Nursing

 

Program Description
Recent advances in science, medicine and technology have resulted in new responsibilities and new requirements for today's registered nurses. Nurses are essential members of the health care team, qualified to give client-centered, competent nursing care. Nurses today, dealing with people living in a complex, dynamic society, are concerned with the whole person - mind, body and soul.

The Nursing curriculum combines nursing and general education courses with selected laboratory experiences, during which students provide nursing care to clients in hospitals and other health care facilities. Program courses cover medical/surgical, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and psychiatric nursing, utilizing current technologies. The nursing specific classes are complemented with studies in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology, English composition and literature. Although the Nursing curriculum is designed to be completed in two academic years, students may take a longer time to fulfill their degree requirements, depending on individual circumstances.

Graduates find employment as registered nurses in hospitals, public health agencies, nursing homes, extended care facilities, home health care agencies, government health agencies, schools, military, law offices and other health care facilities.

The Nursing program is accredited by:
The associate degree nursing program at Erie Community College located in Buffalo, New York is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000

Accredited by: State Education Department, Division of Professional Education (SED), 89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, West Wing, Albany, NY 12234, (518)-486-2967, OPPROGS@nysed.gov

 

Program Details

Campus: City, North

Health Care Experience, Biology, Algebra


  • High school graduate or HSE (High School Equivalency).
  • Academic high school average of 86 percent minimum or above within the last five years for applicants without any college credit.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 at all undergraduate colleges attended within the last five years (5).
  • All required sciences with a minimum grade of “C” within the last five years. BI 150, BI 151. BI 152 and BI 153 are suggested prior to program entry.
  • All applicants are required to take and pass the Nursing Admission Assessment Test (known as the A2 exam). An applicant who is unsuccessful will have one more opportunity to retake the entrance exam during a subsequent semester. Two failures of the entrance exam will deem the student as ineligible for the program.
    Applicants must pass the SUNY Erie Math Placement Test at a higher level than MT 006. (If not successful, applicant must complete and pass MT 006 or have received a waiver from the Math Department.) Any math developmental course must be successfully completed with a minimum passing grade of "C". Developmental courses may be repeated only once, including grades of "W" (Withdrawal).
  • Applicants must pass the SUNY Erie English Placement Test at the EN100 level or above or have received a waiver from the English Department. Any English developmental course must be successfully completed with a minimum passing grade of "C". Developmental courses may be repeated only once, including grades of "W" (Withdrawal).
  • A minimum grade of "C" is required in all developmental courses, pre-requisites, co-requisites and required nursing courses. All pre-requisites and co-requisites in the Nursing program may be repeated only once if a grade below "C" or "W" (withdrawal) is received.
  • It is strongly recommended interested students attend a Nurisng Information Session. Sign up can be found on the college events calendar home page. These sessions will cover admission criteria into the program and the academic requirements needed for consideration.
  • Nursing at North Campus admits students for days (evening program has been deactivated at this time).
  • Application deadline date for North Campus is February 15 (Fall Admission)
  • Application deadline date for City Campus is September 15 (Spring Admission)
  • The Nursing application is to be completed on-line at https://www.ecc.edu
  • LPNs must have a current, nonencumbered New York State LPN license. Same nursing admission requirements apply.
  • Meeting program admission requirements does NOT guarantee acceptance into the nursing program.
  • Admission is also based on the academic qualifications of the student and space availability.
  • Completion of ALL admission criteria are required prior to deadline date in order to be considered for the designated term.
  • If you apply after the deadline date OR if you did not receive a seat due to space availability you must submit a Nursing application for the following term to be reconsidered.
  • SUNY Erie does NOT have a waiting list.
  • Students who are not eligible to return to a previous nursing program are not eligible to enter the nursing program at SUNY Erie.
  • Students who were unsuccessful at another school of nursing in one (1) nursing core course (NUR, NU) will be deemed ineligible to apply to SUNY Erie.
  • Students must meet the clinical partners requirements in order to attend and complete nursing clinical requirements. If requirements are not met, this will result in removal and will impact course completion  

Admission and Retention Requirements: Safety and technical Skills
Candidates seeking enrollment into the Nursing Program must meet the safety and technical skills in the following areas: observation-communication, motor, intellectual-conceptual, and behavioral-social attributes.

Observation-Communication: The student must possess the ability to communicate effectively and read, write and use the English language. In addition, the student must have the functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, and smell which are essential in assessing patients, gathering data, and maintaining their safety. Examples of observation-communication include but are not limited to:

  • Listening to heart and breath sounds
  • Responding to alarms (e.g., monitors, fire alarms, call bell)
  • Visualizing early signs of distress/complications, ex. changes in skin color; assessing surgical wounds
  • Detecting the presence of a foul odor or drainage
  • Feeling pulses
  • Effectively obtain a patient’s history
  • Accurately interpret data from medical records
  • Document pertinent observations
  • Interact effectively with members of the health care team
  • Communicate clearly in a telephone converstaion
  • Draw the correct quantity of medication into a syringe

Sensory/Motor: The student is required to perform gross and fine moto movements, maintain consciousness and equilibrium, and possess the physical strength and stamina which are necessary to provide safe nursing care. Examples of sensory/motor skills include but are not limited to:

  • Transferring patients
  • Perform skills requiring dexterity (insertion of tubes, medication injections, instilling injections, inserting suppositories, tracheostomy care)
  • Responding rapidly to emergency situations (cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, falls)
  • Protect and remove patients from an area in the event of a fire or disaster
  • perform cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • accurately place and maintain position of stethoscope for detecting sound functions
  • accurately read the volumes in bodily fluid collection devices

Intellectual-Conceptual: The student must possess the ability to problem solve, establish a plan of care, set priorities, calculate, measure, analyze and synthesize objective as well as subjective data. These critical skills are demanded of nurses in today’s complex health care settings. Examples of intellectual-conceptual skills include but are not limited to:

  • Calculate medication dosages, IV flow rates
  • Measure intake and output
  • Develop teaching plans for individual patients
  • Process information accurately, thoroughly and quickly to prioritize tasks
  • Perform math computations for medication dosage calculations
  • Demonstrate skills of inferential reasoning, predicting possible outcomes, and applications of knowledge, and evaluation of
    predicted outcomes at appropriate times for point of program
  • Critical thinking and nursing judgement in the process of delivering care and comfort to clients

Behavioral-Social attributes: The student must possess emotional stability and flexibility, which will enable him/her to develop the ability to function effectively in stressful situations. This includes the ability to adapt to changing environments, exercise sound judgement, complete assessment and intervention activities and develop sensitive interpersonal relationship with patients, families and other responsible for health care. Examples of these behavioral and social attributes include but are not limited to:

  • Ability to express empathy
  • Ability to think and act rationally during a crisis
  • Focus and maintain attention on tasks
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior towards staff, peers and patients according to societal norms
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Accepting constructive criticism

Professional Behavior: Professional behaviors involve a specialized skill set essential to the performance of a unique and professional role.

Examples of relevant activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude towards others
  • Demonstrate professional communication, appearance and behavior that shows respect for clients and self
  • Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age appropriate in relationship to the client
  • Handle multiple tasks concurrently
  • Perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in a caring context
  • Maintain the confidentiality of medical information
  • Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies
  • Understand the consequences of violating the Student Code of Conduct and the ANA Code of Conduct
  • Accept responsibility, accountability and ownership of one’s actions
  • Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress inherent in providing nursing care
  • Adapt to changing environments and situations
  • Remain free of chemical dependency
  • Report promptly to all clinical experiences

Licensing Exam Pass Rate for First Time Takers (2020 most recent year)
National - 83.23%
New York - 84.9%
SUNY Erie - City - 100%
SUNY Erie - North - 100%

Completion Rate (graduation within 3 years of enrollment in Nursing Program)
City - 75%
North - 61%
Combined Total - 65%

Employment Rate (2019 graduates latest available data)
Combined Total = 92%
Enrolled in a BSN Program = 85%

SUNY Erie Community College Nursing’s curriculum and its program of study meets the educational requirements by the Board of Regents in New York State to award an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) with a major in nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX‐RN exam for Registered Nurse licensure in New York. Other states may have different educational requirements for program completion and licensure requirements. SUNY Erie Nursing has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets the educational requirements for professional nursing licensure in states other than in New York. If seeking licensure in a state other than New York, please review the requirement of that State’s Board of Nursing. To search a particular State’s Board of Nursing, please visit: https://www.ncsbn.org/contact‐bon.htm


The associate degree nursing program at Erie Community College located in Buffalo, New York is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000

Accredited by: State Education Department, Division of Professional Education (SED), 89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, West Wing, Albany, NY 12234, (518)-486-2967, OPPROGS@nysed.gov


This exam is given remote. A personal computer will be required.

To be invited to take the Remote (required) Nursing Admission Assesement (A2) Exam:

  • A Nursing application needs to be completed for their designated term of admission to the nursing program, prior to the appropriate deadline date
  • Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I (BI 150 151). It is suggested that you have completed or be in process for Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture and lab)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (all institutions attended within the last five years)

After the above has been completed, you will be emailed step by step instructions on how to purchase and take your remote A2 exam. 

The following is the recommened study material:

HESI Evolve Reach 3 by McGraw Hill 

Any additional resources (apps, websites ect.) may be used. Preperation material must be specific to the HESI Admission Assesement (A2) Exam.  

A2 Content Exams
All applicants are required to take the Health Education Services Inc. (HESI), Admission Assessment Exam (A2), which measures competencies in:

  • Math 
  • Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Grammar
  • Anatomy & Physiology

An applicant who does not attain a successful passing score of 75% for each section tested will have one opportunity to retake the Nursing entrance exam during a subsequent semester. 

If you have already taken and passed our Nursing entrance exam within the last 5 years, you will not be required to retake it.

If you are unsuccessful in attaining passing scores that is acceptable for admission to nursing, you may retake the exam only one (1) additional time.

Learning Style/Personality Profile
Learning Styles: 14-item assessment of preferred learning style. Personality Style: 15-item assessment of personality related to preferred learning style. Students receive a printout with study tips based on their learning style and personality profile.


 

For more information:
Patricia Losito, North Campus
Room K218B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 851-1361