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: State Education Department, Division of Professional Education (SED), 89 Washington
Avenue, 2nd Floor, West Wing, Albany, NY 12234, (518)-486-2967, OPPROGS@nysed.gov
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formally the National League
for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta,
GA 30326, Phone: 404.975.5000, Fax: 404.975.5020, www.acenursing.org.
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
All required sciences with a minimum grade of "C" within the last five years. BI 150,
BI 151, BI 152 and BI 153 are pre-requisites to matriculation into the evening program.
BI 150, BI 151, BI 152, BI 153. It is recommended the completion of Anatomy and Physiology be done during a full academic
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 meet with a health science counselor
as admission into the program is based on academic qualifications and space availability.
Students should initiate and complete processing of all transfer credits for any courses
indicated in the Nursing Curriculum Outline while in General Studies and before acceptance
into the Nursing Program. Students should meet with a General Studies adviser for
advisement and processing of transfer credits. Acceptance into General Studies does
not guarantee future entrance into the Nursing Program.
Nursing at North Campus admits students for days and evenings in September. The application
deadline date for North Campus is February 15. Nursing on City Campus admits students
for days only in January. Admission deadline date for City Campus is September 15.
The Nursing application is to be completed online at https://www.ecc.edu/admissions/
Meeting program admission requirements does NOT guarantee acceptance into the nursing
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.
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
Visualizing early signs of distress/complications, ex. changes in skin color; assessing
Detecting the presence of a foul odor or drainage
Effectively obtain a patient’s history
Accurately interpret data from medical records
Document pertinent observations
Interact effectively with members of the health care team
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
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
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
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
Demonstrate appropriate behavior towards staff, peers and patients according to societal
Accepting constructive criticism
Licensing 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%
Licensing Pass Rate for First Time Takers 2019 National: 88.18% New York: 85.79% SUNY Erie: City - 100% SUNY Erie: North - 97.50%
Licensing Pass Rate for First Time Takers - 2018 National: 89.25% New York: 87.93% SUNY Erie: City - 96.3% SUNY Erie: North - 96.61%
Licensing Pass for First Time Takers - 2017 National: 74.15% New York: 77.3% SUNY Erie: City - 93.18 SUNY Erie: North - 89.06%
Licensing Pass for First Time Takers - 2016 National: 84.56% New York: 82.88% SUNY Erie: City - 97.05% SUNY Erie: North - 94.82%
Completion Rates: City: Start Date Spring 2016 - 55% North: Start Date Fall 2016 - 71%
City: Start Date Spring 2015 - 74% North: Start Date Fall 2015 - 66%
City: Start Date Spring 2014 - 74% North: Start Date Fall 2014 - 83%
Employment Rates: 2017 City - 85.7% North - 95.6%
2016 City - 92% North - 100%
2015 City - 83% North - 84%
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
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
Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formally
the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc., 3343 Peachtree Road
NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404.975.5000, Fax: 404.975.5020, www.acenursing.org.
Registration for the A2 Entrance Exam is done by emailing Mrs. Lauren Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon completion of registration, the student will be responsible for the cost of the
A2 Entrance Exam and the testing fee. All testing for the entrance exam will be completed
remotely at this time.
A2 Content Exams All applicants are required to take the Health Education Services Inc. (HESI), Admission
Assessment Exam (A2), which measures competencies in Math, English (Reading Comprehension,
Vocabulary and Grammar) and 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
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.