Nursing

Registered Nursing

Admission Requirements

Academic requirements for all students who want to apply for entry into the Registered Nursing (RN) Program include:

  • A passing score on both the CUNY/ACT Reading and Writing Skills Assessment Tests.
  • CUNY Math exemption or a minimum score of 35 in arithmetic (M1) and a minimum score of 40 in algebra (M2) on the CUNY COMPASS Placement Test [this score is required for admission into PHM 10] or has received a grade of "C" or better in MTH 05.
  • Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.70, with a minimum grade of "C" or better in COMM 11, ENG 10 or 11, PSY 11 and "C+" or better in BIO 23 and PHM 10. If a student has earned a passing grade of "C-", "D+", "D", "D-" or a failing grade of "F" or "WU" in COMM 11, ENG 10 or 11, or PSY 11, the student will not be eligible for admission into the registered nursing program (RN), even if she/he retakes the course. This also applies to students who transfer into BCC's Nursing program from other institutions. PHM 10 and BIO 23 must be passed with a "C+" or better. These courses can only be repeated once to achieve that grade. BCC students absent for one year or more will be held to the new standards.

NOTE: An attempt is defined as having registered in the course for at least 3 weeks, appeared on the roster and received any grade (academic or administrative).

Testing

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 [2] 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.

To be considered for admission into the BCC RN Nursing Program, applicants must obtain an individual score within the "Proficient "range. The TEAS V examination may be repeated provided the applicant participates in the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) testing remediation program before repeating the TEAS V examination.

The TEAS V examination is a multiple-choice test that evaluates essential academic skills: Math, Science, Reading and English. It is recommended that applicants review Biology, Chemistry, and Math content in preparation for taking the TEAS V examination. Assessment Technologies Institute, INC. (ATI) testing, the author of the TEAS V examination, has study materials and programs available for interested students.

The test will take approximately 3 ½ hours to complete. Testing fees are not refundable. Information about ATI is available at: https://atitesting.com/Home.aspx

The testing schedule will be published each semester. The initial testing must be completed at Bronx Community College. TEAS V Scores from another institution are not accepted

Priority List

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.

Citizenship

In order to advance into nursing clinicals, students must provide documentation for one of the following categories:

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Permanent Residency.
  • International Student with F1 Status.
  • Granted Asylum, Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status, Withholding of Removal, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Deferred Action Status by the U.S. government.

Health Requirements

  • The nursing program requires a specific detailed physical examination that exceeds the college requirements for physical examination and immunizations. These requirements comply with the New York State Department of Health regulations and must include immunization titers. The physical examination form is available in the Nursing Department.
  • Students who become ill, disabled or pregnant during clinical enrollment must provide current medical clearance before continuing the clinical portion of the program.
  • Students with disabilities must notify the Disabilities Services Office in Loew Hall, room 215, before any accommodation in a specific nursing course can be considered.

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.

Returning Students

Students who have withdrawn from the program and wish to return to the clinical sequence must:

  • be in good academic standing;
  • be able to complete the clinical program within five years from the date of entry into the clinical sequence and meet current progression criteria; and
  • have completed BIO 23, BIO 24, BIO 28, and PHM 10 within seven years of the date of re-admission into the clinical sequence.

BCC students absent for one year or more will be held to the new standards.

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

Transfer students from other institutions must be in good academic standing. Students who are on academic probation, have failed out of a nursing program, or have been dismissed (ethical, integrity or safety issues) from any nursing program at a previous school are not eligible for admission to the BCC Registered Nursing (RN) Program.

The nursing program does not accept transfer credits for nursing or pharmacology courses taken at other colleges. In addition, Biology 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.

Any student transferring in credits from another accredited college cannot receive a combined total of more than 30 credits of advanced standing and/or examination

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.

 

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