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NURSING / A.A.S. DEGREE

Ammerman - Grant
Hegis Code - 5208-10, CIP Code - 51.3801

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: NURS1-AAS, NURS2-AAS, NURS3-AAS, NURS4-AAS, NURS5-AAS, NURS6-AAS
NURS1-AS, NURS2-AS, NURS3-AS, NURS4-AS, NURS5-AS, NURS6-AS
 

     This program leads to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or 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)*.

     The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Nursing are 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 at http://www.acenursing.org.

Admission Procedures and Requirements

     Prospective nursing students are strongly advised to attend a nursing information seminar. For further information contact the campus Office of Admissions. All Associate Degree RN program (Day, Evening and LPN-RN Advanced Placement) applicants* are required to take the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) and achieve a minimum of Proficient Level on the ATI Academic Preparedness Category in order to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Applicants must complete the application for admission and all prerequisite courses by the application deadline. The Office of Central Admissions must receive the TEAS V score report by the supporting documentation deadline. Within the year prior to the supporting documents deadline, applicants may only take the TEAS V 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 TEAS V testing at the College is posted on Suffolk County Community College School of Nursing website www.sunysuffolk.com/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 TEAS V 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 Associate Degree RN Day Program (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 (or its equivalent) score of 80 or better.
Final course average in Regents Chemistry Class (or its equivalent) of 80 or better, Regents Chemistry Exam (or its equivalent) score of 80 or better.
Final course average in Regents Integrated Algebra (or its equivalent) of 80 or better.
Minimum SAT score of 1,000 (combined score between Critical Reading and Mathematics) or Minimum Score of 21 on ACT Exam.
All Other Applicants Applying for Admission Consideration into the Associate Degree Day or Evening RN program (Ammerman and Michael J. Grant Campuses)* ATI TEAS exam performance.
Performance in any Gen Ed/Liberal Arts and Sciences courses that are a part of the nursing curriculum.
Points awarded for any of these courses that were completed with C grade or higher.
Courses in which the grade was lower than C will not be considered.
The more courses completed from the Gen Ed/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) See above "All Other Applicants."
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 second 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
Program Start Date Application
Deadline*
Current High School Students and Applicants Previously or Currently Enrolled in College Applying for Admission into the Associate Degree Day RN Program (Ammerman and Michael J. Grant Campus) Fall Semester January 15
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Applying for Admission into the LPN-RN Advanced Placement Day Program (Ammerman Campus) Spring Semester August 15
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Applying for Admission into the LPN-RN Advanced Placement Day Program (Michael J. Grant Campus) Fall Semester January 15
Applicants Previously or Currently Enrolled in College Applying for Admission into the Associate Degree Evening RN Program (Ammerman Campus) Fall Semester January 15
Applicants Previously or Currently Enrolled in College Applying for Admission into the Associate Degree Evening RN Program (Michael J. Grant Campus) Spring Semester August 15

*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 and general education/liberal arts and sciences course, as well as satisfactorily pass the skills lab and clinical components of the nursing course 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.
  • Students who receive grades of D+, D, F, or a W in NUR101 or NUR124 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 D+, D, F, or a W in any subsequent NUR course may apply for reinstatement 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 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 process.

DAY PROGRAM OPTION
FIRST SEMESTER: 18 credits
Credits
  BIO130: Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NUR101: Fundamentals of Nursing 7
NUR116: Nursing Success 1
NUR123: Health Assessment 3
  PSY101: Introduction to Psychology 3
     
SECOND SEMESTER: 19 credits Credits
  BIO132: Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
NUR133: Adult Physical Health Nursing I 5
NUR136: Adult Mental Health Nursing 4
  SOC101: Introduction to Sociology 3
     
THIRD SEMESTER: 19 credits Credits
  BIO244: General Microbiology 4
  English Elective 3
NUR246: Child Health Nursing 4
NUR248: Maternal/Child Health Nursing 4
  PSY210: Lifespan Development 3
  Physical Education 1
     
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 credits Credits
  Humanities Elective 3
NUR240: Adult Physical Health Nursing II 8
NUR275: Nursing: Past, Present and Future 1
  Physical Education 1
  Unrestricted Elective
or NUR103: Dosage Calculations for Nurses
2-3
     
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 71-72

These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
 Lecture, laboratory, and clinical hours are included in the course descriptions.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
Nursing 37 credits
English 6 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Biology 12 credits
Social Sciences 9 credits
Unrestricted Elective 2-3 credits
Physical Education 2 credits

EVENING PROGRAM OPTION
FIRST SEMESTER: 11 credits
Credits
NUR101: Fundamentals of Nursing 7
NUR116: Nursing Success 1
  SOC101: Introduction to Sociology 3
     
SECOND SEMESTER: 11 credits Credits
  English Elective 3
NUR123: Health Assessment 3
NUR133: Adult Physical Health Nursing I 5
     
THIRD SEMESTER: 7 credits Credits
PSY210: Lifespan Development 3
  NUR136: Adult Mental Health Nursing 4
     
FOURTH SEMESTER: 8 credits Credits
  BIO244: General Microbiology 4
NUR248: Maternal/Child Health Nursing 4
     
FIFTH SEMESTER: 7-8 credits Credits
  Unrestricted Elective
or NUR103: Dosage Calculations for Nurses
2-3
NUR246: Child Health Nursing 4
NUR275: Nursing: Past, Present and Future 1
     
SIXTH SEMESTER: 11 credits Credits
  Humanities Elective 3
NUR240: Adult Physical Health Nursing II 8
     
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 69-70**

**Includes 14 credits for BIO130, BIO132, ENG101, and PSY101 taken prior to admission to the program. Excludes current High School students accepted for admission.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
 Lecture, laboratory, and clinical hours are included in the course descriptions.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION  
Nursing 37 credits
English 6 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Biology 12 credits
Social Sciences 9 credits
Unrestricted Elective 2-3 credits

LPN/RN PROGRAM OPTION
FIRST SEMESTER: 3 credits**
Credits
*♦ NUR130: PN to RN Transition 3
     
SECOND SEMESTER: 11.5 credits Credits
  BIO244: General Microbiology 4
NUR123: Health Assessment 3
NUR124: LPN to RN Advanced Placement 4.5
     
THIRD SEMESTER: 11 credits Credits
NUR246: Child Health Nursing 4
NUR248: Maternal/Child Health Nursing 4
  PSY210: Lifespan Development 3
     
FOURTH SEMESTER: 13-14 credits Credits
  Unrestricted Elective
or NUR103: Dosage Calculations for Nurses
2-3
  Humanities Elective 3
NUR240: Adult Physical Health Nursing II 8
     
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 66-67**

*Includes 14 credits for BIO130, BIO132, ENG101, and PSY101 taken prior to admission to the program.
**Upon successful completion of the first semester, the LPN-RN student is awarded 13.5 Advanced Nursing Credits/Prior Learning Credits towards degree completion.
These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.
 Lecture, laboratory, and clinical hours are included in the course descriptions.

REQUIRED CREDIT DISTRIBUTION
Nursing 40 credits
English 3 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Biology 12 credits
Social Sciences 6 credits
Unrestricted Elective 3 credits