Nursing - A.A.S.

Division of Health & Sciences, Associate Dean
Department Director

Associate in Applied Science Degree, Career Program

The integrated curriculum includes learning experiences in medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetric, geriatric, psychiatric and community settings. Clinical experience is provided in hospitals in Corning, Elmira, Bath, Sayre, Montour Falls, Wellsboro, Troy and at other health care agencies throughout the area during day, evening, and weekend hours. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical agencies and are expected to rotate agencies each semester.

Graduates will be able to function independently, identify potential health problems, provide health teaching and counseling, give restorative and supportive care, and execute prescribed nursing and medical regimes. Successful completion of this program enables graduates to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX). This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and registered by the New York State Education Department.

Admission to the Nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to register into the first nursing course. Registration into nursing courses is on a space-available basis. Students must successfully complete courses in biology and chemistry either in high school (with a grade of 75% or its letter grade equivalent or higher within 10 years of entering first nursing course) or in college (with a grade of C or higher). Students must have no required developmental courses to complete (see prerequisites below), place in ENGL 1010 based on CCC assessments tests and must be eligible to take MATH 1215 or higher by assessment tests or by completion of MATH 1015 with a grade of C or higher. Beginning Fall 2014, Math courses used for the prerequisite and program requirements will need to be completed with a grade of a “C” or higher. Students will be required to submit a completed "Eligibility Packet for Nursing I" that includes results of a criminal background check and Pennsylvania child abuse screening, proof of current American Heart Association or American Red Cross BLS certification, proof of current health insurance, meet the "Essential Functions" of the Nursing program, and submit a completed Health Form for Nursing Students to the Health Office. Each agency's criteria may differ, but students who are unable to meet the requirements of the background check and/or child abuse check may not be able to begin any nursing course. In addition, students may be required to have flu vaccines a part of their clinical lab requirement. An applicant who has been convicted of a felony may not be allowed to take the NCLEX. For more information, contact the Nurse Education Department Director. Students entering the Nursing program will need to know basic keyboarding and computer use. CCC offers both of these courses.

Prospective students who have graduated from an accredited LPN program may be eligible for advanced placement. All LPNs requesting advanced placement MUST complete an "Advanced Placement Packet", submit an official PN transcript and evidence of licensure as a practical nurse; meet the entry requirements for the College; meet prerequisite requirements for entrance into their initial nursing course. To be considered for advanced placement LPNs must also complete at least 12 credits of program requirements including Integrated Science I or Anatomy & Physiology I. In addition, LPNs who have graduated more than five years ago must take and successfully pass an advanced placement exam. For further information regarding the exam please contact the Nurse Education Department. The advanced placement exam is valid for three years.

Nursing courses, specifically NURS 1100, 1500, 2000, 2100, 2500, have a shelf life of three years. If a student is unsuccessful in any of the clinical nursing courses, NURS 1100, 1500, 2100, or 2500, they would have the opportunity to submit a petition to the Nurse Education Department requesting the chance to repeat the course. Students would only be allowed to repeat one clinical nursing course. Students must complete the sequence of nursing courses within five years of beginning their first nursing course.

Prerequisite Courses

Developmental Courses: Any developmental courses will need to be completed successfully.
Math: Must be eligible to take MATH 1215 or higher by assessment tests or by completion of MATH 1015.