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A.A.S. Degree - Career Program


School(s): Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

MCC Program Code: NU01
CIP Code: 51.3801
NYSED Code (BRI): 01233

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New, Transfer, or Re-admit students should contact Admissions at (585) 292-2200 or

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This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

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 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), 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: The professional nursing program, including clinical courses or experiences, 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 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 course work 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 experiences required in the curriculum are 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.

Requirements for Participation in the Nursing Program

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) certification is acceptable. Proof of certification must be submitted to the department prior to starting the program. 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. Vaccinations against hepatitis B, rubella, rubeola, mumps 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.

Continuation in the Nursing 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.

Readmission to the Nursing Program
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 050 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 050 is valid for one year. Students reentering NUR 111 do not need to take NUR 050. NUR 050 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 Human Flourishing: A) Collaborate with other members of the interprofessional 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 healthcare settings.

2. Demonstrate Nursing Judgment substantiated with evidence, to provide safe, quality, patient centered care in diverse settings: 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) Incorporate accountable behaviors into nursing practice that conform to legal and regulatory frameworks of the profession. B) Demonstrate ethical behaviors according to current standards of professional practice.

4. Establish a Spirit of Inquiry for professional nursing practice:.A) Analyze valid evidence based sources utilized in professional nursing practice. B) Incorporate evidence based standards into professional nursing practice.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
1) A grade of C or better in High School Biology and Chemistry or equivalent college courses.

2) Students must be at a minimum of MCC Mathematics Level 7. This can be fulfilled by any of the following: Algebra 2 Trig or Common Core Algebra Reagents exam score of 75 or higher within the past 3 years; MTH 096 with a grade of B- or better; a grade of C or better in any of the following: MTH 104, MTH 160, MTH 162, MTH 165 (or higher); or placing at Level 7 or higher via Math ACCUPLACER. Prospective students should consult with an advisor before choosing a mathematics course. Note that while any of these options will qualify a student to apply to the program, MTH 160 is a required course within the Nursing curriculum.

Competitive Admission – Please contact the Admission Office regarding current admission criteria and/or geographic limitations.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
MTH 160 Statistics I##
BIO 144 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*#
NUR 110 Foundations of Nursing*
NUR 111 Fundamentals of Nursing*
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychological Science
First Semester Total:
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
BIO 145 Human Anatomy and Physiology II*#
NUR 112 Nursing Care of the Adult and Child I*
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology - Lifespan
Send Semester Total:
BIO 202 Microbiology*#
NUR 210 Issues in Nursing*
NUR 211 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (7 weeks)*
NUR 212 Maternal - Neonatal Nursing (7 weeks)*
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Third Semester Total:
NUR 214 Nursing Care of the Adult and Child II*
Fourth Semester Total:
Revised: 8/10/2021

*A minimum grade of C is necessary in all required nursing courses for continued matriculation in the program.

#Grades for BIO 143, 144, 145, and 202 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.

## 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.

###Any 3 credit course listed as fulfilling MCC General Education Requirements for Arts and Humanities (MCC-AH) is acceptable.

OTHER NOTES: 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 contact the Department of Nursing for information or refer to the "MCC Department of Nursing Student Related Policies." Readmission, if approved, is always on a space available basis.

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).

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 050) 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.

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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