Admissions

Admission to the School of Nursing is processed through the Admissions Office at Union County College. Call 908-709-7518 (Cranford campus) or 908-965-6050 (Elizabeth campus) for information and/or an application. You also may apply on-line at ucc.edu

REQUIREMENTS
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide the following information, verification, and/or credentials to the Union County College Admission office.

Generic Track
  • Union County College admission application
  • Official high school transcript or GED test scores
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • Completion of College Placement Test/Course or waiver
  • Foreign transcripts will require an evaluation by World Education Services for a course-by-course review if the applicant is seeking transfer credit
  • Applicants with a LPN license are not eligible for admission to the generic track; this applicant must apply to the LPN to RN track
  • Attendance at a Trinitas School of Nursing Information Session
  • NOTE: Applicants with two or more nursing course failures at another college or nursing school will not be considered for admission.
LPN-to-RN Track
  • Union County College admission application
  • Official high school transcript or GED test scores
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary schools attended
  • Graduation from an approved School of Practical Nursing
  • Current LPN License
  • Completion of College Placement Test/Course or waiver
  • Minimum Union County College of GPA 2.5
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite science and general education courses
  • NOTE: Applicants with two or more nursing class failures in another LPN-RN program will not be considered for admission.
ADMISSION TO NURE 130 - Generic Track
Application for enrollment consideration for the first nursing course, NURE 130, requires the following:
  • Declared as a Trinitas School of Nursing Cooperative Program (EGHN) major through Union County College.
  • CHE 114, BIO 105, and ENG 101 or ENG 112 are co-requisite courses with NURE 130. Successful completion of these courses is required before progressing to NURE 131. A minimum grade of C is required for all general education and science curriculum courses. Students seeking NURE 130 enrollment should have successfully completed or be currently enrolled in these courses at the time of application submission.
  • Union County College GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Attendance at a Trinitas School of Nursing Information Session prior to submitting NURE 130 enrollment consideration form.

NURE 130 Enrollment Consideration applications are accepted twice a year (May and November) during a pre-determined time frame. Enrollment consideration applications are available at the School of Nursing office (Third floor, Room 324) or online a ttrinitasschoolofnursing.org.
Enrollment into NURE 130 is by invitation only and is based on the following:
  • The number of available NURE 130 seats per semester
  • The status of co-requisite courses
  • A ranking score calculation based on Union County College GPA and quality (grade) points (see page 12)
  • A minimum Union County College GPA of 2.5
Note: Nursing courses are highly challenging and may require many hours of study time for successful completion. It is highly recommended that students complete all science and general education courses prior to seeking enrollment in NURE 130, especially if the student continues to work while attending nursing school.
Note: The Trinitas School of Nursing will be adding the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) to the NURE 130 admission requirements starting with the Fall 2018 class. Please refer to the Trinitas School of Nursing website trinitasschoolofnursing.org for the most up to date information on TEAS testing and for TEAS test registration information.


ADMISSION TO NURE 211/212 – LPN-RN Track
  • Application for enrollment consideration for the LPN-RN track requires the following:
  • Declared as a Trinitas School of Nursing Cooperative Program (EGHN) major through Union County College.
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite general education and science curriculum course work. A minimum grade of C is required for all general education and science curriculum courses.
  • Union County College GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Attendance at a Trinitas School of Nursing Information Session prior to submitting LPN-RN tack enrollment application.
LPN-RN track enrollment applications are accepted starting in January of each year for Fall class enrollment. LPN-RN track applications are available at the School of Nursing office (Third floor, Room 324) or online at trinitasschoolofnursing.org.

ADDITIONAL NURSING PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
All nursing students are required to meet additional mandatory requirements prior to enrollment in clinical nursing courses (Generic Track - NURE 131; LPN-RN Track – NURE 211/212). Students obtain health clearance by submitting appropriate documentation as follows:
  • Health History and Physical Examination by a licensed healthcare practitioner
  • Rubella/Measles/Mumps/Varicella titers (Immune status required)
  • Hepatitis B & C screens
  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
  • Urine Drug Screen
  • Tuberculosis Testing (Mantoux skin test or serum QuantiFERON-TB Gold or negative chest x-ray)
In addition to obtaining health clearance, students must also:
  • Obtain Basic Life Support CPR certification through the American Heart Association
  • Obtain malpractice/liability insurance for Registered Nurse Student
  • Complete criminal background check through TABB (Must be clear or negative for enrollment)
  • Complete Trinitas Regional Medical Center Mandatory Education
  • Purchase required clinical uniform
All students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while enrolled in nursing courses.

COLLEGE PLACEMENT TEST
After completing a Union County College admission application, students are required to take the College Placement Test through the Placement Testing Center at Union County College. If a student's test results indicate the need for developmental course work, the recommended non-credit courses must be completed satisfactorily before registering for college credit courses. Waivers for placement testing and advanced standing credit for English Composition are in accordance with the Union County College policy. Please contact the Union County One Stop Advising Offices on any of the campuses for more information on College Placement testing.

TRANSFER CREDITS
Applicants who have completed college level courses in an accredited college and/or university will be evaluated for advanced standing for up to 36 credits.
Please note, while transfer credits are accepted, students who have taken nursing curriculum courses at Union County College (UCC) will have priority ranking for NURE 130 invitation consideration based on a UCC GPA and quality (grade) point calculation.
A minimum grade of "C" is required for transfer credit for college courses.
Note: Transfer applicants with two or more failures in a nursing course at another college or nursing school will not be considered for admission to the Trinitas School of Nursing.

FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION
Foreign transcripts will require an evaluation by World Education Services and will need a course-by-course review if the applicant is seeking advanced standing and/or transfer credit. Please contact a Union County College advisor for more information on foreign transcript evaluation. ucc.edu

COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)

Consult the Union County College catalog for CLEP information. The CLEP option is not available for nursing courses.

ADVISEMENT
All students seeking enrollment into nursing (NURE) courses should meet with a Union County College Advisor after declaring Trinitas School of Nursing Cooperative Program (EGHN) as their major. Advisors can provide students with guidance on course selection and answer questions regarding the nursing program. One Stop Advising Centers are available on all 3 of the Union County College campuses. No appointments are necessary. ucc.edu

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS
Nursing courses are recorded in terms of semester hours. One course semester hour of credit is equivalent to a 50-minute period of theoretical class work and three-hours of clinical course work per week per semester. A Fall and Spring semester consists of the equivalent of 15 weeks of regularly scheduled student instructional activity and a one-week exam period. Consult the summer schedule for specific information about summer course offerings. The generic track does not offer NURE courses during the summer months.

NURSING/SCIENCE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Students are required to maintain a minimum grade of "C+" in each nursing course and a "C" grade for all science courses. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for entrance into all NURE courses.
A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for all students reentering the nursing course sequence (NURE 131 and higher for the generic track and NURE 211/212 for the LPN-RN track) following a course withdrawal or unsuccessful attempt.

Since the theory and clinical components of nursing courses are not separate, students who repeat a nursing course are required to take both the theory and clinical components of the course.