Program Information

Degree Type: AAS
Program Code: NURS
Hegis Code: 5208.10
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The Nursing A.A.S. program provides a sound foundation in both the theoretical principles of nurse caring and the clinical foundations of nursing practice. Students have varied opportunities in many different health care environments during their clinical practice in the program and, therefore, graduates of the program are prepared to begin employment in a variety of health care settings as entry level professional nurses.

The Program is approved by the New York State Board of Education and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing,Inc. (ACEN). This is a prestigious national accreditation that insures a quality program of study. Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX- RN licensing exam. ACEN can be reached at: 3343 Peach Tree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 and Successful completion of the program enables the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Hegis Code Nursing 5208. Required Preparation: Students must be eligible to enter BIO 107 (Regents or college preparatory Biology and Chemistry in last 5 years with Regents score of 80% or above or BIO 103 and CHM 103 or equivalent course with a grade of C or better.)

Students must be eligible to enter college level Math and English courses to be determined by SUNY Adirondack Accuplacer Test, or have earned college level Math and English credit. Students who do not demonstrate competency in Math will be required to take Math 167 (Math 097 acceptable) prior to or concurrent with first semester nursing courses.

Nursing Admissions Application Information

Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Cr. Course Title Course Code
1-4 Freshman Experience Hrd100, Hrd100A or Hrd110
3 Writing I Eng101; Eng100A & Eng100B
3 SUNY Gen Ed Basic Communication course Eng102 - 110
4 Anatomy & Physiology I (Prereq Required) Bio107
4 Anatomy & Physiology II (Prereq Required) Bio108
4 Microbiology (Prereq Required) Bio113
2 Health and Wellness PED activity credits, Avs101, Avs102, Bio114, Bio115, Hed103, Hed104, Hed108, Nur121, Nur122, Sci161
3 General Psychology Psy101
3 Sociology Soc101
3 Developmental Psychology (Prereq Required) Psy222
6 Foundations of Nurse Caring I (Prereq and Coreq Required) Nur100
5 Principles of Nurse Caring II (Prereq and Coreq Required) Nur102
5 Principles of Family Nurse Caring (Prereq and Coreq Required) Nur103
10 Principles of Nurse Caring III (Prereq and Coreq Required) Nur104
4 Principles of Nurse Caring IV (Prereq Required) Nur200
4 Principles of Mental Health Nurse Caring (Prereq Required) Nur201
2 Professional Issues and Leadership in Nursing (Prereq or Coreq Required) Nur202
2 Nursing Electives  
68 Minimum credits required for graduation  
Recommended First Year
First Semester
1-4 Hrd100, Hrd100A or Hrd110
3 Eng101; Eng100A & Eng100B
4 Bio107
6 Nur100
3 Psy101
Second Semester
3 Eng102 - 110
4 Bio108
10 Nur104; Nur102 & Nur103
Recommended Second Year
Third Semester
10 Nur104; Nur102 & Nur103
4 Bio113
1 Health and Wellness
3 Psy222
1 Nursing Elective
Fourth Semester
4 Nur200
4 Nur201
3 Soc101
1 Health and Wellness
2 Nur202
1 Nursing Elective

Additional Information:

I.     Admission Information

1.   Students requesting admission into the Nursing Program must submit a separate Supplemental Nursing Program Application. Applications will be accepted between January 1st and February 1st for Fall or Summer consideration and between August 15th and September 15th for Spring consideration.

2.   A GPA of 2.8 or better is required to enter the Nursing Program.

3.   A grade of C+ (77) is required in all nursing courses for the AAS in Nursing and in BIO 107, BIO 108, and BIO 113. Grades less than C+ (77) in the above courses cannot be used to fulfill the program requirements.

4.   Admission and continuation in this program are conditional upon annual completion of the required physical examination, TB test, CPR certification, and personal professional liability insurance. Hepatitis B, Tetanus and Varicella vaccines are also required for all students. Forms are available from the faculty secretary's office in the Health Sciences Division. Students not in compliance will not be allowed in the clinical area and will receive an unsafe for the clinical experience missed.

5. Graduates of practical nursing programs may be granted advanced standing in the Nursing program. A Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher is needed for entry if enrolled in college courses. Applicants must be eligible to enter BIO 108 and must have a “C+” or better in BIO 107 or its equivalent.  Applicants must be eligible to enter college level Math and English courses to be determined by SUNY Adirondack Accuplacer Test, or have earned college level Math and English credit. Applicants who do not demonstrate competency in Math will be required to take Math 167 (Math 097 acceptable) prior to or concurrent with first semester nursing courses.  Please contact the secretary of the Health Sciences Division for further information. LPNs and GPNs must register for Nursing Process (NUR150) in their first semester of enrollment in nursing classes.

6.   Transfer students must meet the 2.8 GPA to enter the Nursing program and have a grade of C+ (77) or better in BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 113, and any transfer nursing courses.  Transfer nursing students may be required to take Nursing Process (NUR 150) in their first semester of enrollment in Nursing courses.

II.   Information for students continuation in the Nursing Program

7.   Students seeking re-entry into the Nursing Program must retake Nursing Courses older than two years and required Science Courses older than 5 years.

8.    Required nursing courses for the AAS in Nursing may be repeated once. Students who do not achieve a C+ when   repeating a required nursing course will be withdrawn from the Nursing program. Additionally, only one nursing course may be repeated. Also, students who do not achieve a C+ in the required Biology Courses may only repeat them once to attain the required C+.

9.   Students must successfully complete the nursing courses in the semester they are currently in prior to beginning another semester in nursing.

10.  Students who fail a nursing course are not guaranteed continued enrollment in the Nursing program. If a student fails or withdraws from NUR 100 their status in the Nursing Program will be reevaluated by the nursing faculty and continued enrollment will not be guaranteed.

11.  Students may only withdraw from a required nursing course one time.

12.  Students must complete the Nursing program in seven semesters from enrollment in the first nursing course.

13.  All required nursing theory courses include a one hour seminar each week.

14.  Nursing electives can be chosen from any NUR course not required in the curriculum.

15.  Clinical experiences are provided in area health care facilities during day and evening hours and are dependent on availability of placements. PLEASE NOTE: Students may be required to travel an hour or more to a clinical site and must provide their own transportation.

16.  Clinical sections may be taught by adjunct faculty.

17.  Unsatisfactory or unsafe application of theory in the clinical laboratory may result in the student being withdrawn from the Nursing program.

18.  Consideration of a January class will be determined on a year to year basis depending on enrollment.

19.  Articulation agreement(s) are in place that provide for a seamless transition for SUNY Adirondack nursing students from an AAS to a B.S. program of study.

20.  All students will be required to take a Comprehensive Mid-Curricular and a Comprehensive Exit exam prior to graduation.

21.  Applicants to the Nursing Program who have been found guilty of a crime and/or have pending criminal charges (misdemeanor or felony) should contact the State Education Department Office of the Professions at 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234-1000 to determine eligibility for licensure.

22.  Admitted students who have failed clinical or have been dismissed from the Nursing Program because of clinical failure may appeal the decision using the grievance procedure outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook.

23.  Admitted students who have been withdrawn from the Nursing Program due to failing two nursing courses may petition to reenter at a later date using the procedure outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook.

24. A Background check for child abuse or endangerment is required for clinical participation in NUR 201. If a student is not able to receive clearance, they will not be eligible to participate in NUR 201 clinical experiences and will not be able to complete the nursing program requirements for graduation. This backgorund check is done prior to NUR 201. If issues are identified, it can take up to 6 months for students to get clearance. It is the student's responsibility to pursue any issues that may be identified in the background check and get clearance. Students will not be allowed in the clinical setting without this clearance. If you have concerns about this please see the Division Chair.


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