Curriculum Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 64 semester hours with a grade point average of no lower than C (2.0). A minimum of C in Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II is required to continue in the nursing program. In addition, satisfactory grade performance in the nursing program includes a minimum of C+ (2.5) in NUR 100 Fundamentals of Nursing, and C (2.0) in each succeeding nursing content course. Unsatisfactory clinical performance in nursing negates academic grade performance. For this degree program, you must successfully complete the following:


  • ENG 101 Composition I
  • ENG 103 Composition II
  • 3 credit hours Humanities Elective

Social Science

  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 200 Life Span Development
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Natural Science

  • BIO 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 230 Microbiology


  • NUR 100 Fundamentals of Nursing
  • NUR 101 Nursing Care of the Adult and Child I
  • NUR 202 Nursing Care of the Adult and Child II
  • NUR 203 Maternal-Child Health Nursing
  • NUR 204 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR 215 Nursing Seminar

Health/Physical Education Elective

  • Minimum 1 credit hour HPE activity class*

Requirements for Admittance to RN Licensure Exam

Graduates of this nursing program meet the education requirement 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. On the application for the test, the applicant is required to truthfully answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for a crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any state or country?
  • Have you ever been found guilty of professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?
  • Are charges pending against you for professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence in any state or country?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, the applicant must offer full explanation and establish his/her good moral character with the New York State Education Department.


* HPE activity classes include golf, bowling, racquetball, badminton, tennis, etc.

Candidates who wish to undertake the Excelsior College degree for an Associate in Applied Science in nursing in New York State may enroll at Finger Lakes Community College for required general education courses. Information about this external degree can be obtained by contacting Excelsior College at or by phone at 1(888)647-2388.

Students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing (B.S.N.) are advised to make this desire known early to help facilitate transfer to any of several upper division nursing programs in the area. Transfer articulation agreements are in place for Nazareth College, State University College at Brockport, St. John Fisher College, The Sage Colleges, LeMoyne College, SUNY IT and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Joint admission agreements are in place with Roberts Wesleyan College, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Rochester.

SUNY General Education Electives

For information on which courses fulfill SUNY General Education Electives and for information on transferring to a four-year school, visit