JCC Offers New Weekend Nursing A.A.S. Degree Program

Jefferson Community College is now offering a nursing associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree that can be earned on weekends over a two-year period. Graduates of the program, once they pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), will become registered nurses. Jefferson’s nursing graduates continue to excel on this licensing examination, a testimony to the quality of the nursing program and faculty. The NCLEX pass rate for JCC’s 2009 class was 100% and Jefferson’s pass rate has been consistently 5–10% higher than both state and national rates for the last several years.

Weekend nursing program students will meet at JCC every other weekend, on Fridays from 4–7 p.m. and from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, for two years. Clinical rotations will take place primarily at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. Tuition is the same as for the regular weekday nursing program and students may apply for financial aid. Additional tuition assistance and a variety of scholarships are also available for eligible nursing students.

The next weekend nursing program will begin in January 2011 with room for 12–18 students. Prerequisite coursework must be completed before the supplemental nursing application can be submitted. Students who need to complete prerequisite courses may do so at Jefferson. In order to be eligible for financial aid to complete prerequisites, students must first apply to JCC online or by submitting a completedfree application(PDF) and official high school and college transcripts. The deadline to submit the supplemental nursing application for the JCC weekend nursing degree program is September 1. Additionalnursing programinformation, including a complete list of nursing admission requirements, is available online.

Jefferson’s weekend nursing program is made possible by a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant awarded to Jefferson in 2009. The President’s Community-Based Job Training Grant Initiative provides funding for faculty and lab equipment to support the weekend nursing program for three years, although Jefferson hopes to continue the program beyond the 3 years so long as it fills a need in the community. The first class of weekend nursing students began their studies on January 8, 2010.

Prospective students may contact Marie Hess,DOLGrant Program Administrator and professor of nursing, at 315-786-2516 or mhess@sunyjefferson.edu or Cathleen Dowe, assistant professor of nursing and nursing department chair, at 315-786-2324 or cdowe@sunyjefferson.edu.

For more information about applying to Jefferson, contact the JCC admissions office at 315-786-2277.