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The Nursing Program at LaGuardia Community College offers a course of study leading to the
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Nursing Program is accredited by the National
League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the New York State
Education Department. This program prepares men and women to function as registered nurses
(R.N.'s) in acute and chronic care facilities. Graduates will possess the ability to:
The program consists of 66 credits, with a balance between nursing and general education courses.
All students must enroll in Freshman Seminar upon entering the College. Based on their scores they
may be required to take basic skills courses in reading, writing and mathematics.
The first part of the Nursing Program is considered pre-clinical and contains the general education
KEY COURSES required by the curriculum. If accepted into the clinical phase of nursing, courses
begin in either the Fall or Spring. Each nursing course is offered twice a year. Classroom instruction
for each clinical nursing course is complemented by campus laboratory experience and clinical
practice in area health care facilities.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Examination for Registered
Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The faculty strongly suggests that the students take the RN Assessment
Exam for RN Licensure that is administered by the Nursing Program in the last month of the final
semester of the program. This helps to evaluate your learning and identifies strengths and
weaknesses to help you better perpare for the NCLEX-RN.
The Nursing Program at LaGuardia Community College offers a course of study leading to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the New York State Education Department. This program prepares men and women to function as registered nurses (R.N.'s) in acute and chronic care facilities. Graduates will possess the ability to:
provide direct nursing care to clients of all ages who exhibit common, well-defined health problems;
manage client care; and
practice within the legal and ethical framework of the profession.
The program consists of 66 credits, with a balance between nursing and general education courses. All students must enroll in Freshman Seminar upon entering the College. Based on their scores they may be required to take basic skills courses in reading, writing and mathematics.
The first part of the Nursing Program is considered pre-clinical and contains the general education KEY COURSES required by the curriculum. If accepted into the clinical phase of nursing, courses begin in either the Fall or Spring. Each nursing course is offered twice a year. Classroom instruction for each clinical nursing course is complemented by campus laboratory experience and clinical practice in area health care facilities.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The faculty strongly suggests that the students take the RN Assessment Exam for RN Licensure that is administered by the Nursing Program in the last month of the final semester of the program. This helps to evaluate your learning and identifies strengths and weaknesses to help you better perpare for the NCLEX-RN.
Current laws generally permit a state licensing board or agency to deny a license to practice nursing if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or other specified crime. Like many state licensing boards, the Office of the Professions of the New York State Education Department requires that a criminal background check be conducted prior to granting a license to practice nursing. Questions should be directed to the NYS Office of Professions.
The Nursing Program at LaGuardia Community College does not require a criminal background check, but the educational requirements include placement at one or more hospitals or other off campus clinical training sites, and these sites frequently require a student to undergo a criminal background check before the student can be placed for clinical learning experience. If, based upon the results of a criminal background check, the site determines that a student's participation in its clinical training program would not be in the best interest of the site, the site may deny that student admission to the training program. Even if the student has already begun the placement when the results are received, the site may elect to dismiss the student, regardless of the student's performance while in the training program.
Each clinical training site that requires a criminal background check sets its own standards and procedures, and you may be asked by the site to pay the cost of the background check. You may also have to complete more than one criminal background checks during the course of the Nursing program at LaGuardia Community College, depending on the number of sites where you are placed and the requirements of each site.
Please note that if a clinical training site determines that you may not take part in its training program based on the results of a criminal background check, you may be unable to complete your course requirements and to continue in the Nursing program. It is important for you to consider this before you enroll in the Nursing program. LaGuardia Community College has no obligation to refund your tuition or fees or to otherwise accommodate you in the event you are ineligible to complete your course requirements based on the results of a criminal background check, or if you are denied a license to practice nursing.
The philosophy of the Nursing Program is consistent with the mission statement of the college (see Catalog) and expresses faculty's beliefs about human beings, health, nursing, nursing education and the role of the associate degree nurse.
We believe that human beings have intellect and free will, and are capable of self-direction and of assuming responsibility for their own behavior. They do not exist alone but as members of a family, the community and society. Their social, religious, and cultural beliefs exert influence upon their development and self-image. Individuals have certain basic needs which the faculty have identified as rest and activity, elimination, acceptance and belonging, safety and comfort, oxygen, and nutrition.* These basic needs are affected by each stage of a person's development.
Health is a dynamic state of being which can be viewed as a continuum ranging from wellness to illness. An individual is in a state of wellness when basic needs are met. Each individual possesses various strengths and limitations that affect the ability to meet basic needs. Failure to meet any of these needs may create a health problem for which an individual and the family may require varying degrees of assistance from health care providers.
Professional nursing represents that segment of the health care team that diagnoses and treats human responses to actual or potential health problems. Nursing encompasses a wide range of independent and dependent functions and responsibilities which are shared with other health care disciplines.The spectrum of nursing functions ranges from assisting with activities of daily living, to the performance of complex skills requiring the high level of clinical judgment, to the establishment of independent practice.
Nursing is directed toward the delivery of preventive, supportive, and restorative aspects of health care. Nursing practice applies scientific principles to the use of the nursing process which consists of a systematic assessment of client needs, determination of nursing diagnoses, and the development, implementation and evaluation of individualized plans of care. The goal of nursing is to assist human beings to attain or regain a state of optimal physical, psychosocial and spiritual wellness during the life process. When this goal is not possible, nursing lends dignity and meaning to death.
The faculty believe that nursing education should be accessible to the diverse segments of society and take place in institutions of higher education. Associate degree nursing education, offered in a two year community college, has its foundation in the natural sciences, social sciences and social and cultural activities selected to enhance the learner's understanding of human beings.
The Nursing Program includes classroom teaching, campus laboratory instruction with computer based interactive programs and clinical experience, which are founded upon clearly stated behavioral objectives. The program has been developed incorporating faculty's beliefs about the goal of education, manner in which learning occurs and associate degree nursing education.
The faculty believe that the major goal of education is the acquisition and transfer of knowledge through the development of inquiry and critical thinking skills. The educational process is an ongoing one which is manifested by measurable changes in behavior of the learner in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. These changes in behavior are best achieved in a democratic environment in which there is mutual student-faculty interaction. The student is an active participant in the learning process. Students are encouraged to utilize self-directed learning materials made available in the internet-based nursing computer laboratory. We believe students develop understanding of the health needs of human beings through guided learning experiences.
Faculty believe that learning which proceeds from the simple to the complex increases understanding and that reinforcement of desired behavior contributes to retention of learning.Nursing faculty cultivate partnerships in the community and work in concert with other educators in the college community to aid and assist students with learning difficulties. Faculty are committed to support, encourage and assist all students to assume responsibility for learning and are responsive to the special needs of culturally and ethnically diverse students.
Associate degree nursing graduates are prepared to seek employment in entry level nursing positions, continue formal education in upper division nursing programs and further their professional development through continuing education courses, workshops and individual study.The faculty believe that the associate degree nurse functions in three interrelated roles: provider of care, manager of care and member within the discipline of nursing.
Functioning in the role of provider of care and using the nursing process, the associate degree nurse provides health care by working within established protocols. Care is administered in acute and extended care facilities and in the community. Faculty maintain trended theoretical content and clinical rotations in response to current changes in health care. The nursing care provided by the associate degree nurse demonstrates a high level of skill based upon principles from an everexpanding body of scientific knowledge. The care is directed toward clients' responses to health problems as well as the impact such responses might have on their personal relationships within the family and community.
In the role of manager, the graduate is prepared to collaborate with the interdisciplinary team, to organize and delegate clients' care and to serve as an advocate for clients. Accountability and respect for other members of the interdisciplinary health care team are inherent in this role. The associate degree nurse collaborates with the multidisciplinary health team in situations requiring their expertise.
As a member within the discipline of nursing, the associate degree nurse is prepared to practice within the ethical and legal framework of nursing and to maintain high standards of nursing practice.
* The concept expressing faculty’s belief that every person has six basic needs that must be met to achieve wellness are fashioned for students into a mnemonic as follows:
R – rest and activityE – eliminationA – acceptance and belongingS – safety and comfortO – oxygenN – nutrition
Definition of the practice of nursing as it appears in the New York State Nurse Practice Act follows:
6901. Definitions. ( As used in Section 6902)
"Diagnosing" in the context of nursing practice means that identification of and discrimination between physical and psychosocial signs and symptoms essential to effective execution and management of the nursing regimen. Such diagnostic privilege is distinct from a medical diagnosis.
"Treating” means selection and performance of those therapeutic measures essential to the effective execution and management of the nursing regimen and execution of any prescribed medical regimen.
"Human Responses" means those signs, symptoms and processes which denote the individual's interaction with an actual or potential health problem.
6902. Definition of practice of the profession of nursing.
The practice of the profession of nursing as a registered professional nurse is defined as diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential health problems through such services as casefinding, health teaching, health counseling, and provision of care supportive to or restorative of life and well-being, and executing medical regimens prescribed by a licensed or otherwise legally authorized physician or dentist. A nursing regimen shall be consistent with and shall not vary any existing medical regimen.
The concepts of the Nursing Program philosophy give direction to the structure, content and guided learning experiences of all nursing courses. The Nursing Program faculty has chosen to use three major concepts from the philosophy, which undergird professional practice in nursing on every level, to frame the nursing courses in the clinical phase of the curriculum. The faculty believes that when these concepts are integrated throughout the educational process, the graduating student will possess an understanding that he or she is a pivotal health care professional with discipline-specific knowledge, skills and caring behaviors. This is in keeping with the program educational objectives that graduates will be able to provide competent care, utilizing critical thinking, in a variety of structured settings and function in a culturally diverse society.
The three major philosophical concepts which form the foundation of nursing courses relate to persons, health and nursing. They are used to forge a view of, and a rational method for, practicing nursing on a professional level.
Human beings have common basic needs which have varying characteristics based on the stage of growth and development. The basic needs have been identified as rest and activity, elimination, acceptance and belonging, safety and comfort, oxygen and nutrition. Each stage of development uniquely affects basic needs.
The state of health is typified by a continuum ranging from wellness to illness. Wellness is that state of being which exists when needs are met. Any interference in the ability to meet needs can result in health problems and/or subsequent illness.
Nursing is the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems. Such problems reflect an interference in the ability to meet needs. In order to assist human beings to meet needs, the associate degree nurse functions in three interrelated roles: provider of care, manager of care and member within the discipline of nursing.
The steps of the nursing process, which include assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation, are used to diagnose and treat actual or potential health problems.
The expectations of the student within this structure become increasingly complex with successive courses, thus preparing the associate degree graduate to meet the educational objectives of this program.
Following successful completion of the Nursing Program, graduates will achieve the identified
Provide competent care, utilizing critical thinking, in a variety of structured settings.
Function in a culturally diverse society.
Pursue opportunities for professional growth.
The faculty believe that in order to provide competent nursing care in a variety of structured settings
as an associate degree nurse, the graduate must possess the ability to assume the following roles:
Provider of care in acute, extended care and community facilities using the nursing process to
aid clients, families and significant others with a variety of health problems, who are at any
point along the wellness-illness continuum.
Manager of care within the health care setting and in the community, serving as a liaison
between the client and other health care providers.
Member within the discipline of nursing demonstrating accountability for professional
registered nursing practice within the profession's ethical and legal framework.
Program effectiveness is measured by the following outcomes:
The annual pass rate of graduates on their first attempt at taking the NCLEX-RN will meet or
exceed the New York State first time pass rate for all candidates.
Within one year of graduation, at least 75% of the graduates will be employed as
professional registered nurses or have applied to upper division institutions to continue
their nursing education towards their baccalaureate degrees.
The program is divided into two distinct phases, as shown on the attached list:
All students are admitted to the pre-clinical phase and must file for Nursing candidacy
in order to progress to the clinical phase. Candidates must first complete four key
courses (see attached list) with a minimum GPA of 2.75. In addition students are
required to achieve the “Proficient Level” (58.7-77.3%) on the TEAS V (see TEAS
Entrance exam) before applying for RN Candidacy. They are then ranked by the
Registrar’s Office on a scoring system based on grades in these key courses and certain
other required courses, as indicated on the sample score sheet
All students are admitted directly to the pre-clinical phase of the Nursing Program as a Nursing
Major. Progression to the clinical phase of the program is competitive and students must be aware
that a high GPA is necessary (See policy under Progession into the Clinical Phase.)
Applicants who have never attended college are admitted to the pre-clinical phase provided they
meet the college criteria pertaining to the admission of any new freshman applicant to LaGuardia,
i.e.: possess a high school diploma or its equivalent GED (General Equivalency Diploma). The
acceptable GED scores are established by the college.
LaGuardia accepts applicants who have previously attended or graduated from another accredited
college or university provided they meet the same basic requirements for new freshmen.
Applicants must have a minimum general GPA of 2.75.
Applicants may, upon submission of official college transcripts, receive
transfer credit only for the following general education courses which are
required in the LaGuardia Nursing Program curriculum:
The Nursing Program follows the transfer policy of the College as it appears in the College
Catalog. Credit for the above courses taken and passed elsewhere may be granted only if the
courses are deemed comparable to those which meet the degree requirements of the LaGuardia
Nursing Program. Transfer credit will be determined by the Admissions/Transfer Credit Office
(B-100) through the appropriate academic departments according to established College policies and
procedures. Once students receive notice that their transfer courses have been determined by the
Admissions/Transfer Credit Office, they must return to the Admissions/Transfer Credit
Office in B-100 within their first semester of admission (18 wks.) if they chose to utilize the
policy of “selective transfer.” Once the first semester has passed (18 wks.), all courses
transferred into the college will remain on the transcript and will permanently apply to
Applicants who have earned fewer than 24 college credits must submit a high school diploma or
its equivalent (GED) as well as any official college transcripts.
If students are not accepted into the clinical phase of the program, or decide to change their
majors, a maximum of 30 transfer credits may be granted toward any other degree in the College.
If more than one transfer course equally meets a requirement has been passed, credit will be
granted for the course with the highest grade.
As of Fall 2006, only SCC210, Foundations of Chemistry ( or comparable 4 credit
introductory chemistry courses with a lab component) will be accepted for transfer as
meeting the Chemistry Nursing Program requirement.
Transfer credit for clinical phase nursing courses will not be awarded.
Courses finalized for permanent transfer credit may not be retaken unless the course grade is a
“C-“ or lower. (See policy under Progression to Clinical Phase.)
All grades earned in the required courses which have been transferred to LaGuardia will be
included in calculations to determine eligibility for movement from the pre-clinical to the clinical
phase of the generic Registered Nursing Program.
TRANSFER STUDENTS MUST FILE FOR CANDIDACY (NUR000.4399) WITH THIRTY
CREDITS AND WITHIN THE 12 WEEK SEMESTER PRIOR THE SEMESTER THEY
PLAN TO ENTER INTO THE CLINICAL PHASE. This is done by completing an application
that can be obtained in the Enrollment Services Center (C107).
CHANGE OF MAJOR (#470-Undeclared Health Major) DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY
APPLY CANDIDACY. THIS IS THE STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY !
Students must provide documentation required by CUNY prior to applying for
CANDIDACY (See policy under Progression to Clinical Phase.)
Transfers from Other Majors within LaGuardia (In-House Transfer)Beginning Fall 2010, LaGuardia students interested in applying for candidacy in Nursing (RN) will
no longer be enrolled as a Nursing major until they have successfully been accepted following
candidacy. New students who wish to apply for Candidacy, must enroll as “Undeclared Health
majors (Code # 470)” or may file for a change of major to “Undeclared Health” provided they have
been a student at LaGuardia for at least one enhanced semester and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
For preclinical/clinical nursing courses and sequence see Appendix A and Appendix B.
To be considered eligible for progression to the first nursing course (SCR110), a student
must have met EACH of the following requirements:
Beginning Fall 2010, registered at LaGuardia as a pre-clinical “Undeclared Health Major.”
Registered for Nursing Candidacy (NUR000.4399) in either the Spring Session I (for
entrance in the Fall) or the Fall Session I (for entrance in the Spring).
Key courses must be completed by the end of the 12 week session in which you are
applying for Nursing Candidacy or prior.
SCB 204 is a pre-clinical requirement, but NOT a KEY so it can be completed in the
6 week session just prior to beginning the first clinical course.
As of the Fall 2009 semester in order to advance into nursing clinical coursework,
(Application for candidacy in RN or PN Programs), students must provide
documentation in one of the following categories to the Office of the Registrar (C107):
International student with F1 status
Granted asylum, Refuge Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of
Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S.
Please Note: the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project provides free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students who need help with their immigration status. For more information, click here.THERE IS A DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR NURSING CANDIDACY EACH 12 WEEK SESSION. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR THIS DATE . THE STUDENT CAN ONLY REGISTER CANDIDACY IN THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE. CHANGE OF MAJOR DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY APPLY CANDIDACY.
Earned at least a 2.75 GPA (Grade Point Average) in the four "key" pre-clinical courses
While a GPA of 2.75 in the key courses is the minimum requirement for consideration,
IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE PROGRESSION TO CLINICAL COURSES.
Seats are competitive and they are determined by a rank order scoring system and the
number of seats available in the Program.
The maximum ranking score is twelve. The score is determined by:
Doubling the GPA (calculated to two decimal places) of the four key courses.
Adding to this the GPA of all general education courses taken to date, which are required in
the nursing curriculum: (This includes the “key courses” which are calculated into the score for
the third time ! See bolded courses below and APPENDIX C – Sample of Scoring System).:NURSING PROGRAM REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
No grade lower than “C” will be accepted for the required math (MAT 120) and science courses
(SCC 210, SCB 203, SCB 204, SCB 260) throughout the Nursing Program. If the student achieves a
C-, D+, D, D- grade in Math 106 or any of the required science courses, these may be repeated only
with permission from the Director of Nursing Programs and the Academic Chair of Department
related to the requested course to be repeated. When key courses with grades of C-, D+, D, D- and
F are repeated, the C-, D+, D, D- and F grade and the repeated course grade will be calculated in
the key course average. Grades for any courses other than those required by the Nursing Program
will not be included in the candidacy calculation.
The computer will calculate, for each candidate, the GPA of key courses and the GPA of all required
courses taken. The key course GPA will be multiplied by 2 and the GPA of all general education courses
taken will be added to that figure to determine a point score for every candidate. (See Example of Scoring System, APPENDIX C )
Candidates who attain the maximum score of 12.00 will be the first to be admitted to the clinical phase,
with others admitted in descending order of points scored until the class space is filled. The number of
seats varies from semester to semester. The stronger the group of candidates in any given semester, the
higher the point score that will be needed for admission.
The selection of candidates for the clinical phase of nursing will be completed at the end of each 12 week
session. STUDENTS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR NURSING MUST REGISTER
FOR CANDIDACY (NUR000.4399) IN EITHER THE FALL OR SPRING 12 WEEK SESSION
IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE SEMESTER THEY PLAN TO BEGIN THE CLINICAL
For LPNs who wish to be considered for advanced standing via the LPN TO RN PATHWAY
(SCR 100, LPN to RN BRIDGE entry course).
* See asterisk (*) under Admission to Nursing: II. Transfers from other Colleges (Advanced Standing)** As of Fall 2009, SCB 204 is a PRE-CLINICAL Nursing Program course and REQUIRED to apply for Nursing Candidacy (Both PN & RN Programs).
When students are notified that they have earned a seat in SCR110 (and SCR 100, LPN to RN Bridge),
additional requirements must be met by specified due dates in order to register. The medical form
including lab results and immunization dates must be submitted, as well as a current CPR (BCLS for the
Professional Rescuer) card. The student must be capable of purchasing malpractice insurance and Kaplan
Review (See Fees, Appendix F).
Nursing education involves intellectually and physically challenging activities, and moreover, involve
critical decisions that will affect the well being of patients, it is essential that every candidate meet these
standards so as not to endanger other students, faculty or patients. The American with Disabilities Act
(ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensure that qualified applicants to public
institutions have the ability to pursue program admission. Students will not be barred from admission on
the basis of color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era Veteran as long as they are capable of
meeting the Essential Nursing Program Performance Standards (see APPENDIX D). All nursing Students
must meet these Essential RN Nursing Performance Standards for admission and progression to each
Those students who are not accepted into the clinical phase and wish to apply for a second time may
continue to take other general education courses which are required in the curriculum.
When students re-apply for entrance into the clinical phase, they will again be ranked according to the
previously described scoring system. Students may only apply for candidacy twice for entrance into
the clinical phase, excluding Official Withdrawal and Medical Leaves of Absences. Therefore it is
important for students to officially withdraw from candidacy if they have a change of plans or need to
withdraw from a required pre-clinial KEY COURSE.
Students who apply for candidacy and are unsuccessful in gaining admission to the clinical phase should
seek support and counseling. They may ask for a re-evaluation of their transcripts, including transfer
credits, to assist in planning their future course of study and possible change of major.
A student must complete each nursing course with a clinical component with a minimum grade of
“C” (75). If not, he or she must apply for permission to re-register for the course in the
subsequent semester. The student must complete the required form and present it to the course
instructor within 7 days from the Grade & Attendance date listed on the college academic
A minimum GPA of 2.00 (C) must be maintained throughout the clinical phase.
Failure of either the clinical or theoretical component of any course requires that
the entire course be repeated. Students are required to repeat a failed course (SCR) in the
Students are expected to complete the clinical phase of the Nursing Program within two (2) years
following admission to the clinical phase of the Program, and not to exceed four (4) years.
Any student who fails, withdraws or takes a medical leave of absence (MLA) from any 2 nursing
courses (SCR) is ineligible to continue. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on an
individual basis by the Director of the Nursing Programs.
Exception: Because SCR 110 / SCR 150 and SCR 200 / SCR 210 are co-requsities, if a student
withdraws during that semester, they must withdraw from both courses. A student will have an
opportunity to retake both SCR 110 / SCR 150 and SCR 200 / SCR 210 in the subsequent
semester. If a student withdraws from any other SCR course in the program, they will be ineligible
to continue in the nursing program.
To clarify : A student may not register for the same nursing course (SCR) more than twice
If a student fails, withdraws or takes a medical leave of absence, the student must fill out a
Student Tracking Form and submit one copy to the instructor and one copy to the nursing program
A student who “Stops Out” for any reason (for example medical leave of absence, withdrawal,
etc.) for more than 2 consecutive semesters is ineligible to contniue in the Registered Nursing
Students should read this document before taking their exam.
It is your responsibility to arrive on time for the exam. If you arrive late for an exam, the student forfeits
the time they are late. No extra time will be given for students arriving late.
Use the restroom before the exam is given out. For a unit exam you will not be permitted to use the
For the final exam, you may use the restroom only if accompanied by the second faculty or staff member.
Turn off cell phones completely (do not put them on vibrate).
No borrowing or sharing calculators.
No using cell phones or PDA’s as a calculator.
The only material that can be used during your exam: #2 pencils, calculator, blank scrap paper (during
math quiz only). Please note that all scrap paper must be turned into faculty with the completed quiz.
All personal belongings will be placed in front of the room. This includes:
You will be allowed:
68 minutes for a 50 question exam
136 minutes for a 100 question exam
Give a thorough review of your exam and scantron before turning it in. Answers written on test papers,
but not placed on the scantron, will not be scored.
When you are finished with your exam:
Either bring the scantron to the desk in the front of the room and immediately leave the room or raise your
hand and a faculty member can pick the exam and scantron from you.
All Nursing Students should be aware that any disclosure of examination items before, during or
after the examination is a violation of the college’s Academic Integrity Policy.
After the exam is reviewed in class, students will have the opportunity to make an appointment to review
their unit exams with their instructor for a period of 2 weeks. Students will not be allowed to review the
final exam until after grades and attendance have been posted. Instructors will hand score the final exam
at the request of any student who fails the course.
Students are required to pass a math test in each nursing course with the exception of SCR150 and
SCR260. Students who do not pass the math exam with an 80% on the first attempt will be required to
have remediation from the instructor of the course. After the remediation, the student will be required to
take a second exam. If the student fails the exam for a second time, they will be required to schedule
themselves for an on-line math tutorial in the nursing lab. A post-test will be given at the end of the online
tutorial. If the student does not pass the post- test exam, the student will receive an “F” grade for the
SCR 150 and SCR 260 are generally allotted credit as transferred electives. All other
nursing courses are accepted to fulfill transfer requirements for up to junior level by virtue of
the graduate student’s associate degree.
SCC 210 Foundations of Chemistry, which is a 4 credit course that will be accepted by most
colleges for transfer has replaced Bio-Chemistry (SCC 140) as of Fall 2006.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CONTRACTS IN PLACE AT PRESENT AND LISTED
HERE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED TO REFLECT THIS RECENT
SSY 240 Developmental Psychology I is not transferable in most cases as a required
college course equivalent because it doesn’t cover growth and development up to adulthood.
Most colleges transfer this course as elective credits. It is suggested that students take
Developmental Psychology II (SSY 241) to completely fulfill college requirements.
Other suggested courses required at the baccalaureate level that students may opt to take if
they need/want additional credits/courses:
• MAT 120, Statistics• Computer courses, e.g. BTC 100, Introduction to Computers and Their
Applications• Any additional literature courses
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO MOST RN BACCALAUREATE NURSING
PROGRAMS, the transfer student must have
Presently, there are a number of hospitals who independantly hire LaGuardia Nursng students after completion of
their second semester (SCR 200 and SCR 210) to train and work as externs in their facilities. Students should only
be working under the direction of an RN and in the capacity for which they were trained by the hospital (usually at
the PCA level). The hospital’s host Externship Programs have included: Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens,
Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, Hospital of,Special Surgery at NY Hospital in NYC, Long Island Jewish
Externship Program in Queens/Nassau, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of NYC, Maimondes Medical
Center of Brooklyn, and Mount. Sinai Hospital in Astoria and North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills in
Queens. If you need further information, please call the office at (718) 482-5774. At present, International Students
are not eligible for paid externship experiences. For more information, check with the International Sudent
Services, Room M166; (718) 482-5143.
Students must register for Intent to Graduate (GRD000.6999/97) along with SCR290 and SCR260. In order to
graduate, students must have successfully completed all course requirements, have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
STUDENTS CANNOT REGISTER IN THE SESSION TWO FOLLOWING THE 12 WEEK SEMESTER IN
WHICH THEY ARE GRADUAITNG, BECAUSE THE GRADUATION DATE MUST BE POSTED BY THE
COLLEGE IN ORDER TO PROCESS STATE BOARD EXAM APPLICATIONS. Students wishing to take
courses in the 6 week session following their last nursing course (SCR) must complete the required NYS
application before the end of the 12 week semester and present the apporiate letter requesting delay of graduation to
the Director of Nursing.
This past year the country has encountered an economic crisis. Many hospitals have frozen hiring in the city. Even
under these conditions, students are continuing to be hired even within city limits often related to the schools
positive associations and partnership with these hosipitals over the years. They acquire positions in acute hospital
facilities and other health care settings contingent upon their passing the licensing examination. Some hospitals are
now requiring further education towards a BS degree and/or experience. Students have reported job placement on
medical-surgical units, pediatrics, maternity, in the ER, ICU and telemetry units throughout the Queens-Brooklyn-
NYC vicinities. Students are stongly encouraged to investigate baccalaurete colleges to continue their education in
Nursing which will increase their marketablilty.
The Nursing Program has formulated the following Advanced Standing LPN to RN
Pathway for licensed practical nurses utilized as of Fall II of 2006.
Following the NYS Coalition for Education Mobility’s Articulation Model, LPN’s
may be admitted to the Registered Nurse Program after meeting the following criteria.
All applicants are required to:
Have a current LPN registration (licensure)
Complete admission (or readmission if LaGuardia graduate) to LaGuardia Community College with
identified major in Nursing (code 471-RN) until Spring 2010. As of Fall 2010, students will identify their
major as “undeclared health.”
Receive academic advisement assure that the applicant meets the admission requirements of the Associate
Degree Registered Nursing Program (RN).
Successfully complete the NYS PN-RN Transition Course *
Complete CUNY on-line admissions application to LaGuardia, and transfer or complete the clinical prerequisite
courses: ENG 101, SSY 101, SSY240, SCC210, SCB 203, SCB 204, SCB 260 and MAT 120
Upon completion of the pre-requisite courses, a GPA of 2.75 is the minimum requirement to apply for
candidacy (LRN000.4799) for the LPN to RN Bridge course (SCR 100)*
The LPN TO RN Bridge course (SCR100) will include advanced Psych-Mental Health and Medical-Surgical
Nursing content. Students who enter the clinical phase of nursing at SCR 270 level will be required to
complete all other nursing requirements in sequence.
Students who enter the Nursing Program will be expected to adhere to the “Nursing Program Progression
Credits That May Be Transferred into the LPN to RN Advanced Pathway
Upon successful completion of all of the above requirements,the Registered Nursing Program will evaluate and
select students applying for the LPN to RN Bridge course based on GPA (minimum of 2.75) and available space.
Seventy-five percent of the applicant pool will be candidates from LaGuardia Community College’s LPN Program.
Twenty-five percent of the pool will be candidates from outside the college.
Student ranking for admission into the Advanced Pathway
Transfer pre-requisite course grades from outside colleges will be calculated in the GPA ranking.
Both general education and nursing clinical course grades will be calculated in the GPA ranking for
students who have graduated from the LGCC PN program.
NY Coalition for Educational Mobility Transition and Bridge Course (SCR100)course:
Total 15 Exemption Credits: (Fundamentals of Nursing [SCR 110] Perspectives of Nursing [SCR150]
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing [SCR200] and Medical Surgical Nursing 1 [SCR 210]
Attendance policies for class are those stated in the LaGuardia College Catalog. Attendance for the
hospital clinical laboratory and the campus laboratory is mandatory. Clinical absence will not be tolerated. Students who are ill on a
clinical day must notify both the faculty member and the clinical facility. Any student who exceeds 2 clinical absences will receive
a “F” grade for that course.
Study TimeIt is expected that students spend at least two hours in outside study for each hour spent in class. In
nursing, it is also important for students to practice skills in order to perform them safely in the
hospital. Therefore, students who carry a full credit load each semester must be prepared to spend
30-40 hours per week in class or studying.
Study GuidesStudy guides have been prepared by faculty as an aid to student learning. Each guide contains unit
objectives which can be met by acquiring information and skills from assigned readings, class and
laboratory attendance, use of audio-visual aids and hospital experience. Students are responsible for
all objectives on each study guide. It is suggested that students write the "answers" to each
objective so that information can be easily attained for future reference. It is expected that all
readings and assignments will be completed before the lecture or laboratory related to the
designated study guide. Students who need assistance should contact their faculty advisor as soon
as they experience difficulty.
The faculty recommend that students retain all required nursing textbooks. Not only will this
enable students to study for NCLEX, but will also provide the beginning of a professional library.
GradingGrading policies for each course are included in the course Syllabi. The following grading system
for the clinical component is in effect:
93 - 100 = A
90 - 92.4 = A-
87 - 89.4 = B+
83 - 86.4 = B
80 - 82.4 = B-
77.0 - 79.4 = C+
75.0 - 76.4 = C
0 - 74.9 = F Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (75) to pass the nursing courses (SCR) and
achieve a satisfactory grade on the Clinical Performance Evaluation Tool. Any student who is repeating a nursing course (SCR) due to a failing final grade is required to
achieve a minimum grade of “C+” (78%) to pass the course on the second registration. Students
who obtain a medical leave after completing 83% of the course (10 weeks) will also be required to
obtain a minimum grade of 78% to pass the course on the second registration.
Regardless of the grade computation, any failure in clinical performance will be recorded as an
automatic F grade for the course.
If students knowingly register for clinical courses after getting a “C-“ or lower in Nursing
Program required general education pre-requisite or co-requisite science courses or Math 106,
they will be expected to withdraw from the clinical course. Failure to do so voluntarily, will result
in Nursing Program action through the Registrar to remove the student from the course.
Colleges and universities around the nation, are assisting students in participating in a digital revolution
called ePortfolios. This are educational tool allows students to create websites that represent their
educational goals and achievements that can be shared with upper division universitities when applying
or potential employer. Each course has assignments that are required to be entered into the students
Kaplan is mandatory and will be utilized throughout the nursing program. Content specific exams will count for
5% of the students final grade in SCR 100, SCR 110, SCR 200, SCR 210, SCR 270, SCR 290. Mandatory
participation is required for the Kaplan NCLEX-RN review. Students who do not comply with the payment
scheduled will receive an incomplete for the course.
The Campus Learning Laboratory: E-358, E-351, E-352, E-361, E-360
The learning laboratory is used by students to practice and perfect skills after they have been taught by
their instructor in the regularly scheduled campus lab. The learning laboratory is open to all nursing
students during the hours posted. Students should feel free to come to practice any skills necessary. No
appointment is required. A college laboratory technician is available to answer questions or review
students' demonstrations. The campus media laboratory was renovated in August 2007 through a grant
of $100,000 from HIP Health Plan/Centralized Laboratory Services LaGuardia Community College. The
computer and media resource facility provides academic support through computerized internet access,
software and video tutorials utilizing state-of-the-art drop-down computers, with integrated live
instructor conferencing and smart board interfacing.
Disabled students are admitted to the program and progress through the program provided they are able
to meet all required course objectives and the LaGuardia Community College Essential Nursing Program
Performance Standards. (SEE APPENDIX D)
Each student will be assigned a nursing faculty advisor under whose guidance and counsel the student
plans and pursues a course of study. Each student is expected to see his/her assigned advisor for an
individual conference during the semester. All faculty advisors have posted office hours when they are
available to meet with students. Times other than those posted may be arranged by mutual agreement.
It is the student's responsibility to arrange and keep the appointment. If unable to keep an appointment,
a cancellation call is expected.
Financial AidIn view of the many hours that are required to be successful in nursing, outside employment is
discouraged. Students should make every effort to seek financial aid if necessary. The LaGuardia
Financial Aid Office is located in C-107.
Counseling services are available to students in Room C-245. A counselor-on-duty is available for
immediate, pressing problems. Students should not hesitate to make use of this confidential service
which is designed to make the college experience easier. Use of this service will not jeopardize a
student's position in the nursing program.
The Nursing Club is comprised of pre-clinical and clinical nursing students, a faculty advisor, and any
other interested students attending LaGuardia Community College. The purpose of the club is to
provide students with extracurricular experiences at LaGuardia that will enhance their transition into the
profession of nursing. It also provides opportunities for prospective nursing students and the larger
student body at LaGuardia Community College to learn about nursing and health care issues. All
students are encouraged to become members.
Criteria for Nursing Student Leadership Award
A Leadership Award, sponsored by the Nursing Club, is given to a member of the graduating class at
their Pinning Ceremony. The criteria are listed.
Character: The graduating student is a role model; mentors fellow students with emotional support,
promotes harmony and unity among fellow students, and is motivated towards service to others.
Academics: The graduating student is in good academic standing in the Nursing Program.
Service: The graduating student is a self-starter with strong organizational skills who promotes the
Nursing Club and/or is an active participant of the Faculty-Student Committee.
National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA)The Nursing Program strongly supports and encourages students to join the National Student Nurses'
Association in their first semester of Nursing at LaGuardia Community College. Joining this preprofessional
association provides the student with an opportunity to become involved in political action
for nursing. Benefits include receiving NSNA's professional journal, Imprint, information regarding
the NCLEX-RN exam, career counseling and job searching, reduced rates on products and services (i.e.
malpractice insurance, health benefits), scholarships, conventions, awards, leadership programs,
continuing education, mentoring and involvement in New York State Nurses Association's activities.
Professional obligations are a part of ethical codes that govern the behavior of the members of a
profession. Ethical behavior goes beyond the actual client setting. It should be a part of one's life. In
addition to nursing students' rights, there are nursing students' responsibilities. These responsibilities
require student behavior that maintains the integrity of the profession and the safety of clients.
THE FOLLOWING STUDENT BEHAVIORS MAY LEAD TO PROGRAM DISMISSAL
(INVOLUNTARY PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL):
Unexcused absences beyond the maximum according to college policy (see College Catalog).
Any performance or negligence which causes, or puts the patient at risk for, physical or emotional injury
Unprofessional conduct (Click Here to See Rules of the NYS Board of Regents, Part 29, Unprofessional Conduct)
Failure to immediately report a patient care error to clinical instructor and /or responsible staff nursing personnel
Being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, drugs which impair judgement, or illegal drugs
Fraudulent or untruthful charting in a medical record
Dishonesty, e.g. stealing from the college or a clinical agency, plagiarism, cheating on examinations (see Policy on Academic Integrity).
Failure to improve unsatisfactory clinical performance following counseling.
Determination of any “direct threat” - This condition consists of a significant risk to the health or safety of a student(s) or patient(s) with a high probability of substantial harm that cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation.
Policy On Academic IntegrityWhen there is evidence of a student cheating on examinations or written assignments, the
student in question will receive an automatic zero for the examination or assignment if it is
the first offense.
II When there is evidence of falsifying records during a clinical assignment, the student in question will
receive an automatic Unsatisfactory for the clinical day, which will be reflected on the Faculty
Student Conference form and placed in the student’s file, if it is the first offense.
III When there is evidence that any of the aforementioned activities occur for a second time,
the student in question will be dismissed from the Nursing Program.
IV Students who have been dismissed from the Nursing Program for a violation of Academic
Integrity will not be considered for readmission to the Nursing Program.
The suggestions and opinions of students regarding all aspects of the Nursing Program are highly
valued. At the conclusion of every semester students are given the opportunity to anonymously evaluate
the nursing course they have just completed in relation to the theory, campus laboratory and clinical
learning experiences offered. Based on this student input, faculty have incorporated significant changes
into the program.
In addition, when students complete the entire Nursing Program, they are asked to evaluate the total
curriculum, rating the value of all courses in relation to their applicability to nursing. This has helped
faculty to make curricular adjustments to best meet the needs of students.
The ideas and opinions of graduates are also solicited in order to insure that the Nursing Program is
adequately preparing its students for the work situations they will experience.
STUDENTS WHO FACE PROBLEMS OR HAVE ISSUES TO RAISE DURING A COURSE
SHOULD NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE SEMESTER TO VOICE CONCERNS. At the start
of each semester, every class or section of a class will elect a representative to bring any concerns of that
group to the nursing faculty. These representatives may attend regularly scheduled meetings of the
nursing faculty to present and discuss issues and concerns brought to them by their students. Faculty
decisions will be made known to the class by the representatives who met with the nursing faculty. The
Director of Nursing Programs will make the dates of faculty meetings known to the representatives.
Representatives must inform the Director of Nursing Programs in advance of any meeting they wish to
attend in order to be allotted time on the agenda.
Individual Grievances (Due Process)
The student is entitled to the following due process. It is the intent of the faculty and administration to
seek a speedy resolution of student problems. The following procedure will be followed in the event that
a student is dismissed from the Nursing Program for any of the conditions described previously.
The student will be sent a written notice describing the issue and the Nursing Programs’s
consideration of involuntary withdrawal.
An opportunity will be provided for the student to present evidence to a faculty committee of at
least 3 Nursing Program faculty (Number based on the Rules of the NYS Board of Regents, Part
28.5 Hearing) on his/her behalf.
A written notice of the decision by the committee will be sent to the student within 30 days of the
presentation of evidence (Time frame based on the Rules of the NYS Board of Regents, Part 28).
If the committee upholds the involuntary withdrawal and if the student choses to appeal, it must be
done in writing to the Health Sciences Department Chairperson within one year of the original
If the Health Sciences Department Chairperson upholds the involuntary withdrawal, the student may
then appeal, in writing, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or Vice President -
Enrollment Management and Student Development (depending on the nature of the problem).
Finally, if additional appeal is required, the student can appeal to the President of the College
Student Responsibilities in the Clinical Area
Nursing students are legally responsible for their own actions during clinical experiences. Students
must be assigned appropriate activities and be given reasonable guidance and supervision while carrying
out those activities. In order to fulfill their responsibilities to their assigned clients, nursing students
In order to practice as a registered nurse (R.N.) an individual must complete and officially graduate
from a certified registered nursing education program. Upon successful completion these
requirements, the graduate can then file an application for licensure with the State Board for Nursing.
The application for licensure requires that the individual state whether he/she has ever been convicted of
or has charges pending for a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country or ever been found
guilty of or has charges pending for professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in
any state or country.
Nursing students who answer "yes" to any of these questions must be apprised that it is the prerogative
of the State Board of Nursing, upon recommendation of the Office of Professional Discipline, to deny an
application for licensure even though a student has successfully completed the program's curriculum. It
is also the prerogative of the Board to withhold licensure upon investigation of a case, even if the
candidate has successfully passed the licensure examination.
International students must maintain their official government documentation throughout the program.
If any of these documents expire, NYS Education Deptarment Office of Professions who provide the
NCLEX and State Board licensure may prevent processing of your application until your staus is
clarified. Please Note: the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project provides free counseling and
assistance to all CUNY students who need help with their immigration status.
For more information, click here
Any student who anticipates difficulty with the application for licensure for any of these reasons may
discuss this matter, in confidence, with the Director of Nursing Programs.
Check the following web sites for further information regarding licensure and regulations by the NYSBoard of Nursing and the NYS Board of Regents.
Clinical Facility Rotation ExperiencesStudents can be expected to be assigned to any health facility in the Greater Metropolitan area. All
students are required to provide their own transportation to and from these facilities. Students may
be expected to submit to drug testing and/or background checks in order to comply with
requirements of the clinical facilities. In addition, the Director of Nursing Programs may be
requested to release students social security numbers to affiliating agencies related to these
requirements STUDENTS MUST PRESENT OFFICIAL PHOTO IDENTIFICATION OTHER THAN
SCHOOL ID FOR DRUG TESTING! PLEASE NOTE: If for whatever reason, students are
unable to complete drug testing/background checks, they may not be eligible to utilize the clinical
facilities and hence may not be eligible to complete the Nursing Program or sit for the State
CPR CertificationAll students must have current CPR certification prior to being assigned to the clinical area.
Malpractice Insurance All nursing students are required to purchase malpractice insurance with a minimum professional
liability of $1,000,000 each claim with 6,000,000 aggregate. Applications for this insurance will be
distributed prior to the start of SCR 110. A valid policy is essential prior to the first clinical day and
must be kept current throughout all clinical courses.
Physical ExaminationAll students must have completed the required physical examination prior to being assigned to the
clinical area. Physical exams must be done on an annual basis. If you are pregnant please alert the
examining physician before you receive any immunizations or x-rays. Do not submit to a rubella
vaccination if there is any chance that you are pregnant.
Health StatusStudents must inform their clinical instructor of any change in health status or pregnancy before
accepting a clinical assignment. The faculty will consider the health and safety of both students and
clients when determining assignments. The college and nursing faculty reserve the right to require
a physician's statement regarding students' health status.
Submission of Forms and Lab/Drug Test ResultsAll necessary forms, laboratory results and required drug testing results must be submitted to
the Nursing Program at least two weeks before the first clinical day. IF THIS IS NOT
ACCOMPLISHED AS REQUIRED, STUDENTS WILL BE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE
CLINICAL COMPONENT OF THE COURSE AND WILL BE INELIGIBLE TO
CONTINUE. Students will be expected to withdraw from the clinical course. Failure to do so
voluntarily, will result in course failure if the student is unable to attend the clinical portion of
Located in room MB-40, the Heath Center Staff provide health counseling, first aid and emergency
care.Dress codes / Uniform Women Top:Female Zipper Top w/Collar - With Patch -----OR----- Unisex V-Neck Top - With Patch
Women Pants:Female Elastic Waist Pants - Cargo Pkt -----OR----- Unisex D-String Waist Pant - Cargo Pkt
If a dress is chosen, its hem must be below knee length “A-line Skirt Elastic Waist, 2 side pockets”
Only white shoes and stockings/socks are acceptable. Clogs, sneakers, or high heels are not
acceptable. Females may wear any neat white long sleeved jersey (crew neck) shirt under their white
Men Top:Male Zipper Top w/Collar - With Patch
Men Pant:Unisex D-String Waist Pant - Cargo Pkt
Male students may wear any neat white long sleeved jersey (crew neck) shirt under their uniform top.
A name pin with the first initial and last name is to be worn on the uniform at all times. Sweaters are
not considered part of the uniform and must not be worn during client care. All uniforms should be
neat, clean pressed and presentable (Iron as needed.)Students are held responsible for good personal hygiene as they are working closely with patients.
Hair should be contained, worn off the face and collar. Head wear worn for religious reasons should
conform with the uniform colors (white or navy). Men are to be clean shaven or have a neatly trimmed
beard and/or mustache. Permissible jewelry includes plain post earrings and plain wedding band. No
other jewelry is to be worn. Nails are to be short and free of polish. Each student must carry a pen
with black ink, bandage scissors, penlight, stethoscope and a watch which clearly indicates seconds.
Students who come to the clinical setting improperly attired or unprepared for their clinical
assignment will be dismissed by their clinical instructor and counted absent.
Students are required to be in full uniform for all performance exams.
Students must have a valid LaGuardia Community College identification on their person while on
campus. In addition students must have a valid LaGuardia identification visible at all times while at
the clinical site unless an alternative ID has been provided by the clinical institution
Two student nurses will be selected and notified by faculty to administer medications one week
prior to their assigned medication administration clinical day. These students will then be
required to go to the lab and practice medication administration during that week. Students are
responsible to bring a medication drug book to each clinical session.
The student nurses selected to administer medications will be given the names of the assigned
patients by faculty during preconference. The student nurses will be expected to review meds (in
the drug guide prior to the administer of said medications) related to:
A. trade and generic name B. purpose of medication
C. therapeutic dose range
D. side affects
E. nursing implications
F. contraindications/drug interactions
The student nurse will introduce self and identify the patient using two forms of ID as per
facility protocol – usually name and DOB or MR #.
The student nurse will review the Medication Administration Record (MAR) against the
physicians orders selecting medications to be given at the assigned hour. The student nurse will
be supervised by faculty as medication administration nursing interventions are determined
based on the MAR.
After introducing self and identifying the patient (asking patient name, ID Band and two
forms of ID -e.g. name and date of birth).
The student nurse will be expected to do a quick general assessment of patient and environment
(V/S .IV fluid infusion, IV site, dressing, oxygenation etc.) and ask if they need any assistance
prior to medication administration.
The student nurse will examine the chart and obtain information (diagnosis, activity, IV and
diet. Also examines for any contraindications to giving medications, ie NPO, allergies, HR, B/P
The student nurse will review the MAR a second time, consulting with the clinical
faculty/primary nurses to determine if any changes occurred in medications to be given. The
student nurse needs to alert the primary nurse prior to removing the medication drawer from the
medication cart if this is possible. Computerized carts may not permit removal of drawers.
The student nurse will select the medication to be administered from the drug cart by against
the MAR and identifying at minimum, the 6 rights of medication administration:
RIGHT PATIENT NAME: patient name on the drug is compared to the MAR
RIGHT DRUG NAME - Drug name on the MAR matches the drug being administered as
written on the physician’s order.
RIGHT DOSE - The printed amount of the drug on the MAR to be administered matches
the physician’s order and subsequently confirmed on pill encasing.
RIGHT ROUTE - The route written on the MAR matches the physician’s order.
RIGHT TIME – The time written for drug administration on the MAR matches the
RIGHT DOCUMENTATION is utilized on the MAR following the administration. Faculty
observes documentation on MAR based on hospital policy.
The student nurse will obtain medication from the draw beginning the required three checks
only under the supervision of faculty. The student nurse will check and identify the
when it is removed from the drawer;
as it is placed in the medication cup/syringe; and
when the packaged is opened and again at the time of administration to patient.
Prior to entering the room, the student nurse will review the process of patient identification
and administration of drug once more with the faculty.
The student nurse is expected to wash hands prior to identifying the patient correctly once
again just prior to medication administration using the patient’s ID bracelet and two identifiers
(e.g. name and date of birth).
Taking vital signs (ex: pulse and or B/P) if required prior and after administration and
Showing the patient the drug and teaching the patient about the purpose of the drug, the
ordered dose and any special administration requirements. The student nurse will have
MAR in hand;
Administering PO medications along with water or appropriate liquids (e.g. orange
juice to increase absorption of iron, no milk that could decrease absorption of iron,
Remaining with the patient until the medication is taken;
Never leaving meds unattended unless they are in a locked medication cart/room.
Documenting the medication administration, signing off with LAGCC SN in the
appropriate section followed by faculty co-signature;
Observing the patient 15-30 minutes following medication administration for any side
Observe the hospital time frame for administering medications (e.g. 30 min to 1 hour)
Informing the faculty and primary nurse of any negative patient responses and/or
problems that develop.
THE FOLLOWING STUDENT BEHAVIORS MAY LEAD TO PROGRAM DISMISSAL
(INVOLUNTARY PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL)
Any performance or negligence which causes, or puts the patient at risk for, physical or
Unprofessional conduct (See Rules of the NYS Board of Regents, Part 29, UnprofessionalConduct)
Failure to immediately report a patent-care error to clinical instructor and /or responsible staff
Being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, drugs which impair judgement, or illegal
Fraudulent or untruthful charting in a medical record.
Dishonesty, e.g. stealing from the college or a clinical agency, plagiarism, cheating on
examinations (see Policy on Academic Integrity).
Determination of any “direct threat” - This condition consists of a significant risk to the health
or safety of a student(s) or patient(s) with a high probability of substantial harm that cannot
be eliminated by reasonable accommodation.
REFERENCE: Registered Nursing Student Handbook: General Information and Policies.
All PN Certificate and Registered Nursing students must meet the following Essential
Nursing Performance Standards* for admission and progression to each program course.
Since an nursing education involves intellectually and physically challenging activities,
and moreover, involve critical decisions that will affect the well being of patients, it is
essential that every candidate meet these standards so as not to endanger other
students, faculty or patients.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973 ensure that qualified applicants to public institutions have the ability to pursue
program admission however, the applicant must meet certain essential skills as listed
below. Every student in the clinical phase of the RN and PN Certificate Programs will
be held to the same standards with or without reasonable accommodations.
When caring for a patient, nursing students must be able to:
use observational skills to recognize non-verbal patient responses including
facial expressions and body language and react to patient signals (gestures
or verbal calls) close by and from a distance (up to 10 feet away).
react and respond to equipment alarms and other displays (i.e.
apneic/cardiac monitors, or call bells) indicating immediate patient need.
utilize tactile, visual and auditory ability to monitor and assess health
assess pertinent body systems by directly performing palpation (feel for
pulses, lumps) and percussion (listen for sounds elicited by short quick
blows by the fingers to determine size, density and position) usually to
chest or abdomen.
visually inspect respiratory status (including changes in skin color) and
read thermometers, and calibrated equipment including syringes, BP
manometers, oxygen analyzers and pumps.
auscultate (listen for) cardiac, lung and abdominal sounds and be
capable of hearing patient and team member verbal communications
and telephone communications.
Student nurses must be able to communicate well in English, not only in
speech but also in writing and reading. They must be able to:
demonstrate appropriate communication skills when interacting with
patients, peers, family members and other professionals.
explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, respond to and
interpret health care provider orders, and direct assistive staff.
write legibly and correctly, document and interpret nursing care actions and
client outcomes, utilize computerized documentation skills and read
documentation in a patient chart from other health care personnel.
Nursing students must possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to
room, maneuver in small spaces, and navigate stairwells. They must be able to:
sit, stoop, bend, twist, stand, reach and move around in patient’s rooms,
work spaces and treatment areas throughout the day (5-8hours).
walk and balance well enough to assist patients with safe ambulation and
transfer with or without equipment on even and uneven surfaces (stairs,
ramps and curbs).
lift (at least 30 lbs), bathe, position and transport patients.
Students must demonstrate socially appropriate behavior, remain calm and
rational and be capable of physically functioning effectively in all patient related
situations. They must be able to:
utilize tactile ability sufficient to successfully assess and treat patients.
provide care to male and female patients without biases regarding gender,
culture, religion, race, ethnicity, color or disease.
perform nursing actions and procedures efficiently enough to meet the
needs of several patients in a timely manner.
function professionally in emergency and non-emergency situations.
give injections, insert and/or maintain patient catheters/tubes, effectively
operating equipment and devices such as IV pumps and ventilators, and
frequently realign and reposition patients.
effectively evaluate patient responses.
possess the emotional health and stability to manage all patients and
exercise good judgment.
attend to patients with compassion, integrity and a concern for others.
identify and manage stress in a mature and healthy manner.
maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal
Nursing students must:
maintain a minimum overall GPA (PN Certificate Program GPA of 2.5;
RN GPA 2.0) after entering the clinical phase.*
attain satisfactory ratings in all Nursing Program clinical course
achieve a minimum grade of 73% (C) in didactic written portions of all
science, math, and clinical core courses in the RN Program, and all core
courses in the PN Certificate Program.*
utilize sound, clinical judgment to relate, integrate and analyze information
(critical thinking) from several sources correlating classroom theory with
clinical patient care to document utilizing the clinical problem solving
process (Nursing Process), and RN students must additionally develop
nursing care plans utilizing the Nursing Process.*
validate the ability to calculate drug dosages, measure medications &
analyze drug data within allotted time.
demonstrate safe practice at all times within the context of the Nursing
display professional behavior expected of a practical nurse or registered
nurse based on written performance objectives.
± Under no circumstances will a student be barred from admission on the basis of
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, Acquired
Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era Veteran.
RN Program Pre-Clinical Information
RN Student Handbook