In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst. More than 17,000 students are enrolled in academic degree programs at the two-year public institution, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1.
Bergen Community College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, programs also retain programmatic accreditation, including:
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Office Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- The Nursing program by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approval by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing
- The Dental Hygiene Program by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
- The Radiography Program and Radiation Therapy Program by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
- Paralegal Studies and the Legal Nurse Consultant programs by the American Bar Association
- The Veterinary Technology Program by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Additional specialized courses allow students to complete Certificates of Achievement and Certificate programs. A large number of certificate programs range from fields such as Forensic Science and Homeland Security to Culinary Arts and Real Estate. Furthermore, Bergen Community College supports non-credit, ESL, and professional courses housed in the School of Continuing Education, the Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center, and the Bergen Small Business Development Center.
In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams.
Partially online (hybrid) courses, offer students the chance to participate in face-to-face learning combined with added online flexibility. These classes often have once-a-week sessions with the remainder of work completed online.
Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs - programs also accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education.
Associate of Applied Science degrees
- Law Enforcement Studies
- Correctional Studies
- Health Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Philosophy and Religion
- General Curriculum
- Women’s Studies
- United States Studies
- Bergen County residents, $128.55 per credit
- Non-immigrant VISA students, Out-of-County residents, $270 per credit
- Out-of-state residents, $283 per credit
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:5,047
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