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Nursing A.A.S.

The Program

The purpose of this curriculum is to prepare the student for entry level positions in patient care.  The curriculum includes courses in adult medical/surgical nursing, maternal/newborn health, pediatrics, psychosocial nursing, professional nursing practice, and pharmacology.  Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse. (NCLEX-RN) The nursing courses combine theory with the opportunity to apply knowledge in the nursing laboratory, in hospitals, and health-related agencies.

Students will enjoy the personalized instruction offered by experienced, highly qualified faculty.  Classes are delivered in high-tech classrooms and a fully equipped practice simulation laboratory.  Students will experience a supportive and caring environment.  College Nursing faculty teach all courses and provide individual guidance in clinical nursing experience.

The Traditional weekday option is two academic years in length if pursued on a full-time basis.  Some laboratory experiences may be scheduled during evening and weekend hours.  Because of the intense nature of the Nursing Program, the student may find that part-time is more appropriate.  The Traditional option begins in August.

The Weekend option is designed for those students who wish to become a registered nurse, but prefer a non-traditional academic schedule.  The nursing courses are offered every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday over a period of two full years (including summers).  The class and laboratory sessions will be taught at the College, while the clinical component will be offered at various healthcare agencies.  The Weekend option begins in January.  Some weekday or evening clinicals will be required throughout the two years.  It is highly recommended that students complete most of the liberal arts and science courses prior to enrolling.

Academic program requirements are a grade of 70 or higher in each nursing course and required science courses. 

Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in New York State by persons who have been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) or have charges pending in any state or country will determined through an investigation by the New York State Education Office of Professional Discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Nursing program with an A.A.S degree will be able to:

  1. Practice concepts of learned attributes to care for clients at all developmental levels
  2. Utilize the nursing process to meet the caring needs of individuals experiencing an illness or loss/dysfunction
  3. Utilize effective communication skills when interacting with health team members, clients, families and peers
  4. Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for clients
  5. Practice as a team member in collaboration with other health team members
  6. Create an environment for health teaching for individuals seeking to restore balance
  7. Maintain ethical, legal and professional responsibilities within the Registered Nursing scope of practice
  8. Identify and embrace characteristics of a lifelong learner
  9. Utilize theories and/or concepts of science, liberal arts and nursing to provide holistic care

Career Opportunities

Registered nurses promote health and care for sick, disabled, and injured individuals.  They administer medications and treatments, assist physicians and primary care providers during treatment and examination, refer clients to physicians and other health care specialists, and help clients cope with illness.  Nurses are advocates and health educators for clients, families, and communities.  Registered nurses work in surgery, maternity, pediatrics, emergency departments, intensive care, or cancer treatment areas in hospitals; in physician offices and clinics; home health care agencies and nursing homes; temporary help agencies; schools; government agencies; surgicenters and emergency medical centers; health maintenance organizations; and education.  With advanced training, RNs can become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, or nurse educators.

The health care industry is expected to grow much faster than average, 16% from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This is due to technological advances in medical treatment and an aging population.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Jefferson has partnered with some selected academic institutions to develop agreements that help students transfer smoothly.  These agreements assist students with selecting courses in their academic program that will transfer effectively to specific baccalaureate programs:

SUNY Polytechnic Institute, RN to B.S.
SUNY Empire State College, RN to B.S.
Keuka College, R.N. to B.S
SUNY Upstate Medical University, RN to B.S.
Chamberlain College of Nursing, RN to B.S.
SUNY Delhi, RN to B.S.
SUNY Plattsburgh, RN to B.S.

Admission to the Program

Completed applications for August admission to the traditional weekday option must be received by January 30th and will be reviewed starting in February.  Completed applications for January admission to the weekend option must be received by October 1st and will be reviewed starting in mid-October.  Applicants for admission to the nursing curriculum must meet the admission standards established by the College.  All applications will be considered competitively.  Students accepted into the program will be notified by mail.  Students on the waiting list are notified by mail of their acceptance into the Nursing program as space becomes available in the class.  Each semester, at the end of the first week of classes, the waiting list is dissolved.  Students desiring to enter the Nursing Program in either option, must reapply for admission.

An applicant for admission to the Nursing Program must:

Chemistry Requirement:

  • Have successfully completed, with a 70 or higher, a year of high school chemistry OR one (1) semester of college chemistry, equivalent to CHE 107-Introduction to Chemistry I with a 70 or higher, OR Nursing ABC (CHE 095) with a 70 or higher.

    Nursing ABC is an online, non-credit-bearing course and is not offered by JCC. This course is not fundable by financial aid. For more information about Nursing ABC, you may visit their website at , email at, or you may phone 1-888-724-3590. 

Biology Requirement:

  • Meet all prerequisites for BIO 251-Anatomy and Physiology I or BIO 252-Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 106-Human Biology, OR, BIO 111-General Biology I OR, BIO 131-Principles of Biology I with a 70 or higher, OR have scored a “3” or higher on the High School AP Biology Exam). If BIO 251-Anatomy and Physiology I, or BIO 252-Anatomy and Physiology II, or BIO 202-Microbiology have been completed prior, the course must be within seven (7) years of admission  to the Nursing Program (August for Traditional Option, January for Weekend Option) with a 70 or higher.

Mathematics Requirement:

  • Have completed MTH 125-Intermediate Algebra, OR MTH 133-Technical Math with a 70 or higher OR test at MTH 155-Algebra, Functions and Modeling/MTH 165 - College Algebra and Trigonometry within the last two (2) years of application deadline to the Nursing Program (January 30th for the Traditional Option, October 1st for the Weekend Option).
  • If MTH 125-Intermediate Algebra or MTH 133-Technical Math I or MTH 155-Algebra, Functions and Modeling/MTH 165 - College Algebra and Trigonometry are outside the two (2) year timeframe, must complete ALH 110-Dosage Calculations for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals with a 70 or higher within the last two (2) years of admission to the Nursing Program (August for the Traditional Option, January for the Weekend Option) OR placement test at MTH 155-Algebra, Functions and Modeling/MTH 165 - College Algebra and Trigonometry within the last two (2) years of the application deadline to the Nursing Program (January 30th for the Traditional Option, October 1st for the Weekend Option). 
  • If MTH courses and/or the ALH 110--Dosage Calculations for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals course are older than two (2) years, the applicant will be required to take the placement test at MTH 155- Algebra, Functions and Modeling/MTH 165 - College Algebra and Trigonometry/MTH 185 - Precalculus or higher OR after all other options have been exhausted, complete the Competency Exam given by the Nursing Department.  The applicant must receive a 70 or higher on the Competency Exam which may only take one (1) time within the last two (2) years of application deadline to the Nursing Program (January 30th for the Traditional Option, October 1st for the Weekend Option).
  • Successful completion of MTH 185-Precalculus or higher with a 70 or higher, meets the MTH requirement with no timeframe.  Completion of High School Pre-calculus with a 70 or higher will also meet this requirement with no timeframe.

English Requirement:

  • Placement test at the ENG 101-Research and Composition level or have completed ENG 100-College Composition with a 70 or higher.

Grade Point Average:

  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or a High School graduation grade average of 75 or higher.

Additional Requirements:

  • If born on or after January 1, 1957, provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
  • In addition to the JCC College requirements, submit results of a current physical examination, a Mantoux test (done within 3 months of beginning clinical experience in the Nursing Program), proof of a tetanus immunization (done within the past 10 years), and proof of rubella immunization or results of a rubella titer.  These particular requirements may be submitted upon acceptance into the program.
  • Present a card of completion in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.  This certification must be renewed annually and be in effect at the time of acceptance and throughout the Nursing Program.  This may be submitted upon acceptance into the program.

Readmission to the Program

Once a student has been unsuccessful in the Nursing Program, they may be readmitted only once.  The student must have a GPA of 2.0 for readmission.

Any student who seeks readmission to the Nursing Program must meet program requirements in effect at the date of re-entry.

Readmission is subject to approval of the Nursing Admissions Committee.  Readmission applicants will be notified after final grades are posted to ensure there are seats available in the course.

Except for the circumstances specified above, nursing students are governed by general College regulations regarding academic standing.

Once matriculated into the Nursing Program, a student has 4 years to complete the program requirements.

Students reapplying to Nursing 112 A, B or Nursing 231 A, B, or Nursing 232, MUST enroll in the corresponding co-requisites course in the semester in which they are seeking readmission.  If students have passed the co-requisite with a grade of 70 or better, they are still required to enroll and successfully complete the co-requisite.

Transfer into the Program

Students wishing to transfer from another nursing program to Jefferson’s nursing program must complete all pre-requisites, complete the application process, be accepted into the program, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Jefferson Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)

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Abilities and Skills Required for Nursing

The following abilities and skills are essential for a student to be successful in the Nursing program and to become employed as a Registered Nurse.

The student must:

  • Lift and carry a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.
  • Sit, bend, reach and/or walk and stand for the work day with one 30-minute meal break.
  • Push and pull a patient using appropriate body mechanics.
  • Illustrate visual and auditory acuity with or without adaptive devices to complete such assessments including heart and lung sounds and inspection.
  • Possess dexterity to successfully manipulate and utilize supplies and equipment such as:  syringes, dressings, suctioning equipment, oxygen equipment, and assistive devices.
  • Safely lift and transfer patients from stretcher to bed (vice versa) or bed to wheelchair (vice versa) using minimum and maximum assistive techniques.
  • Possess the ability to express oneself verbally and in the written word and illustrate good interpersonal skills.
  • Possess the ability to successfully calculate mathematical medication problems relevant to clinical situations and appropriately prepare and administer these medications.
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced, potentially stressful environment:  (a) School – handle stresses of an intense nature in the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting; (b) Work – possess the flexibility to adjust and react to rapid changes in patient status.
  • Maintain a grade of 70 or better in nursing courses and required science courses.

The deadline for submitting an application for the traditional option is January 30th.  The deadline for the weekend option is October 1st.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to acceptance into the nursing program.

* Prospective students who have previous college credits for BIO 106 OR BIO 111 OR BIO 131 OR BIO 251 OR BIO 252 or their equivalents will meet the Biology pre-requisite for the Nursing Program. Required science courses older than seven (7) years at the time of admission (August for traditional option students and January for weekend option students) to the program will need to be repeated regardless of the previous grade.


 Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2015)
Credit Hours
Nursing Requirements (39 Credit Hours)
NUR 111: Nursing 1: Basic Needs
NUR 112A: Maternal and Newborn Health
NUR 112B: Medical/Surgical 1
NUR 212: Pharmacology
NUR 231A: Medical/Surgical 2
NUR 231B: Psychosocial Nursing
NUR 232: Medical / Surgical 3
NUR 234: Seminar in Nursing
Science Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
BIO 202: Microbiology
BIO 251: Anatomy and Physiology 1
BIO 252: Anatomy and Physiology 2
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
ENG 101: Research and Composition
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology
PSY 233: Life Span Development
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology
ALH 145: Introduction to Medical Terminology


Jefferson Community College Nursing Program Student Outcomes

MAY 2014 2015 2016 2017
Graduation Rate 0.42 0.42 0.27 0.35
1st time licensure Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Job Placement Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%


December 2014 2015 2016 2017
Graduation Rate 0.75 0.41 0.38 0.38
1st time licensure Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Job Placement Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%


For More  Information

Marie A. Hess, Ed.D, RN – Interim Nursing Department Chair

Julie Soule, MS, CNS, RN – Weekend Nursing Option Director

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522