Requirements for Nursing Students

The minimum passing grade for all nursing courses is "C." Achievement below "C" level will result in an "F" grade. Clinical performance is graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) grade. A (U) grade in clinical performance will result in an "F" grade for the course.

Annual Mandatory Criminal History Background Check

All students in the professional (clinical) phase will be required to submit to a Criminal History Background Check as mandated by the Joint Commission.  These Criminal History Background Checks will occur on an annual basis.  If the background check yields a positive result, admission into the professional phase of the program is denied.  If at any time after acceptance into the professional phase of the program a student has a positive criminal history background record, it will result in immediate dismissal from the program.
All students accepted for reinstatement must have an updated Criminal History Background Check before they will be permitted to attend clinical.
When a graduate applies for licensure as a nurse in New Jersey, the New Jersey Board of Nursing requires a Criminal History Background Check.  If the Criminal History Background Check reveals a criminal conviction, a review of the application by the Board of Nursing is required.

Health Requirements

All students taking a clinical Nursing course must fulfill the college health requirements. The Medical History and Health Evaluation Form, giving specific requirements, is available from the college health service. In addition, students must undergo drug testing as part of their health clearance. If a student is denied clinical placement due to the results of a drug screening, he or she will not be able to continue in the program.

Liability Insurance

Students taking clinical nursing courses are required to have liability insurance.

CPR Certification

All students enrolled in clinical courses must provide evidence of American Heart Association CPR Certification (BLS-C Health Care Provider).

All students must wear the school uniform in the clinical setting. These are purchased by the student.

Technical Standards

In accordance with law and County College of Morris policy, no qualified individual with a disability shall, solely on the basis of that disability, be excluded from participation in County College of Morris programs or activities. Upon admission, a candidate who discloses a disability may be asked to provide documentation of that disability. The Department of Nursing at the County College of Morris will provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified individual with a disability. The Department of Nursing is not required to make modifications that would substantially alter the nature or requirements of the program or present an undue burden to the school. Students with primarily physical, psychological or medical disabilities should contact the Office of Counseling Services (973-328-5140) or the Health Services Office (973-328-5160) concerning their needs. Students with learning disabilities should contact the Center for Academic Support and Enrichment (973-328-5284) for information on receiving appropriate academic accommodations and support.

The goal of the Department of Nursing at the County College of Morris is to prepare students to think critically, and practice nursing competently and compassionately in rapidly changing practice environments. All efforts are designed to build nursing knowledge, ensure patient safety, foster professional integrity, and ultimately improve the health outcomes of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care. To achieve these goals, certain functional abilities (technical standards) are essential for the delivery of safe, effective nursing care during clinical training activities and in broad entry-level practice upon graduation. Therefore, it has been determined that these are requisite for admission, progression, and graduation from the nursing program.   Students are expected to request reasonable accommodations prior to beginning the professional (clinical) portion of the program. Successful completion of skills testing and all clinical experiences is required to graduate from the Nursing Program at County College of Morris.

An individual must meet, with or without reasonable accommodation, the following technical standards:

General Abilities: The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell so that data received by the senses may be integrated, analyzed, and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner, during physical assessment and patient interactions.  
Observational Ability: The student must have sufficient capacity to make accurate visual observations and interpret them in the context of medication administration and patient care activities. In addition, the student must be able to document these observations and maintain accurate records.

Communication Ability: The student must communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally to elicit information and to translate that information to others. Each student must have the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak the English language to facilitate communication with patients, their family members, and other professionals in health care settings. The student must communicate effectively verbally and in writing with instructors and other students in the classroom setting as well.

Motor Ability: The student must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements with sufficient coordination needed to perform physical assessments. A student must develop the psychomotor skills reasonably needed to perform or assist with procedures, treatments and administration of medication. The student must have sufficient levels of neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination to draw up solutions in a syringe. The student must possess the physical and mental stamina to meet the demands associated with extended periods of standing, moving, and physical exertion required for the provision of satisfactory and safe patient care activities in the clinical setting.

Cognitive Ability:  The student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize information obtained in the classroom and clinical setting. The student must be able to quickly read and comprehend extensive written and verbal material. He or she must also be able to utilize the nursing process to apply information and engage in critical thinking in the classroom and clinical setting.

Behavioral and Social Attributes: Compassion, integrity, motivation, effective interpersonal skills, and concern for others are personal attributes required of those in the nursing program. The student must be able to exercise stable and sound judgment and to demonstrate a consistently professional behavior and appearance. The student must have the ability to establish rapport and maintain sensitive, interpersonal relationships with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. The student must have the emotional stability to function effectively under stress and to adapt to an environment that may change rapidly. Personal comfort and acceptance of the role of a student nurse functioning under supervision of a clinical instructor or preceptor in the clinical setting is also essential for a nursing student.