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Program Highlights

  • Obtain eligibility to be a Registered Professional Nurse
  • Develop critical thinking and professional behaviors
  • Become competent in nursing skills
  • Participate in clinical practicums and the skills laboratory

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The Nursing Program combines general education courses and nursing courses that allow students to complete their education in two years and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Classroom lectures, laboratory sessions and clinical practicums in area hospitals, long term care facilities and community health agencies are offered over the four semesters. Education is viewed as a mentoring relationship based on mutual respect and understanding that recognizes the diverse needs of the learner and empowers the learner to achieve their highest level of potential. Graduates earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to become Registered Professional Nurses.

Please download a copy of the Nursing Program Student Handbook [pdf] which describes our program in more detail and contains the Rubric for Nursing Admission Scoring.

The SUNY Canton Nursing Program is registered by the New York State Education Department, which is responsible to the Board of Regents. The Board is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national accrediting body for nursing education programs. The program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and Middle States, having met and maintained criteria for excellence.

Accreditations

The program is a member of:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE,
    Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 404-975-5000.
  • Registered by the NYS Education Department,
    Office of the Professions.

New York State Education Department Office of the Professions

State Education Department
The University of the State of New York
Division of Professional Education
Professional Education Program Review
Education Building
89 Washington Avenue
2nd Floor, West Wing
Albany, NY 1223
Email: OPPROGS@MAIL.NYSED.GOV
Phone: (518) 474-3817 ext. 360

The majority of our graduates are employed shortly after graduation in positions as staff nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities and community agencies. Other graduates choose to continue their education at a four-year educational institution. SUNY Canton offers a RN-BS program for those wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in nursing.

Students in this Major:

  • Utilize the nursing process, think critically, and base client care on evidence based practice.
  • Engage in active learning.
  • Develop personally and professionally.
  • Upon meeting the requirements for graduation, are eligible to sit for the licensing examination to become Registered Professional Nurses.

Career Opportunities:

  • Hospitals and Outpatient Clinics
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Community Health Agencies
  • Schools

Nursing

Career Outlook:

  • Nursing is the largest health care occupation.
  • There is increasing diversity in nursing employment, and projections indicate large numbers of new jobs.

Employers Of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • Hospitals and outpatient clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community health agencies
  • Schools

Transfer Opportunities:

Graduates have a number of transfer options including: RN-MSN, RN-BSN, and BSN programs. Students may also elect to transfer into the SUNY Canton online RN-BS program.


PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 0622)

Semester I Credits

BIOL 217 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (GER 2) 4
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral and Written Expression (GER 10)
3
NURS 101 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
NURS 103 Pharmacology I 1
NURS 105 Nursing Seminar 1
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester II Credits

BIOL 218 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
NURS 104 Pharmacology II 1
NURS 106 Maternal Child Nursing 4.5
NURS 107 Mental Health Nursing 4.5
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (GER 3) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Semester III Credits

BIOL 209 Microbiology 4
NURS 200 Pharmacology III 1
NURS 201 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 10
PSYC 220
PSYC 225
Child Development OR
Human Development
3
TOTAL CREDITS 18

Semester IV Credits

NURS 202 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 10
NURS 203 Professional Issues & Trends in Nursing* 1
NURS 204 Pharmacology IV 1
TOTAL CREDITS 12

* Writing Intensive Course

Graduation Requirements: Total Semester Hours – 62 credits with minimum 2.0 GPA

A grade of C+ or better is required for successful completion of all nursing courses and a grade of C or better is required for all co-requisite courses is required to continue in the program. Successful completion of all co-requisite courses and a semester GPA of 2.0 is required to continue in the program. This requirement is different from that of the college in order to help insure that the student is adequately prepared to enter the nursing profession, increase likelihood of success on the NCLEX-RN test, and enhance the ability of the student to transfer credit to another college.

Once enrolled in NURS 101, students must complete the program within four years. For extraordinary circumstances, permission to complete the program beyond four years must be granted by the Dean of the School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice in consultation with the Nursing Department Director or Curriculum Coordinator.

Of the four clinical nursing courses (NURS 101, 102, 201, 202) only one course may be repeated one time.Examples of interpretation of this rule follow:

  • A student does not obtain the final required grade of “C+” or better in NURS 101 and repeats the course. That student will not be allowed to continue in the program if he/she needs to subsequently repeat NURS 101, 102, 201, or 202.
  • A student successfully completes NURS 101 on the first attempt, but does not get the required grade of “C+” in NURS 102 and repeats the course. That student will not be allowed to continue in the program if he/she needs to subsequently repeat NURS 102, 201, or 202.
  • A student successfully completes NURS 101 and NURS 102 on the first attempt, but does not get the required grade of “C+” in NURS 201 and repeats the course. That student will not be allowed to continue in the program if he/she needs to subsequently repeat NURS 201 or 202.
  • A student successfully completes NURS 101, 102, and 201 on the first attempt, but does not get the required grade of “C+” in NURS 202 and repeats the course. That student will not be allowed to continue in the program if he/she needs to subsequently repeat NURS 202.

Students, who have not been successful more than once, in any one or combination of nursing courses, will not be considered for readmission to the associate degree nursing program.


RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete SUNY Canton's NURS 201, 202, 203, and 204 in order to meet the program's residency requirements.

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Debra Backus, Ph.D, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Nursing Director
Wicks 116
backus@canton.edu