Nursing A.A.S.

The Program

The purpose of this curriculum is to prepare the student for entry level positions in patient care. The curriculum includes courses in adult medical/surgical nursing, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, professional nursing practice and pharmacology. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse. The nursing courses combine theory with the opportunity to apply knowledge in the nursing laboratory, in hospitals, and health-related agencies.

Students will enjoy the personalized instruction offered by experienced, highly qualified faculty. Classes are delivered in high-tech classrooms and a fully equipped practice lab. Students will experience a supportive and caring environment. College faculty teaches all courses and provides individual guidance in clinical nursing experience.

The traditional weekday option is two academic years in length if pursued on a full-time basis. Some laboratory experiences may be scheduled during evening and weekend hours. Because of the intense nature of the Nursing Program, the student may find that part-time study is more appropriate.

The weekend option is designed for those students who wish to become a registered nurse, but prefer a non-traditional academic schedule. The nursing courses are offered every other weekend over a period of two full years (including summers). The class and laboratory sessions will be taught at the College, while the clinicals will be offered at various agencies. The weekend option begins in January. Classes and clinicals meet primarily on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Some weekday or evening clinicals will be required throughout the two years. It is highly recommended that students complete most of the liberal arts and science courses prior to enrolling.

Academic program requirements include a grade of “C” or higher in each co-req and required nursing course and each required science course. Students must successfully complete a medication calculation competency exam in NUR 111, NUR 112A/NUR 112B, NUR 231A/NUR 231B and NUR 232 in order to progress in the nursing curriculum and to graduate.

Eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in New York State by persons who have been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) or have charges pending in any state or country will be determined through an investigation by the New York State Education Office of Professional Discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Nursing program with an A.A.S. degree will be able to:

  1. Practice concepts of learned attributes to care for clients at all developmental levels
  2. Utilize the nursing process to meet the caring needs of individuals experiencing an illness or loss/dysfunction
  3. Utilize effective communication skills when interacting with health team members, clients, families and peers
  4. Demonstrate competency in performing technical skills for clients
  5. Practice as a team member in collaboration with other health team members
  6. Create an environment for health teaching for individuals seeking to restore balance
  7. Maintain ethical, legal and professional responsibilities within the Registered Nursing scope of practice
  8. Identify and embrace characteristics of a lifelong learner
  9. Utilize theories and/or concepts of science, liberal arts and nursing to provide holistic care

Career Opportunities

Registered nurses promote health and care for sick, disabled, and injured individuals. They administer medications and treatments, assist physicians and primary care providers during treatment and examination, refer clients to physicians and other health care specialists, and help clients cope with illness. Nurses are advocates and health educators for clients, families, and communities. Registered nurses work in surgery, maternity, pediatrics, emergency room, intensive care, or cancer treatment departments of hospitals; in physician offices and clinics; home health care agencies and nursing homes; temporary help agencies; schools; government agencies; surgicenters and emergency medical centers; health maintenance organizations; and education. With advanced training, RNs can become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, or certified nurse midwives.

The health care industry is expected to grow much faster than average, 23% from 2006-2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is due to technological advances in medical treatment and an aging population.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Jefferson has partnered with some selected academic institutions to develop agreements that help students transfer smoothly.  These agreements assist students with selecting courses in their academic program that will transfer effectively to specific baccalaureate programs:

SUNY Institute of Technology, Nursing, B.S.
Le Moyne College, Nursing, B.S.
SUNY Canton, Health Services Management: Health Services, B.T.
Franklin University, Health Care Management, B.S.
SUNY Upstate Medical University, B.S., R.N. to M.S.
SUNY Empire State College, B.S.
Keuka College, R.N. to B.S. (offered at the Jefferson Higher Education Center)

In addition, Jefferson Community College’s Nursing Program has an agreement with Jefferson-Lewis BOCES’ Practical Nursing Program.

Admission to the Program

Due to a large number of applicants for the traditional program, the College is no longer accepting nursing applications for Fall 2017 effective May 23, 2017.  Students may apply to Jefferson Community College and be accepted to the Math Science/Allied Health program in order to complete pre-requisite courses.

Completed applications for fall admission to traditional weekday option will be reviewed starting in February. Completed applications for spring admission to the weekend option will be reviewed starting in September. Applicants for admission to the nursing curriculum must meet the admission standards established by the College. All applications will be considered competitively. Academic preparation, experience, and motivation are considered by the Nursing Admissions Committee. When there are more qualified students than space in the Nursing class, the Nursing Admissions Committee will start a waiting list of qualified students. Students on the waiting list are notified of their acceptance into the Nursing program as space becomes available in the class. Each semester, at the end of the first week of classes, the waiting list is dissolved. Students desiring to enter the Nursing program must reapply for admission.

An applicant for admission to the Nursing Program must:

  • Complete Jefferson’s Free Application for Admission and the Nursing Supplemental Application, both available online at or upon request.
  • Submit high school transcripts, GED test scores and/or college transcripts.
  • Be a high school graduate or have an equivalency diploma.
  • Have successfully completed one (1) year of high school chemistry with a “C” or higher, or successfully completed the chemistry TEAS test, or Nursing ABC (Chem 095) with a “C” or higher, or CHE 107 or higher with a “C” or higher.  
  • Meet all prerequisites for BIO 251 or BIO 252
  • Have successfully completed MTH 174 with a grade of “C” or higher or have successfully completed, within the last 2 years, MTH 125, MTH 133 or MTH 155 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • If applicant has completed MTH 125, MTH 133 or MTH 155 with a grade of “C” or higher between 2 and 7 years ago, the applicant will be required to document current competency by completing ALH 110 with a grade of “C” or higher or successfully complete a MTH 155 placement test.
  • If more than 7 years since applicant successfully completed MTH 125, MTH 133 or MTH 155 with a grade of “C” or higher, the student must successfully complete a MTH 155 placement test or successfully repeat MTH 125 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Pretest at the ENG 101 level or have successfully completed ENG 100.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 or a High School grade average of at least 70.
  • If born on or after January 1st, 1957, provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
  • In addition to the JCC College requirements, submit results of a current physical examination, a Mantoux test (done within 3 months of beginning clinical experience in the Nursing Program), proof of  a tetanus immunization (done within the past ten years), and proof of rubella immunization or results of a rubella titer. These particular requirements may be submitted upon acceptance into the program.
  • Present a card of completion in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers. This must be renewed annually. This may be submitted upon acceptance into the program.

Readmission to the Program

Students must apply for readmission to the Nursing Program through the Jefferson Community College Admissions Office. The deadline for submitting an application for the Fall semester is January 30th. The application deadline for the Spring semester is November 1st.

Once a student has been unsuccessful in the Nursing Program, s/he may be readmitted only once for readmission.

Any student who seeks readmission to the Nursing Program must meet program requirements in effect at the date of re-entry.

Readmission is subject to approval of the nursing faculty.

Except for the circumstances specified above, nursing students are governed by general College regulations regarding academic standing.

Once matriculated into the Nursing program, a student has four years to complete the program requirements.

Students reapplying to Nursing 112 A, B or Nursing 231 A, B MUST enroll in the corresponding co-requisite course in the semester in which they are seeking readmission. If students have previously passed the co-requisite with a grade of “C” or better, they are still required to enroll and successfully complete the co-requisite.

Transfer into the Program

Students wishing to transfer from another nursing program to Jefferson’s nursing program must complete all pre-requisites, complete the application process, and be accepted into the program. Transfer students must provide the Nursing Department Chairperson, course syllabi of successfully completed (“C” or better) nursing courses. Each syllabus must indicate course hours, contact hours, clinical hours, and laboratory hours. The Chairperson will review each course and confer with appropriate Nursing faculty to ensure the student has met the equivalent course in the JCC nursing curriculum. If a student is lacking in a particular area, every effort will be made to accommodate the student’s need.

Medication Calculation Competency

Medication calculation competency will be a critical element in NUR 111, NUR 112A, NUR 112B, NUR 231A, NUR 231B, and NUR 232.

A medication calculation examination one hour in length will be administered prior to the first week of each semester. Students not receiving 100% competency for NUR 111, NUR 112A, NUR 112B, NUR 231A, NUR 231B, and NUR 232 will have two (2) additional opportunities to retake a different version of the medication calculation examination and receive 100% competency in order to remain in the nursing program. Those students not receiving 100% competency after these three (3) examinations will be unable to continue in the nursing program. Calculators will not be used during NUR 111 and NUR 112A, NUR 112B examinations. Calculators will be used during NUR 231A, NUR 231B, and NUR 232.

Jefferson Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)

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Abilities and Skills Required for Nursing

The following abilities and skills are essential for a student to be successful in the Nursing program and to become employed as a Registered Nurse. The student is required to meet these essential functions/skills with or without reasonable accommodations.

The student must:

  • Lift and carry a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.
  • Sit, bend, reach and/or walk and stand for the work day with one 30 minute meal break.
  • Push and pull a patient using appropriate body mechanics.
  • Illustrate visual and auditory acuity with or without adaptive devices to complete such assessments including heart and lung sounds and inspection.
  • Possess dexterity to successfully manipulate and utilize supplies and equipment such as:  syringes, dressings, suctioning equipment, oxygen equipment, and assistive devices.
  • Safely lift and transfer patients from stretcher to bed (vice versa) or bed to wheelchair (vice versa) using minimum and maximum assistive techniques.
  • Possess the ability to express oneself verbally and in the written word and illustrate good interpersonal skills.
  • Possess the ability to successfully calculate mathematical medication problems relevant to clinical situations and appropriately prepare and administer these medications.
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced, potentially stressful environment:  (a) School:  handle stresses of an intense nature in the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting.  (b) Work:  possess the flexibility to adjust and react to rapid changes in the patient status.
  • Maintain a grade of “C” or better in nursing courses and science courses.

The deadline for submitting an application for the traditional program is January 30th. The deadline for the weekend option is September 1st.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to application to the nursing program.

*Prospective students who have previous college credits for BIO 106, 111, 131, 251, or 252 or their equivalents will meet the Biology pre-requisite for the Nursing Program.


 Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2015)
Credit Hours
Nursing Requirements (39 Credit Hours)
NUR 111: Nursing 1: Basic Needs
NUR 112A: Maternal and Newborn Health
NUR 112B: Medical/Surgical 1
NUR 212: Pharmacology
NUR 231A: Medical/Surgical 2
NUR 231B: Psychosocial Nursing
NUR 232: Medical / Surgical 3
NUR 234: Seminar in Nursing
Science Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
BIO 202: Microbiology
BIO 251: Anatomy and Physiology 1
BIO 252: Anatomy and Physiology 2
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
ENG 101: Research and Composition
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology
PSY 233: Life Span Development
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology
ALH 145: Introduction to Medical Terminology


Jefferson Community College Nursing Program Student Outcomes

MAY 2014 2015 2016
Graduation Rate 0.42 0.42 0.46
1st time licensure Pass Rate 100%
June 1 - July 31
June 1 - July 31
Job Placement Rate 100%
May 20 - July 31
May 20 - July 31
May 20 - July 31


December 2013 2014 2015
Graduation Rate 0.83 0.75 0.41
1st time licensure Pass Rate 100%
January 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014
January 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015
January 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016
Job Placement Rate 100%
December 20, 2013 - March 30, 2014
December 20, 2014 - March 30, 2015
December 20, 2015 - March 30, 2016


For More  Information

Marie Hess, Professor of Nursing, Interim Director of Nursing

Julie Soule, Coordinator of the Weekend Nursing option and Assistant Professor of Nursing

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522