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OFFICE: Life Sciences Building, Room 3-19, 516.572.9630.
CHAIRPERSON: Thomas B. Rich, Thomas.Rich@ncc.edu.
FACULTY: J. Bennett-Murray, J. Brody, J. Buckley, A. Comiskey, J. Cook-Garard, L. DiDio, E. Engleke, K. Ferrucci, J. Festa, A. Fitzgibbon, E. Gallagher, P. Gloeckner, M. Hellmer Saul, A. Heslop, M. Hogan, C. Jansen, B. Kennedy, A. Kopstein, M. LaSala, B. McFadden, D. Mendelson, P. Murphy, M. Pervelis, M. Reeves, L. Rohan, M. Snow.
CLINICAL INSTRUCTORS: J. Gaffney, J. Valins.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS: M. Blessinger, J. Gavigan, S. Victome.
COURSES OFFERED: Nursing (NUR).

Nursing (A.S.)

The Nursing Department offers a curriculum, accredited by the ACEN – Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing, Inc., 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. These courses must be taken consecutively because each course provides the foundation for subsequent courses. Admission to Nursing is available in both the day and evening divisions. 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 grade point average for the courses applicable to the Nursing curriculum. Ten (10) additional points will be given to Nassau County residents. Meeting the stipulated criteria does not guarantee a seat.

If, upon graduation, 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:

  1. If the placement examination indicates a need for remediation in English, mathematics, or reading, remediation must be completed before entering the Nursing Program.
  2. Nursing students are required to submit evidence of a physical examination, antibody titers, and inoculations prior to their first clinical assignment in NUR 101 Fundamental of Nursing and annually thereafter.
  3. Nursing students must be of good moral character and may be subject to criminal background checks and random drug screening.
  4. Nursing students must be able to independently complete a patient assessment through visualization, direct and indirect auscultation, detection of odors, palpation, and percussion.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Students are required to adhere to those departmental policies that are distributed to all nursing students.
  8. A minimum grade of 75 is required in each of the required Nursing courses.
  9. A minimum of 15.5 credits (including NUR 101 Fundamental of Nursing) must be completed before progressing to NUR 105 Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing.
  10. Nursing students must supply their own required uniforms and equipment.
  11. Nursing students are required to supply their own transportation to clinical settings.
  12. Nursing students must be legally eligible for employment and professional licensure in the United States.
  13. Nursing students must submit a copy of current certification of competency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the professional rescuer prior to admission to NUR 101 Fundamental of Nursing and prior to graduation.
  14. 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.
  15. Questions or concerns about the Nursing Program may be directed to the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

 

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. Eight and one-half 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.

Change of Program/Transfer:

Admission requirements to the Nursing Program for change of area or transfer students include:
AHS 131 Anatomy and Physiology I
ENG 101 Composition I
MAT 102 Introduction to Statistics
PSY 203 General Psychology I
These courses must be completed with a grade of C or better and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better before application for 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. 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 Personnel Services.