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Nursing Program Students

Nursing Program Students

Admission to the Nursing Associate’s degree program at SUNY Sullivan is a competitive and time-sensitive process. In order to be considered for admission to this program, prospective students (including direct applicants from high school) must meet all of the following requirements prior to beginning their nursing studies:

  • Have a minimum high school average of 85 or a current college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5;
  • Have qualifying backgrounds in English, math, and biology*; Qualifying backgrounds in English, math, and biology means:
    • English: NYS Regents (78 or higher) or ACT (17 or higher) or SAT (minimum 480 in Critical Reading) or transfer-level college English course (C or higher)
    • Math: NYS Regents (75 or higher) or ACT (17 or higher) or SAT (450 or higher) or transfer-level college math course (C or higher)
    • Biology: AP Biology (3 or higher) or high school biology/living environment with a grade of 70% or higher, or transfer-level college biology course (C or higher) (Science credits earned more than 7 years prior to the start of the student’s first nursing semester will need to be evaluated by the science faculty for learning outcomes retention.)
  • Have taken the program prerequisite: SCI 1124 Principles of Biology and earned a C or higher.
  • Have applied for admission to the college, and provided official transcripts of all previous college work to the Admissions Office at admissions@sunysullivan.edu;
  • Have taken the ATI TEAS nursing placement exam. Students are allowed to take this exam twice for each application cycle. Exam results must be no older than one year at the time of the student's application to the Nursing program. Please click the link below for instructions to register for the TEAS exam.
  • Complete the nursing program application by March 1st for acceptance into the fall cohort, or October 1st for the LPN-Bridge program; and
  • Have received an acceptance letter into the nursing program.

Note: Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who apply for advanced standing in the Nursing program have additional requirements. Details can be found in the "Licensed Practical Nurses" drop-down section below.

Nursing Program Admissions Criteria and Rubric 

Nursing Program Application (Fall)

LPN to RN Bridge Program Application

Admissions Procedures

Admission to the nursing program is competitive and decisions are made on a rolling basis during the late spring and summer for the fall cohort, and by October 1 for the LPN-Bridge program. The SUNY Sullivan Admissions Office evaluates overall college GPA, science specific GPA, placement exam scores, and may request an interview with applicants. Students are encouraged to attend a nursing interest meeting to learn more about the process.

The Nursing program is designed to be completed in four sequential full-time semesters. Students who have already completed all pre-requisite requirements should be able to complete their studies on time in two academic years. Those who need pre-requisite courses may take approximately 6 semesters or more. Some students, because of the intense nature of the program, may find part-time study more appropriate.

  • No nursing courses may be transferred in from another college.
  • Students may transfer pre-requisite and general education courses from another college.
  • Science credits earned more than 7 years prior to the start of the student’s first nursing semester will need to be evaluated by the science faculty for learning outcomes retention.

Licensed Practical Nurses who apply for advanced standing in the Nursing program must meet all of the nursing program admission criteria and hold a current, unencumbered LPN license to enter the Transition from LPN to RN Student (Bridge)  program.

In addition to a valid unencumbered LPN license, in order to apply for this program a LPN must have all of the following completed:

  • ENG 1001, Composition I, C or higher
  • PSY 1500, General Psychology, C or higher
  • SCI 1124 Principles of Biology, C or higher
  • SCI 2124/2125, Anatomy and Physiology I (A & P) and Lab, C or higher

The Transition from LPN to RN Student (known as the Bridge program) is a hybrid online four-week program that reviews and reinforces the material from the first semester of the RN ADN program. It meets four evenings per week via synchronous Zoom classes. Attendance at each class is mandatory.

The Bridge program consists of:

  • Lecture classes with exams, and quizzes
  • Skills evaluation in the Nursing lab to review and assess the applicants' abilities in the nursing skills that are taught during the first semester.
  • A written research paper and 
  • A written clinical calculation exam with a passing grade of 90% for this exam.
  • On-campus lab days and the clinical calculation exam are scheduled after the successful completion of all assessments in the lecture portion of the program.

Credit for NUR 1001 (8 prior learning credits) will be granted after successful completion of The Transition from LPN to RN Student program with an overall grade of C+ (77 - 79%) or higher.

Completed application files are due 10/1.

A completed application file includes:

  • An application to SUNY Sullivan
  • An application to the LPN Bridge program
  • A copy of your current LPN license
  • ALL college-level coursework transcripts
  • TEAS entrance exam results

All LPN Bridge applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

LPN to RN Bridge Program Application

Readmission Policy

The readmission process deadline is November 1st for the spring semester and March 1st for the fall semester. Readmission into the Nursing program requires approval of the Director of Nursing Program and is on a space-available basis.

Steps:

  • Submit a request for readmissions in writing to the Director of Nursing Program. The letter should address factors that will enhance success when repeating a course;
  • Complete and submit an application for readmission to the college, if necessary. If a student did not remain enrolled in SUNY Sullivan after the failed class, the student must re-apply and be accepted to SUNY Sullivan prior to the application deadline.
  • Indicate the course for which readmission is sought.

In addition to the above, students who have been out of the program 12 months or more must also:

  • Satisfactorily complete the nursing skills competency for the last nursing course successfully completed
  • Complete clinical calculations competency with 90% mastery
  • Achieve a grade of 80% or better on a faculty-prepared cumulative written examination for the last Nursing
    course successfully completed.

A student may generally repeat only one nursing course one time throughout the entire duration of the program. For that reason, a student may reapply to the program only once without the permission of the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

Lab Failure 

  • The student will need to remediate all skills taught in that semester.
  • In order to have the remediation the student will make the appropriate appointments with the Instructional Assistant (IA). All appointments must be kept unless the college is closed, for a religious holiday, or a verifiable emergency
  • After all remediation is completed, the student will complete a competency which will include all skills in a simulation on a mannequin.
  • The IA will grade the simulation P/F. 
  • If the student successfully completes the competency the student will write a letter requesting re-admission to the program with rationale. 
  • If the student fails the competency the student will not be re-admitted to the program. 

Clinical Failure 

  • If a student fails clinical due to patient safety the student cannot be readmitted to the Nursing program. 
  • If a student fails clinical due to excessive absence the student must write a letter to request re-admission with rationale.
  • If a student fails clinical due to poor clinical performance the student will receive a remediation plan from the clinical faculty. 
  • The clinical faculty will send the remediation plan to the Lab I.A. and the clinical faculty will have a conference with the I.A. to give specific information regarding deficiencies. 
  • The student will be required to remediate with the IA in the lab and then complete simulations in the lab showing how each of the deficiencies noted in the remediation plan have been eliminated. The IA will grade the simulation P/F. 
  • If the student successfully completes the competency the student will write a letter requesting re-admission to the program with rationale. 
  • If the student fails the competency the student will not be re-admitted to the program. 
  • The New York State Board of Professions issues the license for the Registered Nurse.
  • One of the requirements to obtain a license is” good moral character” (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nursingrn.htm).

Applicable to All Re-Admissions Due to Failure

If a student is found to exhibit behaviors that are outside of the nursing code of ethics, the student will not be permitted to continue in the program:

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseethicalpractice.htm

Repeating students register on a space-available basis. Students will be informed of the date and time to register upon submission of the application. Students who request to repeat NUR 1010 and/or NUR 2020 will be seated on a competitive, space-available basis.

Students not seated for two consecutive semesters must reapply to the Nursing Program. 

AFTER APPLYING

We strongly encourage you to apply for financial aid as soon as you start your application to ensure that you will have the aid you need.

Once you are admitted, there are Next Steps to Becoming a General that you’ll also need to complete.

Admissions Office

Interested in attending SUNY Sullivan but not sure where to begin?

The Admissions Office is here to help. We recruit, counsel, and accept all eligible prospective students from Sullivan County and beyond. We aim to support a rich and rewarding college experience for all students, distributing helpful information to enhance career prospects and academic standing.

Admissions Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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