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    Programs of Study

    For program descriptions and required courses, view the PDF;
    or, access any specific, individual program page listed below.     [see also CERTIFICATE programs]

    [Reading and printing these pages requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which may be downloaded here for free.]

    details (PDF)   Accounting website
    details (PDF)   Administrative Professional
    details (PDF)   Advertising + Graphic Design
    details (PDF)   Architecture
    details (PDF)   Automotive Technology websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Aviation Customer Relations
    details (PDF)   Aviation Flight Technology website
    details (PDF)   Aviation Management
    details (PDF)   Biology
    concentration: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinarian, Pre-Dentistry  
    websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Building Construction Technology
    details (PDF)   Business Administration
    concentrations: Global Business, Sports Management
    website
    details (PDF)   Business Software Applications
    details (PDF)   Business Studies
    concentrations: Management, Entrepreneurship
    details (PDF)   Chemistry website
    details (PDF)   Civil Engineering Technology brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Communication
    concentrations: General, Organizational, Radio, Television
    brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Communication: New Media brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Communication: Speech and Theatre
    details (PDF)   Computer Information Systems websitecalalog (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Computer Networking and Technology websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Computer Science
    details (PDF)   Criminal Justice - Corrections websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Culinary Arts
    concentrations: Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts
    websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Culinology websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Dance brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Digital Film
    details (PDF)   Digital Media Arts
    concentrations: 3-D Animation, Web Design, Multimedia
    details (PDF)   Early Childhood Education / Special Education Assistant websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Education websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Electronics Engineering Technology brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Engineering Science brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Entertainment Technology
    concentrations: Technical Theatre, Music Technology
    brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Exercise Science website
    details (PDF)   Fashion/Apparel Design brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Fashion Merchandising brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Fire Science Technology website
    details (PDF)   Funeral Service website
    details (PDF)   Funeral Service Preparatory website
    details (PDF)   Game Design brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Game Programming brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Health Science
    concentration: Radiography
    details (PDF)   Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning*
    details (PDF)   Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Illustration brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Laboratory Technology
    details (PDF)   Liberal Arts
    concentrations: American Studies, Global Studies, Humanities,
    Political and Legal Studies, Social Science, Women’s and Gender Studies
    details (PDF)   Mathematics website
    details (PDF)   Medical Laboratory Technology website
    details (PDF)   Microcomputer Systems Administration
    details (PDF)   Music
    details (PDF)   Nursing website
    details (PDF)   Nursing (Cooperative Program)
    details (PDF)   Occupational Therapy Assistant** brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Ornamental Horticulture
    concentrations: Landscape Design, Floral Design
    websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Paralegal
    details (PDF)   Photography and Digital Imaging websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Physical Therapist Assistant website
    details (PDF)   Physics
    details (PDF)   Plant Science websitebrochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Radio
    details (PDF)   Radiography website
    details (PDF)   Respiratory Therapy***
    details (PDF)   Security Systems Technology****
    details (PDF)   Sustainability
    details (PDF)   Technical Studies
    details (PDF)   Television
    details (PDF)   Theatre brochure (PDF)
    details (PDF)   Visual Arts
    concentrations: Art History, Ceramics/Sculpture, Fine Arts
    * offered with Mercer County Technical Schools
    ** offered with the School of Health Related Professions at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    *** offered with Brookdale Community College
    **** state approval pending

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    General Information

    The academic programs offered by Mercer County Community College are among the most diversified and comprehensive in the country. Included are transfer programs that prepare students for entry into baccalaureate programs and career programs that prepare students for immediate employment after graduation.

    The terms "transfer" or "career" simply describe the primary objective of the program. Many transfer graduates have been successful in gaining employment upon graduation. Many graduates of career programs have been successful in transferring to four-year colleges, with many of their MCCC credits being accepted.

    In general, both kinds of degree programs require no more than 66 credits for graduation.

    More general information about
    faculty educational philosophy
    transfer programs
    career programs

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    General Education

    Because Mercer is committed to promoting intellectual development, aesthetic appreciation, and cultural awareness, every program of study includes a general education component. This component, addressed through a variety of courses, focuses on reading analytically, communicating ideas clearly, solving problems, and developing a broad base of knowledge. Students are given the opportunity to develop analytical, synthetic/creative, and evaluative thinking; scientific reasoning; artistic response and expression; historical consciousness; cultural awareness; and sensitivity to the contemporary world.

    Approved General Education Courses
    General Education Policy

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    Transfer Programs (A.A., A.F.A., A.S.)

    Transfer degree (A.A., A.F.A., or A.S.) programs are designed primarily to enable students to enter the third year of baccalaureate study at four-year colleges. The largest student enrollments in transfer degree programs are in humanities and social science, business administration, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Other transfer degree programs range from architecture, communication and visual arts to engineering science and plant science.

    For many students, the transfer experience is made easier by "dual admission" and "program articulation" agreements between Mercer and other colleges.

    More information about transferring after Mercer

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    Career Programs (A.A.S.)

    Career degree (A.A.S.) programs are designed primarily to prepare graduates for entry-level employment in an occupation which requires both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Mercer has A.A.S. programs as varied as accounting, aviation, chef apprenticeship, electronics, ornamental horticulture, microcomputer systems administration, television, funeral service, and computer graphics.

    Two engineering technology programs function both as transfer degree and career degree programs, with slightly more than half of all graduates transferring to four-year technology programs and others finding employment. Many employed students use career programs to gain advanced positions in their chosen field or to change careers. Some other A.A.S. programs also provide a basis for transfer to four-year colleges; a student may lose credits, however, if he or she transfers to an unrelated program of study.

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    Other Non-Degree Choices

    Many students enroll at Mercer for purposes other than earning a degree or certificate. The college offers four enrollment categories for such students:

    • Other college -- Students take courses at Mercer to fulfill program requirements at another college.
    • Job Related -- Students take courses specifically selected to enhance knowledge and skills for current or future employment.
    • Exploratory -- Students are undecided about which degree or certificate program they intend to pursue. They may take courses from several program areas to help them select.
    • Personal -- Students take courses for other reasons. Advisors at each campus help non-degree students select courses.

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    Special Program:
    English as a Second Language (ESL)

    Mercer offers a comprehensive program for students who are learning English as a second language. The multilevel sequence consists of two pre-credit and eight credit courses that emphasize grammar, speech, reading and writing skills. The free ESL placement test, arranged through the ESL Learning Center, should be completed at least two weeks before registration for classes.

    The noncredit preparatory courses are offered through the English Language Institute (ELI) at the James Kerney and West Windsor campuses. Contact ELI at the James Kerney Campus or the ESL Learning Center at the West Windsor Campus for further information.

    ESL overview brochure (PDF)
    More information about ESL programs
    ESL course descriptions
    suggested course sequence

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    Special Program:
    LPN-RN Advanced Placement

    The LPN-RN advanced placement option offers licensed practical nurses (LPNs) the opportunity to gain experiential credit for their LPN license and receive credit for Fundamental Concepts of Nursing (NRS 110). Applicants must possess a high school diploma (or equivalent), have graduated from an accredited LPN school , possess a valid New Jersey LPN license and complete all the prerequisite course requirements for the nursing curriculum.

    Admission to the professional phase of the program requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a passing score on the HESI Admission Assessment Exam. Six credits are given for Fundamental Concepts of Nursing (NRS 110). The student is then able to enroll in Alterations in Health I (NRS 120), Alterations in Health II (NRS 121), or Concepts of Mental Health Nursing (NRS 123). Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all nursing, science, and mathematics courses to graduate.

    The online option is also available for LPN-RN. Applicants must meet all the same admission requirements outlined above. In addition, they must achieve a passing score on the Computer Skills Placement Test.

    Please note that admission to either of the LPN-RN Advanced Placement program options are on a space available basis only.

    Students who complete the college's Nursing program earn the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree and eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs).

    See additional program details.

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    Special Program:
    Cooperative Education

    Cooperative education integrates textbook and classroom learning with work experience. Several academic programs offer cooperative education components. The program affords many advantages to students who are able to earn an income while attending college and earn college credits for their cooperative education experiences. In addition, many graduates find employment easier to obtain if they have had prior work experiences.

    A successful co-op experience requires careful delineation of learning objectives and employer willingness to support them. The college assists students in defining objectives and obtaining co-op positions.

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