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Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5660

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Nursing/AAS

The Nursing program prepares students to become members of the health team in health service agencies, clinics, community and longterm care agencies and hospitals. In addition to academic coursework in the classroom, skills are practiced in the College laboratory and health care facilities. Adjunct faculty who hold outside employment in a variety of clinical and educational settings teach approximately 60% of the clinical sections of the nursing courses. National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) pass rates for City Tech nursing graduates exceed the mean for all similar programs in New York State.

The Nursing program at New York City College of Technology bases its curriculum on Watson’s philosophy and theory of human caring in nursing. Students learn to care for clients by providing a supportive, protective and/or corrective environment, with attention to the client’s physical, emotional, socio-cultural and spiritual condition. Clients are assisted at each level of human development to move toward the fullest realization of health potential through gratification of human needs. Gerontological nursing and community-based nursing are integrated throughout the curriculum. Technology is infused into the curriculum through clinical laboratory simulation and BlackBoard enhancement of all NUR courses. Graduates are thus particularly well prepared for the rapidly expanding areas of nursing need and the most recent graduate survey results indicate that all respondents are employed in a variety of health care settings reflective of the curriculum.

Program Outcomes

  • Incorporate knowledge and skills gained from the communication arts, information technology and the social and biological sciences into nursing practice.
  • Utilize the caring model to safely meet the health needs of clients of all ages in a variety of settings.
  • Apply the nursing process as a creative problem solving approach in the delivery of client-centered care to culturally diverse clients.
  • Incorporate evidence-based practice using critical thinking in decision-making situations when caring for clients.
  • Incorporate effective communication in interactions with clients, families, significant others and health care providers.
  • Implement client/family health teaching along the health-illness healing continuum.
  • Collaborate with clients, families, significant others and health care providers in creating a protective, supportive and/or corrective environment for clients.
  • Incorporate legal and ethical principles into safe nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate accountability by utilizing quality improvement concepts in the management of care.
  • Function as a client advocate in the health care system.
  • Continue life-long learning activities and professional development.
  • Maintain involvement in community-based service.

REGISTERED NURSE LICENSURE

A license to practice as a registered professional nurse in New York State is granted to graduates of nursing programs approved by the State Education Department who are at least eighteen years old, are of good moral character*, and have passed the licensing examination of the State Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination at any time following graduation.

* FROM THE NURSING HANDBOOK, PART 28, DETERMINATION OF GOOD MORAL CHARACTER IN THE PROFESSIONS

Section 28. 1 Determination of Good Moral Character.
The determination of whether an applicant for authorization to practice a profession, under title VIII of the Education Law, is of good moral character shall be made in accordance with the procedures specified in this part.

Section 28. 2 Information
All information indicating that an applicant has been convicted of a crime, or has committed an act of which raises a reasonable question as to the applicant’s moral character shall be referred to the executive director of the Office of Professional Discipline or his or her designee.

The University of the State of New York
The State Education Department
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12234 c 1992 p. 44

Admission Criteria into the Introductory Courses of the Nursing Curriculum

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent (GED);
  • CUNY proficiency in mathematics, writing and reading;
  • Prerequisites for BIO 2311: BIO 1101 and BIO 1101L with a minimum grade of C, a college-level general biology course with lab, or a score of 85 or above on the biology Regents exam (with lab).

NOTE: As of Fall 2010, students seeking a nursing degree at City Tech will be admitted into the College as an Undeclared Health major (UDH). After completing the pre-requisite courses for nursing admission Undeclared Health (UDH) students can apply for the Nursing Program.

Undeclared Health (UDH) students who have not been admitted into the nursing program by the completion of the 30th credit will be required to select another major. If you receive financial aid and do not change your major by the 30th credit, there may be a disruption in your financial aid award

Introductory Term Requirements

Prior to clinical nursing coursework, all students must complete the 13-14-credit introductory sequence, with a minimum cumulative index (grade point average) of 2.5 in the following courses:

BIO 2311 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
(must be within the last 5 years)
4 credits
PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3 credits
MAT 1190

MAT 1275 or higher
Quantitative Reasoning
OR
College Algebra and Trigonometry
3 credits

4 credits

Students may repeat only one of the introductory courses in order to meet the 2.5 grade point average in the 14-credit introductory course sequence needed for admission to the first semester nursing courses. When an introductory course grade is a “D” or “F”, the student must repeat the course and the grade on the second attempt will be counted for the introductory sequence. A student may not repeat a course in which the initial grade was a “C” or better. When a student has received a “C” or better on more than one introductory course, the student may replace only one of the introductory course grades with the grade of the next level course to raise their GPA (ex. ENG 1121 for ENG 1101; BIO 2312 for BIO 2311; PSY 2301 for PSY 1101; or MAT 1272 for MAT 1275). Students with a higher level of mathematics (MAT 1375 or higher) will have their grade weighted.

Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 to be admitted to the first semester nursing courses. A student must have a minimum grade of “C” in each of the introductory courses with a minimum 2.5 grade point average in the 14-credit introductory course sequence.

While the standard in the introductory sequence is the minimum standard for consideration of advancement to the clinical phase of the program, it does not guarantee progression into the clinical phase. The stronger the group of applicants in any given semester, the higher will be the index needed in the introductory sequence for consideration of advancement to the clinical phase of the program. Because of capacity limitations, students who have completed the introductory phase with the minimum 2.5 index or higher will be numerically ranked each semester and seats will be allocated on the basis of the highest cumulative average in the introductory sequence, as space permits. Due to the high number of applicants to the clinical phase of the nursing program in the past two years, the average GPA, for acceptance to the nursing program has been approximately 3.0 or higher.

All introductory students are required to take the ATI TEAS Examination during the introductory semester, to be used as an additional criterion for admission. Minimum score(s) as determined by the Nursing Department will be required for admission. Students must have completed the exam within (1) one year of their application to the clinical phase of the Nursing program. They must submit written applications that include the Nursing Admissions Examination results directly to the Department of Nursing.

One month prior to the first clinical laboratory experience, at a date specified by the program, students must present proof of CPR certification and a physical examination utilizing the Nursing Department form, which must be updated annually to meet health care facility and Nursing Department requirements. Clinical affiliates may require drug screening and criminal background checks performed by an approved nursing department vendor.

Progression in Nursing

Once the student is admitted to NUR courses, the following policies will be in effect:

A minimum grade of “C” in each course designated with the prefix NUR (NUR 1010, NUR 1030, NUR 1110, NUR 1130, NUR 2110, NUR 2130, NUR 2210, NUR 2230) and BIO (BIO 2312, BIO 3302) is required.

Requirements for Passing Each Nursing Course

  • A grade of satisfactory “S” in the clinical component.
  • Completion of the Kaplan Integrated Testing Program or the equivalent.
  • Six hours of community service per semester.

Prior to the first clinical experience each semester, students must demonstrate competency in Med-Math to be certified as safe to administer medications in the clinical area.

The student may repeat only two nursing courses with a clinical component (NUR 1030, NUR 1110, NUR 1130, NUR 2110, NUR 2130, NUR 2210, NUR 2230). A committee of nursing faculty will review requests for waiver of this policy. For students repeating NUR 1030, only 10% of allocated seats will be given to repeaters. Priority selection will be based on course numerical grade achieved in NUR 1030. Students who withdraw from first semester will need to reapply to the program. Their applications will be re-ranked within the new pool of applicants.

All NUR courses must be passed on the second registration.

On the second registration attempt for a clinical nursing course, the student will be considered for registration based on space availability. Priority selection will be based on course numerical grade achieved in the course being repeated.

NUR 2210 and NUR 2230 students are required to participate in the NCLEX-RN Advisement program which includes the Kaplan NCLEX Prep Program.

Students are expected to adhere to policies as outlined in the NYCCT catalog, the NYCCT Student Handbook and the Department of Nursing Student Handbook.

Grading Policy for all Courses Designated with the Prefix NUR

Definition Grade Points (Index)
93-100% A 4.0
90-92.9% A- 3.7
87-89.9% B+ 3.3
83-86.9% B 3.0
80-82.9% B- 2.7
77-79.9% C+ 2.3
75-76.9% C 2.0
60-74.9% D 1.0
Below 60 F 0.0

A grade of “C” is the minimum passing grade for nursing (NUR) courses. Students must repeat any nursing courses in which they receive a “D” or “F” in the theory component and/or an unsatisfactory grade in the clinical component (subject to the limits on repetition of NUR courses listed above).

Transfer into the Nursing Curriculum

Students who wish to transfer into the nursing curriculum from other college curricula must have completed the criteria for placement in the nursing curriculum and introductory term. To be eligible for admission into the nursing program, transfer students from other colleges must be in good academic standing, not on academic probation, not academically or administratively dismissed and not barred from continuing enrollment in the nursing program at previous college(s). Transfer students from other colleges must be registered at New York City College of Technology for at least one semester prior to being ranked for entry into the clinical nursing courses. They must meet the criteria for admission into the nursing curriculum and introductory semester, and must achieve a 2.5 or higher cumulative index in the introductory course sequence to be considered for progression into the clinical program. Students will be numerically ranked for advancement into the clinical phase of the program as space permits. Any introductory course completed at another college must have a letter grade for computation of index. To receive transfer credit for the required sciences, students must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology within five (5) years of their acceptance to the clinical phase of the nursing program.

Readmission to Nursing

Students who have not registered for nursing courses for two consecutive semesters will be readmitted to nursing on a space-available basis and the achievement of a minimum grade of 75% on a comprehensive nursing examination of previously completed nursing coursework.

Graduation from the Nursing Program

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the required 67 credits is necessary for graduation from the nursing program. The clinical nursing courses must be completed within five (5) years.

Approximate Additional Costs

Annual physical examination and NYS immunization requirements and clearance fee* Dependent on coverage
Hepatitis B Vaccine is recommended Provided at no cost by CUNY
CPR Certification with AED $90
Uniform with emblem, scrubs, shoes, scissors, watch, stethoscope $250
Nursing Textbooks $1100
PDA with e-books $475
Licensure Fee (NCLEX-RN) $343
Standardized Exams $500
Drug Screening $32
Background Check $105
Medical Document Tracker $30

* The College’s Student Health Services Center (SHSC) may be able to provide the physical examination based upon availability of appointments. (General Building, room 414, 718.260.5910)

Student Achievement Outcomes Data

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE1

23/24 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE2 (4 COURSES, 13-14 CREDITS)


English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3-4 credits)
Select one of the following courses

MAT 1190

MAT 1275
Quantitative Reasoning
OR
College Algebra and Trigonometry or higher3
3

4

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 3 credits)

BIO 2311 Human Anatomy and Physiology4 4

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (3 COURSES, 10 CREDITS)

Individual and Society

PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 2301 Child Psychology 3

Scientific World

BIO 2312 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4

Writing Intensive Requirement5

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 43 CREDITS
NUR 1010 Medication Calculations in Nursing 1
NUR 1030 Foundations of Caring 6
NUR 1110 Caring for Clients with Common Alterations in Functional Needs 5
NUR 1130 Caring for Clients with Common Alterations in Survival Needs 5
NUR 2110 Caring for Clients with Complex Alterations in Survival and Functional Needs 5
NUR 2130 Caring for Clients with Alterations in Integrative Needs 4
NUR 2210 Caring for Clients with Chronic Alterations in Human Needs 5
NUR 2230 Caring for Clients and Families with Growth Seeking Needs 5
BIO 2311 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Met as GenEd
BIO 2312 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Met as GenEd
BIO 3302 Microbiology 4
ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
ENG 1121 English Composition II Met as GenEd
MAT 1190

MAT 1275
Quantitative Reasoning
OR
College Algebra and Trigonometry or higher


Met as GenEd
PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology Met as GenEd
PSY 2301 Child Psychology Met as GenEd
SOC 1101 Elements of Sociology 3
TOTAL PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE COURSES 43
TOTAL NYSED LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CREDITS 23-24
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 66-67

1 Although students enrolled in AAS programs are not required to meet all of the CUNY Pathways requirements, the college and program general education requirements are organized by Pathways categories to inform students of their standing should they transfer to a CUNY baccalaureate program.

2 Specific courses listed are degree requirements that also meet CUNY Pathways general education requirements in that category.

3 Students who elect to take MAT 1275 without the requisite math background will be required to take MAT 1175 in preparation, depending upon initial placement. This will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4.

4 Students without requisite science background for BIO 2311 will be required to take BIO 1101 in preparation. This will increase the number of credits required for the degree by 4.

5 A semester-specific list of writing intensive courses is available online at the City Tech Pathways website.