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Practical Nursing Admission Requirements

Practical 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 following requirements are effective for all 2017 applicants.

  1. Proof of United States’ citizenship or legal residence or the appropriate Student Visa required for study in the U.S.
  2. Meet the minimum technical requirements for the nursing program.
  3. Be at least eighteen years of age at the time of applying for nursing licensure.
  4. Submit an application for admission into the nursing program.
  5. Meet eligibility criteria for college level math (Math 111 or Math 112)  and Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 217)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 106) with a grade of C or better, or 2 NYS high school regents math courses with a grade of 75 or above on two New York State Regents mathematics examinations
    • High School Biology Regents score of 75 or above or Introduction to Biology (BIOL 101); and High School Chemistry Regents score of 70 or above or Introduction to Chemistry (CHEM 101/100) or Investigative Chemistry (CHEM 107/108)
    • All pre-requisite courses may be repeated only once if a grade below "C" or "W" (Withdrawal) is received.
  6. Obtain Kaplan Admission composite score of 50 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.

Transfer Students

Candidates must have earned the following to be considered for transfer into the practical nursing program:

  1. Satisfy the criteria stated in Admission Requirements: PN.
  2. Have a college GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time the application is submitted.
  3. **Students requesting transfer from another nursing program must:
    1. Satisfy the criteria stated in the admission requirements: PN
    2. Satisfy the co-requisite criteria if seeking advanced placement.
    3. Obtain an overall college GPA of 2.5
    4. Students requesting transfer from a non-credit bearing PN course must take the Excelsior LPN Fundamentals exam and pass with a “C” or higher.
    5. Students requesting transfer from a non-credit bearing PN course must take an equivalent Drug Dosage Calculation and Pharmacology course and pass with a “C” or higher.
    6. Student to request a written statement from the transferring institution directly to SUNY Canton Admissions on college letterhead and sealed indicating their standing upon leaving the college.
    7. Students who wish to transfer into the LPN program in the spring semester must have completed a three-credit pharmacology course or if transferring from SUNY Canton ADN program have successfully completed Pharmacology 1, 2, 3 by the start of the Spring Semester. They also must take (or have completed) Pharmacology IV as a co-requisite.
    8. Complete SUNY Canton's LPNC 102 and LPNC 103 courses.

Note: 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. Science courses completed more than seven years prior to acceptance will need to be repeated.

Student Readmission Policy

A student who is unsuccessful in any nursing course the first time may reapply for admission into the next semester the course is offered. A student who has failed two nursing courses is not eligible for readmission. The student must wait five years from the date of initial entry into the program and apply as a new student. The student will compete as a new applicant at that time.

All current admission criteria must be met at the time the student submits an application for readmission. To be eligible for readmission, a student must complete the following in sequential order:

  1. Meet the minimum requirements for entry into the program
  2. Attended the previous nursing class within four years.
  3. Submit an application for readmission.
  4. Submit an updated transcript with their admission application.
  5. Submit a written plan as to how you (the student) will be successful, if readmitted. This information must be submitted with the admission packet.
    1. Identify factors that kept you from being successful in the program
    2. Identify factors that have changed.
  6. 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.
  7. Readmission is selective and on a space available basis.

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:
    • Review and first round selection of applicants with waitlist offers will occur by March 1st
    • Review and final selection of applicants with waitlist offers will be decided by June 1st
  3. Spring Application Deadlines:
    • Review and final selection of applicants will be decided by December 24th

Submission of current CPR certification and completed health requirements to the SUNY Canton Health Center by August 1st for fall admission and January 7th for spring admission.

Christine Thompson MSN, RN
PN Curriculum Coordinator
SUNY Canton
Cook Hall 202
315-379-3898
thompsonc@canton.edu