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Admission Requirements

Nursing is a competitive program that requires students to have a strong background in biology, chemistry, math and reading comprehension. Admission is based on the academic qualifications of the student and space availability. Meeting program admission requirements does NOT guarantee acceptance into the nursing program. The requirements are effective for all 2017 applicants.

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  • Meet eligibility criteria for college level math (Math 111 or Math 112)  and Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 217)
    • All pre-requisite courses may be repeated only once if a grade below "C" or "W" (Withdrawal) is received.
  • Take the Kaplan preadmission exam and obtain an admission composite score of 60 out of a possible 91 points.
    • All applicants are required to take and pass the entrance exam. An applicant who is unsuccessful will have one more opportunity to retake the entrance exam during a subsequent semester. Two failures of the entrance exam will deem the student as ineligible for the program. The examination can only be taken twice in one calendar year. No Kaplan admission scores older than three years will be accepted.
    • All transfer and LPN students are required to take the Kaplan admission exam.
  • Submit a letter of good standing, written from the institution on official letterhead and sent via mail, if transferring from another nursing program.
  • Provide Admissions with official transcripts from all schools previously attended. Official transcripts must be sent from the institution with the seal of the school affixed to the document. Course equivalence are determined by the Transfer Credit Evaluator and the Dean of the School of Health, Science and Criminal Justice in collaboration with the Nursing Director.
  • Take the SUNY Canton pharmacology dosage calculation exam and receive an 80% on the first (1) attempt to be eligible for admission into the program, if transferring from another nursing program or being readmitted into the program.
    • Applicants who receive a 100% on this exam will be exempt from the pharmacology I course.
    • Applicants who receive a grade of 80% to 99% will be required to take the pharmacology I course.
    • Applicants who score less than an 80% on the exam will not be admitted into the program.
  • If a student is requesting re-admission to the nursing program and it has been more than one year since the student was last enrolled in the nursing program, the student will be required to audit the lecture and lab sections of the last nursing course successfully completed.
  • Readmitted students will be required to sign a conditional admission contract if they wish to be readmitted into the nursing program when the readmission is due to a clinical course failure.
  • Residency requirement for graduation: Complete SUNY Canton’s NURS 201, 202, 203, and 204 courses, if transferring from another nursing program.
  • Present a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card for a Healthcare Provider (Basic Life Support) from the American Heart Association. CPR should be current from August 1st through June 1st
  • Present evidence of satisfactory health status with a current and complete record of immunizations.
  • Licensed Practical Nurses Advance Placement Applications
    • The LPN may be exempt from the first semester of nursing courses (Nursing 101, NURS 105 and NURS 103) providing the following criteria are met:
      • Satisfy the criteria stated in Admission Requirements: AAS Nursing.
      • Complete the online Excelsior College® Examination for Fundamentals of Nursing Exam (www.excelsior.edu) with a score of “B” (80%) or higher for those students who have graduated from a non-credit bearing, non-college practical nursing program.
      • Complete Human Anatomy & Physiology I with a grade of “C” or higher.
      • Complete English 101 Expository Writing OR English 102 Oral and Written Expression with a grade of “C” or higher.
      • NURS 101 students, who have successfully completed a practical nursing program and are admitted into the program, will be offered the NURS 103 dosage calculation exam. Those who achieve a 100% grade on this exam will be exempt from taking NURS 103.
      • Submit current United States State LPN license and registration.

Important Notes

  • Applicants must meet the minimum technical requirements for the nursing program, have proof of United States citizenship or have proof of legal residency or the appropriate Student Visa required for study in the U.S. and be at least 18 years of age upon graduation from the program.
  • Applicants may have no more than one repeat, as a result of an F- failure, W- withdrawal, or "D" grade in Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, Human Anatomy & Physiology 2, and/or Microbiology at SUNY Canton or any other college.  Applicants or students with a second unsuccessful F- failure, W- withdrawal, or "D" grade are ineligible to apply to the SUNY Canton nursing program.
  • Applicants may have no more than one repeat, as a result of an F- failure, W- withdrawal, or "D" grade in any of the above prerequisite courses within five years of applying to the nursing program.
  • Applicants who have been unsuccessful in two nursing courses or the same nursing course twice at SUNY Canton or another college/nursing program are ineligible to apply to the SUNY Canton nursing program.
  • SUNY Canton utilizes a regular decision admission policy. The College will accept applications for admission from November to January of the academic year prior to the applicant's requested admission.  The College's Admissions Committee will meet in January and again in March to make final decisions about acceptance into the program. If an applicant exceeds the required admissions requirements for the College, an early acceptance letter will be sent to the applicant as soon as all application materials have been received.  As a single purpose institution with limited enrollment, we want students to be aware that a commitment of admission is expected and request an acceptance of offer of admission within two weeks of notification.
  • Transfer credit may be awarded for courses that were previously taken at an accredited institution, passed with a grade of “C” or better, and are similar in content and credit hours to those in the SUNY Canton curriculum, such as Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology. Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology completed more than seven years prior to acceptance will need to be repeated or challenged.

Important Dates

  1. Admissions to SUNY Canton’s undergraduate nursing programs are very competitive; therefore, it is important to remain aware of dates for application submission and completion of health and CPR requirements.
  2. Fall Application Deadlines:
    1. Review and first round selection of applicants with waitlist offers will occur by March 1st
    2. Review and final selection of applicants with waitlist offers will be decided by June 1st
  3. Spring Application Deadlines:
    1. Review and final selection of applicants will be decided by December 24th
  4. Submission of current CPR certification and completed health requirements to the SUNY Canton Health Center by August 1st for fall admission

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