Nursing

Look at the numbers: our nursing program prepares you for career success.

Students from Monroe Community College's nursing A.A.S. degree program have a 91 percent pass rate on the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). Our rates of employment, student satisfaction and employer satisfaction are even higher — 93 percent and up.

The nursing associate degree program lets you enter the job market with confidence, hands-on clinical training, and the skills you need for immediate workplace success. You'll learn from nursing professionals with years of experience. Peer tutors will help you meet new challenges. And your MCC nursing credits will transfer easily to RN and BSN programs.

The Nursing Program is accredited by the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Board of Regents, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326, phone: 404-975-5000, www.acenursing.org.

How to Become a Registered Professional Nurse

MCC's A.A.S. in nursing degree prepares you to enter the nursing profession as a Registered Professional Nurse.

Due to the competitive nature of the nursing program, most students will complete several required courses before beginning the four-semester sequence of clinical nursing courses. Read our admissions requirements and contact the admissions office to learn more.

As you complete our professional nursing program, you'll be part of a diverse student population while gaining clinical experience at Rochester area hospitals and health care facilities. You could learn and work at these organizations:

  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Rochester General Health System
  • Highland Hospital
  • Unity Health System
  • Heritage Christian Services
  • The Arc of Monroe County
  • Episcopal SeniorLife Communities
  • Thompson Health

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is among the top 10 occupations with the largest job growth. After earning your nursing degree and Registered Professional Nurse certification, you could advance your career in jobs like these:

  • Nurse supervisor
  • Nurse practitioner
  • RN resource specialist
  • Medical surgical RN

To learn more about the nursing associate of science degree at Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.

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NURSING

A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Nursing

School(s): Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

CIP Code: 51.1601
MCC Program Code: NU01
NYSED Code (BRI): 01233

Description
The Department of Nursing strives to provide high quality education to a diverse population of students and assists them in achieving success in preparing for New York State licensure and employment as an entry level Registered Professional Nurse. The Nursing Program is accredited by the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Board of Regents, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326, phone: 404-975-5000.www.acenursing.org. The professional nursing program, including clinical practice, can be completed in two academic years of full-time study. A graduate of the program who is at least 18 years of age and who meets licensing criteria is eligible for admission to the National Council Licensing Exam established by New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions [online] retrieved from www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nursing.htm. To be licensed as a registered professional nurse in New York State a candidate must:
- be of good moral character;
- be at least eighteen years of age;
- meet education requirements;
- complete coursework or training in Infection Control and in the identification and mandated reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider; and
- meet examination requirements.
The clinical experience required in the curriculum is provided through cooperation of Rochester area hospitals, long term care facilities and other health care agencies. All health care providers must abide by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Blood Borne Pathogen and NYS Department of Health regulations.

Please contact the Admissions Office regarding current admission criteria and/or geographic limitation. Admission to the nursing program is conditional upon completion of High School Algebra or Sequential Math I or Math A Regents, Biology and Chemistry with a grade of C or better.
Participation in the nursing program requires:
1) Current CPR certification for two person professional rescuer which includes infant, child, adult and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Only American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) , or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer (CPR and AED) certification is acceptable. Proof of certification must be submitted to the department at least one month prior to starting the program. Current certification must be maintained throughout duration of program in order for the student to attend clinical.
2) Completion of medical requirements, clearance of existing health problem(s), and ability to meet essential functions (physical and mental demands) of the program. Medical requirements, including PPD (or acceptable evidence of freedom from communicability, chest xray or results of Quantiferon blood test), varicella vaccination (or history of disease or positive yearly titer) immunizations, must be met throughout the duration of the program in order for the student to attend clinical.
3) Vaccination against seasonal flu. Vaccination against hepatitis B and meningitis or required signed declaration waivers.
4) Successful completion of ESOL or Transitional Studies courses if enrolled.
Students must have current health insurance to participate in the nursing program. The fee for health insurance will be added to tuition if students do not provide proof of insurance prior to the start of the program.
A minimum grade of C is necessary in all required nursing and biology courses for continued matriculation in the program. No student may progress to the next nursing course level without successful completion of all courses in the previous level. A student who fails to achieve a grade of C or better in the fourth semester nursing course will be ineligible for graduation. Nursing is a high demand, competitive program. Readmission to the nursing program is not automatic and is dependent on several factors. Students seeking readmission to the program (or seeking admission after unsuccessful attempts in a nursing program at another college) should contact the Department of Nursing for information or refer to the "MCC Department of Nursing Student Related Policies" located on the Department of Nursing website. Readmission, if approved, is always on a space available basis.
The program of study must be completed within five years of matriculation. NUR 150 is required for students who are transferring into the program, admitted with advanced standing, or returning to the program after an absence of one year. Completion of NUR 150 is valid for one year. Students reentering NUR 111 do not need to take NUR 150. NUR 150 cannot be used as an elective in the Nursing program. Any deviation from the basic program of study requires written approval from the department.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Advocate for patients and families, within healthcare settings, to support Basic Needs and Human Flourishing:
a. Collaborate with other members of the inter-professional team to achieve positive patient outcomes.
b. Apply critical thinking skills to support the achievement of basic needs for patients and families.
c. Use therapeutic communication across health care settings.

2. Demonstrate Nursing Judgment by applying the Nursing Process, substantiated with evidence, to provide safe, quality patient centered care in diverse settings. Activities include assessment, nursing diagnosis, care planning, implementation and evaluation:
a. Establish an individualized plan of care, using the Nursing Process.
b. Set priorities within the frameworks of safe, efficient and effective nursing care.

3. Develop an evolving Professional Identity at entry level by implementing the nursing role to reflect the core values of the MCC Department of Nursing:
a. Demonstrate accountable behaviors within ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of the profession.
b. Complete the NCLEX- RN licensure exam successfully.

4. Establish a Spirit of Inquiry for professional nursing practice:
a. Incorporate knowledge of Evidence Based Practice guidelines into professional nursing practice.
b. Develop the skills necessary to use Evidence Based Practice guidelines and other professional standards of care.
c. Display attitudes consistent with the values of lifelong learning.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Competitive Admission — Please contact the Admissions Office regarding current admission criteria and/or geographic limitations.
Elementary Algebra with Geometry (or Math 098 at MCC). Biology and Chemistry, with a grade of C or better.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology3
BIO 144 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*#4
NUR 110 Foundations of Nursing*1
NUR 111 Fundamentals of Nursing - WR*7
MTH 104 OR MTH 150 OR MTH 160 or higher except (MTH 164 and 166)##3
Total18
SECOND SEMESTER: 18 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
BIO 145 Human Anatomy and Physiology II*#4
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology - Lifespan3
NUR 112 Nursing Care of the Adult and Child I - WR*8
Total18
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
BIO 202 Microbiology*#4
NUR 210 Issues in Nursing*1
NUR 211 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (1/2 semester) - WR*4
NUR 212 Maternal - Neonatal Nursing - WR (1/2 semester)*4
Total16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 12 Credit Hours
NUR 214 Nursing Care of the Adult and Child II - WR*8
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE**3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 1
Total12
TOTAL CREDITS64

*A minimum grade of C is necessary in all required nursing courses for continued matriculation in the program. A student who fails to achieve a C in the fourth semester nursing course will be ineligible for graduation. Nursing is a high demand, competitive program. Readmission to the nursing program is not automatic and is dependent on several factors. Students seeking readmission to the program should refer to the "MCC Department of Nursing Student Related Policies" on the Department of Nursing website. Readmission, if approved, is always on a space available basis.

#Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 144 & 145), and Microbiology (BIO 202) grades must be no more than seven years old for the grade to be considered when the applicant is accepted for admission into the nursing program.

**Humanities Elective: Any 3 credit course listed as fulfilling MCC General Education Requirements for Humanities is acceptable.

## MTH requirement must be fulfilled prior to beginning NUR 112 course. Eligibility to take the math requirement for the Nursing program during the first semester may make it necessary to plan for additional math courses prior to admission. Please speak to an advisor to discuss an appropriate sequence. LPNs seeking admission with advanced standing must have already completed the MTH requirement at time of admission.

Credit Hours: Laboratory hours in the Nursing Program are credited at a ratio of 1:3 (every 3 clock hours of laboratory is equivalent to 1 credit hour).

PROGRAM OPTIONS
Advanced Standing 3-Semester Option of LPN’s: (NU02)To exempt Fundamentals of Nursing (NUR 111), a score of B on the Excelsior College Examination for Fundamentals of Nursing must be attained. The Excelsior College Examinations must be completed prior to matriculation. Graduates of The Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing within the past three years can exempt both NUR 111 and the Excelsior College Examination for Fundamentals of Nursing.
Three semester LPN students are admitted in the Fall and Spring semesters if space is available.

Advanced Standing 2-Semester Option for LPN’s: (NU03) To exempt Fundamentals of Nursing (NUR 111), a score of B on the Excelsior College Examination for Fundamentals of Nursing must be attained. To exempt Nursing Care of the Adult and Child I (NUR 112), students must pass a Department of Nursing challenge exam with a grade of C or higher. Two years of recent clinical experience is required. Two semester LPN students are admitted only in the Fall semester if space is available.

For either Advanced Standing Option, Excelsior College scores may not be more than three years old and must be available when a student is first matriculated. Students beginning either option are required to take Foundations of Nursing (NUR 110) prior to or concurrently with the first clinical course. Students must take Application of the Nursing Process (NUR 150) prior to beginning the first clinical course. The department reserves the right to withhold transfer credit until the student has demonstrated competence in a clinical nursing course at MCC.

PRE-NURSING ADVISEMENT SEQUENCE FOR LPNs (LA04 or LA05)
A Pre-Nursing advisement sequence for LPNs preparing to enter the nursing program is available for those who meet criteria. Please contact the Admissions Office at 292-2200 for further information.

Extended Option for High School Graduates (NUE1): An advisement sequence for high school graduates seeking admission in the fall semester immediately following their graduation is intended to provide an opportunity for the student to complete the program over three years. This option was designed to create an environment that promotes success for the student who is new to the rigors of college level work.

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