• Nursing

    Nursing is a field rich in opportunities and offers enormous flexibility in career development. New graduates must be able to identify and meet client needs according to the parameters of professional practice in a variety of settings, have solid communication skills and be familiar with computer technology.

  • The Registered Nursing program at LaGuardia leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, and is administered by the Health Sciences Department. The Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and by the New York State Board of Regents. This program prepares students to function as registered nurses (R.N.'s) in acute and chronic care facilities. Graduates of the program are immediately eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

    For contact information:

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3344 Peachtree Road NE 
    Suite 850 
    Atlanta, Georgia 30326 
    Phone: (404) 975-5000 
    Fax: (404) 975-5020 
    Email:  info@acenursing.org 
    Web:  www.acenursing.org 

    Prospective nursing students should contact the Office of the Professions with any questions they have regarding the Nursing profession.

    New York State Education Department 
    Office of the Professions
    89 Washington Avenue
    Albany, New York 12234 
    Phone: (518) 474-3817
    Email:  op4info@nysed.gov  
    Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/

  • The City University of New York - LaGuardia Community College
    Student Achievement Data 2018

    Graduate Success on NCLEX-RN 96%
    Graduation Rates 57%
    Graduation Employment 67%
    Graduate Continuing Education 93%
  • The program consists of 66 credits, with a balance between nursing and general education courses. Graduates of LaGuardia’s RN program will possess the ability to:

    • Communicate effectively
    • Provide direct nursing care to clients of all ages who exhibit common, well-defined health problems;
    • Teach clients
    • Manage client care
    • Practice within the legal and ethical framework of the profession

    There are approximately seventy-five different specialties in nursing. Nurses practice in hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, clients’ homes, schools, long-term care facilities, and industry and community agencies. They are engaged in direct client care, administration, education, and/or research. Nurses in advanced practice are prepared to assume greater autonomy in areas such as primary care, clinical specialties, anesthesia and midwifery.

    The Nursing program co-hosts an  annual research conference each spring with Nurses Association of the Counties of Long Island (NACLI).

    Pre-Clinical and Clinical Phases

    The Nursing program is divided into two distinct phases:

    • A: Pre-clinical - consisting of all required general education courses, including the key courses
    • B: Clinical - consisting of all nursing courses with SCR pre-fix, complemented by campus laboratory experience and clinical practice in area health care facilities

    New and transfer students intending to pursue the Nursing program are considered pre-clinical students (undeclared health major, 470 / UNDNRS-AAS). Progression to the clinical phase, known as applying for candidacy, is competitive and is not guaranteed.

    Pre-Clinical students must file for Nursing candidacy, complete four key courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75. minimum score of 50% will be required on each of the four (4) sections of the TEAS exam (English, Reading, Science and Math), with an overall score of at least a 58.7% before applying for RN candidacy. Achieving the minimum requirements does not guarantee that a student will be selected for the Clinical phase. Pre-Clinical students that meet the minimum requirements are ranked by the Registrar’s Office; the number of students accepted into the Clinical phase varies each semester based on the number of seats available. See additional information.

    Additional information regarding the scoring system and progression to the Clinical phase can be found in the Handbook. Pre-Clinical students may only apply for candidacy twice. The Clinical phase is a two and a half year program, based on full-time, day attendance.

    In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

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    To be considered eligible for progression to the first nursing course (SCR110), a student must have met all of the following requirements:

    • Be registered at LaGuardia as a pre-clinical “undeclared health major”, 470 / UNDNRS-AAS
    • Meet the requirements for the TEAS entrance exam (see Handbook for more information)
    • Registered for Nursing Candidacy (NUR000) in either the Spring Session I (for entrance in the Fall) or the Fall Session I (for entrance in the Spring). Key courses should either be completed or will be completed by the end of this 12 week session.
    • Earned at least a 2.75 GPA (Grade Point Average) in the four "key" pre-clinical courses listed below:
    • ENG101  Composition I, 3 credits 
    • SSY101   General Psychology, 3 credits 
    • SCC 110  Foundations of Chemistry, 4 credit 
    • SCB203   Fundamentals of Human Biology I, 4 credits
    • Successful completion of SCB 204 Fundamentals of Human Biology II, 4 credits

    While a GPA of 2.75 in the key courses is the minimum requirement for consideration, it does not guarantee progression to clinical courses.

    As of the Fall 2009 semester, in order to advance into nursing clinical coursework, (application for candidacy in RN or LPN Programs), students must provide documentation in one of the following categories to the Office of the Registrar (C107):

    • US citizenship
    • Permanent residency
    • International student with F1 status
    • Granted asylum, Refuge Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. government

    Please Note: the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project provides free counseling and assistance to all CUNY students who need help with their immigration status. For more information, please visit http://www.cuny.edu/about/resources/citizenship.html

    There is a deadline to apply for nursing candidacy each 12 week session. It is the student’s responsibility to check the Academic Calendar for this date. Students can only register for RN Candidacy (NUR000) in the registrar’s office (C107). Change of major does not automatically place you into Candidacy.

    Learn more about the Candidacy Ranking in the Nursing Handbook.

    Current Students
    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students
    Review the Nursing Curriculum.

    The Registered Nursing Program formulated the following LPN to RN Advanced Standing Pathway for Licensed Practical Nurses as of Fall II of 2006.

    Following the NY Coalition for Educational Mobility Articulation Model, LPNs may be admitted to the Registered Nurse Program after meeting the following criteria.

    All applicants are required to:

    1. Have a current LPN registration (Licensure) 
    2. Complete CUNY on-line admissions application to LaGuardia, and transfer or complete the clinical pre-requisite courses: ENG 101, SSY 101, SSY240, SCC110, SCB 203, SCB 204, SCB 260 and MAT 120 (As of Spring 2013)
    3. Receive academic advisement to assure that the applicant meets the admission requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing Program (AAS Degree)
    4. Meet the requirements for the TEAS entrance exam (See TEAS Entrance Exam Dates)
    5. Successfully complete the NY Coalition for Educational Mobility LPN to RN Transition course.
    6. Upon completion of the pre-requisite courses, a GPA of 2.75 is the minimum requirement to apply for candidacy (LRN000.4799) for the LPN to RN Bridge course (SCR 100)*
    7. Upon completion of the pre-requisite courses, the minimum requirement to apply for LRN candidacy (LRN000.4799) is a GPA of 2.75. 

    The Bridge Course (SCR100) will include advancedPsych-Mental Health and Medical-Surgical Nursing content. Students who enterthe clinical phase of nursing at SCR 270 level will be required to complete allother nursing requirements in sequence. 

    * Students may only apply for LRN candidacy twice. Uponacceptance to SCR100, students must achieve a minimum grade of 75%. If not thestudent must apply for permission to reregister for SCR 100 bridge course inthe subsequent semester. 

    LPN to RN Information Booklet

    The following course sequence is recommended for new Nursing majors. Current students should check their Degree Audit and the tables below for Flexible Core courses.

    Pre-Clinical Courses

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    ENG101 English Composition I** Required Core (Key Course) 3
    SSY101 General Psychology I* Flexible Core (Key Course) 3
    SCC110 Foundations of Chemistry* Flexible Core (Key Course) 4
    SCB203 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* Program Core 4
    SCB204 Human Anatomy & Physiology II Program Core 4
    Total Pre-Clinical Credits: 18

    Clinical Courses

    Fall or Spring I (12 week Session) 

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCR110 Fundamentals of Nursing Program Core 6
    MAT120 Elementary Statistics*** Required Core 3
    SCR150 Perspectives of Nursing Program Core 1
    Session Credits: 10
    Total Credits: 28

    Fall or Spring II (6 week Session)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSY240 Developmental Psychology Flexible Core 3
    Session Credits: 3
    Total Credits 31

    Spring or Fall I (12 week Session)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCR200 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - Six weeks of clinical Program Core 3
    SCR210 Medical Surgical Nursing I - Six weeks of clinical Program Core 5
    SCB260 General Microbiology Program Core 4
    Session Credits: 12
    Total Credits: 43

    Fall or Spring I (12 week Session)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCR270 Parent-Child Health Nursing Program Core 8
    ENG102 Writing through Literature Required Core 3
    Session Credits: 11
    Total Credits 54

    Fall or Spring I (12 week Session)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCN195 Community Health Program Core 2
    SCR260 Trends in Nursing Program Core 1
    Session Credits: 3
    Total Credits 57

    Fall or Spring I (12 week Session)

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCR290 Medical Surgical Nursing II Program Core 9
    Session Credits: 9
    Total Credits 66

    All nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Upon entering the clinical phase of the Nursing Program, the student should be able to complete the program in four enhanced semesters (2 years).

    Basic Skills Prerequisites:
    *CSE098/099,ENG099, MAT096
    ** CSE094/095, ENG099
    ***May take MAT119, depending upon placement scores.

    Pre-Clinical Requirement
    As of Fall 2009, SCB204 is a Pre-Clinical required course to apply for all nursing programs (RN & LPN). The course may be taken in the 6 week semester just prior to expected entry into the RN program.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.