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Health Science Education Department

Department Chair: Beryl Stetson, RNBC, MSN, CNE, LCCE, CLC


HSE Information Session August 16, 2016 3:30-5:30pm Conference Room A


Dental Hygiene Majors,

Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) Dental Hygiene AAS is moving towards a Bachelor’s of Science for January 2017. This means that this next application round- April 2015 to start January 2016 will be the last at the Associate Degree level and at Raritan Valley Community College.

Students wishing to apply to this program after April 2015, will need to apply directly with Rutgers SHRP. For additional information, please visit: http://shrp.rutgers.edu/dept/alliedental/dh/index.html  

If you wish to apply in April 2015 with RVCC, please make sure you have competed all 34 credits of prerequisite classes by the end of the Spring 2015 semester.   http://catalog.raritanval.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=5&poid=475&hl=%22dental+hygiene%22&returnto=search  


Information for students and alumni:

NJHA Career Center: http://healthjobs.njha.com/  

I. Nursing Programs

 The Summer 2016 PNAD and Fall 2016 generic nursing program application deadlines have passed. The program is full for Fall 2016.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of applications for the Nursing program, only applicants who live or work in Somerset or Hunterdon County are eligible for admission at this time to the Generic RN Program.  PNAD students who live or work in the counties will have priority placement.

* We do not admit students in transfer from other Nursing Programs

**Acceptance to the college does not imply admission to the clinical nursing program

*** Currently, RVCC does not hold NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN review courses. RVCC also does not offer PN or RN refresher courses. Please refer to the NJ Board of Nursing for any inquiry regarding nursing review or refresher courses - www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nursing/ 

The Health Science Education Department at Raritan Valley Community College was originally organized in 1969 as the Nursing Department and graduated its first class in 1972. Since its inception, the nursing program has been accredited by both:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)/formerly NLNAC -
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326,
( www.nlnac.org)
(404) 975-5000

The New Jersey Board of Nursing -
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07101
( http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/nursing)
(973) 504-6430

RVCC Nursing Program Statistics: Published as per Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)/formerly NLNAC

Graduate licensure pass rate by graduating class

 Class of 2015- 97.6%              

Class of 2014 - 97.8%                         

Class of 2013 - 100%              


Graduate licensure pass rate based on first time test takers

2015 - 86.36%            

2014 - 80.65%             

2013 - 89.36%             


Student completion of the nursing program

Class of 2015 - 71.6%                       

Class of 2014 - 76%                

Class of 2013 - 80%                


Graduates obtaining a job

Class of 2015 – 70%             

Class of 2014 – 80%               

Class of 2013 – 70%             


RVCC has developed articulation agreements through the University Center with schools such as Kean University and Rutgers University, among others, which allow students to easily transfer credits and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from those institutions. Click here to read about the University Center here at RVCC, including Kean University's RN to BSN Program.  To read specifics about Kean University's RN to BSN Program, click here. For more information regarding Kean University's RN to BSN Program, please contact: 

Kathleen L. Neville, Ph.D.,  Kean University School of Nursing                    Professor and Program Coordinator of Offsite Nursing Programs at RVCC               908-526-1200 X8917     kneville@kean.edu  


Kean University School of Nursing Offsite Nursing Program @ RVCC New Website  



Click here to read more about the Nursing Program's Philosophy, Framework, and Goals.

The Health Science Education Department offers two routes to prepare students for a career as a Registered Nurse, both leading to an AAS in Nursing. The Generic program is the entry-level route for students without prior nursing education, available as a Day or Evening/Weekend option. The Practical Nurse-Associate Degree (PNAD) program is the bridge option for students who have completed a Licensed Practical Nurse program, graduated the LPN program with a 3.25 GPA or higher, and are currently licensed and working as LPNs in New Jersey. The PNAD program operates primarily as a Day program. LPNs who do not qualify for the PNAD program may apply to the Generic program, and have the option to pursue Advanced Standing. To be eligible for Advance Standing, you must live or work in Somerset or Hunterdon County. Contact the Coordinator of Health Science Education for more information about Advanced Standing, or other admission questions that are not answered by the information and downloadable packets below:

Please note:   Students interested in pursuing the nursing program will initially be enrolled into the AS in Health Science degree as pre-nursing majors. Students must complete the pre-requisites in order to become eligible to apply for selective admission for entrance into the nursing program.

Fall 2017 Generic RN/Nursing Program Information will be updated on this website no later than August 31, 2016


Once admitted to the clinical nursing program, all students must comply with the Health Maintenance Policy , HSE Immunization and Progression Compliance and the HSE Department Immunization & Nursing Program Requirements  NURS 101 Powerpoint for Health Maintenance Requirements   

CLICK HERE to view the Center for Disease Control's Adult Immunization Schedule

Criminal History Background Check information for preclinical nursing students who are applying for the clinical nursing program:

Background checks must be done 4-6 weeks BEFORE a student applies to the clinical nursing program through the company Adamsafeguard - http://adamsafeguard.com. RVCC School Code for adamsafeguard criminal history background checks for preclinical and clinical nursing students - rvcdn.  Direct student background link - https://adamsafeguard.acciodata.com/pub/schoolcheck_selectschool.html  

 RN programs in NJ - http://njln.org/RNSchools.html  

The Nursing Program Student Handbook can be downloaded from here   

To find a location to receive an influenza vaccine in the State of NJ click here  

Directions to Clinical Agencies

NJ Board of Nursing RN Licensure by Examination Packet  

 NLCEX Candidate FAQ - https://www.ncsbn.org/2321.htm

Enrollment Verification and Graduation Verification  

If you need to request a letter of reference from the nursing faculty click here for a Request for Reference Form

Drug Screening Information for Clinical Nursing Students (students enrolled in NURS classes here at RVCC) - Summer & Fall 2016 - Click Here    Drug test agreementwaiver form for submission Click Here  

Nursing Information Sessions


Students must attend a Nursing Information Session to be eligible to apply to the clinical Nursing program. These sessions are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students can attend a Nursing Information Session at any time. Attendance is recommended during the semester before finishing prerequisites to ensure enough time to complete any outstanding requirements. A Nursing Information Session is the only place a student may obtain a clinical application. Clinical applications will only be made available to qualified students who attend the ENTIRE information session - late entry to the information session will not be permitted. Clinical applications can be turned into the Coordinator of Health Science Education once all prerequisites have been met. A student is not eligible to apply to the clinical nursing program until they have completed ALL prerequisites.

The nursing information session is approximately 90 minutes. Students must attend the entire session in order to receive a clinical application - no one will be allowed to enter once the information session has started. No confirmations will be sent for RSVP'S to these sessions, consider yourself registered upon sending your RSVP email.


 Fall 2016 Nursing Information Session dates will be posted on this website no later than late August 2016. Students can RSVP for a particluar date after they are posted. 

ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Information


The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is the required nursing entrance test for admission. Information about the test content and study materials can be found at www.atitesting.com. The test covers Reading, Math, Science, and English. The test is $45.00, payable to the ATI TEAS website via credit card the day of the test. There is a $45.00 proctoring fee payable to RVCC via check or exact cash the day of the test. The total fee for the ATI TEAS is $90.00 for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. Fall 2017 TEAS fees are TBD.

ATI TEAS scores do affect the total admission score when a student applies to the clinical nursing program. For RVCC nursing program admission, students can test once every 4 months. For 2016 admission, TEAS results will only be accepted from tests taken since September 2014. ATI TEAS tests given at RVCC during the Fall and Spring semesters is only for RVCC students who are a Pre-Generic RN majors who are applying to RVCC's clinical nursing program.

Students can search for ATI TEAS Version V testing dates (the test must consist of all four parts for RVCC admission requirements - Reading, English, Math, & Science) at www.atitesting.com. TEAS test results from an offsite facility must be submitted with the clinical application for review!!!!

**If you require testing accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 908-526-1200 Ext. 8418 or email disabilityservices2@raritanval.edu to apply for accommodations before taking the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills


ATI TEAS testing dates on campus are posted monthly in the Fall and Spring semesters on this website.  The September 2016 ATI TEAS testing date TBA on this website no later than August 31, 2016. The ATI TEAS test to apply for the Fall 2017 nursing program will be a new version of the ATI TEAS test. ATI TEAS Version V will no longer be used by www.atitesting.com   RVCC's nursing program WILL NOT use ATI TEAS Version V testing results towards Fall 2017 applications. All students will need to take the updated ATI TEAS after August 31, 2016.  If you wish to purchase an ATI TEAS study guide for ATI TEAS testing after August 31, 2016 - please see link - http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/product.aspx?zpid=1483    If students wish to take the ATI TEAS test off campus after August 31, 2016, they can schedule the testing via www.atitesting.com  

ATI Practical Nurse Predictor Assessment -PNP Test (formerly known as the LPN Step Test)


The ATI PNP test is a required prerequisite and entrance exam for students wishing to apply to the LPN-RN program here at RVCC - PNAD Program. It will be given twice during the Fall 2016 semester at RVCC prior to the clinical application deadline of 12/2016 for the Summer 2017 PNAD program.

 Materials used to study for the NCLEX-PN would assist the student in preparation for this exam.

Students that will be eligible to apply for the Summer 2017 PNAD (clinical application deadline 12/2016 official date to be finalized in August 2016) program must take the ATI PNP test in the Fall 2016 semester. 

Fall 2016 ATI PNP test dates and registration information for this test at RVCC will be posted on this website no  later than late August 2016.

**If you require testing accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 908-526-1200 Ext. 8418 or email disabilityservices2@raritanval.edu to apply for accommodations before taking the ATI PNP Test

Associate Degree (AS) - These programs award an Associate of Science Degree and prepare a student for transfer to a 4-year college or university.

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) - These programs award an Associate of Applied Science Degree and offer the dual advantage of preparing students for immediate employment while simultaneously allowing them to accumulate a significant number of transferable credits.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Health Information Technology (HIT) prepares students for careers in health information management. The Associate Degree Program at Raritan Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) ( http://cahiim.org) Health Information Technicians are employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, large outpatient and ambulatory care centers, as well as physician offices, health insurance companies and local, state and federal health agencies.For additional information, contact Kathy Reilly.

For the 2010-2011 academic year, 100% of the HIT students who took the RHIT certification exam, either in their last semester or after graduation, passed the exam, thus becoming certified RHITs (Registered Health Information Technicians).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase by 20 percent, much faster that the average for all occupation through 2018, because of rapidly increasing scrutiny by health insurance companies, regulators, courts, and growth in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures. In addition, with the increasing use of electronic health records, more technicians will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.

Please visit www.hicareers for more information on this career path!


Students enrolled in these joint health care programs attend classed at both Raritan Valley Community College and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey following a prepared curriculum approved by the two institutions. For specific information regarding Rutgers tuition, policies and procedures, please visit:  http://shrp.rutgers.edu For additional information, contact: Kathleen Michell.

Designed to Provide Specialized Expertise:

    The Medical Coding Certificate prepares students to determine appropriate medical codes, process coding information and maximize medical reimbursement. As the health care system grows in complexity and advances in medicine and technology continue, hospitals and physicians who want to remain in the competitive health care arena will become increasingly pressed to ensure that they are in compliance with medical coding guidelines and insurance and billing procedures. To this end, qualified medical coders will continue to be significant professionals in a wide range of health care settings. The certificate can be completed within one calendar year. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) certification exam to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA). For additional information, contact: Kathy Reilly

The Medical Assistant Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 Phone:727/210-2350. Graduates will be able to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam offered by the American Medical Technologists. For additional information, contact: Martha Logan-Bieler

Graduates of RVCC's Medical Assistant Program are satisfied with the education they receive as there is an average 94% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.  During this same period, 96% of the graduates took the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination and 87% of the test takers passed the exam. 






For additional information, contact: Kathleen Michell.

After course is completed, students are eligible to sit for certifying exams.

  •   As of 1/28/16, The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credit-bearing course will not be offered during Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 at RVCC. RVCC is currently evaluating the status of the course.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)  

For additional information, contact: Kathleen Michell  

Courses prepare students for employment opportunities in a variety of areas.

Highlighted courses include:


  • Phlebotomy Lab Technician 
  • Pharmacy Technician 
  • EKG Technician
  • Dental Radiology 
  • Home-Maker Home Health Aide 
  • CPR
  • Yoga Instructor Certification 

* Please see brochure for additional details 


Link to Workforce Development Webpage 

RVCC is an Advocate Educator for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

To register for classes, click here

Refund Policy Allied Health Noncredit courses:

A student enrolled in a course section that is cancelled by the College is given the opportunity to enroll in an alternate course section or to receive a full refund of all tuition, registration fees, and materials fees associated with the cancelled course section.

A student who withdraws from a course section during the Refund Period receives a 100 percent refund of all tuition and materials fees associated with the course. The registration fee is not refunded.  After the refund period, no tuition or fees shall be refunded.

For additional health-related academic programs visit the Science Department  


Full-Time Faculty:

Ophthalmic Science:

Health Information Technology:

Medical Assistant:

Allied Health Programs:

Professor Emeritus: Nursing


Adjunct Faculty and Staff:



  • Megan Allen Fry
  • Kristy Alfano
  • Jackie Baras
  • Meg Belding
  • Jodi Castiglia
  • Oriana Calo
  • Geraldine Gibbons
  • Peter Longa
  • Lynda Pryzbylko
  • Nicole Rolston
  • Michele Roth
  • Lina Shi
  • Vanessa Smith
  • Lorraine Sutphin
  • Nancy Thompson

Ophthalmic Science:

Medical Assisting:




  • Denel Alleman Bingel
  • Scott Morgan Evans
  • James Jess Foran
  • Megan E Furstoss
  • Lara Ann Seligman-Russo
  • Siobhan Trohalides  



Health Information Technology:

  • Penny Del Moral
  • Patty Gillespie  
  • Christine Meacham
  • Chintha Ranasinghe 
  • Marsha Faden
  • Steven Faden 
  • Richard Wicker
  • Deborah Johnson  
  • Roseann Webb  

Allied Health:

  • Constance Archibald, CNA
  • Stephanie Carey, Public Health
  • Edna Fameux, CNA  

Support Staff:

  • Betty Beede, Part-time Allied Health Department Assistant
  • Yshanda Denton, Practicum Specialist, Allied Health
  • Janice Hansen, Department Assistant


Support Administrators:

  • Karen Ludwigsen, Coordinator of Nursing Skills Lab
  • Inieka Stafford, College Site Coordinator, NJ-Prep
  • Nadine Larson, Coordinator of Health Science Education



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