Over 40 years ago, local leaders were concerned by a projected nursing shortage in our community. After seeing the success of the community college educational model elsewhere in the state, they were determined to bring this form of public education to Monroe County. Thus, with an impetus to provide nursing education beyond hospital walls, MCC was founded in 1961.
The Nursing Department is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the New York State Education Department. MCC is a member of the League for Innovation in the Community College.
Since its inception, MCC's nursing program has graduated over 3,000 individuals who are employed in a variety of health care settings in Monroe County and beyond.
Graduates of MCC's nursing program become members of the profession upon successful completion of the New York State Licensing Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).
New York State (NCLEX-RN) pass rate for MCC consistently surpasses the rates for New York and the nation.
The Nursing Department participates in a variety of articulation programs with area colleges and universities such as Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, St. John Fisher College, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, Keuka College, Excelsior College, and the University of Rochester. This cooperative arrangement enables nursing graduates of our program to transfer with full status as a junior or senior to participating institutions.
The Nursing Department also participates in an articulation agreement with Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing. This agreement allows graduates of that program to transfer with full status into the second semester of our program without the need to take the Excelsior College Challenge examination for Fundamentals of Nursing.
While in the program, students affiliate with a variety of acute care, long term care and community agencies. Examples of these agencies include: Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester Regional Health System, UR Medicine, and Jewish Senior Life.
The average age of MCC's nursing students in fall 2015 was 31. Seven percent attend full-time. Approximately 20% are male and 80% are female.