School: Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept: Nursing
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2019. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined
The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
Application Deadline: February 15
The two-year Associate Degree in Nursing program (ADN) prepares students for entry into the field of professional nursing. Graduates are prepared to provide bedside and related specialized nursing care in hospitals, homes, clinics, and long-term care facilities. Upon successful completion of the nursing program, graduates are eligible for licensure as Registered Professional Nurses. Advanced placement in the nursing curriculum is available for Licensed Practical Nurses.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate safe, ethical, patient-centered care with diverse populations across the lifespan.
- Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration to achieve quality patient care.
- Utilize evidence-based practice in the delivery of health care.
- Utilize technology and safety measures to continuously improve the quality of health care.
- Demonstrate competencies necessary for a successful outcome on the State Licensure Exam (NCLEX).
General Education Requirements - 17 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Natural Sciences (8 credits)
Social Sciences (3 credits)
Degree Requirements - 47 Credits
Minimum Total Credits - 64
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Transfer Opportunities (non-SUNY)
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Please see important program notes and requirements below:
Nursing Admissions Requirements and Steps
Step 1: Verify Course Work Required
The ATI TEAS Exam is a required step in the Nursing Program admissions process. Prior to registering for exam, prospective students must have the following requirements completed:
- Three years of high school Biology and Chemistry (with labs), along with two years of high school math including Algebra are required. If the student does not have proof of high school courses, equivalent college-level coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- Westchester Community College placement tests and any necessary remedial coursework in reading, writing and mathematics (or college-level English and Math coursework completed with a grade of “C” or better) must be completed. To complete the placements tests, contact the WCC Testing Center after applying to the college (see below).
Step 2: Apply to the College
Step 3: Apply to the Nursing Program
- Once accepted to the college and all pre-requisites are complete, students must take the ATI TEAS Exam to be considered for the Nursing Program.
- Contact the Office of Admissions located on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-606-6735 for information about ATI TEAS Exam registration.
- Students interested in applying to the Nursing program are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session for detailed information. Please visit www.sunywcc.edu/nursinginfo for dates, times, and location.
TEAS Exam Update: Effective August 31, 2016 ATI will be administering a new version of the exam called the ATI TEAS. The TEAS V will no longer be given. Study manuals for the sixth edition are available at the college bookstore or through the ATI online store.
Additional Program Notes
- In order to continue in the program, students in the nursing curriculum must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each non-nursing course. Each nursing course in the curriculum must be passed with a minimum grade of “C+”. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be attained at the end of each semester to remain in the program and for graduation.
- Students in semester 1 must successfully pass the NURSE 102 Dosage Calculations for Nurses Course with a grade of “C+” or better in order to progress to semester 2. Also in semester 1, students must pass a mid-semester Dosage Calculations exam with a score of 90% after two attempts in order to administer medications in the clinical setting. During the first half of semesters 2, 3 and 4, a test will be administered in solving problems in “Dosages and Solutions of Medications.” In order to continue in the program, students must pass the test with a score of 90% in ADN 131 ADN-Nursing 2, Mental Health Nursing/Maternity Nursing (and Lab, and Clinical Study) and 95% in ADN 221 ADN-Nursing 3 (and Lab, and Clinical Study) and ADN 231 ADN-Nursing 4 (and Clinical Study) on two attempts.
- ADN 131 ADN-Nursing 2, Mental Health Nursing/Maternity Nursing (and Lab, and Clinical Study) has two components:
ADN 2 (A) Parental-Child Health
ADN 2 (B) Mental Health Nursing
Each course must be passed with a minimum grade of “C+” to progress to ADN 221 ADN-Nursing 3 (and Lab, and Clinical Study) .
- Students who fail a semester or who withdraw from the program will be given consideration by the faculty for one more opportunity to complete the program.
Prior to admission to the program, each student will submit, to the college health office, the results of a physical examination, laboratory tests, and documentation on forms provided by the college. Other requirements include background checks and drug screenings.
Students admitted into this program must complete, at their own expense, a successful criminal background check and drug screening prior to beginning clinical courses. Please consult the curriculum chair of your program for additional details regarding the timetable and procedure for completing these requirements.
The student must have 2-year certification in a CPR Health Provider Course upon entrance into the program. The student is responsible for renewing the CPR certification if it expires during the time in the program. Please see the Curriculum Chairperson for a list of resources for CPR courses.
Clinical practice is an integral part of all nursing courses. Therefore, attendance at all clinical laboratory sessions is expected. A student who has had two or more absences must appear before the faculty to determine appropriate action, which may include grade reduction or dismissal from the program. Transportation to clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student. Malpractice insurance must be carried by all students throughout the program. (See Financial Information, Fees. )
School uniforms are worn in the clinical area and must be purchased by the student.
Note: The Nursing program is a selective curriculum and has an application deadline. Click here for more information about these deadlines and Nursing Information Sessions. Click here for Information on the TEAS exam .
Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.