Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

General

Program Description

Program Description

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.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate safe, ethical, patient-centered care with diverse populations across the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration to achieve quality patient care.
  3. Utilize evidence-based practice in the delivery of health care.
  4. Utilize technology and safety measures to continuously improve the quality of health care.
  5. Demonstrate competencies necessary for a successful outcome on the State Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

Program Requirements

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)

  • ENG 101 - Writing and Research

Mathematics (3 credits)

  • MATH 117 - College Quantitative Reasoning or a higher-level math class.

Natural Sciences (8 credits)

  • BIOL 121 - Anatomy and Physiology 1 (and Lab)
  • BIOL 123 - Anatomy and Physiology 2 (and Lab)

Social Sciences (3 credits)

  • PSYCH 101 - General Psychology

Degree Requirements - 47 Credits

  • NURSE 102 - Dosage Calculations for Nurses
  • NUTR 109 - Nutrition for Healthcare
  • ADN 120 - ADN-Nursing 1, Fundamentals of Nursing (and Lab, and Clinical Study)
  • ADN 131 - ADN-Nursing 2, Mental Health Nursing/Maternity Nursing (and Lab, and Clinical Study)
  • ADN 221 - ADN-Nursing 3 (and Lab, and Clinical Study)
  • ADN 231 - ADN-Nursing 4 (and Clinical Study)
  • BIOL 202 - Pharmacology (for Nurses)
  • BIOL 221 - General Microbiology (and Lab)

Minimum Total Credits - 64

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 the 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.

Step 2: Apply to the College

  • Complete a College Admissions Application.
  • Check the Application Deadline Dates for Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • Review the Admissions Checklist for applying to Westchester Community 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 admissions@sunywcc.edu 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 locations.

Additional Program Notes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

Health Requirements

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.

Required Screening

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.

CPR Certification

The student must have a 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

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.

Last updated November 2019

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