Nursing (Registered Nurse/RN), AAS

Room: E-Building, E-300/C-252

Phone: (718) 482-5774

Program Accreditation

The Associate of Applied Science Nursing Program at LaGuardia Community College-CUNY at the LaGuardia Community College Campus, located in Long Island City, New York is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the AAS-Registered Nursing Program is: Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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

The City University of New York – LaGuardia Community College
Student Achievement Data 2020

Graduate Success on NCLEX-RN 100%
Graduation Rates 47%
Graduation Employment Only 55%
Graduate Continuing Education Only 45%
Graduate Employment and Continuing Education 88%


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. Graduates of the Registered Nursing Program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination.

Program Requirements

Candidacy & TEAS Update

Nursing Programs – ATI TEAS
ATI Remote Proctoring – The exam will be conducted remotely, please review the instructions.

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 Spring 2020 semester in order to advance into nursing clinical coursework, (Application for candidacy in RN or PN programs), students must provide documentation in one of the following categories to the Office of the Registrar (C107):

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • International student with F-1 status
  • Asylee
  • Refugee
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Individuals paroled into the United States whose parole has not expired
  • Persons residing in the U.S. pursuant to an Order of Supervision
  • Persons granted a stay of deportation/removal
  • Persons granted an indefinite voluntary departure
  • Persons on whose behalf an immediate relative petition has been approved
  • Persons who have filed an application for adjustment of status to permanent resident
  • Persons granted Deferred Action Status
  • Persons who entered and have continuously residency in the U.S. before 01/01/1972
  • Persons granted suspension of deportation or cancellation of removal
  • Cuban/Haitian entrants 16.Persons with a pending application for asylum, withholding of removal or deportation, protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT), cancellation of removal, or TPS
  • Persons in T or U non-immigrant status
  • Self-petitioner under the Violence Against Women Act 19.Other persons living in the U.S. who are not
    unlawfully present


*CUNY has added several additional categories of student status for entry into the Nursing program. Please contact the Registrar for a complete list.

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

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. with Students can only register for RN Candidacy (NUR000) by emailing the Health Sciences Department at Change of major does not automatically place you into Candidacy.
Registered Nursing Information Sheet

Are You Interested In...

  • Working with people with multiple medical needs?
  • Medical/hospital environment?
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals?
  • Working with flexible shifts?

What makes this major unique?

Typical duties for an RN include medication administration, patient monitoring, consulting with the health care team and educating patients. RNs have an expanded set of responsibilities and are more frequently employed in hospital settings RNs are commonly expected to do more critical thinking on the job.

Career Possibilities

  • Hospital/Critical Care Nurse
  • Dialysis Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Informatics Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Administrative Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Midwifery
  • Nurse Educator/Professor

Transfer Opportunities

  • Lehman College – BS in Nursing
  • NY Institute of Technology – BS in Nursing
  • Hunter College – BS in Nursing

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 13 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I* – 3 credits
  • (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following:

  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life and Physical Sciences: 4 credits

  • SCB203 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (STEM)* – 4 credits

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 10 credits**

To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select the following:

Scientific World

  • SCC110 Foundations of Chemistry* – 4 credits
  • SSY101 General Psychology* – 3 credits

Individual and Society

  • SSY240 Developmental Psychology – 3 credits


** Additional Common Core courses will be required when transferring to a CUNY College.

Courses Credits
Health Sciences
HSF090 First Year Seminar for Health Sciences 0
SCN195 Community Health 2
Natural Sciences
SCB204 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
SCB260 General Microbiology 4
SCL103 Concepts in Pharmacology and Nutrition 3
SCR110 Fundamentals of Nursing 6
SCR200 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 4
SCR210 Medical Surgical Nursing I 5
SCR270 Parent-Child Health Nursing 4
SCR280 Leadership and Delegation 2
SCR290 Medical Surgical Nursing II 9
*Key courses for candidacy 0


  • Nursing courses are only offered in the day during 12-week sessions with the exception of the PN to RN Pathway course- work.
  • All students must file for Registered Nursing Candidacy (Intent to Nursing) in order to progress to the clinical phase. To be considered for the RN program, students must register for the candidacy in either the Fall I or Spring I session immediately preceding the semester they plan to begin the clinical courses.
  • No grade lower than “C” will be accepted for any required Math and Science course. Science courses in which students earn a “C-,” “D+,” “D,” or “D-” may be repeated with permission of the Chairperson of the Natural Sciences Department. When Key Courses with grades of “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-,” or “F” are repeated, both course grades will be calculated in the Key Course average.
  • A minimum grade of C+ is required in a clinical course that is repeated.
  • Students should consult with a counselor and/or faculty advisor in the selection of elective courses to ensure maximum transferability of credits taken. Clinical courses are only transferable to senior colleges upon successful completion of the AAS degree.

PN to Nursing Pathway:
Licensed practical nurses may be eligible for an advanced standing pathway, which may exempt them from the first year of required designated nursing courses. The Pathway requires PN licensure and successfully passing the NYS Coalition for Educational Mobility’s Transition Course before applying for the 3-credit Bridge Course which begins the Pathway track into the final year of the Nursing Program leading to the AAS degree. Further information on Pathway articulation and admission is available in the Registered Nursing Student Hand-book