Nursing (AAS)

Application Code: 
0622
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Description: 

360 Virtual TourThe nursing program prepares individuals to become registered professional nurses. Courses are sequential and progress from simple to more complex situations with specialized content in obstetrics, psychiatric, and pediatric nursing integrated throughout. Learning is enhanced through the use of skill practice for a "hands-on" approach to gain expertise. A state of the art campus lab with high fidelity simulator complements experience in regional facilities.

Clinical experience, an essential part of each nursing course, further enables students to gain competence to apply theoretical knowledge practice. During the first year, there is one seven-hour clinical lab a week; during the second year, there are two seven-hour labs weekly.Transportation to selected clinical sites will be provided/available.

A computer with Internet access and Microsoft Word is required for the nursing program. In addition, a handheld platform without a phone or camera (or with phone and camera disabled) is required.

The nursing program is designed to be completed in two academic years, but may be revised to meet individual needs. Licensed practical nurses or transfer students from other nursing programs may be eligible for advanced placement. Any student who was enrolled in nursing course work in a nursing program other than Alfred State must arrange for the director of that nursing program to submit a letter verifying that s/he left the program in good clinical standing with no professionalism or integrity concerns. Students without a positive letter will be ineligible for admission.

Students must earn a "C" in Nursing I & II and Anatomy & Physiology I & II and a "C+" in Nursing III & IV to progress in the nursing program. Competency in medication clinical computation is required and is tested as part of the Nursing II and III courses.

Further, specific policies related to progression in and readmission to the nursing program are publicized to enrolled nursing students in the Nursing Policies and Procedures Handbook. The Nursing Policies and Procedures Handbook is distributed to nursing students each year as part of the syllabus in the four major nursing courses.

The determination of a student's physical ability to complete the nursing program is based on an individualized assessment that relies on current medical evidence or on the best available objective evidence. If a student's physical ability compromises or threatens the health or safety of others, he/she is not "qualified" and therefore may be denied enrollment or continuation in the program.

In addition to meeting the college health requirements, nursing students are required to provide documentation of an annual PPD and a self-report health assessment. Hepatitis B vaccine, flu vaccine, and other requirements may be specified by affiliating agencies. A policy regarding chemical impairment is publicized to enrolled nursing students.

Any student wishing more information should contact the nursing program director.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply the nursing process within a holistic framework to assist diverse clients of all ages with major health concerns.
    • Assess client care needs and formulate a plan based on assessments.
    • Administer nursing care.
    • Record and/or report pertinent information regarding observations, care given, client reactions.
    • Evaluate care given and revise plan accordingly.
    • Use current evidence, critical thinking and judgment in the application of the nursing process.
  • Implement psychomotor nursing care measures in a safe, effective, and efficient manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with clients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Provide health education in a variety of settings using teaching-learning principles.
  • Promote a quality, caring environment that ensures clients' safety, comfort, dignity, and self-esteem consistent with his/her developmental stage.
  • Manage care for a group of clients in a timeand cost-effective manner.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships and work collaboratively.
  • Evaluate personal strengths and limitations; seek appropriate assistance.
  • Demonstrate accountability based on legal and ethical implications for personal behavior, professional practice, and aspects of care delegated to others.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for self-development and continued learning.
  • Communicate professionally in writing.
  • Use technology and information management skills to retrieve, communicate, and submit information.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Biology, Chemistry at high school level; if not taken in high school, then college course with “C” or better is required. Biology: BIOL 2303 Human Biology or BIOL 1104 General Biology I. Chemistry: CHEM 1013 Introductory Chemistry I. Algebra: MATH 1004 Mathematical Concepts. or Math 1014 Algebra Concepts
Recommended: Combined SAT score of 900 (critical reading and math)

Technical Standards: 

Required: It is essential that students are able to fully participate in clinical, caring for clients as assigned. Established entrance requirements for nursing students include being able to: - ambulate (walk) without assistive devices - lift at least 30 pounds - function in a safe manner, not placing clients in jeopardy - maintain confidentiality in regard to professional practice - perform effectively under stress, adjusting to changing situations - communicate effectively, orally and in writing

Accreditation/Certification: 

The program is accredited by the Accredition Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326; phone 404-975-5000) and registered by NY State Education Department.

Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN-NCLEX) in any state.

Completion of the nursing program does not assure registration as a registered professional nurse. Graduates of this nursing program meet the education requirements for admittance to the RN licensure exam; however, there is a requirement that the applicant be of "good moral character" and a fee must be paid for the test and license. On the application for New York State licensure, the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever been found guilty after trial, or pleaded guilty, no contest, or nolo contendere to a crime  (felony or misdemeanor) in any court?
  • Are criminal charges pending against you in any court?
  • Has any licensing or disciplinary authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license or certifcate held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  • Are charges pending against you in any jurisdiction for any sort of professional misconduct?
  • If the answer to any of the questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the State Education Department, prior to earning a license.
Features & Facilities: 
  • Prepares graduates for licensure as registered nurses
  • Provides background knowledge and skills needed to care for clients in health care settings
  • High-tech, high-touch care to clients of all ages in a variety of health care settings
  • Laboratory experience on campus with equipment similar to that used in clinical settings

Facilities used for clinical experiences include St. James Mercy Health, Hornell; Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville; Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville; Olean General Hospital, Olean; Charles C. Cole Hospital, Coudersport, PA; Cuba Memorial Hospital, Cuba; Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw; Highland Hospital, Rochester; as well as other area facilities. Some facilities require criminal background checks prior to clinical attendance.

Articulation Agreements: 

Licensed Practical Nurses may transfer to Alfred State and obtain advanced placement in nursing. An LPN will receive credit for Nursing I. Transcripts for applicants from other nursing programs will be reviewed to determine whether advanced placement is possible.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 40 credits of nursing (nursing I, II, III, IV)
  • 12 credits of natural science (anatomy & physiology I and II, microbiology)
  • 9 credits of social science (general psychology, general sociology)
  • 6 credits of English/humanities (freshman composition, literature)
  • 1 credit of physical education
Career Opportunities: 
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Settings
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • Home Health Care
  • Industry
  • Health Insurance Providers
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State nursing graduates may enter directly into either the nursing BS or technology management BBA degree programs.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Approximately twenty percent of Alfred State’s graduates transfer directly into a baccalaureate nursing program.

Alfred State students may transfer to the Alfred State Nursing BS and to most New York State baccalaureate programs with junior status, consistent with NYS transfer agreement.

Typical Semester Layout: 

All sections of nursing, clinical and on-campus, are taught by Alfred State College faculty. Instruction time is divided among lecture, clinical, skills lab, and small group. The six hours of nursing lecture each week are presented to the entire nursing class of approximately 60-100 students. In the freshman year, students participate in a small group discussion for one hour. The students' clinical instructor is the leader of these discussions. The ratio of students to faculty in skills lab is 10-12:1, in small group 20:1, and in clinical 10:1. The clinical instructor also serves as the student's adviser, an arrangement that has proven successful since clinical instructor and student spend many hours together each week.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
BIOL1404Anatomy & Phys I **4
NURS1109Nursing I*9
   16
Second Semestercredits
PSYC1013General Psychology3
BIOL2504Anatomy & Phys II ***4
NURS2209Nursing II*9
   16
Third Semestercredits
PSYC1023Human Development3
BIOL4254General Microbiology4
NURS3311Nursing III11
   18
Fourth Semestercredits
SOCI1163Gen Sociology3
LITRxxx3Literature3
NURS4411Nursing IV11
   17

*Minimum of a “C” grade is required for nursing I and II; minimum of a “C”+ grade is required for nursing III and IV.
**BIOL 1404 with a “C” is a prerequisite for NURS 2209
***BIOL 2504 with a “C” is a prerequisite for NURS 3311
****BIOL 4254 is a prerequisite for NURS 4411

Also required: One unit of physical education.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
98%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees354648
Responding to Survey24 (69%)38 (83%)40 (83%)
Employed21 (88%)32 (84%)29 (73%)
Employed in Field20 (95%)32 (100%)29 (100%)
Transferred3 (12%)6 (16%)10 (25%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment1 (2%)--1 (2%)
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$20,000 - $29,999 (1)
$30,000 - $39,999 (1)
$40,000 - $49,999 (4)
$50,000 - $59,999 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (0)