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Nursing Admission Requirements

For those currently enrolled in college, readmitted students and transfer students:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Eligible to take or have completed Freshman English I (ENG 101) or equivalent.
  • Eligible to take Intermediate Algebra (MAT 102) or equivalent, or have completed Elementary Algebra (MAT 101) with a 2.0 or higher.
  • Completed High School AP Biology (score of 3, 4, or 5); Intro to Biology (BIO 110); General Bio (BIO 101- prior to Spring 2008); or Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 111), with a grade of 2.0 or better (within 5 years of applying).
  • Successful completion of High School Regents Chemistry or its equivalent with a grade of 75 or higher; or High School AP Chemistry (score 3, 4, or 5); or a college Chemistry course (with lab) with a grade of 2.0 or higher; or a passing grade on the Chemistry I CLEP examination within 10 years of applying.
  • GPA: students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Admissions to this program is selective. Students must apply for acceptance into this program through the Admissions Office. If the student is a New, Transfer or Re-admit to the college, this application will also be treated as the general application for admission. Consideration for admission is based on the completion of all mandatory academic and departmental eligibility requirements, and students are ranked & selected by highest combination of program GPA, science GPA, TEAS score, and credits completed towards the degree.
  • All requirements must be completed and a program application form must be submitted to the Admissions Office before February 1 for the fall semester at the Middletown Campus and October 1 for the spring semester at the Newburgh Campus.
  • Department Specific Requirements: Completion of an online pre-admission seminar. By viewing this presentation, students will receive information pertaining to health forms, program standards & policies, mandatory CPR certification, and criminal record & drug screening policies. Documentation of completion is automatically recorded at the end of the presentation.
  • Applicants of the Nursing program will be required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and receive a minimum score of BASIC. Visit the Testing Center for more information.
  • A minimum grade of C is required in all laboratory science courses for progression in the program. A&P I, A&P II and Microbiology courses must be taken within 5 years of applying or may be taken during enrollment the program.
  • Program completion time for students is to be no longer than three years once a student enrolls in the first nursing course.
  • There is a part-time evening program (11.5 credits per semester) for which students may not be eligible for T.A.P. - please contact the financial aid office for details.
  • It is recommended that all required general education courses be completed before registering for the core Nursing courses in the evening program.
  • The Educational Mobility section of this website, provides additional information for students interested in advanced placement through the LPN to RN transition program.
  • Before advanced placement admission or readmission to Nursing 2, 3, 4 or 5 after an absence of a semester or more, students are required to complete a special 1-week Bridge course.
  • Candidates for readmission to Nursing 2, 3, 4 and 5 courses and advanced placement students must be reviewed individually, and seat availability is never guaranteed.

All accepted students must successfully complete a criminal background check and physical examination which includes required immunizations, a Tuberculosis screening and ten panel drug test. Students will not be allowed in the clinical area without a completed physical examination on file with the Wellness Center of the college. All students must complete and meet clinical agency standards to be allowed in the clinical area.

All accepted students must attend a mandatory in-person orientation session in order to be able to register for classes. The date, time and location will be included in your acceptance packet.

For additional information, please visit the Admissions Office website