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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/
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:
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.
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 and achieve 41% on each of the four TEAS Exam sections, with an aggregate score in the Proficient Level (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.
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 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, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:
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.
Academic advisement for students who need to complete developmental skills courses, and who are on probation, is provided by the Health Sciences Academic Advisors.
Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.
Meet the Nursing Faculty and Staff
To be considered eligible for progression to the first nursing course (SCR110), a student must have met all of the following requirements:
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):
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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 and the recommended course sequence below.
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:
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
Nursing Handbook TEAS of Academics Skills V TEAS Policy 2017 TEAS Exam Dates
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.
Fall or Spring I (12 week Session)
Fall or Spring II (6 week Session)
Spring or Fall I (12 week Session)
Fall or Spring I (12 week Session)
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.