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.

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Admission to the Nursing Program is a two-application process. Applicants must fill out the Admissions application and a Nursing Admission Application. Completion of these two applications does not guarantee admission to the program.

NOTE: If you have already attended Cayuga and filled out an admissions application, you do not need to fill out the admissions application.

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Nursing application submissions for the Fall 2020 semester are no longer being accepted.The next opportunity to apply to our Nursing program will be for the Fall 2021 semester.
You are encouraged to first enroll in the Liberal Arts and Sciences/Humanities and Social Science program, which provides you with the opportunity to complete prerequisites and select required courses for the nursing degree. This plan allows three years to complete the Nursing program.

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. Both programs admit students every fall. Employment opportunities for entry-level graduates include hospitals, ambulatory care, skilled nursing facilities, and community agencies.

Cayuga Nursing Student


  • 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.


Cayuga’s Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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Nursing Students from Class of 2019


Class Graduating 2018 & 2019 results for Cayuga Community College.
Source: and CCC Department of Nursing Systematic Evaluation Plan 2018/2019

Student achievement outcome results data for Cayuga Community College for the class graduating 2018 and 2019.
Outcome Definition Actual Level of Achievement
Class 2018 Success on NCLEX-RN
Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2019
Percentage of graduates, first-time writers, passing the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Expected level of achievement 83%. 93%
Class 2018 Program Completion
Sept 1, 2016-May 19, 2019
Percentage of students completing the program within three years of matriculating in the nursing program (ACEN definition). Expected level of achievement 70%. 82%
Class of 2018 Employment
Dec 2018
Percentage of graduates actively seeking employment who obtain employment as a RN within six months of graduation. Expected level of achievement 80%. 100%
Inside Pinning Ceremony from 2019

NOTE: As the College responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, course placement and other admission policies and practices may be altered. For the latest information regarding placement, contact the Admissions Office at or 866- 598-8883.


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/TASC)
  • College transcripts (official) if applicable
  • Algebra math proficiency:
    • Testing or placing into Cayuga’s MATH 102 (Intermediate Algebra) or higher 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 proficient test score is required
  • English language proficiency as demonstrated by compliance with a minimum required TOEFL score, required if English is not the first language
  • May be required to consent to drug testing upon request by the College or affiliating clinical agency
  • Background check required for clinical



Applicants are encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session. January 15 is the postmarked 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.
President Durant Congratulating a Nursing Student on stage


Students requesting a 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 NURS 101 pending review of course syllabus. A minimum grade of C+ (77) is required for NURS 101 credit transfer.
  • Apply for admission through the Admissions Office by October 31.
  • Complete NURS 104 with a passing grade.


  • 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:
    The grading system used by the Nursing faculty
    Letter Grade Numerical Grade
    A 93–100
    A- 90-92
    B+ 87–89
    B 83-86
    B- 80–82
    C+ 77–79
    C 73-76
    C- 70-72
    D+ 67-69
    D 63-66
    D- 60-62
    F less than 60
    WF 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 ( 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 NURS 101,


There is a requirement that the applicant for the licensure exam is 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 for specific criteria.


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

Curriculum requirements for the Nursing course sequence with a total of 64 credit hours.
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
NURS 101 Fundamentals of Patient Care 8
BIOL 203 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NURS 102 Nursing in Physical/Mental Health I 8
NURS 210 Health Assessment 1
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
BIOL 204 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NURS 214 Family/Community Nursing I 4
NURS 215 Nursing in Physical/Mental Health II 4
BIOL 216 General Microbiology 4
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 3
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
Graduating Class of 2019 Nursing students


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, St. Anthony on the Commons, Seneca Hill Manor, Auburn Community Hospital, Upstate University Hospital Downtown, Upstate University Hospital Community Campus, Lifetime Care, Veterans Medical Center, Oswego Hospital, Hutchings Psychiatric Center, Oswego County Health Department, and Cayuga County Health Department.


These are abilities and behaviors that a nursing student must be able to perform to function safely. It is essential that students of nursing meet the functional requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Download Essential Functions and Abilities for Nursing Students.


Nursing students must be able to meet all established academic and clinical requirements to complete the program. By 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.


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

  • Completed physical exam and updated annually. The health record must show no physical condition which would limit the safe performance of Essential Functions and Abilities. See “Nursing Students — Health Report Form” to download the required form.
  • Completed Mantoux test and immunization records
  • Compliance with New York State health requirements


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.


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

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


Cayuga Community College has articulation agreements with a number of baccalaureate nursing programs. For information on these, contact the director of Nursing.

A prior felony conviction may hinder a student’s ability to enroll in a course or complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or meet the criteria for licensure required by certain professions.