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The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Nursing is a two-year Nursing curriculum offered to men and women of all ages including recent high school graduates, mature adults, and licensed practical nurses. Graduates are prepared to accept beginning level staff nursing positions in a variety of health facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and extended care facilities.

The emphasis of the curriculum is on direct patient care in the preparation of students for the three interrelated roles which are defined for the graduates of the Associate Degree program as provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Through the study of the Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences, and Nursing, students will gain an understanding of the value of individuals and their contributions to society.

The Nursing curriculum is accredited and registered with the New York State Education Department, Bureau of Professional Licensing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many times can I take the Entrance Exam?


When is the Entrance Exam given?

Why can’t I declare Nursing as my major?

After completing the entrance requirements and are accepted into the Nursing Program classes (NUR) your major will be declared nursing.

If I earn my Associates degree does that mean I automatically get into the nursing program?

No; Your career GPA must be 2.5 or higher and you must have the prerequisites, take the entrance exam, then submit a completed Nursing Program Application and your application will be sent to the Admission Committee for Nursing.

How long is the Nursing Program?

I have some nursing credits from another school do they transfer?

The nursing program does not accept nursing transfer credits.

Is there a waitlist for the Nursing Program?

Not at this time. The program uses a rubric system and the entrance exam to seat students.

Can I transfer my nursing credits to a BSN program?

SUNY Sullivan has articulation agreements with several RN to BSN programs which will accept many of your nursing credits making transfer to these program seamless.

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All students who wish to apply for admission to the SUNY Sullivan Nursing program must attend one of the pre-admission nursing program orientations. The presentation is an overview of the Associate Degree nursing program at SUNY Sullivan, and highlights important policies and procedures outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook. These presentations will be offered once monthly and dates and times can be accessed on this webpage.

SUNY Sullivan Nursing Program Admission Requirements

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 must meet all of the following requirements prior to beginning their nursing studies (in the fall):



Prospective students must also complete the following steps to officially apply for admission to the Nursing Program:

Step 1

Submit a completed SUNY Sullivan application to the College Admissions Office by March 1, including all official college or high school transcripts, if not already a matriculated SUNY Sullivan student. All students are admitted to the College as Liberal Arts majors (unless they wish to declare a different program of study) until they are officially accepted into the SUNY Sullivan Nursing Program.

Step 2

Submit a completed Nursing Program application by March 1 to the Nursing Program Admissions Committee. Applications are available through the Admissions Office, or the web page. The Nursing Program application is required in addition to the SUNY Sullivan general application.

Step 3

Register for the Entrance Exam with the Health Sciences Division Office: (845) 434-5750 x4341.

Step 4

Take the Admissions Test. Registration for the admissions test is to be submitted with the application to Nursing no later than March 1st.

Admissions Decision-making Process:

The SUNY Sullivan Nursing Admissions Committee meets at the end of spring semester. Only those applicants who have met the above-outlined criteria will be considered for admission to the program. Late and incomplete applications will be eliminated from the candidate pool. Applicants are assigned points for each criterion; the higher the average/grade/score, the more points assigned. Each applicant’s cumulative score is then ranked against the other applicants from highest to lowest. In the event that the number of qualified applicants exceeds program capacity, those ranked lower will be encouraged to reapply for admission to the following year’s class.

The incoming fall class will be finalized by June 1st. After the definitive incoming fall class has been seated, no additional candidates will be admitted to the program. All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final. All applicants will be notified officially by letter during the first ten business days of June. Those applicants who have been accepted into the program will be eligible to register for nursing classes immediately thereafter.

Students who do not meet all of the nursing program entrance requirements and those not accepted may apply to the program again in subsequent years. Important Note: Students receiving financial aid have 6 semesters of full-time study to complete a degree or certificate.

Length of Program

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.

Transfer Students

Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurses who apply for advanced standing in the Nursing Program must meet all of the following academic criteria for eligibility:

Licensed Practical Nurses seeking admission to enter NUR 1010, Commonalities of Nursing Care (second semester) must have all of the following completed before starting the program:

EnglishNYS 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)
MathNYS 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 a transfer level 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).
LPN to RN Bridge Course & Skills Competency (Offered during the winter session)Pass
NUR 1015, Clinical Calculation (Offered during the winter session)Pass

Credit for NUR 1001 will be granted after successful completion of NUR 1010 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.

An offering of admission to NUR 1010 is not guaranteed is at the discretion of the nursing department based on enrollment and clinical placement availability.

The deadline for application to the nursing program for LPNs is October 15th.

Students Seeking Readmission to the Nursing Program

The readmission process deadline is October 1st for the spring semester and March 1st for the fall semester. Readmission into the Nursing program requires approval of Health Sciences Division Chairperson and is on a space available basis.

Criteria for students seeking readmission within one year of withdrawal or failure in a nursing course:

  1. Notify Nursing Admissions Committee, in writing, requesting readmission
  2. Indicate course for which readmission is sought

Criteria for students seeking readmission after more than one year of withdrawal or failure in a nursing course:

  1. Notify Nursing Admissions Committee, in writing, requesting readmission.
  2. Indicate course for which readmission is sought.
  3. Satisfactorily complete the nursing skills competency for the last Nursing course successfully completed.
  4. Complete clinical calculations competency with 90% mastery.
  5. Achieve a grade of 80% or better on a faculty prepared cumulative written examination for the Nursing course previously completed.
  6. A student who fails or withdraws from NUR 1001 in the first semester will need to reapply to the Nursing Program.
  7. Science credits earned more than 5 years prior to the start of the students first Nursing semester will not satisfy program or pre-requisite course requirements.

A student may repeat only one nursing course (1) time throughout the entire duration of the program. For that reason a student may reapply to the program only once.