Nursing

Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), this rigorous program is designed for students interested in preparing for professional practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). Classroom lectures, college laboratories, and clinical experience in local health care agencies provide the foundation of knowledge.

Due to an overwhelming interest in Nursing, entrance into the DCC program is highly competitive and open to residents of Dutchess and Putnam counties only.

The four-semester sequence is possible only if the student has matriculated prior to March 15, and tests into ENG 101 and BIO 131.

Nursing is offered as a day or evening program. Interested students should review the handbook, "The guide for pre-nursing students," available on the department webpage http://www.sunydutchess.edu/academics/departments/Nursing/ for additional information regarding costs and requirements for admission and progression into the day or evening program. Often, students require six or more semesters to complete the entire program. Typically, once the student enters the clinical nursing courses, the course of study for completion is four semesters.

Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN). Graduation from the program does not guarantee admission to licensing. Individuals who have prior convictions are advised to contact the New York State Board for Nursing for advice on legal limitations. After graduation, many students transfer to upper division baccalaureate nursing programs through articulation agreements. Personal background checks are required at some of the health care agencies utilized for clinical placement.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of this program.

Upon the completion of this program the graduate will:

• Be a competent professional.

• Practice within the scope of the New York State Nurse Practice Act and the ANA Code of Ethics.

• Practice according to the National League for Nursing Core Components and Competencies.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 101 Composition I 3
PSY 111 Psychological Principles I 3
BIO 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
NUR 100 Nursing Introductory Seminar 1
NUR 105 Nursing Science I (a) 6
NUR 107 Survey of Professional Nursing (a) 1
TOTAL   18

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
BIO 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
NUR 112 Nursing Science II 8
TOTAL   18

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
BIO 212 Microbiology 4
NUR 213 Nursing Science III (b) 8
NUR 215 Parent-Child Nursing 3
TOTAL   18

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ECO 105, GOV 121, HIS 104, HIS 108 3
NUR 204 Professional Issues in Nursing (a) (d) 1
NUR 216 Nursing Science IV (a) (d) 4
NUR 218 Nursing Synthesis (a) (d) 2
Free Elective (b)   3-4
WFE 101 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness (c) 3
TOTAL   16-17
   TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 70

NOTES:

1. Students are admitted to the Nursing program on a space-available basis. Once admitted, students are expected to enroll in the nursing courses in sequence. Students who deviate from the sequence cannot be guaranteed re-entry into either a particular course or a particular semester.

2. Entry into Clinical Nursing courses requires that a student is CPR certified.

3. All NUR students are required to submit a completed physical examination form prior to clinical courses. All immunizations indicated on the form must be current. When this form is on file, the College Health Office will issue a waiver clearing the student for clinical courses. Hepatitis B Vaccine series is highly recommended and may be required by the clinical facility under the OSHA Standard on Exposure to Blood borne Pathogens.

4. The four-semester sequence is possible only if the student has matriculated prior to March 15, and tests into ENG 101, and BIO 131. For further information about the four-semester sequence, the student may request the guide for pre-nursing students from the registrar’s office.

a. Nursing courses may not automatically be repeated. A re-entry and appeal process is outlined in the Nursing Program Handbook.

b. Read a full discussion of the free elective requirement. The subject area for nursing includes all courses labeled NUR. Nursing students may not use BIO 117, HED 132, 134, 224, MSO 102 for free elective credit.

c. Students who wish to take the proficiency test must follow the "Procedures for Student Enrollment in WFE 103," copies of which are available in the Registrar’s Office.

d. These courses must be taken in the semester immediately preceding graduation.

 

Course Sequence for Part-Time Evening Students in Nursing

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
Semester 1 - Fall    
NUR 100 Nursing Introductory Seminar 1
ENG 101 (ENG 092) Composition I 3
PSY 111 Psychological Principles I 3
TOTAL   8
     
Semester 2 - Spring    
ENG 102 (ENG 101) Composition II 3
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
BIO 130 Introduction to Physiology 4
TOTAL   7-10
     
Semester 3 - Fall    
BIO 131 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
HIS options   3
(ENG 102) (Composition II) 3
TOTAL   7-10
     
Semester 4 - Spring    
BIO 132 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology 3
WFE 101 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 3
TOTAL   10
     
Semester 5 - Fall    
BIO 212 Microbiology 4
Free Elective   3-4
TOTAL   7-8
     
Semester 6 - Spring    
NUR 105  Nursing Science II 6
NUR 107 Survey of Professional Nursing (e) 1
TOTAL   7
     
Semester 7 - Fall    
NUR 112 Nursing Science II 8
TOTAL   8
     
Semester 8 - Spring    
NUR 213 Nursing Science III (b) 8
TOTAL   8
     
Summer    
NUR 215 Parent-Child Nursing 3
TOTAL   3
     
Semester 9 - Fall    
NUR 216 Nursing Science IV (a) (d) 4
NUR 218 Nursing Synthesis (a) (d) 2
NUR 204 Professional Issues in Nursing (a) (d) 1
TOTAL   7