Effective Fall 2013, the Bronx Community College (BCC) RN Nursing Program will be administering the TEAS V Admissions Examination for students interested in entering into the program for the Spring 2014 semester. The National League for Nursing PAX-RN Examination will no longer be administered for admission into the program after Spring 2013. Students who have a valid PAX-RN score will not be required to take the TEAS V. PAX-RN passing results (no older than two  years)will be honored until Spring 2015 for admission into the program. Students who are unsuccessful on the spring 2013 PAX-RN examination will be required to take the TEAS V examination.
Admission into the RN Program’s nursing courses (NUR) is based on the approved priority list posted in the Nursing Department. Admissions are competitive and meeting the above requirements is not a guarantee of placement. Requirements for admission must be met by mid-November for admission into the following spring semester and mid-May for admission into the following fall semester. Candidates for admission must contact the admissions coordinator for the RN Program in the Nursing Department and declare intent to be admitted.
In order to advance into nursing clinicals, students must provide documentation for one of the following categories:
Criminal Background Checks
Current laws generally permit a state licensing board or agency to deny a license to practice nursing if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or other specified crime. Like many state licensing boards, the Office of the Professions of the New York State Education Department requires that a criminal background check be conducted prior to granting a license to practice nursing.
The Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Bronx Community College does not require a criminal background check for admittance, but the department’s educational requirements include placement at one or more hospitals or other off-campus clinical training sites. These sites frequently require a student to undergo a criminal background check before the student can be placed for clinical training. If, based upon the results of a criminal background check, the site determines that a student’s participation in its clinical training program would not be in the best interest of the site, the site may deny that student admission to the training program. Even if the student has already begun the placement when the results are received, the site may elect to dismiss the student, regardless of the student’s performance while in the training program.
Each clinical training site that requires a criminal background check sets its own standards and procedures, and you may be asked by the site to pay the cost of the background check. Please note that if a clinical training site determines that you may not take part in its training program based on the results of a criminal background check, you may be unable to complete your course requirements and to continue in the nursing program. It is important for you to consider this before you enroll in the nursing program. Bronx Community College has no obligation to refund your tuition or fees or to otherwise accommodate you in the event you are ineligible to complete your course requirements based on the results of a criminal background check, or if you are denied a license to practice nursing.
Students who have withdrawn from the program and wish to return to the clinical sequence must:
A returning student who cannot meet the time requirements as stated above must reapply to the program and be subject to the current admission criteria.
Transfer students are required to follow the general College admission policy. Transcripts are evaluated by the College’s Office of Admission. The nursing program does not accept transfer credits for nursing or pharmacology courses taken at other colleges. In addition, BIO courses that are seven or more years old will not be accepted by the nursing program. Transfer grades are not posted on the BCC transcript and must be provided at the student’s request to the College’s Office of Admission and sent to the nursing program for entry into the nursing student’s file.
Legal Limitations for State Licensure
A student who has charges pending or has ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and/or has been found guilty of professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct or negligence may enter the nursing program. The student may sit for the professional licensing examination after completing the program. However, the student may or may not be rendered a permit to practice and/or receive the registered professional nurse license following review of the student’s Application for License and First Registration by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.