OFFICE: Life Sciences Building, Room 3-19, 516.572.9630
CHAIRPERSON: Thomas B. Rich, Thomas.Rich@ncc.edu
FACULTY: M. Amalraj, J. Buckley, J. Cook-Garard, L. DiDio, D. Dreksler, E. Engelke, K. Ferrucci,
E. Gallagher, A. Heslop, B. Kennedy, A. Kopstein, B. McFadden, D. Mendelson, P. Murphy,
L. Pfeifer, M. Reeves, M. Snow, K. Thelian.
CLINICAL INSTRUCTORS: J. Valins.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS: S. Aslanidis, M. Blessinger, J. Gavigan, S. Victome.
COURSES OFFERED: Nursing (NUR)
The Nursing Department offers a curriculum, accredited by the Accreditation Commission
for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), leading to an Associate in Science Degree and
eligibility for the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse.
The goal of our program is to prepare pre-licensed RN students to practice safe and
competent patient-centered nursing care in a variety of health settings, to optimize
human health and wellness potential across the life span, within a rapidly changing
health care system.
It is designed to empower students with the knowledge and skills that are essential
in meeting the health care needs of a diverse population within our community, and
to inspire in the student a sense of integrity, commitment and competence.
Throughout the program, students' competencies will grow incrementally in the attainment
and utilization of nursing knowledge, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, communication,
managerial, leadership and technological skills essential to their role within the
profession and the health care team.
The required Nursing courses (NUR 101 Fundamental of Nursing, NUR 105 Introduction
to Medical Surgical Nursing, NUR 203 Comprehensive Nursing Care I, and NUR 204 Comprehensive
Nursing Care II) are offered during the September to May academic year, in the Fall
day & evening classes and day only in the Spring. The nursing courses must be taken
consecutively because each course provides the foundation for subsequent courses.
Seats in the evening nursing courses are limited. Please be aware that obtaining a
seat in Nursing is highly competitive and is dependent upon the number of applications,
the number of available seats, and the applicant's ranking according to quality point
average for the courses applicable to the Nursing and TEAS Test score for the Math,
English and Writing sections of the exam. Ten (10) additional points will be given
to Nassau County residents, and five (5) points are removed if the applicant have
failed in another nursing program. Meeting the stipulated criteria does not guarantee
If, upon graduation and passing NCLES exam, an individual's application for licensure
reveals that the applicant has been convicted of a crime or that there are pending
charges, an investigation will be conducted by the Office of Professional Discipline
of the State Education Department.
Departmental Requirements and Guidelines:
- If the placement examination indicates a need for remediation in English, mathematics,
or reading, remediation must be completed before entering the Nursing Program.
- Nursing students are required to submit evidence of a physical examination, antibody
titers, and inoculations prior to their first day of classes in NUR 101 Fundamental
of Nursing and annually thereafter.
- Nursing students must be of good moral character and may be subject to criminal background
checks and random drug screening.
- Nursing students must be able to independently complete a patient assessment through
visualization, direct and indirect auscultation, detection of odors, palpation, and
- Nursing students must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements and must possess
the physical strength and stamina to provide safe nursing care.
- Nursing students must be alert, able to think critically and problem solve, possess
emotional stability and flexibility, and be able to communicate effectively in English.
- Students are required to adhere to those departmental policies that are distributed
to all nursing students.
- A minimum grade of 75 is required in each of the required Nursing courses.
- A minimum of 17 credits (including NUR 101 Fundamental of Nursing) must be completed
before progressing to NUR 105 Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing.
- Nursing students must supply their own required uniforms and equipment.
- Nursing students are required to supply their own transportation to clinical settings.
- Nursing students must be legally eligible for employment and professional licensure
in the United States.
- Nursing students must submit a copy of current certification of competency in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation for the Health Care Provider prior to admission to NUR 101 (Fundamental
of Nursing) and must be kept current.
- College courses applicable to the Nursing Program completed at other colleges must
be transferred in prior to admission to the Nursing Program. Science courses completed
more than ten years prior to admission will not be accepted. ASH 131 (Anatomy and
Physiology I) may have only been attempted twice within the past ten (10) years.
- Questions or concerns about the Nursing Program may be directed to:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Web site: www.acenursing.org
Advanced Standing in Nursing Courses:
The opportunity for advanced standing is available to LPNs. By challenging NUR 101
Fundamental of Nursing, the candidate avoids much of the competition for entry into
the program and enters when normal attrition may make a seat available. Seven credits
are granted to the student for successfully completing the challenge of NUR 101 Fundamental
of Nursing. Application at Nassau Community College is made as a liberal arts student.
There will be an interview with the Nursing Department and the applicant will be required
to provide a writing sample responding to a scenario provided at that time. Once the
challenge is completed and the candidate is ready to enter a Nursing course, the Nursing
Department will process a Change of Program to Nursing. In the meantime, the candidate
is a Liberal Arts student and should pursue the liberal arts and science pre and corequisites
required in the Nursing Program. At least 33 credits, including those for Nursing,
must be taken at Nassau Community College. Information on the challenge process may
be obtained at Advanced Standing Information Sessions. Advanced Standing email: LPNtoRN@ncc.edu
Change of Program/Transfer:
Students attending Nassau Community College can apply to the Nursing program by means
of a Change of Program. Requests for Change of Program to Nursing will be accepted
during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks of March to be considered for the September class
and during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks of October to be considered for the January
class. There are no set courses or number of credits required in order to apply
as a Change of Program applicant.
Applicants will be ranked according to the Quality point average for the courses applicable
to the Nursing program completed with a grade of C or better, scores on the Math,
English, Writing sections of the TEAS exam, residence in Nassau County, and if the
applicant failed in another nursing program.
Transfer students must apply directly to Admissions. Students will not be considered
for admission if they have attempted AHS 131 (Anatomy and Physiology I) more than
twice (including “W” and "UW" grades).
Further information about the Nursing Program can be obtained from Academic Advisement,
Admissions, Nursing Information Sessions, the Nursing Department Website, and Student