Nursing

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 www.acenursing.org. 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
3

Introduction to College Writing

ENG101
3

SUNY GEN ED Basic Communication

ENG102, ENG103, ENG104, ENG105, ENG106, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 or ENG110
4 Human Anatomy & Physiology I BIO107 (Prereq Required)
4 Human Anatomy & Physiology II BIO108 (Prereq Required)
4 Microbiology BIO223 (Prereq Required)
3 General Psychology PSY101
3 Principles of Sociology SOC101
3 Developmental Psychology PSY222 (Prereq Required)
6 Foundations of Nurse Caring I NUR100 (Prereq Required)
5 Principles of Nurse Caring II NUR102 (Prereq Required)
4 Principles of Family Nursing Caring NUR103 (Prereq Required)
10 Principles of Nurse Caring III NUR104 (Prereq Required)
5 Principles of Nurse Caring IV NUR200 (Prereq Required)
4 Principles of Mental Health Nurse Caring NUR201 (Prereq Required)
2 Professional Issues and Leadership in Nursing NUR202 (Prereq Required)
1 Nursing Elective  
64 Minimum credits required for graduation  
 
Recommended First Year
First Semester
3 ENG101
4 BIO107
3 PSY101
6 NUR100
Second Semester
3 ENG102 - ENG110
4 BIO108
9-10 NUR102 and NUR103 or NUR104
Recommended Second Year
Third Semester
4 BIO223
3 PSY222
9-10 NUR102 and NUR103 or NUR104
1 Nursing Elective
Fourth Semester
3 SOC101
5 NUR200
4 NUR201
2 NUR202

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. Beginning with the students applying to the Nursing Program for January 2020, perspective nursing students applying to the Nursing Program at SUNY Adirondack will be required to complete a HESI A2 Nursing Admissions Test. This test will be able to be scheduled in the Testing Center at SUNY Adirondack or a Prometric Testing Center of the student’s choice. The results of the HESI A2 Nursing Admissions Test will be valid for two calendar years, after which students must retake the exam for admissions consideration. The cost of this admissions test will be the responsibility of the admitted student.

 

 

 

 

2.

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

 

 

 

 

3.

All applicants must be eligible to enter college level Math and English courses as determined by SUNY Adirondack ACCUPLACER Test, or have earned college level Math and English credit.

 

 

 

 

4.

A grade of C+ (77) is required in all nursing courses for the AAS in Nursing and in BIO 107, BIO 108, and BIO 223. Grades less than C+ (77) in the above courses cannot be used to fulfill the program requirements.

 

 

 

 

5.

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.

 

 

 

 

6.

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. :   If a student is arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony anytime while enrolled in the Nursing Program, the student must report this to the Division Chair within 72 hours. Failure to report this by the required deadline may result in Program Probation or Dismissal.

 

 

 

 

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All students admitted to the Nursing Program must attend a mandatory Nursing Program Orientation. At the Orientation all nursing students will be given a Student Nursing Handbook which contains important Nursing Program Policies which will be reviewed with the students. All students are required to sign the final page of this handbook acknowledging that they have received and understood the policies that they are bound to as a nursing student at SUNY Adirondack. The signed form will be kept in the student files and acknowledges understanding of the policies outlined in the handbook and consequences of a breach of this contract.

 

 

 

 

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A deferment from acceptance into the Nursing Program is only granted for extenuating circumstances and is not guaranteed. To qualify for a deferment, you must submit a request PRIOR to the start of the semester that you were accepted for. A deferment is only given for one (1) academic semester and only one (1) time. If a student does not start the Nursing Program after the completion of their deferment terms, they will be removed from the list and the student must reapply to the Nursing Program for future consideration.

 

 

 

 

IA.  Supplemental Admission Information for Graduates of Practical Nursing Programs

 

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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. LPN students who receive advanced placement in the Nursing Program and credit for NUR 100 will be required to take a 15 hour noncredit LPN Transition Course that will be offered prior to the start of the fall and spring semester. The cost for this course will be set by the college and will be the responsibility of the student. Satisfactory completion is required for LPN students to receive credit for NUR 100 and advanced placement in the Nursing Program.

 

 

 

IB.  Supplemental Admission Information for Students from another Accredited Nursing Program

 

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Students, with prior enrollment from another accredited nursing program, wishing to transfer into the SUNY ADK Nursing Program 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 223, and any transfer nursing courses. Students must submit a letter of good standing from the Program Director for consideration of transfer to the Nursing Program. Transfer nursing students may be required to take Nursing Process (NUR 150) in their first semester of enrollment in nursing courses.

     

II.  Information for Continuance in the Nursing Program

 

 

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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+ (prior BIO W or X grades are not considered a repeat but may negatively impact program admission or continuance).

     
  2. 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.
     
  3. Students may only withdraw from a required nursing course one time.
     
  4. Students must complete the Nursing program in seven semesters from enrollment in the first nursing course.
     
  5. A student who will not be enrolled continuously in the Nursing Program must request a Leave of Absence per the policy in the Nursing Student Handbook. A student will only be granted a Leave of Absence for a period of one (1) academic year. Only one Leave of Absence will be granted.
     
  6. All required nursing theory courses include a one hour seminar each week.
     
  7. Nursing electives can be chosen from any NUR course not required in the curriculum.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. Clinical sections may be taught by adjunct faculty.
     
  10. Unsatisfactory or unsafe application of theory in the clinical laboratory may result in the student being withdrawn from the Nursing program.
     
  11. Basic Drug calculation skills will be taught in NUR 100. Evaluation and demonstration of proficiency of this skill will be tested at the completion of this unit in NUR 100 and at the beginning of each major nursing course with a clinical component. Students will be provided with drug calculation practice web sites and resources which will be posted on Angel/Blackboard to prepare for this proficiency test. Students who receive 100% on the proficiency test will be marked as complete on the Clinical Evaluation Tool for that course. A student who fails to meet the 100% requirement on this proficiency test after three (3) attempts will receive a clinical grade of Unsatisfactory (U) for clinical for that course and will be required to repeat this required nursing course. Only one required nursing course can be repeated.
     
  12. All students are required to take a HESI Medical/Surgical Exam after completing the third (3rd) semester of nursing classes and a comprehensive HESI Exit Exam prior to graduation. Graduating Students are strongly urged to take the pre-paid, three day EVOLVE Live Review Course offered in January and May on campus. Failure to take this comprehensive review may result in NCLEX failure.
     
  13. The State University of New York (SUNY) and SUNY Adirondack is committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of children who participate in college-related programs and activities, whether on or off campus. A New York State Child Abuse Background Check may be required by a clinical agency at the beginning of the student’s Behavioral Health Clinical experience. If issues are identified, it can take up to six (6) months for a student to receive clearance. It is the student’s responsibility to pursue any issues that may be identified in the background check and get clearance and their participation in this clinical experience will be deferred until clearance is received.
     
  14. 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.
     
  15. 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.
     
  16. 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.
     
  17. Admitted students who have been withdrawn from the Nursing Program due to failing NUR 100 or two nursing courses may petition to reenter at a later date using the procedure outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook. Students reinstated back into the program must successfully complete all core courses, on the first attempt, to remain in the program.  A student who reapplies and restarts the Nursing Program after a period of two (2) years is treated as a new nursing student. All decisions made by the Health Sciences Division relative to reinstatement to the Nursing Program will be final.
     
  18. Any student who has been withdrawn from the Nursing program will be automatically reassigned to the Liberal Arts and Sciences - Mathematics and Science AS degree Health Education concentration.  Further changes of major will be the responsibility of the student.
     
  19. Students seeking re-entry into the Nursing Program must retake Nursing Courses older than two years and required Science Courses older than 5 years.
     
  20. Beginning with nursing students admitted to the Fall 2018 academic semester, all admitted nursing students will be required to undergo a national criminal background check and submit mandated annual requirements through the college designated compliance agency. The cost of this background check and compliance tracker will be the responsibility of the admitted student. The compliance agency will notify the Division Chair of the Health Sciences Division for any positive criminal activity that is identified through this background check. This may preclude a student from participating in clinical experiences with our clinical affiliating agencies and the College may not be able to accommodate clinical placement. Success in nursing courses and progression in the Nursing Program is dependent on successful completion of clinical experiences, so a finding may affect a student’s continuance in the Nursing Program. The College reserves the right to require an additional background check while a student is enrolled in the Nursing Program or when returning from an approved Leave of Absence. The cost of the background check will be the responsibility of the student.
     
  21. For compliance with SUNY Policy #3200 – Admissions of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions, nursing students with prior felony convictions will be required to report to the Dean for Student Affairs and may be subject to review and evaluation by the campus Felony Review Committee.
     
  22. In the event that a Nursing Policy is changed/updated in the Nursing Student Handbook mid academic year, the approved, updated policy in the Nursing Student Handbook will supersede the policy in the College Catalog.
     
  23. Nursing Students are required to take a full semester of nursing courses once accepted into the Nursing Program. They may not elect to take just one seven (7) week course each semester. Exceptions may be allowed for those with a prior approved leave of absence.

 

Am I ready to apply to the nursing program?

Use the following chart to determine if you're ready to apply to the nursing program.  Start at the top, if you can answer "Yes" to a statement, move on to the next one!  If your answer is "No" or "Not Sure?" read the notes to see what your next step should be.

Statement My Answer Notes
I have been accepted to SUNY Adirondack. Yes No Not Sure? You must be accepted to the college in general before applying to the nursing program.  If you have been a SUNY Adirondack student in the past, and are returning to pursue nursing please check with an advisor before submitting your nursing program application.   
If I have attended another college, I have sent my official transcripts to SUNY Adirondack’s Registrar Yes No Not Sure? Official transcripts must be in your student file at SUNY Adirondack in order for you to receive credit for coursework taken at other colleges.
I am ready to take (or have already taken) college-level mathematics & English. Yes No Not Sure? Most new (and many returning) students will take a placement test for math and/or English.  Your placement test score will determine your starting point for math and English courses.  If you have math and/or English credit from another college, make sure that SUNY Adirondack has received an official transcript for your coursework. 
Within the past 5 years, I have either:  taken the Biology Regents and earned an 80 or higher OR taken BIO 103 (or the equivalent) and earned a C or higher. Yes No Not Sure?

Note:  If you have already completed Anatomy & Physiology I, please skip this step.

 

If you have not taken BIO 103 within the past 5 years and earned a C or better, or earned an 80 or better on the New York State Regents exam within the past 5 years, you must take BIO 103 and earn a C or better before you can apply to the nursing program.

Within the past 5 years, I have either:  taken the Chemistry Regents and earned an 80 or higher OR taken CHM 103 (or the equivalent) and earned a C or higher. Yes No Not Sure? If you have not taken CHM 103 within the past 5 years and earned a C or better, or earned an 80 or better on the New York State Regents exam within the past 5 years, you must take CHM 103 and earn a C or better before you can apply to the nursing program.  Note:  CHM 103 has a minimum prerequisite of MATH 097, MAT 167 or an appropriate score on the math placement test.  See an advisor if you’re not sure of your math background.
My overall GPA is a 2.8 or higher. Yes No Not Sure? Please meet with an advisor if your GPA is below 2.8 to develop a plan to improve your GPA.  You must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 or higher to be considered for the nursing program.
If I have taken BIO 107, 108 and/or BIO 223, it was within the past 5 years and I earned a C+ or higher. Yes No Not sure?

It’s recommended that you take BIO 107 before you apply to nursing, or that you apply when BIO 107 is in progress (BIO 108 for LPN advanced standing applicants).  You must earn a C+ minimum in BIO 107, 108 and 113.

Note:  These 3 courses may be repeated only once to achieve the minimum C+ grade.  Many RN-to-BSN programs will require that A&P I and A&P II be taken at the same college or university.

If you’ve answered “Yes” to all of the above statements, you’re ready to apply to the SUNY Adirondack nursing program!

 

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