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Pre-Requisite Courses

  • ENGL 151 - English I (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 152 - English II (3 cr.)
  • PSYC 172 - General Psychology (3 cr.)
  • CHEM 180 - Introductory Chemistry (4 cr.)
    • OR CHEM 181 - General Chemistry I (4 cr.)
  • BIOL 130 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr.)
  • BIOL 131 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr.)
  • MATH - One Math (EXCEPT MATH 151) from the list of Approved General Education Courses (3 cr.)
    • MATH 156 - Statistics is recommended
  • HUMANITIES - One Humanities from the list of Approved General Education Humanities Courses (3 cr.)


Students must complete the above courses with a minimum grade of "C".

Date of Completion

A student establishes their “Date of Completion” when they have finished all the requirements to enter the Nursing Program. It is the date you finish your final requirement.

TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Information

The TEAS test is a nursing entrance test that is required for acceptance into the OCC Nursing Program.

It has to be scheduled through the OCC Testing Center (732) 255-0401.

The test is 3 ½ hours in length and covers English, Math and Science. There is a fee for the test.


Students should schedule the TEAS test when they feel ready to take it. It is recommended to take it when you have completed your General Education required courses.

  • If a student fails the TEAS test on their 1st attempt, they are required to enroll in (and complete the) TEAS Prep course [CEHS 332] prior to taking the test a 2nd time.
  • If a student fails the TEAS test on their 2nd attempt, they are required to wait 6 weeks before takin it a 3rd time.
  • If a student fails the TEAS test on their 3rd attempt they are required to wait 2 years before they can test again.


More information on the TEAS exam can be found here

Background Check Information

Anyone who works in a hospital is required to have a clean criminal background check. Nursing applicants who are in their final semester of completing the Nursing pre-requisites need to institute a criminal background check with Castle Branch.

Go to:

Package code: OY49

You will not receive a “Date of Completion without a clean background check.

Letter of Intent

A “Letter of Intent” is a form you can get in the Registration & Records Office or online that tells us you are still interested in the Traditional (not the OnSite/OnLine) Nursing Program. You need to fill out a “Letter of Intent” for every Fall and Spring Semester until you are accepted or are no longer interested in the Nursing Program.

Pre-Nursing Information Sessions