NURSING A.A.S.

The Nursing program at Cayuga Community College prepares the student for entry into the profession of Nursing. Upon graduation, students receive the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The overall NCLEX-RN passing rate for Cayuga nursing students is consistently exceptional, and exceeds state and national averages.

The curriculum offers a balance of courses in general education and nursing. Students are provided with the theoretical knowledge and clinical practice needed to provide nursing care for individuals throughout the life span. Learning experiences are provided in the classroom, nursing laboratory, and a variety of clinical settings.

Nursing education is available at both the Auburn and Fulton campuses of Cayuga Community College. Both programs admits students every fall. Employment opportunities for entry-level graduates include hospitals, ambulatory care, skilled nursing facilities, and community agencies.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Practice professional standards of registered professional nursing incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued self-development.
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, families, groups, and members of the health care team.
  • Implement safe clinical judgments through the use of the nursing process and evidenced-based practice.
  • Implement caring behaviors that incorporate patient-centered care, patient and family advocacy, and respect for individual diversity.
  • Collaborate within interdisciplinary health care teams to improve patient health and organizational outcomes.
  • Manage care for a group of patients and their families across the lifespan using basic leadership skills and quality improvement processes.
  • Use patient care technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe, quality, and cost efficient care in a variety of healthcare settings.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

Cayuga’s Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326, www.acenursing.org.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTCOME DATA

Class Graduating 2015 results for Cayuga Community College.
Source: NYSED.gov and CCC Department of Nursing Systematic Evaluation Plan 2015/2016

Outcome Definition Program Expected Level of Achievement Actual Level of Achievement
Success on NCLEX-RN
Jan 1, 2015-Dec 31, 2015
Percentage of graduates, first-time writers, passing the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) Meet or exceed national NCLEX-RN passing rate (84.5%) 100%
Program Completion
Sept 1, 2013-May 19, 2016
Percentage of students completing the program within  three years of matriculating in the nursing program (ACEN definition) 70% 71%
Employment
June 2015-Jan 2016
Percentage of graduates actively seeking employment who obtain employment as a RN within six months of graduation 80% 100%

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the nursing program is a selective and competitive process.

The following prerequisites must be completed before applying to the Nursing program:

  • High school or general equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Algebra math proficiency:
    • Testing into Cayuga’s MATH 102 (Intermediate Algebra) or higher on the Cayuga placement test, or
    • Completion of Cayuga’s MATH 099 (Elementary Algebra) or higher with a minimum grade of C (or 70%) or
    • Completion of pre-calculus or higher in high school with a minimum grade of C (or 70%)
  • Satisfactory completion (C or 70%) of high school or college biology
  • Satisfactory completion (C or 70%) of high school chemistry (Regents or General) or college Chemistry 101 (CHEM 103 or equivalent)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA or overall high school average of 75% or 2.5
  • Pre-admission Nursing Entrance Exam with a cumulative test score of 75 is required
  • English language proficiency as demonstrated by compliance with minimum required TOEFL score, required if English is not a first language
  • May be required to consent to background check and/or drug testing upon request by the college or affiliating clinical agency

ADMISSION PROCESS

Applicants are encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session. January 15 is the post marked deadline to apply for fall admission. Applicants must fill out both the College admissions application and the online Nursing admission application. Admission to the nursing program is a selective and competitive process.

  • Attendance at a Nursing Information Session is strongly recommended.
  • The Pre-admission Nursing Entrance Exam must be completed by January 15.
  • Two reference forms must also be submitted.
  • Online Nursing application is available October 1 through January 15.
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance decision in March for fall admission.
  • Applicants not accepted must reapply to be considered for admission the following year.

TRANSFER INTO THE PROGRAM

Students requesting transfer from another Nursing program must:

  • Satisfy the admission criteria stated in the admission requirement.
  • Submit a written request for consideration of transfer on the Nursing Transfer Request form to the Director of Nursing. The only nursing course that may be accepted for transfer is Nursing 101 pending review of course syllabus. A minimum grade of C+ (77) is required for Nursing 101 credit transfer.
  • Apply for admission through the Admissions Office by October 31.
  • Complete the Nursing department Skill Competency Evaluation with a grade of Satisfactory.

PROGRAM PROGRESSION

  • A minimum passing grade of 77 (C+) must be achieved in each Nursing course. A grade less than C+ is considered an unsuccessful attempt.
  • A “Satisfactory” clinical grade must be achieved in each clinical Nursing course.
  • A minimum passing grade of C+ is required in BIOL 203, 204, and 216 courses.
  • A student is limited to one W or unsuccessful attempt in any clinical Nursing course (NURS 101, 102, 214, 215, 216, 217). A second W or unsuccessful attempt in any clinical Nursing course will result in dismissal from the program.
  • All required Nursing courses (with the exception of NURS 101) must be taken at Cayuga Community College.
  • The following grading system is used by the Nursing faculty:
    A 93–100 C 73-76
    A- 90-92 C- 70-72
    B+ 87–89 D+ 67-69
    B 83-86 D 63-66
    B- 80–82 D- 60-62
    C+ 77–79 F less than 60
  • A student receiving a W or a grade less than C+ in NURS 101 or 102 must reapply for admission to the Nursing program through the Admissions Office in accordance with specified application deadlines.
  • A student receiving a W or a grade less than C+ in NURS 214, 215, 216, or 217 must apply for re-entry to the program through the director of Nursing (e-mail alfieri@cayuga-cc.edu). The student must schedule a meeting with the director of Nursing three months prior to the course start date. Academic counseling will be initiated to develop a success plan. Re-entry is granted on a space-available basis and upon compliance with the re-entry procedure.
  • A student seeking re-entry to the Nursing program must meet program policies in effect at the date of re-entry.
  • Nursing courses must be completed within three years of starting Nursing 101.

LEGAL LIMITATIONS FOR RN LICENSURE

There is a requirement that the applicant for the licensure exam be of “good moral character.” Applicants should be aware that eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in New York State by persons who have been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) or have charges pending in any state or country will be determined through an investigation by the New York State Education Office of Professional Discipline. Refer to www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/ for specific criteria.

NURSING DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The following curriculum represents the Nursing course sequence and minimum requirements for the A.A.S. degree in Nursing (total of 64 credit hours).

COURSES CREDIT HOURS
FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
NURS 100 Nursing Success Strategies 1
NURS 101 Fundamentals of Patient Care 8
BIOL 203 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
16
SECOND SEMESTER
NURS 102 Nursing in Physical/Mental Health I 8
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
BIOL 204 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
15
THIRD SEMESTER
NURS 214 Family/Community Nursing I 4
NURS 215 Nursing in Physical/Mental Health II 4
BIOL 216 General Microbiology 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
ENGL 222 Effective Speech: Group Discussion 3
NURS 216 Family/Community Nursing II 4
NURS 217 Nursing in Physical/Mental Health III 4
NURS 203 Trends in Nursing 1
NURS 207 Pharmacology 3
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology 3
18
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 64

LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Theory instruction is provided in a variety of formats. Clinical learning experiences are provided in a variety of area health facilities. Clinical schedules include days, evenings and occasional weekends. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical facilities. Clinical agencies include but are not limited to Finger Lakes Center for Living, Seneca Hill Manor, Auburn Community Hospital, Upstate University Hospital, Upstate University Hospital Community Campus, Lifetime Care, Veterans Medical Center, Oswego Hospital, Hutchings Psychiatric Center, and Cayuga County Health Department.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND ABILITIES

These are abilities and behaviors that a nursing student must be able to perform in order to function in a safe manner. It is essential that students of nursing meet the functional requirements with or without reasonable accommodations.

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

Nursing students must be able to meet all established academic and clinical requirements to successfully complete the program. In accordance with law and College policy, no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of that disability, be excluded from the program. Cayuga Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified individual with a disability. The Office of Accessibility Resources is responsible for determining if reasonable accommodations can be identified and for ensuring that such accommodations are provided for students. It is the responsibility of the applicant or student to request the accommodations needed to meet the program’s Essential Functions and Abilities (see above). To be eligible for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must provide clear documentation of disability. Arranging for accommodations is a confidential process.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

After being accepted into the Nursing program, the student must show evidence of the following by August 1:

  • Completed physical exam and updated annually. The health record must show no physical condition which would limit safe performance of Essential Functions and Abilities
  • Completed Mantoux test and immunization records
  • Compliance with New York State health requirements

CPR REQUIREMENT

The student must hold CPR certification throughout the program. American Heart Association certification (BLS for Adults, Infant and Child) and Red Cross certification (Professional Rescuer Course) are valid for two years. Online certification or re-certification is accepted if a competency demonstration is performed. Note: “Heart Saver” and “Community CPR” do not meet the CPR requirement. Evidence of CPR certification must be submitted to the Nursing Education office by August 1.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

The candidate for the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 64 credits
  • Cumulative average of no less than 2.0 and a minimum grade of “C+” in each Nursing and Biology course.