Academic Catalog

General Information


New Jersey Commission on Higher Education



Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Ocean County College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools and may be contacted at the following address:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 191049-2680
Tel: 267-284-5000 • Fax: 215-662-5501

Nursing & Health Services

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Tel: 404-975-5000

Addiction Studies

National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)
44 Canal Center Plaza
Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 703-741-7686


  • American Association of Community and Junior Colleges
  • American Council on Education
  • American Association for Paralegal Education
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New Jersey Association of Colleges and Universities
  • New Jersey Council of County Colleges

Documents verifying licensing and accreditation of Ocean County College by the State of New Jersey and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools are available upon request in the Office of the President, Administration Building, second floor.


Located in the demographic center of Ocean County in Toms River, the college is within 40 minutes commuting distance of all Ocean County citizens.The relatively close proximity of the county to the metropolitan areas of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. makes it possible for students to take advantage of cultural offerings in these areas.


New Jersey Transit provides bus transportation to the college campus. For specific bus routes and schedules, call 800-772-2222 between 6:00am and midnight or go to

E-Learning/Online Classes

Ocean County College Online, OCC’s e-Learning division, currently offers 12 fully online degree programs: Business, Business Administration, Business—Paralegal Studies, Liberal Arts, General Studies, Global Studies, Computer Science, Computer Science—Information Technology (AAS and AS degrees), Criminal Justice, Environmental Sciences, and Public Service. Additionally, OCC Online offers 8 fully online certificate programs: Business Studies, Information Technology, Legal Secretary, Teacher Aide, Middle Eastern Studies, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, and Small Business Management. To explore these options, please visit

CC Online offers over 200 online courses that can be taken as part of a degree program or by themselves, depending on student needs. Courses are available in 15, 10, 7.5, and 5-week semesters throughout the year. Online programs, certificates, and courses follow the same academic rigor as traditional face to face courses, utilizing the same learning objectives and employing a variety of student-centered learning methodologies.  Students are able to complete coursework according to their life demands. Students are never required to come to campus and are not required to be “online” on a specific day or time. Online course syllabi inform students of what assignments are required and the due dates.

OCC Online provides 24/7 support to all students, as well as online tutoring in a variety of subjects, to facilitate student success. Online courses are designated by the section name “DL” which stands for Distance Learning. These can be viewed on WebAdvisor or in Student Planning. Students registered for online courses may access them through OCC’s Portal: Ocean Connect by clicking on “My Courses.” For more information about online degrees, certificates, and courses, please contact an Enrollment Specialist at 732-255-0400, ext. 2960 or on the College’s website at

Southern Education Center (SEC)

The Southern Education Center (SEC) of Ocean County College is an off-campus site located at 195 Cedar Bridge Road, Manahawkin, NJ. . Students complete coursework towards toward an AA, AS, or AAS degree, have available student services, disability services and library services, as well as student life events, while being closer to home and reducing their commute time . Fall, spring, and summer courses are offered at the SEC and are taught by the same faculty who teach at the Toms River location, ensuring students the same quality academic experience without the drive! Visit for more information or call 609-978-2077.