Nursing and Health Sciences

Nursing and Health Sciences Department

Nursing & Health Science Programs, Division Chair, Myrna Morales Keklak

Department Faculty  and Staff

Myrna Morales Keklak, Division Chair, Nursing & Health Sciences

Associate Professor of Nursing
Office: H-125
Telephone: (609) 343-5033

Deborah DaGrosa, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Office: H-128
Telephone: (609) 343-5035

JoAnna Johns,  Assistant Professor, Nursing
Office: H-132
Telephone: (609) 343-5042

Barbara Long,  Program Specialist, Nursing & Allied Health Programs
Office: H-121
Telephone: (609) 625-1111 ext. 5356

Dr. Geralyn Michelfelder, Professor, Nursing
Office: H-130
Telephone: (609) 343-5027

Lorraine Monzo,  Assistant Professor, Nursing
Office: H-132
Telephone: (609) 343-5041

Denise Petro, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Office: H-133
Telephone: (609) 343-4995

Polly Thieler, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Office: H-133
Telephone: (609) 343-4964

Karen Zaniewski,  Assistant Professor, Nursing
Office: H-130
Telephone: (609) 343-5029


The Nursing Program at Atlantic Cape was developed in 1967 by Professor Ruth M. Lee. Sixteen students graduated in the first class of 1969. At that time, the program was housed in various facilities throughout Atlantic County. Ten years later, the Ruth Lee Allied Health Building on the Mays Landing Campus opened. Nursing classes continue to be held in this building, and clinical experience for the students takes place in hospitals, long-term care facilities and community agencies throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties. Currently, there are approximately 190 students enrolled, and seven full-time nursing faculty and 30 clinical specialists. Nursing Program graduates work in health care facilities throughout Atlantic and Cape May counties and in other parts of the state and beyond. Many have advanced degrees and provide leadership in all areas of health care.


The Atlantic Cape Nursing Program is accredited by:

The New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 504-6430 and in NJ 1-800-242-5846

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review by   Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


Atlantic Cape Community College Nursing Program wishes to announce it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its associate degree nursing program. You are invited to meet the team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 4:30-5:00PM at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ in J-Building, Room 202. Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to: Dr. Marsal P. Stoll, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326.

All written comments should arrive at ACEN by March 1, 2019.

Nursing Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Nursing degree program is to graduate competent, ethical and caring nurses; and to be responsive to current and evolving health care needs of the community. The department encourages the enrollment of a diverse student population to reflect the communities that are served. Students and graduates are encouraged to perform public service in their community and pursue lifelong learning.

Public Disclosure Information

Student Nurse Club

Atlantic Cape's Student Nurse Club (SNC), a community service club, is one of the most active clubs on the campus. Club members have worked with Habitat for Humanity, CARA (Coalition Against Rape and Abuse) of Cape May County, and the Hamilton Township Health Department. Members have assisted with the cleanup of the Atlantic County 4-H grounds, various streets, and several beaches along our shore line. Club activities have included collecting food, books, mittens and other articles to donate to the needy in Atlantic and Cape May counties. The club was a recipient of the state-wide Community Health Award and an honorable mention. As a member of the nursing student body, students are automatically members of the constituency. The club is also open to pre-nursing students. Club meetings are open to anyone who is interested in helping the community. Check the bulletin boards in H-building for meeting SNC meeting updates. Contact   Myrna Morales Keklak, Division Chairperson, Nursing & Health Science Programs at  with questions.

Information Sessions

For more information on Allied Health programs and the selection process to the Nursing Program, you are strongly encouraged to attend a  Nursing Program Info Session  or a  Health Career Planning Session  or contact Glenda Stogel, College Recruiter, at (609)343-5048, (609)463-4774, ext. 5048 or e-mail

Nursing Program Information Sessions and Health Career Planning Sessions

Nursing student reading

Atlantic Cape offers opportunities, each semester, for those interested in allied health programs to learn about the program requirements, courses, and current/future job potential -- plan to attend the College-Wide Open House, Nursing Program Info Session, and/or a Health Career Planning Session.  View the content below.

Nursing Program Information Session

Focuses on details of the nursing profession and Atlantic Cape's RN program including the competitive entry process. Attendance at an Information Session is strongly recommended but not required for admission to the program.

  • Date and Time to be announced
    Mays Landing Campus, Walter Edge Theater (C-Building)
  • Optional tour of state-of-the-art simulation laboratory at 7 p.m.

Informal Discussion Includes:

  • How is the competition really structured?
  • What if you're not selected when you expected?
  • How are you preparing for the entry exam?
  • Are you an LPN, current and practicing?
  • How can you benefit from "simulation" in our top notch labs?
  • How do you visualize the program and your career path including RN-to-BSN?

To register, please email Glenda Stogel or call 609-343-5048 and leave your name, number of guests attending, and session selected on the voicemail recording. Please arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the start time to sign in and collect materials. Attendees will have the option to tour the state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab at the end of the presentation (strongly encouraged!).  Presenters will be available upon conclusion for additional questions.

Facilitator: Glenda Stogel, College Recruiter, Atlantic Cape Admissions Office


Health Career Planning Session

Reviews regional training and career options, explores employment and educational opportunities, and provides information about entry-level positions through advanced technical training and degree programs. Students interested in Radiologic Technology, Biomedical Science, Health Science, Lab Science, and/or Nursing are encouraged to attend, as well as those entering the career ladder with certificate training programs offered at the Health Professions Institute through the College's Workforce Development department.

  • Date and Time to be announced
    Mays Landing Campus, Room C3 (C-Building)
  • Includes tour of a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory

Informal Discussion Includes:

  • Clarify format, locations, competition, and expectations of the training required to enter or advance in health care professions from entry-level to advanced specializations, with suggestions for reaching success.
  • Review roles and responsibilities within various job titles and fields
  • Explore training options and/or alternative career routes and career ladders
  • Focus on details of Atlantic Cape's AAS degree programs in Nursing, and Radiologic Technology, and the new Medical Laboratory Technology program, as well as certificate training programs offered through the College's Workforce Development department.

To register, please email Glenda Stogel at or call 609-343-5048 and leave your name, number of guests attending, and session selected on the voicemail recording. Attendees will have the option to tour the state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Lab (strongly encouraged!).  Presenters will be available upon conclusion for additional questions.

Facilitator: Glenda Stogel, College Recruiter, Atlantic Cape Admissions Office

Information on Nursing and Allied Health Programs

  • Assistance in evaluating your interest in Atlantic Cape's Allied Health and Nursing Programs can be obtained from Glenda Stogel, in the Atlantic Cape Admissions Office at 609-343-5048, 609-463-4774, ext. 5048 or the Counseling area by contacting Dennis Jones on the Mays Landing campus J building room 174 or by phone 609-343-5629 and e-mail
  • Opportunities for group discussions are provided to review various careers and job or program details. These workshops are offered each semester. Health Career Planning Sessions examine the various routes to many health career options, explore access to healthcare training around our region, compare your goals to our programs, and design a strategy to enter a great career. The Nursing Program InfoSession focuses on details of Atlantic Cape's RN program, including the selection process. Workshop dates are offered via recording at 609-343-5048, 609-462-4774, ext. 5048, or click here to view upcoming sessions.
  • General mailing of information about Allied Health Degree Programs can be obtained from the Admissions Department at 609-343-5000, or 609-463-4774, ext. 5000.