Cooperative Program with St. Francis Medical Center
Associate in Science Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (A.S.)
Math, Science, and
Health Professions Division


Mercer County Community College, in collaboration with the diploma School of Nursing at St. Francis Medical Center, awards the Associate in Science degree to students who successfully complete their program of study. Students also receive a diploma from the school of nursing and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn licensure as a registered nurse. St. Francis is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

St. Francis combines mathematics, science, and general education courses at the college with nursing courses conducted at their school. The nursing courses integrate classroom activities with clinical experiences in the home hospital and at other agencies in the area. The cooperative program with St. Francis requires attendance for two consecutive years, including summers.

Candidates must meet the admissions requirements of the college and additional requirements specific to the program. Details regarding admission standards, grading and retention policies, and graduation requirements are available from the cooperating nursing school. The cooperative program also maintains a list of baccalaureate nursing programs for students who contemplate transfer.

  • Graduates will demonstrate achievement of end-of-program student learning outcomes;
  • Graduate classes will achieve an NCLEX pass rate at or above the national mean;
  • 75 percent of graduates will be employed at nine months post-graduation;
  • Students enrolled in the first Nursing course who graduate will complete the program within 150 percent of the program length.

Nursing degree program

2023-2024 Academic Year
 earlier / Archive
CIP 513801

The course sequence below represents a recommended example of how this degree program can be completed in two years, presuming a Fall Term start and satisfaction of all Developmental Studies (foundation courses) requirements and prerequisites. Actual approaches toward completion depend on each student's anticipated transfer institution, career objectives, or other individual circumstances.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor or Success Coach to consider options, establish plans, and monitor progress.

Code Course (lecture/lab/clinical hours) Credits
BIO 103 Anatomy and Physiology I (3/3) 4
ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0) 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3/0) 3
NSG 131 Concepts of Nursing I (4/0/120) 6
NSG 137 Physical Assessment (0/2) 3
BIO 104 Anatomy and Physiology II (3/3) 4
PSY 207 Developmental Psychology: Across the Life Span (3/0) 3
NSG 135 Concepts of Nursing II (4/0/180) 7
NUR 151 Pharmacology in Nursing (3/0) 3
ENG 102 English Composition II (3/0) 3
NSG 133 Concepts of Nursing III (2/0/60) 3
MAT  — Mathematics elective
  • Algebraic or Statistical math at 100 level or higher.
NSG 234 Concepts of Nursing IV (6/0/180) 9
BIO  — Lab Science elective
  • Any course in the field of microbiology.
PHI 204 Ethics (3/0)  
  OR 3
PHI 205 Moral Choices (3/0)  
NSG 232 Concepts of Nursing V (6/0/180) 9