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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, A.S.

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Associate in Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5208.1
NYSED Code: 01616

Program Description

Students who complete the Nursing program earn an Associate in Science degree. SUNY Ulster’s Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, telephone 404.975.5000, fax 404.975.5020,

The program can be completed in two academic years or extended and pursued on a part-time basis. Nursing courses, however, must be taken consecutively, and it is recommended that they be taken without interruption. Local hospitals and health agencies are utilized as an extension of the College laboratory, providing on-site experience in various medical settings. SUNY Ulster’s Nursing program cannot be completed during the evening.

It is recommended that a student who has a felony conviction on his or her record discuss it with the Nursing Department chairperson prior to enrolling in the program. He or she may complete the program and take the licensing examination (NCLEX-RN). However, licensure determination is made by the New York State Board for Professional Licensure. Pending investigation by the State, the graduate may or may not be licensed.

Program Outcomes

  • At the completion of the AS Nursing Degree program, a student will be able to:
  • Perform safe, caring, patient-centered, evidence based nursing care to diverse populations throughout the lifespan.
  • Apply critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and judgement strategies when providing patient centered care.
  • Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration with members of the inter-professional team.
  • Interpret informatics principles, techniques, and systems when providing nursing care.
  • Analyze the role of leadership/management in a variety of healthcare settings for the purpose of providing safe, compassionate quality care in an ever evolving healthcare system.
  • Practice within professional, ethical, and legal principles consistent with the role of the professional nurse.

Employment Potential

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse licensure (NCLEX-RN). This opens up local and nationwide employment opportunities for graduates in many settings with diverse populations.

Requirements for Program Entry

Visit the Nursing Program website to find information on:

  • Nursing Admissions Requirements
  • Nursing Fact Sheet
  • Nursing Program Application
  • TEAS Pre-Entrance Examination
    • Additional information about the TEAS exam and how to register to take it can be found at
  • Nursing Curriculum Map

Students accepted into Nursing courses are required to have the following in place prior to the Fall semester in which the courses begin:

  • Satisfactory physical examination, including immunizations, titers and TB testing are required of all students for each year of the program.
  • Proof of hepatitis B vaccination (available at cost through College Health Services) or a signed declination with admissions credentials.
  • Basic Life Support Certification for the healthcare professional: American Heart Association.
  • Compliance with established dress code.
  • Professional liability insurance available through the College.
  • Satisfactory certified background check and drug screening.

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster’s Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions 1‐800‐724‐0833 ext. 5018 or 5022


Nursing students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required Nursing (NUR) and Biology (BIO) courses in order to progress in the Nursing program or to be eligible for graduation. Students may only repeat two Nursing courses. If unsuccessful the second time, they may not continue in the Nursing program. Students must supply their own transportation to off‐campus labs and learning sites. The Nursing program course sequence must be completed within 4 years. If a Nursing major is dismissed from the College for academic reasons, the student may not re‐enter the Nursing program unless approved by the Nursing Department.


Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements .

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