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Multiple Award (Dual Degree - AAS/BS) Program Admission Criteria

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. Selection into the Program is based on calculation of quality points (see nursing admission rubric). Applicants are ranked from highest to lowest number of quality points and admission is granted to the students with the most points. Meeting program admission requirements does NOT guarantee acceptance into the nursing program.

Admission Criteria

  • Be a graduate of a secondary school accredited by its State Education Department, hold a high school equivalency diploma (GED/TASC) with a minimum score of 245/2450, or meet certain homeschool criteria
  • College GPA 2.75 for transfer students 
  • High school GPA of 80 or higher for high school students
  • Pre-requisite courses:
    • Meet eligibility criteria for college level math (MATH 111 or MATH 112)
      • 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 the second New York State Regents mathematics examinations
    • Meet eligibility criteria for Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 217)
      • High School Regents Biology of 75 or above or BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology or BIOL 102 Introduction to Human Biology, and High School Regents Chemistry of 65 or above or CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry.
      • All pre-requisite courses may be repeated only once if a grade below "C" or "W" (Withdrawal) is received.

Kaplan Nursing Admission Test

Take the Kaplan preadmission exam - Kaplan Testing Instructions

  • 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. The examination can only be taken twice. No Kaplan scores older than three years will be accepted.
  • Students must pass the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) with a 60 or higher to be considered for admission.
  • Two failures of the entrance exam will deem the student as ineligible for admission to the program.
  • Students will be informed by the Admission Office on how to register for the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) after their application is reviewed.
  • There is a cost of $45.00 associated with this test payable by the student. To register please visit Kaplan Nursing Admission Test Registration.

    Office of Admissions
    French Hall
    SUNY Canton
    34 Cornell Drive
    Canton, NY 13617

    (315) 386-7123 or
    Fax: (315) 386-7929

  • Content
    The Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT) is a tool to determine if students have the academic skills necessary to perform effectively in a school of nursing. It is a 91-question, online, multiple-choice test that evaluates the basic reading, math, writing, and science skills of students seeking entry into a nursing program leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.
Content Items Minutes
Reading 22 45
Mathematics 28 45
Writing 21 45
Science 20 30
Total 91 165 (2 hours 45 minutes)

KNAT Content Outline

  • Preparation
    The KNAT is a crucial component in your nursing application. Therefore, you should prepare thoroughly for the exam. The recommended preparatory text is Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams: (ISBN-978-1-61865-602-5). Please note the text is for all nursing entrance exams and includes more information than is on the KNAT.
  • KNAT Sample Questions
  • 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 100% on the first (1) attempt to be exempt from the pharmacology I course. Please click on this link for a study guide. This option is limited to the following applicants:
    • Transfers from another nursing program
    • LPNs seeking advance placement
    • Readmits who have taken the pharmacology I course prior to fall 2015
  • 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. Applicants requesting readmission to the nursing program must have completed the last nursing course within two years.
  • 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.
      • Submit current United States State LPN license and registration.
      • Complete the online Excelsior College® Examination for Fundamentals of Nursing Exam 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 Composition and the Spoken Word with a grade of “C” or higher.
      • Students who are admitted into the program to begin second semester, will be offered the NURS 103 dosage calculation exam. It is the responsibility of the student to make an appointment with the Advisement Center (315-379-3954) to take the exam. Those who achieve a 100% grade on the first attempt of this exam will be exempt from taking NURS 103.
      • If the student chooses not to challenge the aforementioned dosage calculation exam or fails the first and only attempt, they will be required to take NURS 103.

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 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 "C" grade in NURS 101, NURS 106, NURS 107, NURS 201 and/or NURS 202 at SUNY Canton or any other college within two years of applying to the nursing program. Applicants or students with a second unsuccessful F- failure, W- withdrawal, or "C" 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 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, Human Anatomy & Physiology 2, and/or Microbiology at SUNY Canton or any other college within five years of within five years of entering any NURS/clinical course. 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 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 within five years of entering any NURS/clinical course will need to be repeated.

Important Dates

  • 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.

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

Spring Application Deadlines:

Review and final selection of applicants will be decided by December 24th

Office of Admissions
Wicks Hall 021
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

(315) 386-7123 or
Fax: (315) 386-7929