Nursing

Nurses play vital roles at all levels of the health care system. They are caregivers, counselors, educators, and advocates who work with clients of all ages. Care is given in a variety of inpatient and community settings, and involves clients with chronic and acute health care needs. Nursing is a continually growing field that offers diverse opportunities and challenges.

The College's rigorous and highly-praised nursing program offers diverse clinical experiences in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community settings. Courses in nursing and the liberal arts provide in-depth career preparation. Scholarships are available for students in the Nursing program. The nursing program's completion rate is 86%, with a NCLEX/certification exam pass rate of 94%. The job placement rate is 100%.

Clinical Experience

To prepare nursing students for the many diverse roles available to them, clinical opportunities in a variety of health care settings are integrated as part of each semester.

Internship

Students have the opportunity to participate in a nursing internship offered during the summer after the second semester of the nursing program, and during winter break after the third semester. The internship provides hands-on experience within the limits of students’ current clinical knowledge. Students work directly under the supervision of an RN preceptor for a total of 100 or 150 hours and are also supported by a faculty mentor. Settings for internships have included acute inpatient units, same day surgery, community agencies, midwife/MD offices, mental health clinics, and hospice organizations.

Careers on Career Coach

After passing the NCLEX-RN examination and obtaining an RN license, graduates are eligible for employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, schools, industries, hospices, family planning agencies, doctor’s offices, and a variety of other settings. Graduates have found employment in a variety of health care facilities throughout the U.S. Graduates are prepared to pursue baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing and advanced practice roles.

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Program Chair

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Kim Sharpe, MS, RN, CHPN


Professor, Nursing

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Transfer Options

We encourage our nursing graduates to continue their education. Recent transfer institutions include:

  • Binghamton University
  • Elmira College
  • Empire State College
  • SUNY Delhi
  • Keuka College
  • Utica College
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Le Moyne College

Degree Requirements

A.A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 65 credits

Note: A "C" or higher grade is required in BIOL 112, BIOL 131, and BIOL 132. All courses listed in the first two semesters must be completed before a student may take NURS 208 and NURS 225.

Note: A minimum grade of "C" (75 percent) in theory and "S" (Satisfactory) in clinical in each nursing (NURS) course is required to earn a degree in Nursing.

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 17

BIOL131, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL 131.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
ENGL 100, if required, must be completed with a "C" or higher grade before the first semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
NURS110, Fundamentals of Nursing, 7 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in NURS 110. NURS 110 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16

BIOL132, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL 132.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
NURS120, Critical Thinking in Medical Surgical Nursing, 9 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in NURS 120. NURS 120 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16

NURS208, The Art and Science of Nursing Across the Lifespan, 10 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in NURS 208. NURS 208 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
NURS241, Pharmacology for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in NURS 241.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
MATH@
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16

BIOL112, Essentials of Medical Microbiology, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL 112. BIOL 112 is offered in the Spring semester, as well as occasionally in the Summer semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
NURS225, Professional Practice and Complex Nursing Care, 10 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in NURS 225. NURS 225 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Choose from ENGL 102, 103, 218, 258, Philosophy, or Foreign Language.
ARAB@
CHIN@
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
ENGL103, Report Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL218, Smart TV, 3 cr.
ENGL258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
FREN@
GERM@
ITAL@
PHIL@
RUSN@
SPAN@
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.