehabilitation and Long-term Care
  • School Nursing
  • Telenursing


The Nursing Program at CCM is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing. This accreditation qualifies
graduates of the Nursing Program to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, (NCLEX-RN).

State of New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6430

The associate nursing program at County College of Morris located in Randolph, New Jersey 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 nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

Click here to view the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

Scholarship Opportunities

Through the generosity of CCM Foundation donors, CCM awards approximately $50,000 in scholarships to Nursing students each academic year. Scholarships are available through the CCM Financial Aid office.

Where You Can Go

Our graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The NJ Board of Nursing licenses registered nurses (RNs). Licensure requirements include: Application completion, passing the NCLEX-RN and Criminal History Background Checks. After passing the NCLEX-RN, our graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as an RN in a variety of settings and specialty areas.
Nurses are committed to lifelong learning, and we highly recommend that all graduates seek their BSN. A BSN is not required to practice nursing in NJ, but it will lead to more opportunities for employment and growth within the profession. Credits from the CCM Nursing Program are readily transferable towards a four year nursing degree (BSN) at many state and private colleges and universities. Some four year institutions may offer an accelerated path from an RN to master’s degree in nursing. This may be a good option for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another major and an AAS in Nursing. CCM is proudly partnering with the following programs:

  • Drexel University
  • Montclair State University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Saint Elizabeth University
  • Thomas Edison University: W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing
  • William Paterson University

Transfer information can be found here.

Advanced degrees and certifications in nursing, including master’s and beyond, provide additional opportunities in:

  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Education
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Research

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 194,500 openings for registered nurses are projected annually.

Contact Info

For additional information, please contact the Nursing Department at

Dr. Lesley Andrew
Department Chairperson