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Nursing

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Admission Requirements

  • High school or equivalency diploma
  • Biology (Biology Regents recommended)
  • Math (Algebra required)
  • Chemistry
  • FLCC offers a Liberal Arts and Science program with a path to nursing where students can satisfy these requirements.
  • Students who have not successfully completed the required chemistry courses may be admitted provisionally to the Nursing program. However, these students must successfully complete Introductory Chemistry or its equivalent at FLCC prior to starting professional nursing course work.
  • Any student required to take Basic Skills tests for English placement must place into ENG 101 to finalize acceptance into the Nursing Program.
  • Complete physical examination and immunizations. Student nurses must subscribe to the same laws as health facility employees which state, " No person is employed unless he/she is free from a health impairment which is a potential risk to the patients or which might interfere with the employee's performance of his/her duties, including habituation or addiction to depressants, stimulants, narcotics, alcohol or other substances that may alter behavior."

Admission to the Nursing program is competitive. While students may qualify for review upon completion of the prerequisites, applicants with the strongest academic credentials will have the greatest chance of admissions. Additional information about selection criteria can be obtained from the Admissions Office. A completed application must be on file in the Admissions Office by February 1 of the year the student seeks admission to the program.

Expected Qualities for Success in Nursing Associate Degree

The following abilities/qualities, with or without reasonable accommodation, are necessary for success in the Nursing Program. Reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment that enables an otherwise qualified individual with a disability to have the opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges that are available to a similarly situated individual without a disability. A reasonable accommodation is defined on a case-by-case basis and must take into consideration:

  • the specific abilities and functional limitations of the individual, and
  • the specific functional requirements of the nursing program.

Reasonable accommodations are directed toward providing an equal educational and/or employment opportunity for the disabled individual while providing for the safety of the individual, patient, and agency staff.

Physical Functioning

  • Tolerate sitting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, and walking for long periods of time.
  • Lift, carry, push, pull, or support objects, extremities, or persons: i.e., during ambulation, transferring from bed to chair, turning, moving and lifting patients in bed, supporting arms or legs during treatments or procedures, and lifting children onto chairs, beds, scales or examining tables. (50-100 lbs. occasionally, 25-50 lbs. frequently, and 10-25 lbs. constantly).
  • Moving efficiently enough to meet the needs of several patients in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrate motor coordination and manual dexterity required to handle and operate equipment, i.e., wheelchairs, beds, IV pumps, blood pressure cuffs, computer keyboard, syringes, open packages, and perform procedures.
  • Accurately hear physiological and environmental sounds, i.e., lung sounds, heart rate, blood pressure, bowel sounds, infusion pump alarms, etc.
  • Accurately distinguish colors, odors, body language and body alignment, i.e., skin color, drainage, nonverbal communication, and position of a person.
  • Maintain optimal physical well-being.

Cognitive Skills

  • Accurately calculate basic algebraic equations required to determine exact medication dosages, solutions, IV drop rates, and IV flow rates.
  • Collect and interpret data for purposes of planning and evaluation of patient care.
  • Accurately and efficiently interpret and communicate information in English, both written and spoken. For example:
  1. responding to physician's orders;
  2. reading and recording information;
  3. directing assistive staff.
  • Organize, prioritize, and plan work in a logical sequence.

Psycho/Social Skills

  • Cope effectively while working in a stressful environment using patience, tact, and flexibility.
  • Communicate therapeutically and effectively with others.
  • Respect persons of diverse cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate caring, empathy, accountability, honesty, and a neat, clean professional appearance.
  • Maintain an alert level of consciousness and orientation to time, place, and person at all times.
  • Maintain optimal mental well-being.

Readmission to the Nursing Program

The Nursing Department DOES NOT GUARANTEE re-admission to the nursing program! There must be substantial evidence that the applicant's outlook or circumstances has improved so that academic success is likely.

All requests for re-admission MUST be made in writing to the Department chairperson. Requests must be received by October 1st for consideration for the following spring semester and by April 1st for the following fall semester.

  1. An applicant seeking readmission to Nursing 101, 202, 203, 204, or 215 must do so within two years of leaving the program. S/he must submit a personal letter requesting readmission that includes:
    • A detailed explanation as to why the student failed or withdrew.
    • An explanation of the steps the student has taken to change the situation.
    • A thoughtful, reasoned plan for success.
    • Justification for readmission.
  2. Evaluation for re-admission will use but not be limited to the following criteria:
    • personal letter.
    • current GPA.
    • review of previous clinical/academic performance.
    • the Nursing Department's evaluation of the likelihood of the applicant's successful performance.
    • class space availability.
  3. If more than two years have lapsed the applicant must either repeat or successfully challenge prior nursing course work.
  4. Applicants seeking readmission must follow current Nursing Department Policies and Standards.
  5. Readmission Exclusions:
    • A student with a nursing failure defined as ‘C- or below' [‘C' or below for Fundamentals of Nursing], ‘WF', ‘Q', ‘W' from another school who fails a nursing course at FLCC is ineligible for readmission.
    • Students who leave the nursing program for patient safety violations may not be considered for readmission.
    • Students will not be admitted to the nursing program more than twice except in extremely rare and unusual circumstances requiring individual consideration by the Department of Nursing. However, a former student may be allowed a third admission into the program if the third admission occurs due to a change in status, i.e. generic student to LPN.
  6. If the applicant is unsuccessful in meeting readmission requirements, s/he has the following options:
    • S/he may seek readmission the following year per the current policy.
    • S/he may seek readmission to repeat the previous nursing coursework prior to the one for which they were unsuccessful, i.e. a student seeking readmission to NUR 202 who is unsuccessful in meeting readmission standards, may seek readmission to NUR 101, per the current policy.
  7. Accepted Students:
    • The faculty reserves the right to require the student to successfully demonstrate his/her theoretical knowledge and skill competency through selected testing before admission.
    • Students seeking readmission shall be given two attempts to be successful on selected skill competencies.
    • All students readmitted to NUR 101 are required to take Nursing Process (NUR 105) in Jan Plan.
    • Students who are readmitted to Nursing 101, 202, 203, 204 are eligible and strongly encouraged to take a clinical practicum preceding the re-entry semester.
    • Readmitted students are required to utilize current required textbooks and materials for the course which is being repeated.