Admission to Allied Health Programs

The Nursing and Respiratory Therapy programs are specialized areas of study at Atlantic Cape. To apply to these programs, you must follow the general application procedures and meet additional admission requirements. Short-term programs in health related fields are also available through the Continuing Education Division. There is no college credit associated with these programs.  Atlantic Cape also provides the preparatory courses required and indicated by Shore Medical Center for potential entry to their School of Radiologic Technology and in partnership with their School of Radiologic Technology for the AAS degree in Radiologic Technology, or courses may also be utilized for potential transfer to other regional programs for related fields of diagnostic imaging.

For more information on these programs, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Health Career Planning Session or contact Glenda Stogel, College Recruiter, at (609) 343-5048, (609) 463-4774, ext. 5048 or email stogel@atlantic.edu.

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Applying to the Nursing Program

Application deadline is June 1.

Atlantic Cape’s Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., 331 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.  Telephone (404)975-5000

The goal of the admission process is to admit qualified students who will be successful in their pursuit of a professional nursing career. All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Complete the admission process for “Admission to Atlantic Cape.”
  • Have a high school diploma or GED and submit a copy to Atlantic Cape.
    Please note
    , students who completed high school outside of the United States must must provide a formal evaluation of their high school credential performed by an agency that specializes in formal credential evaluation. The Admissions Office can provide a list of these companies.
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses: BIOL120, ENGL101, PSYC101 and SOCL101 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Students must complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an overall GPA of 2.5 to be eligible to apply to the nursing program.
  • All science courses must have been taken within the last 10 years or must be repeated.
  • Applicants who transfer prerequisite courses from another accredited institution must have their credits evaluated by the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline.
  • Applicants must take a pre-nursing test, TEAS V, which can be taken at Atlantic Cape and is administered by the Testing Office.  This test must be taken within three years of applying to the Nursing Program. Call (609)343-5099 or (609)463-3775 or request information by e-mail at testing@atlantic.edu.

The TEAS V, with a score of 58.7 or higher, is required for admission to the Nursing program. The TEAS V is a general, comprehensive assessment tool, which evaluates several areas. These include basic mathematics skills, reading comprehension, learning style, social interaction and stress level profile. Applicants may retest ONCE per year after a 30-day time period has lapsed. This policy applies no matter where you take the test.  Students must have completed at least two Nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better before taking the TEAS V. 

When all criteria have been met, applicants must submit their credentials to the Admissions Office with the completed Nursing Program Admissions Application form. All required credentials must be presented by June 1 to be considered for admission to the program which begins in the fall for selected students.  Only completed applications will be accepted.  For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (609)343-4922 or 463-4774, ext. 4922.

Acceptance to the program is on a competitive basis. Successful completion of all prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  *Please note, Atlantic and Cape May County residents are given priority consideration.  Residents of other counties will be considered only if all seats cannot be filled with qualified Atlantic and Cape May County students.

Selection Process for the Nursing Program

Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) currently licensed in the State of New Jersey, who qualify for admission, may be eligible for advanced placement.  To be eligible, LPNs must meet the same admission criteria as an RN applicant, and complete, with a grade of “C” or better, BIOL121, Human Anatomy & Physiology II and the LPN Nursing Transition class, offered each fall.  The program application deadline for LPNs is June 1. Successful applicants who pass the NURS109 Transition course will be admitted for the spring term in NURS112. Call (609)343-5035 or (609)463-4774, ext 5035 for information, or contact the Admissions Office for an application to the program.

Optional Nursing Program

The Atlantic Cape Nursing program, in collaboration with Ocean County College and Burlington County College offers an online, on-site with faculty AAS degree in Nursing. The clinical portion of the program is completed at various locations throughout Southern New Jersey in a one-day a week (12 hour) format. The didactic portions of the program are online. The student completing this program receives their AAS degree from Ocean County College. This program has limited seating and the criteria for acceptance differ from the traditional program requirements. Further information about this program can be found on the Ocean County College website or by contacting the Nursing department at Atlantic Cape.

Applying to the Respiratory Therapy Program

Application deadline for UMDNJ admission is May 15.

Atlantic Cape offers a Respiratory Therapy Program in conjunction with the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Pre-program courses are completed at Atlantic Cape, all clinical courses are completed at UMDNJ. Admission to UMDNJ is conditional upon successful completion of various UMDNJ academic and administrative requirements, including health and immunization requirements, and a satisfactory criminal background check.  All prerequisite courses must be completed and appear on your transcript with final grades by the application deadline.

You must:

  • Contact the Atlantic Cape Admissions Office for an application to the program.
  • Apply and be accepted to Atlantic Cape and declare Respiratory Therapy as your major.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses and have any transfer credits evaluated and accepted by the end of the Spring semester.  See degree program for course requirements.
  • Have a minimum GPA for prerequisite courses of 2.75.   Multiple attempts at prerequisite courses will be counted into the overall GPA.
  • Have a minimum grade of 'B' for Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology and Chemistry.
  • Provide a letter with your application stating why you chose the Respiratory Therapy program as well as listing any hospital or medical work experience.  Letters of recommendation from supervisors or other relevant sources are encouraged.
  • Request a sealed, official transcript from Atlantic Cape.

Once you are accepted to the clinical portion of the program, you are responsible for travel to the clinical sites and will be charged tuition and fees at the applicable rate for UMDNJ. A joint diploma will be issued upon successful completion of the program requirements.

For more information, visit the UMDNJ Respiratory Therapy Program, South website.

NOTE: Acceptance to the program is on a competitive basis. Seating is limited. Successful completion of all prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into the program.