The associate degree program in nursing at Cayuga Community College has received continuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Based on a self-study report by the nursing faculty, a site visit by peer reviewers and analysis of data collected by the NLNAC Board of Commissioners, continuing accreditation has been granted for a full eight-year cycle, with the next evaluation visit scheduled for 2017.
The NLNAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting body for nursing education programs, assuring health professionals and the public that a training program meets rigorous criteria. Six official standards cover the program's mission and oversight, faculty and staff, student development, classroom and clinical curriculum, training resources and learning outcomes.
Since the program's founding in 1974, more than 1,400 students have graduated, eligible to take the N-CLEX exam for licensing as registered nurses. In 2003 the college began offering nursing classes at its Fulton campus, and in 2009 Cayuga received state approval to offer the complete degree program there. During the past year, funded by a $100,000 grant from the High Needs Nursing Initiative of the State University of New York, the college renovated classroom space in Fulton to provide a fully-equipped nursing laboratory comparable to those at the Auburn campus. Nursing students use the laboratories' simulated patient care units and adult, child and infant mannequins to learn skills they will later apply in clinical rotations at area health care agencies.
Nursing enrollment at Cayuga for 2009–10 includes 116 students in Auburn and 27 in Fulton.