This program leads to the Associate in Science (A.S.). The Nursing curriculum
is designed to prepare students for entry into practice as well as provide opportunities
for students seeking transfer into a baccalaureate of science degree through articulation/joint
admission agreements. Information on articulation agreements between Suffolk County
Community College and potential transfer institutions can be found at Transfer Agreements. Upon award of the degree, graduates are qualified to sit for the National Council
Licensure Examination for Registered Professional Nurses (NCLEX-RN)*.
Admission Procedures and Requirements
The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Nursing is registered by the New York
State Education Department and accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and
the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road
NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020; website
Prospective nursing students are strongly advised to attend a Nursing Information
Seminar. For further information contact the campus Office of Admissions. Prospective
students must complete the application for admission by the application deadline.
Applicants for all program options (Day, Evening, and LPN-RN) are required to take
the Test for Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS)** and achieve a minimum of Proficient
Level on the ATI Academic Preparedness Category in order to be considered for admission.
The Office of Central Admissions must receive the ATI TEAS score report by the application
deadline. Within the year prior to the deadline, applicants may only take the ATI
TEAS twice, and must register and pay all fees each time. The results of the second
attempt would then be used for admission consideration. Further information, including
dates and locations for ATI TEAS testing at the College, is posted on Suffolk County
Community College School of Nursing website www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing and on the ATI website www.atitesting.com. The Nursing program is highly competitive. Meeting minimum criteria for admission
does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The College reserves the right to make
final decisions based upon the applicant pool each year.
**Current high school students applying for admission to the Associate Degree Day
program are exempt from taking the ATI TEAS test but must meet all other minimum requirements,
as specified below.
|MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION
|Current High School Students Applying for Admission Consideration into the Nursing
Program (Day Option) (Ammerman and Michael J. Grant Campuses)
- 80 unweighted final high school academic average.
- Final course average in Regents Biology Class (or its equivalent) of 80 or better,
Regents Biology Exam score of 80 or better.
- Final course average in Regents Chemistry Class (or its equivalent) of 80 or better,
Regents Chemistry Exam score of 80 or better.
- Final course average in Regents Integrated Algebra of 80 or better.
- Minimum SAT score of 1080 (combined score of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and
Math) or Minimum Score of 21 on ACT Exam.
|All Other Applicants Applying for Admission Consideration into the Nursing Program
(Day or Evening Option) (Ammerman and Michael J. Grant Campuses)*
- ATI TEAS exam performance.
- Performance in any General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences courses that are a
part of the nursing curriculum.
- The admissions rubric used to evaluate student performance can be found at www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing.
- Points awarded for any of these courses that were completed with C grade or higher.
Grades lower than C will not be considered
- The more courses completed from the General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences courses
in the Nursing Program and the higher the grades in these courses, the greater the
chance of admission.
- Admission to the Nursing Program is not guaranteed to any applicant, regardless of
courses completed or grades received.
|Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Applying for Admission into the LPN-RN Program (Ammerman
and Michael J. Grant Campuses)
- Meet "All Other Applicants" requirements.
- All LPN-RN Program applicants must submit a copy of their active New York State LPN
registration certificate to the Admissions Office by the application deadline.
*All other applicants: Please see "How to Apply" at www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing. Internal transfers are high school graduates without college credits or previously
or currently enrolled students in SCCC. External transfers are previously or currently
enrolled students in another college.
PLEASE NOTE: Prerequisites of high school chemistry and Integrated Algebra or its
equivalent are required for registration to take BIO130. Those without high school chemistry and Integrated Algebra or its equivalent will
need to complete MAT006 or MAT007 and then CHE100 prior to registration of BIO130. General Education/Liberal Arts and Sciences courses may be retaken only once to
achieve a higher grade and the highest grade will be used toward degree completion.
BIO130 and BIO132 must be completed within 10 years to be considered for internal/external transfer
to meet requirements for degree completion.
|PROGRAM START DATES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES
|Current High School Students and Applicants Previously or Currently Enrolled in College
Applying for Admission into the Day RN Program (Ammerman and Michael J. Grant Campus)
|Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Applying for Admission into the Day LPN-RN Program
(Ammerman and Michael J. Grant Campus)
|Applicants Previously or Currently Enrolled in College Applying for Admission into
the Evening RN Program (Ammerman and Michael J. Grant Campus)
*Application includes all documentation required, including but not limited to transcripts,
ATI TEAS score, CLEP scores and current New York State LPN registration, if applicable.
General notes about the Nursing program:
- Nursing (NUR) clinical courses require that students travel for clinical experiences
throughout Suffolk County.
- The maximum time to complete the program requirements upon enrollment is four (4)
years for the day program option and LPN-RN program option, and five (5) years for
the evening program option.
- All nursing students must maintain a minimum grade of C+ in each nursing course and
C in each general education/liberal arts and sciences course, as well as satisfactorily
pass the skills lab and clinical components of the nursing courses regardless of lecture
exam average. Failure to achieve these measures will prevent the nursing student from
continuing to the next sequential nursing course.
- Students are not guaranteed a seat in nursing courses if there is a disruption in
their sequential completion of the program.
- When scheduling for courses, students are to follow the semester breakdown as listed
in their program or meet with a nursing advisor. Not enrolling in the appropriate
courses may disrupt the sequential completion of the program.
- Students who receive grades of C, D+, D, F, or a W in NUR102 or NUR125 will be dismissed from the program and may reapply for admission. Students who reapply
are not guaranteed a seat and must meet all admission requirements.
- Students who receive grades of C, D+, D, F, or a W in any subsequent NUR course, except
for NUR102 or NUR125, may not proceed with the program unless the student applies for reinstatement and
is approved to repeat the course. Nursing students requesting reinstatement due to
interruption of the specified progression through the program of study, for any reason,
are not guaranteed a seat in the course requested. Reinstatement is dependent on clinical
space availability and a review of the student's academic eligibility. Students can
be reinstated into a NUR course only one time. Reinstatement must occur within one
year from the last clinical course or the student must reapply to the program as a
new student. Reinstatement forms and rubric used to determine academic eligibility
are available on the School of Nursing website at www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing.
- A total of two unsuccessful attempts resulting in a grade of C, D+, D, F, or a W in
any NUR course will result in dismissal from the nursing program and the student may
reapply for admission after a four-year period.
- Students who fail the clinical portion of a nursing (NUR) course will receive an F
for the course grade regardless of the time during the semester this failure occurs.
- Refer to the School of Nursing website www.sunysuffolk.edu/nursing to view additional information regarding the program. The student policy manual and
handbook located on the School of Nursing webpage contains information including,
but not limited to, academic progression, additional expenses for nursing students
beyond textbooks, tuition and fees, attendance (lecture, lab, and clinical), background
check, CPR certification, classroom decorum, complaints and grievances, determination
of safe clinical practice, dosage calculation competency, electronic communication,
health requirements, safety and technical standards, methods of grading, examinations
and student evaluation, student record file, and professional behavior.
**Determination of "good moral character" is a requirement for registered professional
nurse licensure. Eligibility to sit for the licensing examination to become a registered
nurse is subject to New York State law regarding professional misconduct. Applicants
for the nursing program who have been charged or convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor)
in any state or country, or whose practice of nursing may be impaired by alcohol,
drugs, physical or mental disability, must contact the State Education Department,
Division of Professional Licensing Service. Although these applicants may be determined
eligible to take the licensing examination, they may or may not be issued a limited
permit and/or registered nurse license, depending on the results of the investigation
Nursing courses must be taken in the following required course sequence. General Education/Liberal
Arts and Sciences courses may be taken in any sequence, as long as prerequisite and
corequisite requirements are met.
|DAY PROGRAM OPTION
FIRST SEMESTER (FALL): 18.5 credits
||BIO130: Anatomy and Physiology I
||ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition
||NUR102: Fundamentals of Nursing for Registered Nurses
||NUR116: Nursing Success
||PSY101: Introduction to Psychology
|SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING): 15.5 credits
||BIO132: Anatomy and Physiology II
||ENG102: Introduction to Literature
||NUR133: Adult Physical Health Nursing I
||NUR136: Adult Mental Health Nursing
|THIRD SEMESTER (FALL): 17 credits
||BIO244: General Microbiology
||HIS103: Foundations of American History
or HIS104: Modern American History
||NUR236: Child Health Nursing Care
||NUR238: Maternal/Child Health Nursing Care
||MAT103: Statistics I
|FOURTH SEMESTER (SPRING): 14 credits
||HIS101: Western Civilization I
or HIS102: Western Civilization II
or IND101: Civilization: The Human Experience I
or IND102: Civilization: The Human Experience II
||NUR240: Adult Physical Health Nursing II
||PHL211: Biomedical Ethics
|TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED
||Can be fulfilled by SUNY-GER American History.
||Can be fulfilled by SUNY-GER Humanities.
||These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
||Lecture, laboratory, and clinical hours are included in the course descriptions.
||NOTES: 1) Students planning to transfer to a SUNY four-year institution should check the
SUNY General Education Requirements for selecting courses.
2) See Transfer Agreements for articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.